OkEq Weekly eNews June 26th, 2019
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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2019 OkEq Board Elections
Application Deadline is Friday, June 28

Oklahomans for Equality (“OkEq”) is accepting applications for both the Board of Directors and the Board of Advisors. The Board of Directors serves as the governing body of OkEq and meets monthly to address the essential functions of the organization and the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. The Board of Advisors serves as an advisory body to the Directors at these meetings and throughout the year. In addition to monthly meetings (and meeting on an as-needed basis certain times throughout the year), the Board of Directors are also required to:

  • Participate and sponsor the Equality Gala
  • Participate and volunteer at the Tulsa Pride Festival
  • Participate and attend various special events throughout the year
  • Be a Member of Oklahomans for Equality

We are looking for individuals that are driven, motivated and committed to the mission and goals of OkEq. Please keep in mind that Directors serve a two-year term and Advisors serve a one-year term. If you are interested in applying to serve as either a Director or Advisor to the organization, please notify Alex Wade, at alex.wade@okeq.org . of your interest and an application will be sent to you directly.
Equality Center
Our Hours are Expanding!

We're happy to announce that we are expanding our hours of service!  Starting Monday, July 1st the Dennis R Neill Equality Center will open at 9:00 a.m.
Chocolate and Charities Night with Oklahomans for Equality
Thursday, June 27, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Glacier Bean to Bar
209 E. Archer St.
Tulsa, OK 74103

This will be a night to support the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center and Oklahomans for Equality and learn a little more about all these organizations do to support our LGBTQIA+ community, as well as the Tulsa Community in general. That night from 6pm to Close, 15% of Bar Sales will go to the equality center in hopes of supporting their mission for equality for all our LGBTQ+ friends in the community! There will be a brief presentation at 7:30 p.m. on Oklahomans for Equality and the Dennis R Neill Equality Center's history, mission, current programs, and ways to get involved and help every month out of the year! Come by, grab a cocktail, and learn about our partner for Chocolate and Charities in June!

Glacier will be selling Pride themed chocolate boxes all month long. 20 % of the box sales goes to the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center.
Tulsa Roughnecks Celebrates Pride Month
Saturday, June 29, 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
ONEOK Field
Tulsa, OK 74120

Come on out to ONEOK Field for the month of June for Pride Month with the Tulsa Roughnecks! Celebrate diversity and equality!
Every ticket sold will benefit the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center.
Tahlequality Pride 2019
Saturday, June 29, 5:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Norris Park
400 N. Muskogee Ave.
Tahlequah, OK 74464

It's time for TahlEquality Pride 2019! We'll get started this year in Norris Park at 5:00 p.m. where we invite everyone to bring in their ice chests and picnic supplies. You are welcome to bring a picnic blanket, your own food, lawn chairs, canopies, children, puppies, and cheerful attitudes!

Start setting up your plot of the park at 5:00 p.m. and the traditional March will begin at 6:00 p.m. on the corner of Delaware and Muskogee next to the Cherokee square. 
Guys Dine Too
Gay Men's Dinner Group
Tuesday, July 2, 6:30 p.m.
Nola's Creole and Cocktails
1334 E. 15th St.
Tulsa, OK 74120

If you plan on attending please RSVP by emailing GuysDineToo@gmail.com.
LGBT Women's Network July Happy Hour
Monday, July 8, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
473 Bar and Backyard
2224 E. Admiral Blvd.
Tulsa, OK 74110

We've pushed our July event back a week due to the holiday!
We're checking out another gorgeous new bar in Tulsa! Join us for July happy hour and see this great new space. **PLEASE NOTE our new time.
Our monthly meetups are come & go gatherings for Tulsa women who identify as LGBTQ+. Allies are always welcome!
First Thursday Art Show
Thursday, July 11, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Pride Street
Tulsa, OK 74120

