Candidates announce for state Democratic Party chair
Martha Laning earlier this month announced her candidacy for chairperson of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Laning is a community leader, businesswoman and former candidate for Wisconsin’s 9th Senate District. She’s been endorsed by state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, who’s often mentioned as a prospective gubernatorial candidate.
The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center's board of directors announced on Feb. 19 that Karen Gotzler, who has served as the center's interim executive director since July 2014, will assume the role permanently, effective immediately.
The board and center supporters will officially welcome Gotzler at the center's annual meeting, set for 6 p.m. on March 5 in the center's community room at 1110 N. Market St.
Justice throughout the food chain — from farmworkers to child consumers — is the focus of the fourth annual Food Day, which is observed on Oct. 24.
Started by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest and other nonprofits in 2011, Food Day grew to 5,000 events from coast to coast in 2013.
Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive, Kenosha, is hosting its third annual Diversity Summit, with a series of activities and speakers focusing on the theme of religious tolerance.
The events are free to attend and open to the public.
• Janesville Community Radio continues to work to bring service to that area. Supporters are raising money to build a radio tower and purchase a transmitter and studio equipment to begin broadcasting in June. For more, go to www.janesvillecommunityradio.com.
• Community Shares of Greater Milwaukee honors champions of social justice, animal welfare and environmental progress during its awards celebration on Feb. 26 at the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino. Honorees include former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, Jill De Grave of the Wisconsin Humane Society, Marquette University president Dr. Michael Lovell, Vanessa LaCoste of Artworks for Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Brewers. For more, go to www.communitysharesmke.org.
"Alphabet Soup," Madison's first LGBT stand-up comedy show, will bring Kelly Mantle of "RuPaul's Drag Race" to the stage in December.
Mantle also has been featured on Logo TV's "One Night Stand Up."
Diverse & Resilient this week announced eight recipients of the group's LGBT Leadership Awards, honors presented to individuals and organizations "who have demonstrated leadership in improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the state of Wisconsin."
A news release said Leonard Sobczak has been awarded the Bayard Rustin Leadership Award in recognition of "his longstanding commitment to LGBT wellness, environmental issues, and civic and political causes. Sobczak is a quiet yet strong force for change and he leads as an out gay man."
For the second consecutive year, the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, the state’s largest provider of integrated health care to people with HIV, was recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
For more, go to hrc.org/hei.
The Milwaukee County Board’s Finance Committee recently voted to approve Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s personal donation of $7,147 to pay overtime costs associated with keeping the courthouse open outside regular hours for same-sex couples to get married.
After learning of the federal district court ruling overturning the state ban on same-sex marriage, Abele ordered the courthouse to stay open late on June 6 and also on June 7, a Saturday. Nearly 150 couples exchanged vows in a 24-hour period.