21st Annual Northwest Public Employees Diversity Conference
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Our Equitable Future: Equity + Diversity = Inclusion
Jeana Frazzini, Executive Director – Basic Rights Oregon
Jeana Frazzini leads Basic Rights Oregon, a statewide non-profit committed to ensuring that all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Oregonians experience equality by building a broad and inclusive politically powerful movement, shifting public opinion, and achieving policy victories. After working for six years as the political director for the Death with Dignity National Center, she became the Development Director for Basic Rights Oregon in 2005. It took her two years to double Basic Rights Oregon’s organizational income. During that time, Basic Rights Oregon successfully lobbied the 2007 Oregon legislature to pass a comprehensive non-discrimination law and one of the nation’s most encompassing domestic partnership laws. Frazzini became the Executive Director of Basic Rights Oregon in 2008. A week later, a federal judge put Oregon’s new domestic partnership law on hold. Basic Rights Oregon organized thousands of activists and hired a top attorney to enact the domestic partnership law and safeguard it against future attacks at the ballot. In addition to policy victories, Basic Rights Oregon has seen success in building a more inclusive movement and working with coalition partners. Under Frazzini’s leadership, the organization has developed a racial justice analysis, prioritized ally work, and trained activists across the state to fight for social justice for all Oregonians impacted by discrimination. Her work at Basic Rights Oregon continues a lifelong passion for fighting injustice. Growing up in rural Eastern Washington, Frazzini experienced first-hand the confusion, fear and isolation that LGBT people face in unsafe climates. In college, she worked with human rights and environmental groups, and moved to Oregon during the No on 9 campaign in 1992. In 2004, with the help of Basic Rights Oregon, she and her partner won a landmark parental rights case. In a historic ruling, the court found it unconstitutional to discriminate against families headed by same-gender couples. In 2009 Frazzini was appointed to serve as a member of the Oregon Council on Civil Rights. The council plays a critical role in ensuring proper education and enforcement of civil rights laws in Oregon. In addition, Frazzini has previously served as a member of the advisory board for the City of Portland’s Human Rights Commission and the Committee on Discrimination based on Gender Variance & Source of Income for the Multnomah County Civil Rights Task Force.