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 2013 Initiatives

 Deaf and People with Disabilities Accessibility in the LGBT Community

Purpose: Examine and address issues specific to the LGBT deaf and people with disabilities populations in San Francisco.

Process: Create a hearing and invite members of the communities to express their struggles, frustrations, successes as well as experts on the subject and representatives from community events and organizations to speak to what they do to accommodate. Create guidelines and suggestions to follow.

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 Inclusive Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Purpose: Capitalize on the national momentum regarding Comprehensive Immigration Reform and to ensure the inclusion of LGBT immigrant issues in emerging legislative proposals.

Process: Host a presentation to the LGBT Advisory Committee on “Comprehensive Immigration Reform 101.” Develop a resolution to present to HRC. Organize and promote a panel to address inclusive reform at an outside community site, featuring a diverse range of stakeholders, including Immigrant Rights Commission, Equity Advisory Committee, and Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights. Topics to be addressed include: DREAM Act, UAFA (Uniting American Families Act) /RFA (Reuniting Families Act) - LGBT Families, Faith – Theology of Inclusion, S-Comm (Secure Community), Criminal Justice Issues (treatment of LGBT immigrants with prior arrest and treatment of LGBT immigrants in detention & asylum seekers), and business impact of immigration reform. Use social media to outreach to undocuqueer (undocumented LGBT) youth who may wish to share testimonies anonymously or to assist with digital outreach for the panel. 

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 LGBTQ Economic Empowerment Group

Purpose: Identify, educate & create a community response to current economic climates.

Process: Develop a fiscally healthy community that can generate, protect and invest in its own resources through LGBTQ focused Credit Unions, credit cards, and long-term fiscal planning workshops for all economic levels.

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 2012 Initiatives

Beyond Castro

Purpose: Highlight issues of race and ethnicity in the LGBT community and increase awareness and inclusivity for programs and services that meet specific and unique needs of the LGBT community in District 10, the Mission, and the Tenderloin.

Process: Organize panels and meetings with speakers, community members, services providers and stakeholders in the Mission and the Tenderloin to understand the unmet needs of LGBT people living in these neighborhoods. Collaborate with local community groups about gaps in services and unmet needs in District 10. Organize town hall meetings in the Castro to create a dialogue on issues of race and ethnicity within the LGBT community.

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LGBT Housing Workgroup

Purpose: Identify and provide policy recommendations to address the issues faced by the homeless and marginally housed LGBT community, with a particular focus on people living with disability and HIV/AIDs. Provide specific policy recommendations to policy makers and to increase safety, opportunity and access.

Process: Reach out to community organizations for information gathering and relationship building. Conduct individual interviews with community members and organizations for specific concerns. Compile a list and report on recommendations.

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LGBT Youth Workgroup

Purpose: Empower LGBTQ youth and ensure that they are receiving quality services at school to better promote healthier lives; create a system of accountability for all components of Resolution No. 912-8A3; and identify any gaps in services to ensure LGBTQ youth are adequately served.

Process: Review Student Support Services Department website and its services to LGBTQ youth, including GSAs and LGBT Liaisons/Advisors. Identify additional services, if any, given to trans-youth and undocumented youth. Hold LGBTQ youth public forums to hear strengths and weaknesses of what is currently being offered. Review implementation of all components of Resolution No. 912-8A3. Document the findings in a report.

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LGBT & Faith Communities

Purpose: Create a dialogue between the LGBT community and faith communities to build mutual respect and create channels in which LGBT groups and faith groups can work together to identify common issues. Build coalitions between faith groups and LGBT groups to create a united front on LGBT issues and promote pro-LGBT work of faith communities.

Process: Reach out to interfaith groups and moderate/progressive faith communities who work on LGBT issues to examine how the HRC can assist with their work. Educate LGBT organizations and the community on social justice work occurring within faith communities. Hold a hearing on creating a coalition between the faith community and LGBT groups. Collaborate with existing organizations and community partners, and stakeholders.

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 2011 Initiatives

Impact of Bisexual Invisibility Initiative

Purpose: Increase awareness within the LGT and heterosexual communities that dismissal, lack of recognition, and suppression of bisexual identity has serious consequences on bisexuals’ health, economic well-being, and funding for bi organizations and programs. Highlight the presence of bisexuals, the largest single population within the LGBT community in the United States (1/3 of men and 2/3 of women).

Process: Work with the health departments, schools and universities, community based organizations, policy makers and legislators to promote bisexual inclusion. Review San Francisco Department of Public Health’s HIV and STI literature and programs to ensure bisexual inclusiveness and the promotion of programs and policies addressing bisexual needs. Review school anti-bullying and sexual health curricula for bisexual inclusion and create web-based videos for youth on bi-specific bullying for use in anti-LGBT bullying campaigns.

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Contact

For more information about LGBTQ resources and initiatives, please contact David Miree at (415) 252-2502 or David.Miree@sfgov.org.

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