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Relevant, local articles

As our newsletter recipients are part of the OCCJ audience and supporters of our mission, we want to share with you relevant articles and policies, when available. Recently, the Tulsa World and the Journal Record each included pieces that might be of interest. While we are working diligently to fight hate and injustice, it’s sometimes easy to overlook words of support or other relevant facts (like economic impact) in our community. Here are the recent examples:

The Tulsa World recently published a letter to the editor from a reader sharing her view on our political leaders:

Stop the vindictive language
By Paula Waugh, Tulsa
I’m an American, and proud of our country. I’m glad to be free, and for having inherited the rights and privileges provided to us by our Constitution and by those who have served bravely for us.

I will choose as our leaders those who are in support of protecting the rights of American citizens, all of them. If candidates use as part of their platform religion (or lack of), race, sexual preference or any other personal agenda, I’m not interested in choosing them.

If you have a subscription to the Tulsa World, you can read the full letter to the editor here.

Additionally, the Journal Record made note of the fact that discrimination against the homosexual community in our state can be hurting our state’s economics.

Lack of LGBT support could be costly for state
By: Brian Brus, The Journal Record

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma’s overall attitude toward the homosexual, bisexual and transgender community is less supportive than the national average, according to an annual Human Rights Campaign survey.

Inclusive employment policies, insurance coverage and leadership positions come with a payoff, said Troy Stevenson, executive director of Equality Network Oklahoma. The results of the Municipal Equality Index, when compared with data in another study to be released next year, suggest that more inclusive cities are better off economically.

On a scale of 1 to 100, Norman fared best in Oklahoma with an index value of 61, which places it slightly ahead of the national average of 59 when it comes to treating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, residents equally. Tulsa had an index of 40, Oklahoma City had 37 and Broken Arrow earned a score of 20.

If you have a Journal Record subscription, you can read the full article here.

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