"Last year was the first we held our annual fundraiser at the Balloon Fiesta, and because of the extremely positive response from our guests, we are excited to return this year," said Amber Royster, Executive Director for Equality New Mexico.
Equality New Mexico (EQNM), the state’s leading LGBTQ advocacy organization, has announced plans for southern New Mexico program expansion and utilizing remote co-working spaces across the state to increase budget efficiency and work within communities.
The death penalty is a costly and unjust system, and its enforcement has not proven to deter crime or lower homicide rates. New Mexicans know this, and successfully advocated for the state legislature to repeal the death penalty in 2009.
Let's stop the shaming and brainwashing of our young people. Let's honor and love our future generations for exactly who they are and want to be. I am committed to ending the abuse and trauma that is conversion therapy, and I hope you will join me.
As soon as I learned what happened in Orlando, I promptly began drafting emails and statements, designing social media graphics, and coordinating vigils and other demonstrations of support across the state and country.
I am angry that queer and trans people of color continue to be commodified and used as collateral to push a single issue policy. I am angry, and as a Queer, gender nonconforming Latinx, I am allowed to be angry.
We often don't know what to do in times of crisis and devastation, and nothing we can do will ever erase the horror and hate that has been inflicted on the victims and families in Orlando, and our LGBTQ community at-large. But, we can come together and show the world that we will not succumb to fear and violence.
Equality New Mexico’s work did not end with same sex marriage. LGBTQ New Mexicans still experience discrimination, lack of acceptance from family, peers, co-workers and the general public, and a policy environment that obstructs equality under the law and quality of life. The events are to draw awareness to the issues and solutions.
EQNM, All Families Matter Coalition, NM Safe Schools Initiative Applaud Santa Fe Public Schools Transgender Student Protections
Santa Fe, NM—Today, Santa Fe Public Schools (SFPS) announced the incorporation into existing policy of an administrative regulation addressing the safety and well being of transgender students. Formally introduced in October 2015 through the efforts of the Santa Fe Chapter of the All Families Matter Coalition and New Mexico Safe Schools Initiative partners, the regulation ensures students are addressed by the name and pronoun corresponding to their gender identity, and requires access to gender-segregated activities and areas in accordance with students’ gender identity. The regulation is supported by changes made to the SFPS Nondiscrimination Policy last year, in which ‘gender identity’ and ‘gender expression’ were added as protected classes.