“When you leave out gender, gender identity and age you’re leaving out thousands of Indiana women,” Rima Shahid, executive director of Women4Change Indiana, said.
Women4Change Executive Director Rima Shahid listens to speakers at the Indiana Statehouse, Monday, April 1, 2019.
“Although age, sex, gender and gender identity are missing from SB198, the millions of Hoosiers who identify with these characteristics are not missing from our coalition’s unwavering support, and we will continue to work to ensure that they are added, and specifically identified, in the statute.”
“Without these three characteristics — gender identity, gender and age — we’re not going to have a complete hate crimes law here in Indiana, and that’s what we need,” said Alysa Villelli with Women4Change.
Trinity Haven is scheduled to open this summer in the Mapleton-Fall Creek neighborhood of Indianapolis. It will serve LGBTQ youth ages 16-21. When it opens, Trinity Haven will be able to house up to 10 youth at a time, with the potential to eventually house at least 15.
As the Jewish congregation members stood holding signs, Masjid Al-Fajr congregants came up to them, using the Hebrew greeting shalom, meaning peace, and some Jews said the Arabic salaam in response, also meaning peace, as they all shook hands.
“We pulled our support. I would consider Senate Bill 12 to be a blank piece of paper,” said Sklar, who is also assistant director of the Jewish Community Relations Council in Indianapolis.
The Interchurch Community was fully engaged at a call for the Legislature to pass a stringent anti-hate crime bill.
“It’s imperative that we have a hate crimes bill that specifically list the vulnerabilities that are particularly at stake right now,” said Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. “If we don’t name with specificity, we don’t have a strong bill.”
The event was co-hosted by Solar United Neighbors of Indiana, Indiana Distributed Energy Alliance, Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light, Citizens Action Coalition, Hoosier Environmental Council, Solarize Indiana, Sierra Club and Earth Charter Indiana.