Oklahomans for Equality will feature an exhibit featuring the works of Trace Logan. Trace Logan was born and raised in Philadelphia but has lived in Oklahoma City for several years. From a young age, Logan drew extensively; this means of self-expression helped him to better understand the outside world. That, along with a background in graphic design has led to a preference for a bold style with well defined lines and borders more typically found in commercial art applications. He is currently working on a form of collage that contains separate and distinct elements of photography, painting, drawing, and digital work melded into one piece which address various social issues in addition to creating multi layered, abstract, acrylic paintings. The abstract paintings he calls “digital Composites” are intended to convey the impression, that there is more to the scenes pictured than meets the eye; thus promoting the concept that everyone's interactions with others are affected by their own perceptions, preconceptions, and misconceptions. Ultimately, Logan believes art is about the human experience with an emphasis on emotion and perception and the multifaceted inter-connectivity between living entities, places, and objects. The show begins with a reception on Thursday, July 11th from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. where there will be a door prize drawing of one of the artist’s works.
Bartlesville Pride Picnic 2019
Saturday, July 13, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Johnstone Park
Bartlesville, OK 74003

Oklahomans for Equality - Bartlesville is thrilled to announce our second annual Bartlesville PRIDE Picnic!

Last year, our picnic was such a success, and this year we are excited to provide even more. Our 2019 Picnic will have lots of family-friendly offerings for all ages: 
  • Kids Zone (Sponsored by our friends at Safari Smiles Children’s Dentistry) with games and activities for the kiddos.
  • A Cornhole tournament with the winning prize being custom painted cornhole boards with our PRIDE logo, along with tons of other yard games to keep the competition going!
  • Free Hotdogs courtesy of our friends at Truity, and the ConocoPhillips LGBTA Network, and Pride66.
  • DJ Darku J will be keeping the party going all afternoon with fun party music.
  • Speakers sharing their stories about what PRIDE means to them including CeCe Cox, Toby Jenkins, and several other community members.
  • A pet station on hand to keep the fur kids happy!
EBA Mixer
Wednesday, July 17, 6:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Tulsa
100 E. 2nd Street
Tulsa, OK 74103

Hyatt Regency Tulsa will be hosting the EBA Mixer for July.

" Hyatt Regency Tulsa is located in the heart of downtown Tulsa’s vibrant business, entertainment, and cultural districts. Our hotel overlooks the scenic gardens of the Williams Center Complex and is only eight miles from Tulsa International Airport. Adjoined via skybridge to Williams Towers, our luxury, high-rise Tulsa hotel is adjacent to the famous Tulsa Performing Arts Center and just a few walking blocks from the Cox Convention Center, BOK Center and more than 50 restaurants and bars. "
Muskogee Pride Picnic
Saturday, July 20, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Honor Heights Park
1400 Honor Heights Dr.
Muskogee, OK 74401

Oklahomans for Equality: Muskogee Equality, presents its first inaugural Pride event at Muskogee's very own Honor Heights Park!

If you would like to set up a booth, become a sponsor, or a vendor please send an email to OkeqMuskogee@gmail.com.

The event runs July the 20th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with an after-event at Max's Garage.

NOTICE: the picnic is for everyone but the after-event is 21 and up. 
S.A.G.E. Summer Pool Parties
Tuesday, July 23, Aug. 20, Sep. 17, 10:00 a.m.
1938 E. 55th Pl.
Tulsa, OK 74105

Members should meet on Tuesday, June 18th at 9:30 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 also has railing with steps to help people into the pool. If you would like to attend, please email alex.wade@okeq.org  to RSVP. The pool party will be held at 1938 E. 55th Pl., Tulsa, OK 74105. Maps are available at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center.
 
