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Our Programs


Our Programs

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Our Programs


Our Programs

EQNM develops and implements a variety of advocacy campaigns and outreach and education programs to create a supportive environment for systemic change.

With a strong commitment to racial, gender, and disability justice, we seek to demonstrate to our base and community the importance of cross-sector movement building to increase equity, full access, and sustainable wellness for LGBTQ New Mexicans.

 
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Advocacy


Advocacy

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Advocacy


Advocacy


Policy Advocacy

We lobby officials and leaders at state and local levels for policy changes that improve the lives of LGBTQ New Mexicans.

Equality Scorecards

We hold accountable those who seek elected office through scorecards on issues of importance to LGBTQ New Mexicans.

Laws & Regulations

We work to ensure LBGTQ New Mexicans are aware of current state laws, their rights, and how to defend them.

Elections & Endorsements

We participate in elections through Get-Out-the-Vote (GOTV) activities, issue advocacy, and endorsing progressive and fair-minded candidates.

Seeking an elected office and our endorsement? Complete the inquiry form and we will be in touch with you.

Recent Policy Achievements

  • Albuquerque Public Schools Trans Student Protections (March 2016)
  • Santa Fe Public Schools Trans Student Protections (March 2016)
  • Las Cruces Public Schools Safe Zones Program (May 2016)
  • 2016 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
    • Religious Refusals - DEFEATED
    • Teen Curfews - DEFEATED
    • Bullying Prevention Appropriation - Passed House Education
    • Adding Police Officers to Hate Crimes Act - DEFEATED
    • Drivers Licences for Undocumented Immigrants (compromise bill) - PASSED & SIGNED
    • Multiple Bills to Restrict Abortion Access - DEFEATED
  • 2015 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
    • Safe Schools for All Students Act - Passed Senate Education
    • Carlos Vigil Memorial Act (Bullying Prevention Fund) - PASSED & SIGNED
    • Senate Memorial on Coversion Therapy - PASSED

Current Policy Initiatives

  • ABQ Healthy Workforce Campaign for Paid Sick Leave (underway)
  • City of Santa Fe Bathroom Ordinance Compliance (underway)
  • Affordable Care Act Section 1557 Compliance (underway)
  • Federal Trans Student Protections Compliance (2016-2017)
  • NM Safe Schools for All Students Act (reintroduction in 2017)
  • Bullying Prevention Appropriation (reintroduction in 2017)
  • Statewide Ban on Coversion Therapy (new in 2017)
  • Remove Surgery Requirement for Gender Marker Changes on Birth Certificates (new in 2017)
  • Remove Requirement to Publicize Name Changes (new in 2017)

Nondiscrimination

State Nondiscrimination and Hate Crimes laws were passed in 2003, protecting on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity. However, we know that 'legal' equality does not always translate to 'lived' equality. As such, we work against efforts to undermine existing protections for LGBTQ New Mexicans, educate on fair treatment, and continue to be a resource for addressing discrimination throughout the state.

Marriage Equality

In December 2013, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that same-gender couples in New Mexico have the right to marry. In June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in support of nationwide marriage equality.

New Mexico Safe Schools Initiative


Safe Schools Initiative

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New Mexico Safe Schools Initiative


Safe Schools Initiative

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Recent data shows that over 50,000 incidents of bullying and harassment in New Mexico schools go unreported every year.

That is why, with multi-year funding from the State Equality Fund and Santa Fe Community Foundation's Envision Fund, EQNM Foundation and partners are leading a three-year initiative to help make New Mexico's public schools safer and more beneficial for all students, particularly for those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender nonconforming.


Goals of the Initiative

  • Create a greater understanding of Safe Schools practices and culture through education and outreach.
  • Build momentum for statewide, systemic changes in how we approach bullying (violence) prevention in the schools.
  • Adopt and implement model transgender and gender nonconforming student policy statewide.
  • Provide model policy development and implementation support for New Mexico's public schools.

Prevention Starts with Education

Through the collaboration of the organizations a part of the New Mexico Safe Schools Initiative, we are able to facilitate trainings, workshops, panels, and presentations in LGBTQ cultural competency, bullying prevention and safe schools, transgender student protections, suicide prevention, GSA club development, Safe Zones, and more. Check out what we can offer →


I AM ME: Understanding the Intersections of Gender, Sexuality & Identity

An educational training film that explores the challenges that our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, etc. (LGBTQ+) young people face, and how adults can be supportive allies. More information →


Other Resources

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Southern New Mexico


Southern New Mexico

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Southern New Mexico


Southern New Mexico

LGBTQ Immigrant Advocacy

Justice Advocates Academy

Voter Engagement

De Colores Advocacy Council

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Health Care Access


Health Care Access

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Health Care Access


Health Care Access

 

We serve as an enrollment resource for health care coverage, conduct cultural competency education for providers, and work to make the health care system more accessible and equitable for LGBTQ New Mexicans.

 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Your personal life and relationships affect your health more than you realize, so your doctor and other providers need to know your story. We should all feel safe talking about our sexual partners, sex lives, sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity.

LGBTQ Health Care Bill of Rights

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Accountability


Accountability

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Accountability


Accountability