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Gay/lesbian group to hold summit in OKC



Cimarron Alliance Foundation, a local organization formed to focus on issues facing gays and lesbians in Oklahoma City, will host a summit Saturday at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.

Cimarron Alliance Chairman Richard Ogden said The Oklahoma Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Leadership Summit is about, "first of all, educating our own community that you can be terminated in Oklahoma from employment simply because you're gay.

"It happens all the time, that you don't have the same type of rights between partners on health issues," he said. "(And it's about) educating the greater Oklahoma City community that we don't have those rights."

Kay Holladay, co-founder of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays in Norman, will present a workshop on creating safe schools for LGBT youth.

"I'm not going to be highlighting the problems, but how we have been successful in Norman to develop relationships with the school personnel and to help make schools safer for kids," said Holladay, who pointed out bullying from other students and from administrators as the primary problem facing LGBT youth in both Moore and Oklahoma City schools.

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