Building Equality in Appleton

On Saturday, Feb. 25th, there will be a one-day conference, "Start Now: Building Marriage Equality," at the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Appleton. According to conference organizers, the conference is both idealistic and practical. It will be a good opportunity to learn about estate planning, the needs of gay and lesbian families with children, how to talk about the proposed ban on civil unions and marriage, about the "No on the Amendment" campaign, and how to achieve full equality in the long term.

For details on how to register, the presenters, and the full schedule of events, visit this website. Campaign manager Mike Tate will be there, along with me and fellow blogger Lindsey Saunders.

The conference is organized by Interweave, a group of more than thirty gay and lesbian members of the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, which supports marriage equality for gay and lesbian people. The conference is generously supported by Positive Voice, Northeast Wisconsin’s largest gay and lesbian organization; PFLAG Fox Cities, a regional group of parents and friends of lesbians and gays, and Toward Community: Unity in Diversity, an organization promoting appreciation of diversity and advocating justice for people of all cultures and ethnic backgrounds.

The conference is also sponsored by Angels of Hope MCC, a Christian denomination primarily serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, with congregations in Appleton and Green Bay. Additional sponsors include GLBT Partnership, Etcetera, Harmony Cafe, Rainbow Alliance for HOPE, First Congregational United Church of Christ in Appleton, Lakeshore Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Manitowoc, Open Circle Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fond du Lac, and Welcoming Congregation Committee of the First Universalist Unitarian Church of Wausau.

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