The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce just announced their opposition to HJR 6, the legislation in the Indiana State House altering the definition of marriage. The Chamber’s Board of Directors approved the official documentation of their opposition, saying instead legislators should work on legislation that will bring business to the state, not give them reason to leave. The Bloomington Chamber of Commerce represents over 1,100 local businesses including IU Health-Bloomington and Indiana University, which have both also released public statements opposing the amendment. The Bloomington City Council also made a motion against HJR 6 last week and Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan has joined mayors statewide in opposition to the bill.
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The Bloomington City Council passed a resolution in support of same-sex marriage yesterday. The four-page resolution was a response to House Joint Resolution 6, which seeks to add a same-sex marriage ban to the Indiana Constitution. One of the resolution’s sponsors, Council Member Susan Sandberg, defended the council’s choice to take a position on the issue.
“This is the right thing to do at the right time in our history,” Sandberg said, “I stand up proudly for it and I will take any criticism from the media. We have plenty of time to take care of the ‘traditional’ city business but when it comes to resolutions, this council has always taken stands that people say are not in our jurisdiction, we take these opportunities to allow these to serve as public forums.”
11 members of the public spoke in favor of the resolution.
Faith Hawkins, a citizen, said she married her partner in 1996, but the marriage is not legally recognized. Hawkins declared that her reason for support is that she doesn’t want to be at the hospital not being able to find out her partner’s medical status because her next of kin relationship with her is not recognized.
Another member of the public, Glorianne Leck, said she and her partner traveled to New York to get married earlier this year. She said there were financial reasons for the marriage. She wants for her partner to be able to collect her social security but that the cost of the trip should have gone to regular wedding costs.
“I have long said that being queer is what I’m most proud of because I’m not conforming for anybody,” Leck said, “But now I’ve been hogtied into marriage because of the financial need we have as elders.”
Charlotte Zietlow also addressed the council. Zietlow is a member of the city’s Board of Public Works, and she served on the City Council in 1975, when the council voted to include sexual orientation in the city’s Human Rights Ordinance. She said the provision came up for discussion again during the 1990’s.
“I’m touched because those meetings were very conentious and hate-filled,” Zietlow said, “Tonight we have a group speaking from the heart without fear of being yelled at by other members of the community. That is such an incredible sign of progress we should be proud of.”
No one spoke against the resolution, and the council approved it unanimously.
Assistant Professor in IUB School of Public Health Beth Meyerson and PhD nursing student in clinical science and part-time faculty member at IUB School of Nursing Greg Carter discuss issues around coming out to one’s health provider as well as their planned research focusing on LGBT health disclosure. Michael is joined by IU School of Public Health researcher Deborah Herbenick in a conversation about her latest research concerning the role lubricants play in sexual activity on a new edition of Sexual Health Matters. Featured artist is the American Roots/Celtic Soul duo Switchback and musical selections is “Pour Me.”
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Executive producer Alycin Bektesh
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News Director Josh Vidrich,
Original theme music provided by Mikial Robertson
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Freedom Indiana is holding a community meeting this Sunday, to discuss information about the organization and effects of the HJR-6 Bill.
Communications Director Jennifer Wagner gives more detail on the organization.
“Freedom Indiana is a bipartisan, statewide organization,” Wagner says, “We recently stood up to oppose HJR-6 that would restrict freedom for certain Hoosiers, define marriage, and harm Indiana’s economy.”
According to Freedom Indiana, the HJR-6 Bill defines marriage as, QUOTE, “Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.” END QUOTE.
The bill would alter the Indiana Constitution’s stance on marriage, and it could affect rights related to marriage that are currently under Indiana law.
The goal of the Freedom Indiana meeting is to raise awareness for the organization, and to educate lawmakers and Hoosiers about the amendment.
“Our goal is to build the largest grassroots constituency campaign in Indiana history,” Wagner says, “We want to contact as many Hoosiers as we can to let them know how harmful it would be to them and their fellow Hoosiers. We hope they let their lawmakers know that it’s not something that needs to happen now.”
The meeting will be held this Sunday at 5:30 pm, in the Unitarian Universalist Church.
To celebrate National Coming Out Day October 11, the Black Film Center Archive of Indiana University, several IU departments, and Bloomington PRIDE will co-sponsor a free film program at the IU Cinema.
Brian Graney, archivist at the Black Film Center, talks about the program, called “Exploding Lineage! Queer of Color Histories in Experimental Media.”
“The film is a curated program of 14 experimental short films,” Graney says, “It was curated by through the organization Queer Rebels Productions, which was established to showcase the works of queer artists of color.”
National Coming Out Day is an international celebration and observance of individuals who publicly identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. Tomorrow’s film program curators, KB Boyce and Celeste Chan, will attend to introduce the program, and follow it with a question and answer session.
“Exploding Lineage!” starts October 11 at 6:30 pm.
Tuesday, local residents will be given an opportunity to participate in a debate on marriage equality.
Bloomington City Council Member Susan Sandberg is sponsoring a resolution, along with Council Members Darryl Neher and Tim Mayer as co-sponsors, supporting marriage equality.
This motion is designed to provide a local response to state legislators’ efforts to include a clause in the state constitution to limit marriage to be between one man and one woman.
Supporters of this effort, which will be presented to state voters during the next voting cycle, say the intent is to outlaw same-sex marriage.
The sponsors of the local resolution have invited the public, along with LBGT leaders and community and business organizations, to discuss how the codification of discrimination in our State Constitution will impact the state economically.
The council meeting will begin at 6 pm in the City Council Chambers in the Showers Building on Morton Street in downtown Bloomington.
The final vote on the local resolution is expected to be presented to the full Bloomington Council by the end of the year.
IU GLBT Alumni Association Launches Groundbreaking Scholarship Campaign Helping The LGBT Student Community
The Indiana University Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alumni Association has launched the nation’s first-ever scholarship campaign devoted to assisting GLBT students and promoting leadership on GLBT concerns.
According to Doug Bauder, coordinator at the IU GLBT Student Support Services Office, the GLBT Alumni Association organized this dual scholarship.
One of the scholarships aims to help GLBT students who are cut off financially after coming out about their sexual orientation.
“If they choose to share that with their parents, and on occasion, these folks have lost support, financially,” Bauder says, “I became aware of that when students would share that with me and as I met with people in the alumni association, we came up with ways to provide them some scholarship money.”
Bauder says the campaign has been under development for over a decade, and that IU leading the way is no surprise.
“There’s been an appreciation of issues of sexual diversity since the days of Alfred Kinsey,” Bauder says, “There’s a tradition and a history of this community and this campus of understanding that not everyone is heterosexual. There are unique problems gay students face and this office opened 20 years ago to offer information and support to gay students. From the very first year our office was open, we’ve had alumni say they wish it had been open when they were in school in the 50’s or 60’s or 70’s.”
Full or part-time students enrolled at any IU campus may apply for the scholarships, which are awarded based on involvement in activities promoting diversity and raising awareness of GLBT issues.
NYC based pop/rock singer, songwriter and LGBTQ activist Samia chats about her political views and musical career. Musical selections are “Only Wanna Dance,” “Lose Me” and “Burning Up.” IUB graduate student and organizing committee chair for the week long series of sexual educational events called “Sexploration” Patrick Nagel is in studio with detailed information about the various activities scheduled throughout September and October.