OkEq Weekly eNews January 7th, 2020
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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New Fitness Class at OKEQ
Tuesday, January 7, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Pride Street
Tulsa, OK 74120


Holidays have those pants feeling tighter? Want to tone your muscles? Great news! Oklahomans for Equality has a new fitness class taught by Christopher Gomez. This class will give you an opportunity to get a well rounded workout and help to tone and tighten. 

“I have lead workout groups with friends at more extreme paces, but am now learning the science behind it and how to bring others to their fitness goals at a more inclusive pace at community care college through their fitness program," says Christopher Gomez. "I am confident in my abilities to provide satisfaction to my clients through my fitness instruction. I am excited to be teaching fitness at the Dennis R Neill Equality Center, where everyone is safe and welcome!"
Sisters in Song
Tuesday, January 7, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Pride Street
Tulsa, OK 74120


Sisters in Song would like to invite women that enjoy singing and performing to join us for our first 2020 practice! We will meet at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center on Tuesday, January 7th at 7:00 p.m. Please call 918-809-9751 for further information or questions.
Fresh Start Program: Trans-formative Self Care!
Thursday, January 9, 6:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Pride Street
Tulsa, OK 74120

Creating Your Style
Feel like you have nothing to wear?
Well we have a closet full for you! Clary Sage College's Fashion Design instructor will talk about how to create your personal style, what colors to choose and what to avoid, and how to dress for every occasion. The instructor and fashion design students will talk with attendees individually about what may work best for them.The first 20 attendees will receive a free gift and samples (or for as long as supplies last).
King & Queen of Tulsa Pride Pageant
Saturday, January 11, 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Pride Street
Tulsa, OK 74120

Who will be the Next King or Queen of Tulsa Pride? Will it be you? Come out and see who will be crowned the next King and Queen of Tulsa Pride and pay respects to King Scrappy and Queen Anita. If you would like to compete please register below.
Equality Business Alliance Mixer
Wednesday, January 15, 6:00 p.m.
Gallery Floral
1514 E. 15th St.
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74105

Gallery Floral Designs will be hosting the Equality Business Alliance Mixer for January. We are looking very forward to seeing you there!

The Equality Business Alliance exists to strengthen LGBTQ+ -welcoming businesses in the Tulsa community by:
  • Providing a directory of LGBTQ+ -welcoming businesses in the Tulsa community;
  • Creating regular networking opportunities with these businesses; and
  • Creating professional environments where gay-welcoming businesses can meet to have their voices heard on important issues that affect how we do business and our quality of life.
The Equality Business Alliance fosters a sharing of information, ideas, contacts, products and services, and also strengthens and expands our businesses, careers and our community.
EBA networking mixers are usually the 3rd Wednesday of each month 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. The EBA networking mixers are terrific venues for you to meet prospective clients. Mixers are open to non-members as well as EBA members. Hosting a networking mixer is a great way to showcase your business.

All EBA Events will be listed on our website and  Facebook Event Page.  Please plan on joining us!


1. Inclusion in EBA Merchant & Members listing on Oklahomans for Equality website
2. Email updates of all EBA events and opportunities
3. Invitation to Networking Events and ability to host
4. Marketing opportunities at EBA and community events
Third Thursdays in the Rainbow Room : Brassy Band Burlesque
Thursday, January 16, 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Pride Street
Tulsa, OK 74120

Award-winning, nationally acclaimed burlesque performer and producer Lucy Furr brings some of the best burlesque acts in the country to the Rainbow Room. These classic burlesque artists will transport audience members to the golden age of burlesque performed to a live jazz band.
POC Social at OkEq
Friday, January 17, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Pride Street
Tulsa, OK 74120

The People of Color Social Mixer focuses on celebrating, preserving, and connecting POC in the Tulsa LGBTQ+ community. Join us for drinks, food, and fun! POC events are scheduled the third Friday of each month.
50's / 60's Throwback
Friday, January 24, 7:30 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Pride Street
Tulsa, OK 74120

Join Oklahomans for Equality as we look back each month on different decades of LGBTQIA+ history with music, dancing, and historical artifacts!

Our 50s/60s Throwback night is the first of a monthly series of FREE mixers that celebrate and remember the long road that we are on in the fight for equality, while also remembering the culture that our community created in a time of isolation.

The 50s/60s night will feature live music, a cash bar, and a historical overview of LGBTQIA+ Tulsa/Oklahoma in the 1950s and 1960s.

Please come dressed in your finest underground club wear! There is no cost for entry, just come dressed to party!
Little Blue House and Condomania Calling for Artists
Pride Bingo 2020
Saturday, Febuary 1, 6:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Pride Street
Tulsa, OK 74120

Tulsa PRIDE BINGO is back for the 2020 Pride season.

The fun and hilarious Rainbow Granny will be there with special guests to join her for our Bingo Bash. DJ Alex says "get your lip sync selections ready." 

