Mission: Basic rights oregon will ensure that all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender oregonians experience equality by building a broad and inclusive politically powerful movement, shifting public opinion, and achieving policy victories.
Programs: Building support for the freedom to marry: basic rights oregon, in partnership with basic rights education fund, won support from 893 mainstream businesses, faith-based and community organizations representing a wide variety of constituencies including rural, low-income and communities of color far exceeding our original goal of 300. We engaged more than 4,000 volunteers to participate in and coordinate activities that reached over 160,000 oregonians about the impact of excluding same-sex couples from relationship recognition well exceeding our goals of 2,000 volunteers and 150,000 oregonians. We built a powerful online community of supporters that built energy and momentum for relationship recognition. Our goal was to grow or online list to 80,000 supporters in 2013 and to 120,000 in 2014. By the end of 2014 we had grown our list to over 130,000 supporters. This community of supporters served as one of many pools of supporters from which we recruited volunteers and built our fundraising strategies.
electoral candidate work: through the basic rights oregon equality pac (the pac), basic rights oregon is dedicated to increasing the number of openly lgbt candidates and elected represnetatives in local and state government, as well as electing advocates for lgbt rights. The pac recruits, endorses, and supports candidates and publishes a statewide voter guide.
racial justice work: basic rights oregon, in partnership with basic rights education fund, identified 1094 new lgbt & allied volunteers of color exceeding our goal of 500, through 4 staff-driven volunteer recruitment events. We also met our goal and recruited 10 new our families cohort members and developed their skills through two weekend convenings and two full-day skill-building trainings. In 2013, we published full-page statements of support in five ethnic media outlets, with signatures from over 120 straight community leaders of color. On 2014's national coming out day, we expanded that list to 142 leaders exceeding our goal of 140. We supported our partners through the racial equity report card project, a collaborative project between basic rights, center for intercultural organizing, partnership for safety & justice, western states center, causa, and asian pacific american network of oregon. The report card functions as a tool to monitor and assess legislators' votes on issues that impact communities of color, but did not feature direct lobbying.
trans justice work: basic rights oregon, in partnership with basic rights education fund, led a successful effort that secured trans-inclusive health care in the oregon health plan (ohp). In 2014, basic rights built oregon's movement for trans justice by identifying 650 new volunteers, 50 more than goal, recruited 6 new leaders to our trans justice working group, 1 more than goal, and held a summit for 65 volunteer leaders, surpassing our goal of 50, dedicated to ending discrimination in public health insurance.