The mission of SAGE Tulsa is to address issues related to lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender aging. In partnership with its constituents and allies, SAGE Tulsa works to achieve a high quality of life for LGBT older adults, supports and advocates for their rights, fosters a greater understanding of aging in all communities and promotes positive images of LGBT life in later years. SAGE Tulsa meets every Tuesday morning at 10:00 am at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center. 
Raise the Roof Party
Saturday, July 27
Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St., Pride Street
Tulsa, OK 74120

Come join us for the Raise the Roof Party so we can raise funds for our rooftop renovations. Help us replace the roof so we can keep helping people under our roof!
AIDS Quilt Narratives Wanted

The Dennis R. Neill Equality Center and Jeremy Stevens, program director of the Orbit Initiative for the Tulsa PAC, are asking anyone who knew and/or loved someone who died of AIDS to record their narratives for archival and future use. This project is for anyone affected by the AIDS crisis whose stories are connected to Tulsa. All of these stories deserve to be told.
 
Those who are interested in having a story recorded are asked to contact Stevens at the Tulsa PAC at (918) 596-7119 or  jeremystevens@cityoftulsa.org  or Oklahomans for Equality Program Director Jose Vega at (918) 743-4297 or   jose.vega@okeq.org .
Enid Pride
Saturday, September 21, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Garfield County Courthouse
100 W. Broadway Ave.
Enid, OK 73701

Mark your calendars for the 10th annual Enid Pride celebration on Saturday, September 21, 2019! 
McAlester Pride
Saturday, October 12, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Chadick Park
S. 3rd St & E. Chadick Ave.
McAlester, OK 74501
Joe and Nancy McDonald Library
Find this selection and more by visiting the Nancy and Joe McDonald Rainbow Library.
" Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall "
by   St. Sukie de la Croix
" Chicago Whispers  illuminates a colorful and vibrant record of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people who lived and loved in Chicago from the city’s beginnings in the 1670s as a fur-trading post to the end of the 1960s. Journalist St. Sukie de la Croix, drawing on years of archival research and personal interviews, reclaims Chicago’s LGBT past that had been forgotten, suppressed, or overlooked."
Equality Pride Store



2019 Pride T-Shirts are on sale for $20 in the OkEq Pride Store.




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. 

You can make an appointment with Allison by calling  918-280-9645
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 5 sessions  free  and each session following that is 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.
 Sara’s office is located at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E 4th St, Tulsa, OK 74120
 Sara operates on a sliding scale fee structure and can be reached at
918-928-2809 or Sara@UnityTulsa.com
Regularly Scheduled Programming
OkEq Board Meeting
Monthly Meeting 
Thursday, July 18, 7:00 p.m.

Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
 All Oklahomans for Equality board meetings are open to all OkEq members
Lawyer in the Library
Wednesday, July 10
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.
SAGE Tulsa 
Every Tuesday
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

"drop in for coffee" 
Facilitated by
John Madigan
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 www.facebook.com/UnityTulsa or check the OkEq event calendar at http://www.okeq.org/event-calendar.html
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
the website  for
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 
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
Special Projects/Library
Kao Morris 
Facilities Manager
Krissy Dudley
Administrative Manager
Toby Jenkins
CEO/Executive Director
OkEq Board and Trustees
Executive Committee
Sheena Grewal - President
Chris Brecht-Smith, Esq. - Vice President
Marcia LaBooth Keesee - Secretary
Paul Allen - Treasurer
Darci Hazelwood, D.O. - Member at Large

Board of Directors
Laura Arrosmith, D.O.
Allison Ikley-Freeman
Chris Shoaf
Al Triggs
Robin VanMeter
Will Vaughn
  Board of Advisors
Michael Farr
Joann Frizell
Andrew Gordon
Jack Graham
Bob Hanson, PharmD
Dale Hogan
Denise Reid
Justin Ross
Jeremy Stevens

Trustees
Shawna Baker, Esq.
Dan Burnstein
Kirk Holt
David Nelson
Kris Wilmes 
Oklahomans for Equality
Hours:  Mon - Sat 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Sun 12 p.m.- 6 p.m.
621 E. 4th St., Tulsa, OK 74120