$20 for general admission
$35 Adult Beverage admission includes 3 drink tickets
$300 Table for 8 people which includes open bar for your table
Super Bowl LIV Party
Sunday, February 2, 5:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Pride Street
Tulsa, OK 74120

Oklahomans for Equality and the Tulsa Threat Women's Tackle Football Team invite you to join us on Sunday, February 2nd to watch the Super Bowl! We will screen the game live in the Bruce Goff event center starting at 5:00 pm. There will be a cash bar with proceeds going to OKEQ and yummy food for sale benefiting the Tulsa Threat! This is a party you don't want to miss. 
First Thursday Art Show Featuring: Alexis "QingLex" Walker
Thursday, Febuary 6, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Pride Street
Tulsa, OK 74120

The February Oklahomans for Equality (OkEq) showcase and exhibit of local artists at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center will feature the works of Alexis “QingLex” Walker, beginning with a reception on Thursday, February 6th from 6-9 pm and continuing throughout the month. 

Alexis “QingLex” Walker is a non-binary queer revolutionary. They are an early childhood educator, special needs advocate, public speaker, spoken word wordsmith, painter, and an all-around creative expressionist. They believe that play and creation is the best way to experience life and connect with people. QingLex’s passion is to be an energy that allows for people to connect, heal and create joy that leads to authenticity no matter identity or outside oppressions. She began painting in March of 2017 as a means to heal through experiences as well as vicarious trauma of her pre-K students and never stopped. Painting started as a way to escape the disturbing reality and to retreat within. Now it is a means of sharing thoughts and emotions.

QingLex’s art is a collection of all that is meaningful to them. No human experience is monolithic and that includes black queer experiences. She needs to live fully, comfortably, and out loud. Blackness is divine. Queerness is magic. Gender is a construct and conformity is played out. Their goal is to create a community safe haven where Black LGBTQ+ children and young adults can experience their humanness and spiritual divinity through artistic expression, health, and wellness.

The show begins with a reception on Thursday, February 6th from 6-9pm where there will be a door prize drawn of the artist’s work. The show continues throughout the month.
This is a Prince / Princess Royale event put on by all 4 PR's
Jay Gable, Aurora Riviera Paige, Triton Scudder-Paige & Krystall Scudder-Cilyn
Joe and Nancy McDonald Library
Find this selection and more by visiting the Nancy and Joe McDonald Rainbow Library.
" Queer X Design "
by Andy Campbell
"Beginning with pre-liberation and the years before the Stonewall uprising, spanning across the 1970s and 1980s and through to the new millennium,  Queer X Design  celebrates the inventive and subversive designs that have powered the resilient and ever-evolving LGBTQ movement.

The diversity and inclusivity of these pages is as inspiring as it is important, both in terms of the objects represented as well as in the array of creators; from buttons worn to protest Anita Bryant, to the original 'The Future is Female' and 'Lavender Menace' t-shirt; from the logos of Pleasure Chest and GLAAD, to the poster for Cheryl Dunye's queer classic  The Watermelon Woman ; from Gilbert Baker's iconic rainbow flag, to the quite laments of the AIDS quilt and the impassioned rage conveyed in ACT-UP and Gran Fury ephemera.

More than just an accessible history book,  Queer X Design  tells the story of queerness as something intangible, uplifting, and indestructible. Found among these pages is sorrow, loss, and struggle; an affective selection that queer designers and artists harnessed to bring about political and societal change. But here is also: joy, hope, love, and the enduring fight for free expression and representation.  Queer X Design  is the potent, inspiring, and colorful visual history of activism and pride."
Equality Pride Store
$15.00 Special! The Holiday Festivities are still in full swing and what better attire to wear wear for NYE or PRIDE Bingo celebrations? The line is to "Don your Gay Apparel"! Come by and get yours to show off your LGBTQ+ PRIDE. Come by and pick yours up today and shop our store as there are so many other wonderful gifts available!

Be sure to "Like" the  OkEq Pride Store Facebook   page to keep up with the new items and new sale items
Counseling Services
Allison Ikley-Freeman
Allison Ikley-Freeman, LPC Candidate is passionate about assisting individuals who are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community who experience a range of concerns and issues. Individual, youth, and adolescent counseling is available on a sliding fee scale based on income. 
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. 
Sara Griffey
S ara Griffey is an LPC candidate under supervision. Sara specializes in LGBT+ and non-traditional relationships (i.e. kink, polyamory, etc.). She has experience working with homeless youth and individuals struggling with anxiety & trauma.
She previously worked with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
She is passionate about advocacy and public policy in order to ensure that proper treatment is available for any individual seeking services.

Regularly Scheduled Programming
Lawyer in the Library
2nd Wednesday of each month
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Lawyer in the Library is an opportunity to meet with a lawyer about topics such as family law (divorce, paternity, custody and child support), landlord/tenant disputes, estate planning, and bankruptcy. No appointment is necessary.
Coming Out Workshop

1st and 3rd Monday of every month
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Are you planning to come out? Maybe you have just recently come out?
Join us for a coming out discussion group meeting
Meeting the History Project Room
Free to participate, this course is designed for individuals coming to terms with their sexuality with presentations on how to come out to family, friends, and coworkers. Question and answer session in a supportive and informed environment.

