Basic Rights Oregon
“Removing barriers for people is critical to helping all of us live healthy, productive lives.”
The Gala this year promises to be the best yet. Founded in 1996, Basic Rights Oregon (BRO) is Oregon's main political advocacy and education organization working to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The justices serve up a healthy portion of civil equality for everyone to digest. Some people will complain about having been forcibly fed this meal, while others will swallow and move on with their lives knowing that their well being matters.
Their "baby bag" of hospital supplies sat in the corner, because I was due to make an appearance at any moment. As they drifted to sleep in each other's arms, they dreamed together about who I might be in the world.
I ran for a legislative seat here in Oregon and lost. But during the endorsement process I gained an interesting insight into politics: In the eyes of most LGBT groups, regardless of whether you're an avid supporter of LGBT rights, an "R" by your name is a scarlet letter.
When I took the helm of California's first marriage equality campaign in 2000, winning seemed near impossible. Now, 14 years later, the freedom to marry movement has reached a tipping point, and I may soon be able to marry my boyfriend in our newly-adopted home state of Oregon.