We’ve won the freedom to marry in Oregon! So… what’s next?
We keep going.
Marriage is an important milestone on a much longer journey toward full freedom and equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Oregonians. As important a milestone as it is, wedding bells do not signal that our work is finished. Marriage equality will not keep LGBT young people safe in our schools. It will not ensure transgender people access to accurate identity documents or critical health care services. It will not make our military, our prisons, or our immigration system inclusive and just. It will not ensure that LGBT Oregonians can live their lives free from the sting of discrimination.
Beyond the “marriage milestone,” what does our work look like?
In short, our post-marriage work is about achieving not only legal equality, but lived equality. Lived equality means we not only elect people to office who support freedom; we not only pass laws promoting freedom; we must ensure that those laws are carried out so that LGBT Oregonians experience freedom in our everyday lives. It’s about making sure that the lives of all of our community members are rooted in safety and opportunity. It’s about addressing the needs of the most vulnerable among us, measuring our success in the lived experiences of our people.
How is Basic Rights Oregon working to achieve lived equality?
Following our marriage victory, we have the momentum to build political power, defend the progress we have made, and create new policies that promote fairness and equality. Right now, Basic Rights Oregon is…
- Gearing up for an exciting election season, building political power to ensure the voices of LGBT Oregonians are heard and represented in our state’s critical policy decisions. By prioritizing voter registration, increasing civic participation and expanding the reach of our Equality PAC, we will reach our goal of electing at least 50 pro-equality candidates to office.
- Helping lead the broad coalition that supports passing the Safe Roads measure in 2014. Too many Oregonians are unable to safely and legally drive to work, church and school because they can’t produce the documents they need to get a driver’s license. Seniors, veterans, and immigrant families and workers are among the thousands of Oregonians who need this option—and LGBT Oregonians are part of all of these groups.
- Working to ensure that all of our children are safe in school, free from bullying. We will begin laying the groundwork, building the coalition and engaging stakeholders in determining the best way to strengthen and improve enforcement of anti-bullying policies in schools across the state.
- Increasing access to the medically-necessary health care prescribed to transgender Oregonians by their doctors, and removing barriers to updating basic identification to align with their gender identity.
- Ensuring that all Oregonians are protected from discrimination and that no one is treated differently, just because of who they are or who they love.
- Engaging in long-term strategic planning informed and guided by community feedback.