Monday, November 9, 2009

Voice for Equality: Steve Elkins

Steve Elkins is a gay rights activist and the executive director of CAMP Rehoboth, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community center of southern Delaware. In response to hostility to the gay community of Rehoboth, Steve Elkins and his partner, Murray Archibald, created CAMP (Create A More Positive) Rehoboth to, as Elkins put it, “send the message that families come in all shapes, sizes and orientations." Learn more here.

Since its founding in 1991, CAMP Rehoboth has hosted community forums on issues of prejudice and discrimination. In 1994, they began offering annual sensitivity classes for Rehoboth’s police force. CAMP also holds fundraising events for other local non-profit organizations, including AIDS service organizations and gay and lesbian community groups.

Elkins has also become an active member of the state political discussion of gay rights issues. In response to a recent attempt by the Delaware legislature to define marriage as solely between a man and a woman, and the state senate's failure to bring LGBT non-discrimination and expanded domestic partnership benefits to a vote:

"We hope the powers of the Senate understand that this is an equal-rights issue, not a special-rights issue, and it's not going away," [Link]
Freedom to Marry salutes Steve Elkins as a Voice for Equality! See other Voices for Equality here.

If Mr. Elkins' support inspires you - get involved!

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