A Message from Executive Director Nancy Haque
Four years ago, it was my first week at Basic Rights Oregon when I got onstage at the Oregonians Against Discrimination Luncheon in front of hundreds of members of the business community, ready to celebrate our recent victories and look forward to the future.
It’s so easy to be scared, especially in these uncertain times, when it feels like the ground beneath our feet is constantly shifting.
I’m grateful that when so much of the country continues to slip backwards, I live in a place where our work continues to move forward.
As many of you know, Basic Rights Oregon was formed in 1996 because of unprecedented attacks on the LGBTQ community. Oregonians faced over 30 anti-LGBTQ ballot measures, more than any other state in the county. And now, we are the second most LGBTQ-friendly state in the country (and we’re coming for you, California).
Together we have done so much.
We passed the Oregon Equality Act in 2007 and enjoy protections that more than 34 states in our country still don’t have today.
We fought hard for and won Marriage Equality.
We were the first state in the nation to add a third gender marker to driver’s licenses.
And in 2017, we passed the first standalone, statewide transgender protection bill in the country.
It’s something to be proud of, and something that we must ruthlessly defend and fight for.
And we’re still fighting now, on the cusp of legal decisions that will impact discrimination protections in the workplace and healthcare. Still fighting to ensure LGBTQ youth throughout the state see a future for themselves and that every person can access a safe, affirming workplace.
Help us continue the fight. Step up and speak out for an Oregon that’s truly for everyone.