Your 2014-2015 Impact Report
Thank you for being an active and engaged member of Lincoln’s LGBTQ community. Together we are making Lincoln a better city, a more inclusive city, a more vibrant city. Please look over the many activities you have supported in the past year. We couldn’t do all that we do without great people like you standing with us and supporting this work. Want to get more involved? Reach out! We would love to plug you in or help you promote an activity you would like to see happen. Contact us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abbi Swatsworth, Outlinc President
Bringing the Community Together!
- Rally for the Turning Tide on March 9
- Love Wins Rally on June 26
We gathered to celebrate and share community in honor of the supreme court hearings and decisions on the freedom to marry. Our speakers included Outlinc board members Abbi Swatsworth and Tyler Richard, Pat Tetreault, Barbara DiBernard and Bil Roby (ACLU clients), Sen. Adam Morfeld, Rev. Karla Cooper and Taylor Brooks (on behalf of Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks).A combined total of over 350 people celebrated at these rallies!
Building Strong LGBTQ Families!
Over 100 people attended Outlinc Families programs during 2014-2015! Highlights include:
- Pride in the Park – July 2014
Our first family-friendly Pride in the Park event was held at Trago Park. Around 75 people enjoyed water balloons, prizes and free food! Thanks to No Coast Derby Girls for helping with activities and Nicole Simon with State Farm, Indigo Bridge and Russ’s Market for financial support and donations of food.
- Pumpkin Decorating – October 2014
Our second annual event was attended by around 20 people.
- Family Movie Night – December 2014
Thanks to Indigo Bridge for hosting an evening of movies, decorating snow people and hot chocolate for six families.
- Valentines Decorating – February 2015
We gave back to the Lincoln Community by decorating valentines for CenterPoint’s residential treatment group. There was plenty of glitter and fun for the 15 participants and hopefully a smile for people who needed one!
Networking events were held at a variety of new LGBT friendly locations in Lincoln. This past year consisted of events held at an Irish pub, a funeral home, Hy-Vee “O” Street, Rooftop Garden Terrace, and many more. The event moved from Thursday nights to the third Tuesday of every month. Each event has provided attendees the opportunity to catch up with friends and create new contacts. Look for new locations and activities to be added to future networking events.
Outlinc’s Educational Programing connects the LGBTQ community with experts and information.
- The Affordable Care Act and Your Taxes & Marriage and Your Taxes – January 2015. Lisa Blakey of H & R Block shared important information about the Affordable Care Act and answered questions for couples who were married during 2014.
- Business of Being Out – May 2015. Pat Tetreault led a discussion to help participants learn tools to responding when facing negative reactions to being perceived as LGBT. Drew Heckman with HRC was available to talk about the new Equality Is Our Business program through HRC.
Celebrating LGBTQ Culture! Prairie Pride Film Festival
This year marked the 5th annual Prairie Pride Film Festival! With help from Cooper Foundation, the festival moved into the Sheldon Museum of Art on the UNL campus. In addition to screening four great films, the festival included an art talk highlighting LGBTQ artists in the Sheldon collection, and a panel of youth activists. Thanks to you there were 165 total viewings and 20 people attended the art talk. We’d love to include you in the production of the 2016 festival! Contact us to get involved.
2015 Films: Those People, While You Weren’t Looking, Liz in September, and The Year We Thought About Love.
Resources and Activities for You!
Connected you with events, businesses and news for the LGBTQ community at outlinc.org!
- Adding 251 community events to your community calendar.
- Updating or adding 49 business to the list of 95 LGBTQ-owned or friendly businesses around Lincoln!
Your Voice Making a Difference!
You supported our public school system when they were facing criticism for teacher training on supporting transgender students. You and over 380 community members signed a petition in support of LPS that was presented with testimony at a school board meeting. Outlinc wrote a community opinion in the Lincoln Journal Star and worked behind the scenes to ensure that the voices of gender creative students and their families were heard. You also helped plant seeds to launch a GLSEN chapter in Lincoln – those seeds are still growing as are efforts to help LPS craft the best policies for gender creative and trans* youth.
Building Friendships & Community through Sports!
Sports programing is not only fun, it provides a safe space where people can be themselves and make friends.
- Volleyball! Outlinc continues to sponsor a recreational volleyball group that gathers almost every Thursday evening for a few hours at the Malone Center gym. Whether you have played before or are playing for the first time, join around a dozen other players to get out and do something healthy and meet new friends!
- Family Fun Softball! Outlinc also helps sponsor a women’s softball team who had a winning season this year! About 12 people played in the spring league and some years they also play the summer and fall leagues. If you are interested in playing contact us and we will put you in contact with the team organizers.
Outlinc is always open to sponsoring new sports (bike rides, bowling, tennis!) as a way of expanding our programs. If you have an idea for a sporting group, and an interest in helping get things organized, please see an Outlinc Board member and let’s talk!
Thank you for your generous support!