OkEq Weekly eNews August 1, 2022
MISSION: OkEq seeks equal rights for LGBTQ+ individuals and families through intersectional advocacy, education, programs, alliances, and the operation of the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center.
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The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center will be closed on weekends through August
We will open for special events but will not be open for normal business hours. If you are unsure of our hours, please check our event calendar or call us at 918-743-4297. We appreciate your understanding as we reorganize the center.
Garage Sale at the Equality Center
Friday, August 5, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 6, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 7, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Pride Street
Tulsa, OK 74120

We're cleaning house! Join us for our garage sale at the Equality Center from August 5th through August 7th. We have a selection of toys, books, furniture, appliances, and more! All proceeds from this go directly to support the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. We can't wait to see you there!
OKEQ Seniors Meeting
Tuesday, August 2, 10:00 a.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Pride Street
Tulsa, OK 74120

The mission of OKEQ Seniors is to address issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender aging. In partnership with its constituents and allies, OKEQ Seniors works to achieve a high quality of life for LGBTQ+ older adults, supports and advocates for their rights, fosters a greater understanding of aging in all communities, and promotes positive images of LGBTQ+ in life's later years. OKEQ Seniors meet every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center.
It’s a Grand Re-Opening Party!

Come celebrate the launch of the new online library catalog, along with all the other exciting changes happening.

Saturday, August 20, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30pm
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
Housing Solutions works to make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring in Tulsa. The Landlord-Tenant Resource Center (LTRC) division works to stop homelessness before it starts by providing information and resources that can help keep our neighbors safe and stably housed. The LTRC offers tenant rights and responsibilities education, resource information, direct referrals to legal service providers, community outreach, and more. The LTRC also facilitates the Social Services Hub (Hub), Tulsa County’s only eviction diversion program. The Hub runs in conjunction with the Tulsa County eviction docket Monday through Thursday from 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Iron Gate (501 W. Archer). If you have received a late notice or an eviction summons, please attend the Hub for in-person assistance and learn about resources and options.

The LTRC will be onsite at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. to assist with tenant rights education, eviction prevention resources (including emergency rental assistance), and access to case management services. No appointment is necessary. Please bring a photo ID (does NOT need to be current or US-issued), any late notices or summons you’ve received, and any utility bills you need assistance with.
Lawyer in the Center 
Tuesday, August 9, 5:30 p.m. 
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Pride Street
Tulsa, OK 74120

Julie L. Goree with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma is available for drop-in discussions regarding legal issues. It is a first-come, first-serve basis. Please be patient and prepared to wait your turn. 

Julie can answer basic questions on any matter that Legal Aid covers. So divorces, paternity, child custody, protective orders, child support, guardianships, housing, expungements, Wills/Estates, and Social Security.  Legal Aid does not cover criminal,  personal injury, or worker's comp. However, she has some knowledge about those fields of law.  

If the question is beyond her knowledge, she can take the person's phone number and call them back after discussing it with another Legal Aid attorney. She also will accept questions via email or phone if someone does not feel comfortable getting out or coming in. Email is julie.goree@laok.org. Office phone is (918) 295-9429.
Pre-OP/Post-OP Support Group
Wednesday, August 17, 6:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Pride Street
Tulsa, OK 74120

This support group is for women who have gone through gender affirmation surgery or who are on the road to getting surgery. This serves as a place to discuss some of the concerns and changes after surgery as well as share resources amongst one another. A first-time interview is required before attending. Please contact us below to set this up or to ask any questions.
Tulsa County Community Priorities Survey

Tulsa County residents:

Check out this survey opportunity from our friends at Tulsa County Extension and the OSU-Tulsa Center for Public Life!

Tulsa County Extension and the OSU-Tulsa Center for Public Life want to focus resources and build partnerships that address the issues that are most important to the people in Tulsa.

Take a few moments to take a survey to share what issues are most important to you and your community using an option below:
LGBTQ+ Parent Support Group
Co-Hosted by PFLAG and OKEQ
Saturday, August 6, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Pride Street
Tulsa, OK 74120

Join OKEQ and PFLAG for our new support group for parents of LGBTQ+ teens. This group will meet monthly on the first Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Coffee and cookies will be provided. 
Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic
Wednesday, August 10, 5:30 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Pride Street
Tulsa, OK 74120

Oklahomans for Equality is hosting a name change clinic. We are focusing on those who are in the progress of starting the name change process as well as those who are interested in doing so in the near future. Joshua Payton will be our resource.

Josh has eight years of experience as a practicing attorney and six years in the entertainment industry working for Celebrity Attractions. My desire is to apply my legal and business experience to serve at the Equality Center. I may not immediately know the answer to a question, but I pledge to walk in solidarity with those seeking clarity until we have an answer. 
Fair Housing Legal Aid
Weekly Assistance
Every Wednesday, 12:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Pride Street
Tulsa, OK 74120

Alyssa Bryant is a Staff Attorney at Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma. Alyssa will be assisting members of the LGBTQ+ community with fair housing-related issues. If you believe you've been a victim of housing discrimination, please call her at 918-238-1650, or email her at alyssa.bryant@laok.org. Please also be on the lookout for upcoming announcements on fair housing presentations, which will be open to the public.

