OkEq Weekly eNews June 13, 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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Security Update for Tulsa Pride 2022
Oklahomans for Equality and Tulsa Pride's hearts have been heavy with the news of mass shootings across the country. From Uvalde, Texas, to our neighbors at St. Francis Hospital. Our entire country has been under attack, and we have now been alerted to a thwarted plot by the white nationalist group Patriot Front to cause a riot at an Idaho Pride Festival this past weekend. We are always aware of the safety concerns of our community and wish to do all we can to make this festival as safe and secure as possible. We have heightened our security measures with bag checks at every entrance, increased security personnel throughout the festival grounds, and, as always, no weapons will be allowed at Tulsa Pride. We ask that festival-goers not engage with antagonistic protestors. Proving a point is not worth risking your safety. Remember, we must take care of each other and choose kindness in the face of tragedy. We must resist the urge to isolate ourselves from our community. At any public event, you must remain alert and go with someone you trust. Stay together and stay safe. 

Alex Wade
Deputy Director of Oklahomans for Equality
iHeartRadio and P&G are excited to announce the return of Can’t Cancel Pride 2022 – Proud AND Together. A fundraiser for the LGBTQ+ community celebrating visibility and inclusivity for all. Join us on Tuesday, June 14th, as JoJo Siwa hosts the most influential voices in the LGBTQ+ community and the biggest names in culture and entertainment. The event will honor Icon Elton John with the first-ever Impact Award for his humanitarian work through the Elton John AIDS Foundation, marking its 30-year history. Let’s raise much-needed funds for the organizations providing life-saving resources and services for the LGBTQ+ community like GLAAD, SAGE, The Trevor Project, the National Black Justice Coalition, CenterLink, and OutRight Action International. 

How to Watch:
  • Livestream on June 14th at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT on iHeartRadio’s Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok pages, PrideRadio.com, or on Revry.
  • Livestream TONIGHT at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT on iHeartRadio’s Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok pages, PrideRadio.com, or on Revry.
  • Video on Demand available starting June 14th at 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT through the end of Pride month (June 30th) on iHeartRadio’s Facebook and YouTube pages and on Revry.

Website: Go to CantCancelPride.com for more information and to donate
Toby Jenkins is Stepping Down
On July 1, 2022, Toby Jenkins will step down as the CEO/Executive Director of Oklahomans for Equality and the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. Please help us celebrate this legendary man, his service, and all he has done for and with us! We wish Toby much love and happiness in his next chapter.

OkEq's mission will continue. We will fight for equal rights for LGBTQIA+ individuals and families through intersectional advocacy, education, programs, alliances, and the operation of the Dennis R. Nell Equality Center. Toby's greatest wish is for the programs of OkEq to continue and remain strong. If you would like to make a donation in honor of Toby Jenkins' 25 years of service to Oklahomans for Equality and the City of Tulsa, please click on the link below. 
OKEQ Seniors Meeting
Tuesday, June 14, 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 meets every Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center.
OKEQ Seniors Summer Pool Party
Tuesday, June 28, 10:00 a.m.
RSVP for the address
Members should meet on Tuesday, June 28, at 10:00 a.m. at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center if they want to carpool to the party. Lunch at the pool party will be burgers and hot dogs. Participants are encouraged to bring side dishes, desserts, and drinks. The pool has a shallow end and a railing with steps to help people into the pool.
If you would like to attend, please email toby.jenkins@okeq.org to RSVP. Put "Pool Party" in the subject line.
Queerly Beloved Pride Bazaar
Thursday, June 16, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Circle Cinema
10 S. Lewis Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74104

Queerly Beloved Pride Bazaar, An Audience Participation Runway Extravaganza!
Get Pride 2022 ready and $upport queer culture creators near and far. Make some noise for your favorite runway models, far traveled designer Medium Reality, alongside the diverse works of fashion-centered entrepreneurs of Tulsa, OK. And! If you dare, dress your best to strut the red carpet yourself. You have a lot to be proud of! MC of the evening is comedian Sondra Slade. You know we are in for a good time!
Library News!
Big changes are happening at the Nancy & Joe Rainbow Library, and we couldn’t be more excited! These changes are about increasing access to the resources in the collection and adding more new and diverse materials to the collection.

