Queer Youth Space Returns!

With great excitement Human Dignity Coalition will be hosting QYS once more!  A safe space for students to have a social area safe zone that with two outstanding volunteers to chaperone the social hour.

Student aged person from 13-20 are invited to attend the event on the Third Tuesday of Each month, starting January 17th 2017.

The event will be permanently held at Dudley’s Book Cafe will hold the event open from 5 PM – 7 PM.

Cascade Youth & Family Center

The best feeling in the world is to be able to give. Whether it’s to a cause, the community or a project that you are passionate about, being able to give something to that endeavor makes our community stronger.

This morning Human Dignity Coalition was able to present 2 checks totaling $2,400 from both HDC and Central Oregon PFLAG to Amanda Gow, Director of Community Programs for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon and Cascade Youth and Family Center here in Bend. This money, raised by Stars & Rainbows with us as sponsors, and will go to helping LGBTQQ homeless kids this winter – warm clothing, warm socks and hot food.

These children are our future. Thank you to everyone who made this possible!

World Aids Day

WORLD AIDS DAY, 2016

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Thirty-five years ago the first documented cases of AIDS brought about an era of uncertainty, fear, and discrimination. HIV/AIDS has taken tens of millions of lives — and far too many people with HIV have struggled to get the care, treatment, and compassion they deserve. But in the decades since those first cases, with ingenuity, leadership, research, and historic investments in evidence-based practices, we have begun to move toward an era of resilience and hope — and we are closer than ever to reaching an AIDS-free generation. On World AIDS Day, we join with the international community to remember those we have lost too soon, reflect on the tremendous progress we have made in battling this disease, and carry forward our fight against HIV/AIDS.

By shining a light on this issue and educating more communities about the importance of testing and treatment, we have saved and improved lives. Although we have come far in recent decades, our work is not yet done and the urgency to intervene in this epidemic is critical. In the United States, more than 1.2 million people are living with HIV. Gay and bisexual men, transgender people, youth, black and Latino Americans, people living in the Southern United States, and people who inject drugs are at a disproportionate risk. People living with HIV can face stigma and discrimination, creating barriers to prevention and treatment services.

My Administration has made significant efforts to fight HIV/AIDS, including by encouraging treatment as prevention, expanding access to pre-exposure prophylaxis, eliminating waiting lists for medication assistance programs, and working toward a vaccine. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, no one can be denied coverage for pre-existing conditions like HIV, and millions of people can now access quality, affordable health insurance plans that cover important services like HIV testing and screening. In 2010, I introduced the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy in the United States, and last year, through an Executive Order, I updated it to serve as a guiding path to 2020. This update builds on the primary goals of the original Strategy, including reducing the number of HIV-infected individuals and HIV-related health disparities, improving health outcomes for anyone living with HIV and increasing their access to care, and strengthening our coordinated national response to this epidemic.

Currently, more than 36 million people, including 1.8 million children, are living with HIV/AIDS across the globe, and the majority of people living with HIV reside in low- to middle-income countries. We need to do more to reach those who are at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS, and the United States is helping shape the world’s response to this crisis and working alongside the international community to end this epidemic by 2030. We have strengthened and expanded the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), with now more than $70 billion invested, to accelerate our progress and work to control this epidemic with comprehensive and data-focused efforts. With PEPFAR support for more than 11 million people on life-saving treatment and through contributions to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria — including a new pledge of more than $4 billion through 2019 — there are now more than 18 million people getting HIV treatment and care. Because in sub-Saharan Africa young women and adolescent girls are over eight times more likely to get HIV/AIDS than young men, we launched a comprehensive prevention program to reduce HIV infections among this population in 10 sub-Saharan African countries. This summer, PEPFAR established an innovative investment fund to expand access to quality HIV/AIDS services for key populations affected by the epidemic and reduce the stigma and discrimination that persists. We have also helped prevent millions of new infections worldwide, including in more than 1.5 million babies of HIV-positive mothers who were born free of HIV. By translating groundbreaking research and scientific tools into action, for the first time we are seeing early but promising signs of controlling the spread of HIV.

Accelerating the progress we have made will require sustained commitment and passion from every sector of society and across every level of government around the world. A future where no individual has to suffer from HIV/AIDS is within our reach, and today, we recommit to ensuring the next generation has the tools they need to continue fighting this disease. Let us strive to support all people living with HIV/AIDS and rededicate ourselves to ending this epidemic once and for all. Together, we can achieve what once seemed impossible and give more people the chance at a longer, brighter, AIDS-free future.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 1, 2016, as World AIDS Day. I urge the Governors of the States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of the other territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and the American people to join me in appropriate activities to remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS and to provide support and compassion to those living with HIV.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.

BARACK OBAMA

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance, Sunday November 20th 2016

Deschutes Public Library 507 NW Wall St, Bend Oregon, 97703 // 2:30-4:30 PM

In honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance and in recognition of the upcoming trans rights struggles, Human Dignity Coalition is hosting a workshop on how to be an ally to transgender folks.

Learn about the challenges facing transgender people and how you can help support members of the local transgender community through simple, everyday actions.

If you have specific questions you would like to see addressed, please post them here or email erin.rook@gmail.com in advance of the event.

We will also have an area set aside for remembrance of those transgender people who have been killed in the past year for those who would like to pay their respects.

Transgender folks who are interested in convening to discuss in-community strategies for staying safe are invited to arrive at 2 pm for informal conversation and connection.

Never Give Up, Never Surrender

Human Dignity Coalition and PFLAG are safe spaces. Since the days of Stonewall our communities nation wide have struggled to provide services and fight for the human rights of every LGBTQQ person in this country.

We cannot and will not abandoned that mission.

Currently there are movements that will come to fruition when the new President takes office – there are anti gay marriage agendas, anti-Trans laws and, most likely Planned Parenthood will be defunded. Our non-profit social justice agencies will be hit hard for funding.

There is never a time to go back into the closet. This is the time to step up so each of us can protect our brothers and sisters. This is the time to “give ’til it hurts” so that agencies can continue the fight on your behalf.

We are here and we are not going away. We will continue to provide love, acceptance and safe places for the LGBTQQ communities nationwide.#gotyourback

Our phones are answered 24/7 – reach out, reach up and join the fight!

541.385.3320

Cait Boyce
Community Organizer

What A Show!

Poison Waters & Friends 14th Annual Drag Show 

What a blast! We came, we threw shade, we conquered. What a show! We are very excited to have had you attend! Tallies are still being totaled for what we raised for Pride 2017, QYS, and HDC.

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Special Mentions

Cliff Cook is was the guest of honor. HDC, and many GLBTQQ friendly programs in Central Oregon could not have been what they are with out him. Thank you for what you do!

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After Show Photos 

If you stayed honored for a photo op with the performers, please click here  to find your photo. These photos are provided generously by Tom Cook of Tom Cook Photography. To check out more of his phenomenal work, visit: http://tomcookphoto.zenfolio.com/poisonwatersandfriends