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posted Friday, June 13 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 24
Equal Rights Washington celebrates 10 years
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Equal Rights Washington celebrates 10 years

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Ten years ago, Equal Rights Washington (ERW) was founded with the mission to ensure and promote dignity, safety, and equality for all LGBT Washingtonians.

On Tuesday, June 3, Harrell invited the community to recognize the work that has been done, and celebrate that. The event was held at the Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event included hors d'oeuvres and a champagne toast to celebrate the victories ERW has won and a look ahead to the next decade of victories to come.

'We are so proud of how [our] work has helped improve the lives of individuals in our state and build foundations for a stronger more inclusive, compassionate community,' said Monisha Harrell, ERW Chair. 'Although most notably recognized for successfully advocating for marriage equality, Equal Rights Washington has also worked to advocate for the Anderson-Murray Anti-Discrimination law, the inclusion of Transgender in the hate crimes law, suicide prevention work, reduction of bullying in schools, adjustments to the Unified Parenting Act (UPA), and the passage of the Healthy Youth Act.'

'Yet, with all of ERW's accomplishments, we still know it isn't enough,' she said. 'We are so keenly aware of how much further we need to go in our fight for equality, and work every day towards ensuring all our youth have a safe place to sleep at night and a positive and affirming educational environment, our Transgender community will have access to full health care coverage, our bi-national same-sex families will not be separated, and our seniors can grow old with the dignity and respect of being their full selves even in assisted care.'

Harrell invited members of the community out to recognize the work that has been done, and celebrate that. 'Although it is not enough, it is a good start. Join us in recognizing our milestones, and help us prepare for the battles ahead,' she said.

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