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.
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.
Jason Rae, executive director of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, was honored earlier this month with a scholarship from the American Chamber of Commerce, under its new program to encourage leadership diversity among its members.
The national organization established its leadership diversity program to help provide information, training and resources to enhance the leadership skills of women, members of racial/ethnic minorities, LGBT-identifying individuals or those with disabilities.
• 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."
Festival director Carl Bogner announced the return of UWM’s annual LGBT film/video festival Oct. 16-Oct. 26.
The two-weekend schedule, a change from last year’s four-day lineup, is a return to the festival’s original format. Bogner said returning to the longer format would prowvide “greater temporal elbow room” for patrons.