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"HOT" Day of Action Workshops You Won't Want to Miss

In addition to lobbying our legislators and rallying to demand basic fairness for all Oregonians on the March 3rd Day of Action, BRO allies and coalition partners will present four not-to-miss workshops:

Building Alliances Across Race
The movement for GLBT rights in Oregon models both the challenges and success of building alliances across race. This 2 hour training/discussion will build on our history and deepen our understanding of the interconnectedness of issues of justice for GLBT and people of color communities. All participants will have the opportunity to learn about and take action on current priority issues for organizations who have stood side by side with GLBT communities during ballot measure fights.
Presenters: Voz Hispana, Rural Organizing Project, (pending confirmation: Oregon Action)
Facilitators: Aeryca Steinbauer, PCUN; Moira Bowman, Western States Center

Out Proud Oregon Candidates
Have you admired people who run for office as openly LGBT candidates? Have you thought about running for office yourself? Four people who have taken this courageous step share their stories and their perspectives, and then answer your questions about their experiences.

Rick Brissette, City Councilor, Lincoln City
Karl Rohde, Former City Commissioner and Candidate for State Senate, Lake Oswego
Elli Work, Former Candidate for State Representative, Bend
Facilitator: Alisa Simmons, Chair, Basic Rights Equality PAC

The Faith Response to GLBT Issues
People of faith can be very powerful allies in the struggle for GLBT equality. Many people falsely believe that religion and tolerance are mutually exclusive. The panelists will describe the ways that they are working to respond to this misperception, convey the philosophical basis for supporting GLBT equality, and help the audience understand the broad range of denominations represented.

Panel: Faith Leaders from around the State
Facilitator: Rev. Tara Wilkins, Director, Community of Welcoming Congregations

Transgender Indentities and Issues
An hour long workshop and conversation with members of the Basic Rights Oregon Trans Advocacy Group about gender identity. We will cover the basics—exploring the concept of gender identity with the participants, discussing terminology, proposing ways to be a good ally, and identifying legal protections that exist in Oregon and where they are missing. Panel members represent the diversity of the transgender community and are thoughtful and knowledgeable communicators.

Visit basicrights.org for more information.
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