Community Opportunities

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Free GED/HiSET Classes

 

Classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays


Class Schedules:
Mornings: 9am-12pm or
Evenings: 5:30pm-8:30pm


Register for an in-person Information Session:
1) Go to www.pathwayslynn.org
2) At the top of the page click "Apply for
GED/HiSET classes"
3) Complete the form

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Report Discrimination in Housing

 

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is now looking at complaints and inquiries from the last year to see if they warrant further investigation.  If you have clients, community members, or staff that have, in the last year, experienced discrimination in housing, please advise them that they can still take action to have their cases heard.  

Examples of what constitutes discrimination are:

 

  • Shelters refusing access because of gender identity or forcing someone to stay in a sex-segregated shelter that doesn’t align with their identity.

  • Rentals declining a rental application for any reason other than the prospective renter not meeting stated qualifications or lying about availability.

  • Harassment- asking for sexual favors in exchange for rent or a landlord creating a hostile environment through harassing comments on a tenant’s appearance.

  • Ads for housing that say things like “no same-sex couples” or marketing that is targeted to exclude certain communities.

  • The directive also protects people who experience discrimination on multiple bases, such as race, familial status, and sexual orientation.

Complaints can be filed by clicking below or by calling 1-800-669-9777 or 1-800-877-8339.

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Report Workplace Discrimination

 

If you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community and you’re being discriminated against at work you need to know that you have legal protections against discrimination and bullying.  Title VII of the Civil Rights Act says that no employer can discriminate against their employees because of race, religion, sex, or national origin. But the Supreme Court has expanded that and ruled that the
protections of Title VII also protect people from discrimination based on gender, identity, and orientation. Your employer cannot legally discriminate against you or harass you.

 

If you’re experiencing discrimination at work, you can file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC was formed to investigate claims of workplace discrimination. The EEOC also has an agreement with 44 states to share information with the state labor authorities. If you live in one of those 44 states and you file an EEOC complaint the state will also get a copy of that complaint and any supporting evidence you submit.

Click below for more information and to file a compaint.

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Free Legal Assistance With Name Change For Transgender Individuals

 

UMASS School of Law is offering free legal assistance with name changes to transgender individuals.  For more information or to schedule a confidential consultation, call 508-985-1159 or email ClinicCoordinator@UMASS.edu.

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Educator Toolkit to Integrate LGBTQ+ Issues Into Curriculum

 

This toolkit was designed by The Spahr Center staff and student leaders to help educators build the skills to become stronger allies and advocates in your classrooms for LGBTQ+ students. The Spahr Center is an organization dedicated to supporting and empowering the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities.

Access the Educator Toolkit by clicking here.

Watch a workshop related to the toolkit by clicking here.

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Free Online Library of Audio and Ebooks 

 

OverDrive is an online library where you can check out audiobooks and ebooks for free.  OverDRive has a wide variety of books, but Candid for OverDrive has a selection of books for "diversity, equality, and inclusion".  To use OverDrive, you'll just need a free, public library account.  If you don't have one contact, your local public library.  To get started with OverDrive, click below.