Community Briefs

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.

Zielinski honors Wisconsin’s first same-sex married couple at City Hall

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 26 June 2014 22:10

Milwaukee Ald. Tony Zielinski presented a proclamation before the Common Council June 24 recognizing Matt Schreck and Jose Fernando Gutierrez as the first same-sex couple to marry in Wisconsin. The two, who have been together for seven years, beat the first couple to marry in Madison by 6 minutes. 

“Matt and Fernando are constituents of mine and I was proud to present them with the proclamation,” Zielinski said.

A still from the documentary

An exposé on the state of American democracy and the fracturing of the Republican Party, Citizen Koch investigates the money behind the tea party and traces the impact of unlimited election spending by large corporations and billionaires. The film, from Academy Award-nominated directors Carl Deal and Tia Lessin, focuses on the Kochs' influence in Wisconsin. It opened Friday at Milwaukee's Downer Theater and Madison's Sundance Cinemas.

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.

Planned Parenthood closing clinic

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 26 June 2014 20:15

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin will close its family planning health center in Fond du Lac on Sept. 25. The closing is the fifth resulting from the elimination of funding support by Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-led Legislature.

The closure will result in the loss of health care services for about 1,104 patients who relied on the clinic for lifesaving cancer screenings, breast exams, birth control, annual exams, pregnancy tests, STD testing and treatment, HIV screening and referrals.

Jose Gutierrez and Matt Schreck pose with the Rev. Erik Koepnick after their marriage ceremony at the Milwaukee County Courthouse on June 6. -Photo: AP/Jeffrey Phelps

Milwaukee Ald. Tony Zielinski plans to present a proclamation before the Common Council at 9 a.m. on Tues., June 24, recognizing Matt Schreck and his husband Jose Fernando Gutierrez as the first same-sex couple to marry in Wisconsin. The two, who have been together for seven years, beat the first couple to marry in Madison by six minutes.

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.

The Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission will host a cat adoption event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sat., June 21. All cats and kittens are vaccinated, de-wormed, micro-chipped for identification, tested for feline leukemia, and spayed/neutered. In addition, every cat or kitten will go home with a free “goodie” bag full of gifts prepared by shelter volunteers.

Major Door County theater changes name

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Contributing writer
Saturday, 14 June 2014 14:23
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In January 2015, Door County’s award-winning American Folklore Theatre will debut a new name — “Northern Sky Theater.” The name change was announced at the company’s annual “Raise the Curtain” fundraiser May 25.