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Letter to Achille Public School District

(In response to details around this story)

Dear Achille Public School District,

On behalf of One Million Kids for Equality, I would express our dismay and outrage at your inaction and ignorance around the recent events regarding your student Maggie Rose. Not only have you allowed the endangerment of a youth, but your lack of public announcement about the issue has given pass to the vile and violence-inciting comments made by parents within your school district.

Your website has a no-tolerance bullying policy posted that states, “The policy of this school district is that harassment of students by other students, personnel, or the public will not be tolerated.” Despite having a policy in place against harassment by the public, your inaction speaks volumes on how noncommitted you are to these values. Indeed your policy also provides definitions of harassment, bullying, and intimidation as, “Any gesture, written or verbal expression, or physical act that a reasonable person should know will harm another student, damage another student’s property, or insult or demean any student or group of students in such a way as to disrupt or interfere with the school’s educational mission or the education of any student.” Your schools were shut down due to the violent comments made online, which directly violates this policy, yet you have made no effort to publicly correct the issue or inform the public of your plans.

As a public service and educational institution, it is your duty to ensure the wellbeing of your students and to condemn any unacceptable behavior within the school and from outside forces. So far, you have failed to do so. In fact, your student will be relocating because of public comments and the fear inflicted upon them. Although it is too late to correct the issue for those involved, it is not too late to publicly condemn the comments made and to uphold your dedication to no tolerance against bullying and harassment. We at One Million Kids for Equality urge you to do so and want to inform you that your next actions will have an impact on other students who come through the Achille school system.
If you would like to discuss how to address a public announcement of this nature, please feel free to contact me.

Fearlessly,

Curtis D. Galloway
Executive Director
One Million Kids for Equality
206-429-5357

One Million Kids for Equality Comments on Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act

Seattle, WA (July 12, 2018)– Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee passed the Child Welfare Inclusion Act (CWIA) bill that allows Federally funded adoption agencies to refuse LGBTQ+ families based on religious convictions. This bill would amend the 2019 funding bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. This is in addition to the Health and Human Services Proposed Rule to remove LGBTQ+ and Native identity data from AFCARS.

In the text of the bill, the purpose reads, “To prohibit governmental entities from discriminating or taking an adverse action against a child welfare service provider on the basis that the provider declines to provide a child welfare service that conflicts, or under circumstances that conflict, with the sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions of the provider.” This means that adoption agencies can refuse service to anyone and cite religious beliefs as the basis for their refusal.

We, One Million Kids for Equality, condemn this heinous move by the House of Representatives Committee and recognize that it is nothing but another attack on the LGBTQ+ community. Not only will this affect LGBTQ+ individuals who wish to adopt, but it will also affect foster children in the adoption system. According to an ACLU study on foster care, more than 500,000 children are in foster care and of that 100,000 need adopted. However, only about 20,000 will be adopted. Lifelong Adoptions’ statistics estimate nearly 2 million LGBTQ+ couples are interested in adopting, but with the passage of this amendment, that number will be greatly impacted. We are in the middle of a foster care crisis and our Government is about to make it worse. The House of Representatives is making a clear statement that the needs of children in foster care is not their main concern, but rather, that they care more about strengthening their religious agenda through discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community. The passage of the bill is completely unacceptable and goes against what we stand for as a country.

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One Million Kids for Equality Announces Curtis Galloway as New Executive Director

LGBTQ Youth Equality Nonprofit names former youth board member to be the face of organization.

June 14, 2018 (Seattle, WA) — On January 29, 2018, One Million Kids for Equality (OMK) announced the appointment of Curtis Galloway as its next Executive Director, and has now fully transitioned into the role. Curtis joined the OMK Executive Leadership Board in August of 2015, after working in coalition with the organization to ban conversion therapy in Illinois.

“Since the formation of our organization, Curtis has been instrumental in the development of our mission and ideology. His proven track record for youth advocacy, in alignment with his diligent work ethic, makes his move to Executive Director the natural evolution for our organization.” Brad Delaney, President, OMK.

