Two years ago today, all loving and committed couples in Oregon won the freedom to marry.

We married on August 15, 2015 in front of family and friends along the Oregon Coast.

We spent our entire lives thinking this was a tradition we’d never experience.

It was an incredibly affirming and meaningful moment, not just for us, but for our friends and families who were there to celebrate with us.

It was important for us to stand before community and profess our love and commitment.

Ultimately, our marriage felt both radical and normal at the same time—it was a real and physical act that said “we are equal” in the eyes of the law.

Equality means we matter.

Equality means everyone matters.

Which is why our support for LGBTQ equality continues today.

And there’s a lot to support. This year, Basic Rights Oregon wants to host 25 transgender-affirming trainings across Oregon, Fair Workplace trainings to make businesses safer for LGBTQ employees, and re-launch Our Families, their leadership development program for LGBTQ people of color.

Basic Rights Oregon is 100% dependent on support from people like us.

Can we count on you to support these vital programs with a monthly gift of $15?

Today, as we mark our landmark victory over hate in Oregon, we have an opportunity to show the resliience of our community through Give Out Day, a national day when people across the country contribute to LGBTQ rights and advocacy.

We have so far raised more than $11,000, which means we’re only $9,000 away from our goal.

Donate now to support Basic Rights Oregon on Give Out Day.

Double your contribution with our special 20th Anniversary Matching Fund.


Quinton and Mike Hawks

P.S. Help us reach our goal of $20,000 and donate by May 20!