These are some of the organizations I'm involved with.
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Families United Against Hate
a co-founder and the board president of this grassroots
organization created by and for families and survivors of
hate motivated violence, in collaboration with other
individuals and organizations. FUAH provides support,
guidance and assistance to individuals, families* and
communities dealing with incidents based on bias; and to the
people, organizations and agencies who serve and support
Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Work Group
The Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Office of the Education Ombudsman are called on by The Washington State Legislature to convene a Work Group on school bullying and harassment prevention to develop, recommend, and implement strategies to improve school climate and create respectful learning environments in all public schools in Washington. I'm a member of the Work Group as a parent and representing Safe Schools Coalition.
|Olympia Friends Meeting's Peace and Social Justice Committee ~ I'm co-clerk of this committee which is charged with helping Friends to respond to the spiritual leadings for peace and justice experienced by individuals as well as by Meeting as a whole.|
Olympia Unity in the Community ~ I am a member of, and do the website for, this coalition dedicated to organizing positive and pro-diversity educational events and appropriate community responses to the growing presence of hate groups in the Olympia area. Unity seeks to build working relationships with a broad range of ethnic and cultural organizations, faith groups, progressive organizations, government entities and individuals who support diversity as an essential basis for a strong community.
PFLAG-Olympia ~ Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a family-based organization that promotes the health, well-being and civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support to cope with an adverse society, education to enlighten an ill-informed public, and advocacy to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. I do the website and newsletter with Alec, I was on the chapter's Board for many years, stepping down atl the end of 2012.
An international public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, that is working to help schools - at home and all over the world - become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. I am the coalition's webspinner
& listserv manager,
intervention team dispatcher, and I work with the
law and policy committee.
|SAGE-Olympia ~ a Net affiliate of SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) USA, the premier GLBT elder care organization which is based in New York. The SAGE Olympia mission is to promote the wellness of GLBT elders in the Thurston County area with a range of referrals, services and other activities. I do web design with Alec and am on the cultural fluency committee.|
|Youth Guardian Services (YGS) ~ a wonderful youth-run organization that provides support services on the Internet to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning, and straight supportive youth. I'm honored to be on their board of directors, and now I'm the board chairperson. The YGS YOUTH Email Lists exist to establish an outlet for youth to talk with each other about anything in a safe internet space. The five YGS discussion and support lists are: YOUTH13-17, YOUTH17-21, YOUTH21-25, the STR8 List (25 years old or younger who have friends or family members who are GLBTQ), and the LivingColor List (for GLBTQ persons between the ages of 13 and 25 who are affected by eating disorders and/or eating issues). The age policy is strictly enforced, and the lists are managed by peer List Managers. No grown-ups allowed!|
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