Community Briefs

Diverse & Resilient announces leadership awards

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 22 January 2015 09:26

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."

Community news: AIDS Resource a leader in equality

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 30 October 2014 16:28

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.

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County committee approves Abele’s donation and other community news

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:40

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.

Going solar with Sierra

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Sunday, 27 July 2014 12:47

The Wisconsin Sierra Club/John Muir Chapter is promoting a new “Go Solar” campaign and inviting homeowners to complete an online form for a free home evaluation.

The Solar Home campaign, combined with federal and state incentives and historically low solar costs, “makes residential solar affordable to almost everyone today,” according to the club, which is partnering with H&H Solar and working to offer discounted systems to property owners.

Diverse & Resilient seeks CEO

Written by WiG Tuesday, 06 January 2015 10:10

Diverse & Resilient, Inc. is seeking a chief executive officer with a strong history of leadership, commitment to partnership, experience in public health, and most importantly, a passion for promoting the health and well-being of LGBT communities.

Activists seek to serve justice on Food Day

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:17

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 awarded for leadership diversity

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Sunday, 27 July 2014 12:50

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.

Radler makes major donation to UWM Libraries, hosts Cream City fundraiser

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 25 July 2014 02:43

Local philanthropist Will Radler has donated $65,000 to the UWM Libraries’ LGBT Collection in honor of fellow philanthropist Joe Pabst, already a significant contributor to the collection. In 2008, Pabst established the Libraries’ LGBT Outreach History Endowment, as well as provided a planned gift. 

According to assistant director Michael Doylen, the gift will help the libraries’ Archives and Special Collections Department do more with their substantial holdings, which mostly date from the period following the Stonewall Riots in 1969.

Kelly Mantle from 'RuPaul's Drag Race' to headline LGBT comedy in Madison

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 03 December 2014 09:07

"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."

Women’s self-defense classes feature Russian Systema technique

Written by Wes Manko,
Special to WiG
Thursday, 21 August 2014 12:33

Young women who are starting college and living on their own for the first time can feel particularly vulnerable to assault. Learning an effective self-defense system is empowering and confidence-boosting.

UWM’s LGBT Film/Video Festival returns with 11-day lineup

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Sunday, 27 July 2014 12:49

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.

Community briefs: AIDS Ride registering cyclists

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 10 July 2014 21:42

Registration is underway for ACT 12, the Wisconsin AIDS Ride.

Cyclists will spend four days riding 300 miles to raise money for HIV/AIDS. The ride will take place July 31–Aug. 3.