Foreshadowing the hate crimes that accompany Ballot Measure 9, Mulugeta Seraw is beaten to death.
“Amends Oregon Constitution… homosexuality, pedophilia, sadism, or masochism… are abnormal, wrong, unnatural and perverse.”
Western States Center joins scores of new and longtime community-based groups fighting Ballot Measure 9.
Eugene, where the campaign began, provides a portal to explore Oregon’s political and cultural geography.
Oregon’s farmworkers’ union takes a courageous stand for LGBTQ Oregonians, setting in motion one of the most durable legacies of Ballot Measure 9.
Kathleen Saadat’s coming out on the cover of Just Out changes the dynamics of campaign.
Homophobic attacks and violent rhetoric skyrocket after the OCA files Ballot Measure 9.
An attack on a Hillsboro church exposes Oregon’s KKK past.
Culminating a campaign of racist and homophobic violence, two are killed in a firebombing.
The state’s major daily publishes an unprecedented 12-part editorial series and front-page message from the publisher.
The LGBTQ monthly serves as a critical source of community connection and information.
The Southern Oregon paper draws death threats and public protests over its coverage of the campaign.
Bigot Busters aim to prevent anti-gay petition signatures and provide a gay-positive experience to those considering signing.
LGBTQ people of faith and their allies help a range of denominations to take “whatever step was right for them, towards opposing discrimination and supporting equality.”
Rural activists all over the state refuse to abandon their communities to bigotry and find innovative ways to break isolation.
Police Chief Tom Potter and his out lesbian daughter Katie are unexpected ambassadors and allies.
Leaders from a range of Asian American communities come together to stand up for LGBTQ civil rights.
Oregon’s GOP establishment speaks out against Measure 9.
Satirists & performers providing a break from the deadly seriousness of Measure 9.
Lifting spirits, opening hearts.
Bringing national celebrity and media attention to No on 9.
Oregon’s public employee unions help lead the fight against Measure 9.
Videos, trainings, speakers bureaus, fact sheets, and more!
Over 2 weeks, walking “proudly & with purpose” for 150 life-changing miles.
Measure 9 activates a huge cross-section of straight people.
Measure 9 brings a boom to PFLAG membership.
The business community evolves from hesitant to strongly supportive in part thanks to Measure 9.
Building a movement to secure LGBTQ rights through short-term ballot measure campaigns
A lawsuit brought by Catherine Stauffer eventually shuts down the OCA
Voices from the 30 stories honoring the 30 years since we defeated Measure 9