It is a safe space to share experiences about coming out and discuss topics as it relates to doing so. By sharing struggles and victories the group allows those newly coming out and who have been out for a while to learn from others. All are welcome to join in the discussion whether Lesbian, Gay, Bi, or Trans.
Please contact ComingOut@OkEq.org or call 918-743-4297 .
Free Yoga Class at OkEq
Mondays  
5:45 - 6:45 p.m.   

Enjoy a free class! These 60-minute, free Community Yoga classes are open to everyone of all levels. Each class is mindfully crafted to prepare the body for a peak pose in the arm balance, inversion, backbend or twist family. This class will connect the mind, body, and spirit through movement and breath.
Fitness Class at OkEq
Tuesdays
7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Christopher Gomez's Workout program is designed with science to help individuals meet their fitness goals in a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment.
Sisters in Song
Tuesdays 
7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
  Sisters in Song would like to invite new women to join our fun loving group of singers! We are just now choosing music for our holiday performances, so it's a great time to start!
OkEq Board Meeting
Monthly Meeting 
Thursday, January 9, 6:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center.
All Oklahomans for Equality board meetings are open to all OkEq members.
It's Complicated
1st & 3rd Monday
of each month
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

"It's Complicated" is an ongoing group for individuals in nontraditional relationships (kink, polyamory, swinging, etc.) This group meets every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month from 6:30-8pm at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. Each session will have a new topic. For topic information, please like Unity Tulsa’s Facebook page at facebook/UnityTulsa or check the OkEq event calendar at okeq/events
SOS Group
Mondays 7:00 p.m 

This open Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS) Recovery and Sobriety Group meets every Monday at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. For more information, visit  www.SOSTulsa.org
Survivors of Incest Anonymous
Every Saturday
12:00 - 2:30 p.m.

SIA strives to empower those who have survived childhood sexual abuse (who are not abusing any child), who want to become survivors and thrivers. For more information, visit  siawso.org
Partners of Trans*/Non-Binary Individuals Support Group
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. Please contact Amanda at 918-902-4625.
Gender Support Program
Wednesdays
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 
 
(First time interview required before attending)
Email  
The program is providing support, education and social opportunities for transgender and intersex individuals.
Brought to You Bi 
the Letter B 
2nd & 4th Monday
of each month 
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
 
Bisexual support group at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. Tell all your friends. The group is open to all bi/pan/queer/fluid+ folks and their allies. Facilitators
Daniel & Haley
Tulsa Area
Prime Timers
2nd Tuesday of every 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.
918.592.0088 
  Intimate Partner Violence & Sexual Assault Survivor Support Group
2nd & 4th Thursday of each month
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

This support and educational group is for individuals who have survived domestic violence and are ready to explore their personal healing process and find hope and to discuss their experiences, share ideas, and provide emotional support for one another. 

Children/Siblings of Trans*/Non-Binary Individuals Support Group
This program is for youth ages 8-18 that have trans* parents or siblings. This group will provide support, education and social opportunities for those living with trans* family members. Attendees must have approval from the facilitator to participate. Please contact Amanda at 918-902-4625.
Game Night
Saturdays 
7:00 - 9:00 pm
 
 Join old friends and make new friends as you play some great board and card games at the Center!
All are welcome!
Facilitated by
Saturday Volunteers Richard Haley and
Teresa Reno 
SAGE Tulsa 
Every Tuesday
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

"drop in for coffee" 
Facilitated by
John Madigan
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.
Workforce OK
Workforce Oklahoma
Access Point
Open every day
Workforce Oklahoma maintains a resource area at the Equality Center that includes computers, a printer and fax machine, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to register with
Oklahoma JobLink.
H.O.P.E. 
HIV Testing Schedule

Tuesday  4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday   4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
 
Testing provided by H.O.P.E. Testing
 
Check  www.okeq.org  for testing dates.
OkEq Staff
Jose Vega
Deputy Director
Morgan Allen
Center Coordinator
Alex Wade
Medical Services Coordinator
Tracy Allen
Library
Kao Morris 
Facilities Manager
Krissy Dudley
Administrative Manager
Toby Jenkins
CEO/Executive Director
Donovid Sekulits
Special Projects

OkEq Board and Trustees
Executive Committee
Chris Brecht-Smith - President
Stacy Turner - Vice President
Will Vaughn - Secretary
Paul Allen - Treasurer
Darci Hazelwood, D.O. - Member at Large

Board of Directors
Laura Arrowsmith, D.O.
Angelyn L. Dale
Allison Ikley-Freeman
Bob Hanson
Corey Thompson
Al Triggs
Robin VanMeter

Trustees
Shawna Baker, Esq.
Dan Burnstein
Kirk Holt
Cynthia Phillips
Kris Wilmes 

Board of Advisors
Catherine Betances
Dani Byrd
Jade Duckworth
Shannon Fair
Joann Frizell
Andrew Gordon
Dale Hogan
Kelly Kushnerick
Aderyn Lonigan
Tyler Morgan
William Murphy
Denise Reid
Kirsten Robertson
Justin Ross
Justin Rosser
Stephen Rundell
Jane Wiseman


Oklahomans for Equality
Hours:  Mon - Sun 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. 
621 E. 4th St. 
Tulsa, OK 74120