Mission: Oklahomans for equality seeks equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, families and allies through advocacy, education, programs, alliances and the operation of the dennis r neill equality center.
Programs: Minority community center operation, cultural and education programs and event facilitation including:counseling and wellness programs. Providing free licensed mental health professional counseling services. More than 30 peer led support groups for individuals dealing with post traumatic stress, sexual orientation identity acceptance, depression, eating disorders, grief recovery, transgender issues, divorce and relationship challenges, substance abuse, and health challenges. Transgender services and programs. Providing medical referrals and limited medical services, mental health referrals, legal services and 5 different peer led support groups for individuals and their families who identify as transgender. Lgbt older adult program. Providing medical referrals, mental health referrals, legal services, weekly check ins, advocating for those living in assisted living centers, and social programming for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender senior adults.
I have been volunteering at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center since January of 2014. I have fifty plus hours and am currently a student in social work. As a Tulsa native, I was surprised and enlightened to learn about all the programs the Equality Center offers the entire community, as well as proud to discover that Oklahomans for Equality operates the 5th largest LGBTQIA community center in the world. Even more impressive is that the Center has only three full time employees. Their dedication, vision and determination has created the great center we currently have today. This is the best example of a non-profit in Tulsa born from a truly "grassroots effort." The Equality Center continues to thrive and grow with more than two hundred volunteers, in large part due to the grassroots spirit. Volunteering at the Equality Center is an honor and privilege.
As a volunteer I was beyond disappointed with the lack of leadership ability and the lack of organization in most areas. They are doing good things as far as providing a home base for those seeking equality, but if they intend on expanding they need to shape up the organizational side of things.