Back in 2007, we purchased library software that allowed us to start cataloging our collection, and while it was perfect for our needs then, the only way to view what was in the library was to physically come in and browse. However, with this software’s end-of-life coming up in the next few months, it is time to upgrade. Soon, patrons can browse and place holds on books online. In addition, email notices on due and overdue books will be auto-generated to help preserve the collection for future users. 

Book donations are the sole source of new materials for the library currently. However, we are teaming up with Magic City Books to purchase new books at wholesale prices. Any monetary donations to the library will go towards these purchases, allowing us to grow the collection to be more intentionally inclusive and diverse.

How can you help?
  • Visit the OKEQ booth at Pride!
  • Sign up for a library card, even if you have one already 
  • Make a monetary donation to the library
  • Sponsor the library catalog for a month - $10/month
  • Volunteer to help. As we make this switch, we need detail-oriented volunteers for shelf-reading and data verification. 
  • And if you sign up for a library card and/or make a donation at Pride, you’ll be entered into a raffle for a special prize!

Interested in purchasing books directly for the library? See https://www.autostraddle.com/best-queer-books-2021/ for a starter wish list.
Tulsa Pride Bingo
Saturday, June 18, 6:30 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Pride Street
Tulsa, OK 74120

Please join us for PRIDE BINGO, honoring Toby Jenkins at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center on June 18th at 6:30 pm. With special guest Keisha Kye and Pride Royalty Granny Rainbow, King and Queen of Tulsa Pride 2022 Mykal Khrystian and Kitty Quinn Khrystian, King and Queen of Tulsa Pride 2020 & 2021 King Blaze Khrystian and Kitty Marie Legacy, King and Queen of Tulsa Pride 2019/ Emeritus Anita Richards and me Scrappy Legacy!
Special pride drink by Michael James, our lovely bartender!
Let's make this Pride Bingo the best!! See y'all there!

THIS IS AN 18+ EVENT.
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 Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m., and Thursday evenings beginning at 5:00 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.
Medicaid means I can take #PRIDE in my health. Health plans cover doctor visits, hospital visits, prescriptions, mental healthcare, and more. Visit healthcare.gov to get started. #MedicaidMatters #PrideMonth
Lawyer in the Center 
Tuesday, June 14, 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, June 15, 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, July 2, 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. 
Post Name / Gender Marker Change Workshop
Wednesday, July 6, 5:30 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Pride Street
Tulsa, OK 74120

Getting your name/gender court order is just the first part of correcting your information. This workshop is intended for those looking for what are the next steps to take.
Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic
Wednesday, June 8, 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.
The overwhelming majority of Americans support the #EqualityAct. So let's make our message clear: Contact your Senator today and tell them to #PassTheEqualityAct! Call 888-439-0303 to get started. 
 
The Equality Act would provide consistent anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ Americans in areas like housing, education, federally funded programs, credit, public spaces, healthcare, and more. Tell your Senators it's #EqualityTime. https://lgbtactionlink.org/equality-act
People who identify as LGBTQ+ can still be fired, denied housing, or refused service in many parts of the nation. Passing the #EqualityAct will change that. Tell your Senators to support federal nondiscrimination protections and learn more here: https://lgbtactionlink.org/equality-act

Follow the link below to find your US Senators.
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, June 16, 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
In Memoriam
Tracy Allen
He / Him / His
Alex Wade
Deputy 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
Anna Them Puhl
Technical Coordinator
They / Them / Theirs


Donna Mathews
Grant Coordinator
She / Her / Hers
Toby Jenkins
CEO/Executive Director
He / Him / His
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: 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
621 E. 4th St.
Tulsa, OK 74120