“Curtis is a living witness to the trails and daily struggle for basic survivor of today’s LGBTQ youth. With him spearheading our organization, we hope that these young people find a leader to reach out to and speak for them.” Sahel Chen, South Central Regional Director, OMK.

As an existing board member, Curtis recognizes One Million Kids’ mission and how to effectively communicate and execute that mission with the organization’s stakeholders. As a vocal survivor of conversion therapy who testified to the Illinois legislature about his experience, Curtis intrinsically understands the power of the personal story to improve the lives of youth.

“Conversion therapy was a turning point in my life. Not only did it affect every aspect of my life at the time, but the trauma I experienced while in it has fueled my passion for LGBTQ activism. I always say that I am thankful that I went through conversion therapy and not someone else in my place because I was strong enough to become a survivor. Others may not have been as fortunate. The fight against conversion therapy is one of the many reasons I am proud to be taking on this role as the first Executive Director of One Million Kids for Equality. I have experienced the struggle of being a queer youth; and, I realize that there are so many issues faced by other queer youth. I will continue to fight for equality and love, not just to stop conversion therapy, but for our Youth of Color, our trans youth, and all other queer youth who need a voice and an organization they can turn to.” Curtis Galloway, December 13, 2017.

Curtis earned leadership experience in his role as co-president of the Monmouth College LGBTQ student organization, key testifier against conversion therapy in the Illinois Government, and as Marketing manager of the Chatillon-DeMenil House Foundation. Curtis has dedicated his life to serving the LGBTQ community and allies in not only his home State of Illinois and Missouri but Nationwide. A more detailed biography can be found on the OMK website at www.onemillionkids.org.

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One Million Kids for Equality Comments on the HHS AFCARS rule

Seattle, WA (June 13, 2018)– Once again the well being of Native Peoples, LGBTQ youth, and families are in jeopardy, and we, One Million Kids for Equality, are issuing this public statement on the issue. In response to Trump’s Executive Order 13777 on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda to lower regulatory burdens on the American people, issued on February 24, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has published a Proposed Rule (RIN 0970-AC72) on the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) with comments due June 13, 2018. AFCARS collects and records data from state and tribal title IV-E agencies on children in foster care and those who have been adopted. This data includes sexual orientation and gender expression of the children, as well as the sexual orientation of the adopting parents and foster data for Native people. By doing so, it ensures the safety and well being of LGBTQ youth, families, and Native peoples in the foster system. However, Trump’s order to “streamline” AFCARS is stripping sexual orientation, gender expression, and Native identity from foster care reporting, opening children up to exploitation, discrimination, and abuse.

One Million Kids for Equality, issued a formal comment yesterday to the HHS on the Proposed Rule, “One Million Kids for Equality is very concerned with the well-being of LGBTQ foster children due to this proposed rule, and feel very strongly that the streamlining of AFCARS will have an overwhelmingly negative impact on LGBTQ foster children and potential adoptive families due to the reasons outlined below.”

We are also expressing many points that defend the collection of sexual orientation, gender identity, and Native data and why they should continue to be collected. Our points state that LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the foster system (meaning that there are more children who identify on the LGBTQ spectrum than not), and in being so they are reported as more likely to be treated poorly, be hospitalized due to emotional trauma, or become incarcerated in Juvenile Justice Facilities. These facts are reported by the federally-funded R.I.S.E study. The removal of this data will negatively impact the ability to track and prevent outcomes such as these, including similar outcomes in Native children. We also assert many reasons why sexual orientation and gender identity question need to be included on foster care forms.

We, One Million Kids for Equality, would like the HHS to know that LGBTQ and Native children are not a burden and that the notion of “streamlining” our adoption system by erasing them from data is appalling and abhorrent. When it comes to youth, we need to take every step necessary to ensure their safety and livelihood. This move by the Trump administration is a blatant attack on LGBTQ and Native people, and we will not let it go unchallenged.

