Oregon Health Authority To Cover Hormones, Surgery for Transgender People


The Oregon Health Plan in January will begin covering the costs of hormone therapy and sex-reassignment surgery for transgender Oregonians who are covered under Medicaid, the state's Health Evidence Review Commission voted today.  "I’m really happy for everyone in the community," says Rebekah Brewis, a Portland woman who castrated herself in prison after the state ...   More
Thursday, August 14, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Murmurs: Fighting a Measure That’s Not On the Ballot—Yet.

Gay-rights advocates aren’t waiting to fight back against a proposed ballot measure that would allow businesses to refuse wedding services to same-sex couples. A new group led by Basic Rights Or   More
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Winning By Default

Marriage equality is on its way to Oregon despite advocates’ tactical errors.

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When Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced last week that her office would not defend the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage, it signaled the decade-long battle for marriage    More
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Same-Sex Marriage Ballot Campaign Suspended

Some supporters dismayed BRO has pressed pause


Oregon United for Marriage has suspended its campaign to challenge the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage at the November election after Oregon’s Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced today that the government won’t fight a lawsuit challenging the ban in court. Oregon United for Marriage, a coalition including Basic Right Oregon, has gathered 160,000 signatures since last summer—enough ...   More
Thursday, February 20, 2014 KATE WILLSON

New Kit Pushes Acceptance for Oregon's LGBT Native Americans

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No Native American tribe in Oregon has laws that makes violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members a hate crime, but a new legal toolkit released today by Basic Rights Oregon hopes to change that.The toolkit contains example wording and ways for tribes create new laws to give rights to LGBT members of their nation, says Se-ah-dom Edmo, coordinator of the Indigenous Ways of Knowing ...   More
Monday, November 12, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Gay Marriage: Did Oregon Err By Waiting?


Tim Hibbitts may be the dean of Oregon pollsters. For almost four decades, Hibbitts, once a partner of the polling firm DHM Research, has crunched numbers and had a front row seat on the changes in the electorate in this state. His thoughtful analysis and broad understanding of Oregon history has made him invaluable to political journalists over the years, even though he long ago stopped polling for ...   More
Friday, November 9, 2012

Gay Rights Advocates Scuttle Efforts For Equal Marriage Measure In 2012


Citing "the expense of waging a statewide political campaign in the midst of an economic crisis," Oregon's largest gay rights organization has announced that it will not pursue an equal marriage ballot measure in 2012. Democratic blog BlueOregon first reported the announcement by Basic Rights Oregon earlier this afternoon. From BRO's announcement:We have considered the possibility of putting this ...   More
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 COREY PEIN

The Seven-Year Itch

Same-sex marriages from 2004 celebrated. A ballot measure to restore same-sex marriage rights? Not so fast.

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Last weekend, First Unitarian Church of Portland marked the seventh anniversary of the brief moment in 2004 when Multnomah County    More
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 AILIN DARLING

Update on the Campaign for Same-Sex Marriage Rights in Oregon

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The latest step in Basic Rights Oregon's effort to bring marriage rights to same-sex couples in Oregon will become visible next week with a statewide TV ad campaign and a direct mailing to households in the Portland metro area.BRO executive director Jeana Frazzini told WW in an interview earlier this week that the TV ads would run for three weeks throughout Oregon and that they are similar to earlier ...   More
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 HANK STERN

Valentine's Day: An Update on Basic Rights Oregon's "Cards from the Heart" Campaign


If you're in a Valentine's Day kind of mood and liked our love story a couple weeks ago about former Catholic priest Jim Stephens and his fiancé Darold Slack, you can read more local same-sex romance stories here collected by Basic Rights Oregon.BRO's "Cards from the Heart" campaign wants same-sex couples to share their stories in advance of Feb. 14 in an effort to raise awareness about same-sex ...   More
Thursday, February 3, 2011 STACY BROWNHILL


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