These legal services are open to everyone regardless of income or whether or not they are part of the LGBTQ+ community.
Do you, your partner, or your family members qualify for SNAP or Soonercare benefits? American citizens living in Oklahoma who make less than roughly $19k a year qualify for these free government services, and Tulsa Responds navigators would love to help you get enrolled and support you in the process of using those benefits. In addition, if you have Soonercare but have not updated your contact information with Soonercare in the last couple of months, there is a good chance you will be unenrolled from Soonercare this summer. To get these services or avoid being kicked off Soonercare/SNAP, please make an appointment for assistance at www.tulsaresponds.org/healthinsurance or call 918-900-0918 ext.3 to make an appointment today.
As a sign of our thanks and gratitude, OKEQ is excited to announce that all new, monthly donors supporting us at $25/month and above will receive a complimentary OKEQ T-Shirt with confirmation of their monthly donation.
Oklahomans for Equality and the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center are affiliates of Action Link: Center Action Network. Sign up at the link below to keep up to date with advocacy alerts across the country. 
Counseling Services
OSU - Tulsa Counseling Services
The Oklahoma State Tulsa Counseling Center is an LGBTQ+ affirming center located in Main Hall of OSU Tulsa. You do not have to be affiliated with OSU to benefit from these services! Our center offers clients from OKEQ sessions for only 5 dollars. Each member of our counseling team receives additional training and supervision in LGBTQ+ issues and is excited to work with clients from OKEQ.

Please contact us at 918-594-8568 for more information or to schedule an appointment. 
Regularly Scheduled Programming
Gender Support Program
Wednesdays
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 
 
The program is providing support, education and social opportunities for transgender and intersex individuals.

A first time interview is required before attending your first meeting. Email
Support Group for Partners of Transgender People

2nd Wednesday of the Month at 7:00 p.m.

The program is providing support, education, and social opportunities for partners of transgender and non-binary individuals. Ages 18+.

A first time interview is required before attending your first meeting. Email alex.wade@okeq.org

OkEq Board Meeting
Thursday, August 18,
6:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center.
All Oklahomans for Equality board meetings are open to all OkEq members.
OKEQ Seniors
Every Tuesday
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

"drop in for coffee" 
Facilitated by
John Madigan
Equality Game Night
Last Tuesday of the Month
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Looking for something fun to do on a Tuesday night? Wanna meet up with friends and make new ones? Do you have board games you've been eager to play? Then Equality Gaming Night is for you!
Brought to You Bi 
the Letter B 
2nd & 4th Monday
of each month 
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
 
Tell all your friends. The group is open to all bi/pan/queer/fluid+ folks and their allies. Please call 918-798-1054 or email Daniel Buck for more information.
Tulsa Area
Prime Timers
2nd Tuesday of the Month
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

A social organization for mature minded Gay and Bisexual men age 21 and over. The purpose is to establish friendship and support through social interaction. Visit
more information.
Community Partners
The Equality
Business Alliance fosters a sharing of information, ideas, contacts, products and services, and also strengthens and expands our businesses, careers and community.
H.O.P.E. 
HIV Testing Schedule

 Every Tuesday
from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
2nd and 4th Saturday of the Month
from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
provided by H.O.P.E. Testing
 
Check www.okeq.org for testing dates.
OkEq Staff
Alex Wade
Interim Executive Director
He / Him / His

Jose Vega
Senior Program Director
He / Him / His

Andi Gunter
Clinic Operations Manager
She / Her / Hers

Lily Piña
Nurse Practitioner
She / Her / Hers
Kao Morris 
BIPOC Program and Digital Media Coordinator
He / Him / His
Shay Brewer
Operations Manager
He / Him / His
Luke Scuitto
Membership Coordinator
He / Him / His
Donna Mathews
Grant Coordinator
She / Her / Hers
OkEq Board and Trustees



Executive Committee
Stacy Turner - President
Bob Hanson, PharmD - Vice President
Tery DeShong, Esq. - Treasurer
Chris Brecht-Smith, Esq. - Secretary
Dani Byrd - Member at Large

Board of Directors
Laura Arrowsmith, D.O.
Angelyn L. Dale, Esq.
Joe Guetlein
Darci Hazelwood, D.O.
Elizabeth Ortiz
Justin Ross
Monique Washington
Trustees
Shawna Baker, Esq.
Dan Burnstein
Kirk Holt
Cynthia Phillips
Kris Wilmes - Chair

Board of Advisors
Julie Chase
Whitney Cipolla
Claire Combs
Joann Frizell
Heather Hornig
Caleb Jackson
Michael James
Karen Keith Wilkins, Esq.
Crista Patrick
Denise Reid
Ovidio Trejo
Eric Wilson
Jane Wiseman


Oklahomans for Equality
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday: Closed in August
Sunday: Closed in August
621 E. 4th St.
Tulsa, OK 74120