To read our full comment or read about the Proposed Rule, visit: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=ACF-2018-0003-0094

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2 Year Since Pulse- OMK St. Louis Vigil

One Million Kids for Equality Hosting Pulse Vigil

St. Louis, MO (June 13, 2018)– On June 12th, 2016, our community faced a tragedy that had not been experienced in a long time. Forty-nine of our siblings had their lives cut short during Latin night at Pulse Nightclub, a popular place for LGBTQ+ people of color.
The shock and despair felt across the country that morning was overwhelming. Sadness and outrage flooded our social feeds and permeated news outlets as more horrific details came to light.

 

This year marks the 2-year anniversary of the Pulse Massacre. One Million Kids for Equality (OMK), a national LGBTQ+ youth advocacy and empowerment nonprofit organization, is hosting a vigil in St. Louis at the Trans Memorial Garden on Friday, June, 15th, at 7pm. Curtis Galloway, Executive Director of OMK will speak and lead the event, with other leaders of the community speaking as well. Speeches will be followed by a moment of silence.

 

The focus of the vigil is to #HonorThemWithAction, a slogan made by the National Equality March. In 2017, over 147 million people were reached by the hashtag #HonorThemWithAction, which is a campaign to commemorate the Pulse Massacre by asking Individuals, organizations, and companies to use the hashtag to post how they were actively challenging anti-LGBTQ harassment, discrimination, and violence. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own candles and participate in the hashtag campaign to show that #STLRemembersPulse.

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2nd Annual Spring Mixer & Garden Party

Photo credit: Deborah Hart

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

One Million Kids for Equality and The Personal Stories Project held their 2nd Annual Spring Mixer & Garden Party on Saturday, April 21st at the home of Joseph Chan and Charles Chan Massey in Los Angeles.

More than 75 guests attended and just over $10,000 was raised. 10% of the net proceeds will be split between 2018 Event Community Partners Camp Brave Trails and the Trans Latin@ Coalition to help further their organizational goals.

The balance will be equally divided between One Million Kids for Equality and The Personal Stories Project to support their respective missions of collecting and sharing stories from the LGBT community to help change hearts, minds, and lives.

Guests also had the opportunity to assemble hygiene kits which will be donated to the Trans Latin@ Coalition’s drop-in center located at The Center for Violence Prevention & Transgender Wellness in Los Angeles.

Germán Toledo Carrero, a composer, pianist, keyboardist, and producer from Santiago Chile who is currently studying in Los Angeles, provided entertainment for the event.

CLICK HERE for a gallery of photos from the event on Facebook.

For additional information about One Million Kids for Equality please contact:

Curtis Galloway, Executive Director
curtis@onemillionkids.org
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For additional information about The Personal Stories Project please contact:

Charles Chan Massey, Executive Director
charles@personalstoriesproject.org
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One Million Kids and The Personal Stories Project to Host 2nd Annual Garden Party and Mixer In Los Angeles

Do you like schmoozing on Saturday? Do you like parties with open bars and free food? Do you consider yourself an LGBTQ activist or ally? Do you like to travel or live in the greater Los Angeles area? If your answer to any of those questions is yes, then have we got the party for you!Come out Saturday, April 21st, to our garden party benefiting The Personal Stories Project and One Million Kids For Equality.

Registration:

Early Bird (Before March 15th):
$125 Event Host
$100 Very Important Person
$75 Affluent Advocate
$30 Starving Artist

Registration (After March 15th):
$150 Event Host
$125 Very Important Person
$100 Affluent Advocate
$35 Starving Artist

Registration (Day of Event):
$160 Event Host
$135 Very Important Person
$110 Affluent Advocate
$40 Starving Artist


Food/Beverages:

An open bar with liquor, wine, beer, Hors d’oeuvres, and deserts will provided.

Entertainment:

Music for the afternoon will be provided by the extremely talented, Rob C and Alessa Ray.

Party Hosts:

Joseph Chan & Charles Chan Massey
Brad Delaney
Nikki and David Duncan
Donna Shaw
Tom Carmichael

Where the money goes:

10% (TBA) LGBTQ Youth Serving Nonprofit

45% Personal Stories Project’s Digital Storytelling Program

45% One Million Kids For Equality’s Monthly Storytelling Events

Guests will also have the opportunity to help assemble personal hygiene kits to be donated to a youth homelessness organization – this is optional for anyone interested in helping.

