The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) recently released their annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI), and this year, eight New Mexico cities are scored. This is double the number of cities scored in prior years - a change made at the request of Equality New Mexico to include cities outside of the I-25 corridor.
"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.