Issues

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EQUALITY HAWAII is the largest organization in Hawaii advocating for LGBT people and their families. Our sister organization, EQUALITY HAWAII ACTIONFUND, works to advance political leaders who support full equality for our community. Each election year, we review candidates’ positions on LGBT issues and endorse those we feel will best represent us. To learn more, contact Rebecca Copeland.

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In collaboration with transgender community leaders, educators and social service agencies EQUALITY HAWAII works to ensure full economic, political and cultural equality for Hawaii’s transgender people. In the current legislative session, we are focusing on bills that would ensure transgender people in Hawaii have equal access to health services. To learn more, click here and contact Rebecca Copeland.

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“Conversion Therapy”–attempting to change a person’s sexual orientation–is widely discredited by psychiatrists and psychologists. Two bills have been introduced in Hawaii– HB1675 and SB2615–that would prohibit teachers and licensed professional counselors from engaging in efforts to change the sexual orientation of a person under 18. To read the bills and track their progress click here (HB1675) and here (SB2615), and contact the introducers in the Senate and House of the Hawaii State Legislature.


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EQUALITY HAWAII supports legislative efforts to prevent bullying and to create safe-schools laws in Hawaii. To learn more about how you can help, read this Civil Beat article about Hawaii’s Keiki Caucus, and contact Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland.

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Hawaii’s Sen. Brian Schatz is a champion of the “Restore Honor To Service Members Act.” EQUALITY HAWAII supports Sen. Schatz’s efforts through education and outreach to our members. To learn more about the bill, and to thank Sen. Schatz for his leadership, click here.

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The Equality Act (#equalityforward) would amend the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity across the U.S. To learn more about the Equality Act, visit the Human Rights Campaign’s website.

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Hawaii’s CARE Act: helping family caregivers who care for a loved one so they can live independently in their own home. LGBT elders are particularly vulnerable and the CARE Act would help recognize and support their chosen families and the love and care they provide. To learn more, visit AARP Hawaii’s website.


EQHI logo 3366 at 72EQUALITY HAWAII is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization that works for advocacy and legislative education on issues facing the LGBT community and their allies. Our Board: Mathew Bellhouse-King • Rebecca Copeland • Scott Larimer • Jacce Mikulanec • Danny Castro • Gigi Lee Our Advisory Board: Donald L. Bentz • Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kwong • The Hon. Steven Levinson • Bradford Kaiwi Lum • Dr. David McEwan • Ken Plonsky • Evan Wolfson

EQHI ActionfundNEWlogoEQUALITY HAWAII ACTIONFUND is a 527 political action committee (PAC) dedicated to advancing candidates who support equality for Hawaii’s LGBT people and their families. Our Board:  Travis Knott • Jacce Mikulanec • Rebecca Copeland  

 

We Want To Hear From You…

Your questions, comments and concerns are always welcome at Equality Hawaii. To ensure the fastest possible response, please remember to include your e-mail and/or telephone number in the body of the e-mail.

General Inquiries: info@equalityhawaii.org 

Equality Hawaii, Post Office Box 25384, Honolulu, HI 96825

Legislative: Rebecca Copeland: rebecca@equalityhawaii.org

Website Corrections: info@equalityhawaii.org