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Nope! This event is open to all ages. If you are under the age of 21, we operate on an honor system, but we ask that you please refrain from consuming alcohol.

Is there parking available at or around the venue?

There are a limited number of off-street parking spaces available. Once they run out, then there is also street parking available. If you need off-street parking, we recommend you come early as it fills up fast.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can reach Brad at brad@onemillionkids.org and Charles at charles@personalstoriesproject.org.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

To speed up the check-in process, we ask that you please bring your printed ticket with you. But we understand that uh ohs happen. If you forget your ticket, we should be able to find you on our list at the door. Please inform our attendant if you registered the day of the event and we will get you squared away.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes! We understand that scheduling conflicts occur from time to time. While we can’t offer a refund, we are happy to transfer your ticket to another attendee. Please contact Brad at brad@onemillionkids.org and he will get you taken care of.

LGBTQ Organizations Call on Big Business in North Carolina to Oppose Legislature’s Attempt to Repeal Charlotte LGBTQ Nondiscrimination Protections.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 23, 2016

Media Contact:

Matt Hirschy, Equality North Carolina

(919) 829-0343 matt@equalitync.org

Shane Windmeyer, Campus Pride

(704) 277-6710 x1 shane@campuspride.org

Brad Delaney, One Million Kids for Equality

(206) 429-5357 brad@onemillionkids.org

Charlotte, NC – A coalition of LGBTQ organizations led by Equality North Carolina, Campus Pride, and One Million Kids For Equality is calling on Bank of America, BB&T (Branch Bank & Trust), Burt’s Bees, and it’s parent company Clorox to oppose the North Carolina legislature’s attempt to repeal Charlotte’s recently passed city ordinance that aims to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from discrimination.

These new legal protections mean that as of April 1st businesses in Charlotte can’t discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender customers, in addition to long-standing protections based on race, age, religion and gender. The ordinance applies to places of public accommodation, such as bars, restaurants and stores. It also applies to taxis.

Immediately after passage of the new city ordinance many within the North Carolina legislature began advocating for statewide legislative action to block local governments from enacting their own nondiscrimination protections. When North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory and Senate Majority Leader Phil Berger announced that they would not convene a special session of the legislature to address new legislation, the legislature took it upon themselves to convene a special session. The special session started today at 10am.

“As three of the largest corporations in North Carolina, all of which proudly protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees through LGBTQ inclusive non-discrimination policies, we believe these corporations have a moral obligation and responsibility to voice their opposition when state legislatures put the communities they serve in danger of discrimination” – Brad Delaney, One Million Kids For Equality

A copy of our joint letters to Bank of America, BB&T, and Burt’s Bees (Clorox) are available here:

https://onemillionkids.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/NC-BofA-Letter.pdf

https://onemillionkids.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/NC-BBT-Letter.pdf

https://onemillionkids.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/NC-Clorox-Letter.pdf

Equality North Carolina is dedicated to securing equal rights and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) North Carolinians. Equality NC is based in Charlotte, NC. For more information, please visit http://equalitync.org

Campus Pride is the leading nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBTQ students. Campus Pride is based in Charlotte, NC. For more information, please visit http://campuspride.org

One Million Kids For Equality works to empower youth and their allies around the world to share their stories and create change in legislatures, courts, and most importantly hearts and minds. For more information, please visit https://onemillionkids.org

The Personal Stories Project is a social media based organization that promotes activism, advocacy and support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community and our allies through the sharing of personal stories. For more information, please visit http://personalstoriesproject.org

BiNet USA is America’s oldest advocacy organization for bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer-identified and unlabeled people, BiNet USA facilitates the development of a cohesive network of independent bisexual and bi-friendly communities; promotes bisexual and bi-inclusive visibility; and collects and distributes educational information regarding sexual orientation and gender identity with an emphasis on bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer (bi+) communities. For more information, please visit http://binetusa.org

Equality Federation is the movement builder and strategic partner to state-based organizations advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people. For more information, please visit http://equalityfederation.org

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