The discussion regarding the prioritization of full civil rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, in line with the recent declaration of the Dallas Principles (www.thedallasprinciples.org), has drawn additional comments and questions from a number of groups and organizations. Below please find, both from Indiana Equality (www.indianaequality.org) and Indiana Equality Action (www.indianaequalityaction.org), a response to these inquiries.
Questions of Indiana Equality:
1) Who were the voting board members on this statement? Who abstained? Who wasn't at the meeting to cast a vote?
The Indiana Equality (IE) Board of Directors was unanimous (with one abstention) in its decision to support full lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) inclusion in the United States Civil Rights code. Ten of the 12 board members were present at the January 17, 2009 meeting.
2) How is the board of Indiana Equality chosen?
Per Article IV (Directors) Section 1 of the Indiana Equality bylaws:
Number and Selection. The corporation shall have a minimum of three directors and collectively they shall be known as the Board of Directors. At the regular meeting of directors conducted annually in December directors shall be elected by the Board of Directors. Each director shall cast one vote per candidate, and may vote for as many candidates as the number of candidates to be elected to the Board. The candidates receiving the highest number of votes up to the number of directors to be elected shall be elected to serve on the Board. Additionally two members shall be selected by the Indiana Equality Action Board of Directors.
3) Who championed the resolution? Who brought this to the board?
Informal conversations had taken place over a period of time regarding the need to champion full federal civil right protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. The discussion was scheduled by the Indiana Equality and the Indiana Equality Action officers when determining the agenda for the January 2009 meeting.
4) Were any national groups contacted for input? If so, who? Were any politicians consulted? If so, who?
A number of national groups were consulted regarding the need to advocate for full civil rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, including, but not limited to, the Equality Federation, state equality groups affiliated with the Equality Federation, National Center for Transgender Equality, and National Center for Lesbian Rights.
Kathy Sarris, President, Indiana Equality
Jon Keep, Chair, Indiana Equality
Questions of Indiana Equality Action:
1) Was there a vote in May to approve the statement? Or a vote to move the motion to IE?
In January 2009 Indiana Equality Action approved a motion to prepare a position regarding the need to advocate for full Federal civil rights protections for LGBT persons. The corporation officers were authorized to finalize the letter in consultation with the officers of Indiana Equality.
2) Who are the current board members of Indiana Equality Action?
Please see the organization’s website at www.indianaequalityaction.org for information regarding coalition partners and their board representatives.
3) Which members of the Indiana Equality Action board are also voting members of the Indiana Equality board?
The two members of the IE Action board selected to serve as 2009 members of the Indiana Equality board for one-year terms are Walter Botich (IE Action President) and Randy Studt (IE Action Vice-President).
4) Is membership to the IE Action board still limited to organizational members' representatives and regional coordinators?
IE Action is a coalition of statewide and regional organizations. The corporation’s board consists of LGBT organizations, LGBT-friendly statewide ally organizations, and each of the organization’s active regional steering committees. Per Article III (Board of Directors), Section 3 of the IE Action by-laws, each organization or regional steering committee serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Indiana Equality Action shall designate one representative to the Board of Directors. Each organization may also designate one alternate representative to the Board of Directors; however, each organization is entitled to only one vote. Additionally, two members are selected annually by the Indiana Equality Board of Directors to serve on the IE Action board.
Walter Botich, President, Indiana Equality Action
Randy Studt, Vice President, Indiana Equality Action