OkEq Weekly eNews January 14th, 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.
Get your house in order and help us get our house in order, too! Go to  smile.amazon.com  for your shopping needs, and Amazon will donate a portion to Oklahomans for Equality!
The Transgender Flag continues to fly at half staff in memory of Dustin Parker. Dustin was a founding member of the Oklahomans for Equality McAlester chapter SeEq. Dustin was senselessly killed on New Years Day, and at this time, the murderer is still at large. We honor his memory to the LGBTQIA+ movement in Oklahoma. #justicefordustin
Congratulations to our newly crowned King and Queen of Tulsa Pride 2020:
King Blaze Khrystian and Queen Kitty Marie Legacy.
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.
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
Call for LGBTQ+ Oklahoma History
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Pride Street
Tulsa, OK 74120

In honor of the unveiling of our new Tulsa Pride logo for 2020, the History Project team wanted to share an amazing promo video from 2006 featuring so many Tulsa Pride favorites! Who do you recognize?
Our local LGBTQIA+ history is important, and you can check out the OKEQ History Project at the Equality Center or online at History Center at the link ink below .  If you have any videos, pictures, or items to donate to the history project, please bring them to the center!
Sisters in Song
Tuesday, January 14, 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.
New Fitness Class at OKEQ
Thursday, January 16, 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!"
Fresh Start Program: Trans-formative Self Care!
Thursday, January 23, 6:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Pride Street
Tulsa, OK 74120

Closet Exchange
Closet getting full or style getting stale? Bring your lightly used clothes, purses, accessories, shoes and more to the Equality Center and trade them with other attendees to build a whole new style! Clary Sage Instructors and students will be on hand to help you make choices so will you look your best.
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!
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.
Let's help the Tulsa Police Department become better by using your voice to let them know how they are doing. This assessment is completely confidential and the data will be used to help train officers.
Council Oak Men's Chorale Rehearsals
Tuesday January 28th at 7:00 p.m.
Fellowship Congregational Church
2900 S. Harvard Ave.

Rehearsals Start Tuesday January 28th at 7:00 p.m. Don't just sing in the shower, join Council Oak Men's Chorale and go on the road...On the Road With Council Oak...our upcoming spring concert.  Join an exciting group of men who travel well together, make beautiful music, have fun and enjoy performing! We'll be following the GPS coordinates for an exciting spring concert by visiting various destinations and sites through song. Come hit the road with us starting January 28th. You'll have a thrilling journey! If you have any questions contact our Chauffeur (Artistic Director) Elizabeth Smith Curtis at  jazzmezzo@cox.net .

COMC will actually be going on the road in July to the 2020 GALA Festival performing and representing our Tulsa community in Minneapolis. Come be a part of this road trip!
Little Blue House and Condomania Calling for Artists
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. 
Joe and Nancy McDonald Library
Find this selection and more by visiting the Nancy and Joe McDonald Rainbow Library.
"The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves"
"In this anthology, sixty-three award-winning authors such as Michael Cunningham, Amy Bloom, Jacqueline Woodson, Gregory Maguire, David Levithan, and Armistead Maupin make imaginative journeys into their pasts, telling their younger selves what they would have liked to know then about their lives as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgendered people. Through stories, in pictures, with bracing honesty, these are words of love and understanding, reasons to hold on for the better future ahead. They will tell you things about your favorite authors that you never knew before. And they will tell you about yourself."
Equality Pride Store
Non-Binary, Bisexual, Genderqueer, Polyamorous keychains. These locally made keychains are a great way to express your identity and keep your keys together. Help support local artists and the Equality Center by coming by and picking yours up today. $8.00 Special!

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.
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!
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.
OkEq Board Meeting
Monthly Meeting 
Thursday, February 13, 6:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center.
All Oklahomans for Equality board meetings are open to all OkEq members.
Alphabet Soup Youth Group

Every Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Join us for Alphabet SOUP, where all letters are welcome! Alphabet SOUP is dedicated to supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) youth by providing fun group activities, community, and volunteer opportunities. Alphabet SOUP’s primary goals are providing Services, Outreach, Unity, and Preparation for adulthood -- or SOUP -- to LGBTQIA+ youth ages 13-17. It will be Every Saturday Upstairs area of the Dennis R Neill Equality Center!
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.
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
Joe Guetlein
Bob Hanson
Marcia Keesee
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