With nearly 50, members living in more than colonies in western Canada and the US, Kelly Hofer is pushing for change within the community. The Facebook post showed a photo of Kelly Hofer in a baggage-laden car, his older sister at the wheel. The upbeat tone cloaked the significance of the journey. Hofer was leaving behind his childhood home in the Hutterite community — a little known Anabaptist sect often likened to the Amish but with a selective embrace of technology. He was moving to Calgary, a city of a million people, dreaming of a career in photography.
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When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriages, America generally, and the gay community specifically, celebrated. Same-sex marriages, and the gay and lesbian movement is more mainstream than ever. While the national discussion has been brought to the forefront, at the state level, conversations continue. Did you know that an estimated 0.
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At a time when we should be celebrating the imminent end of discrimination against same-sex couples, we're gearing up to fight another effort to discriminate against people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. Oregon, once again, is the state where the opposition is focusing its efforts. In substance, the proposed law in Oregon is almost identical to the bill Arizona's governor recently vetoed. The Oregon version of the law would allow businesses to turn people away because of who they are and whom they love.
Given its collegiate vibe, appealing natural setting on the banks of the Willamette River and just a short drive from the stunning Oregon Coast in one direction and the Cascade Mountains in the other , and longstanding popularity among free-spirited souls, creative creatures, left thinkers, eco-minded outdoors enthusiasts, locavores, and both young and in-the-prime-of-their-years hippies. It's not at all surprising that the state's second-largest city, Eugene , has a highly conspicuous and both socially and politically active gay scene. Eugene is just a two-hour drive south of the state's largest city, Portland , and a good southern base for wine-touring in the Pinot Noir-acclaimed Willamette Valley.