The Milwaukee County Human Rights Commission hosts a community forum at the Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W. Vliet St., 6-7 p.m. on April 22, to hear from residents about issues. The forum features an update from commission chair Jason Rae, as well as welcoming remarks from Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. Respond to Rae at 414-344-1733.
Milwaukee Holistic Health Expo focuses on wellness on April 26, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., at West Allis Nathan Hale High School, 11601 W Lincoln Ave., West Allis. For more, go to www.mkehealthexpo.com.
Students are expected to unite on April 11 in a nationwide protest of LGBT harassment and bullying on campus. Their goal is to show solidarity in silence and strength in numbers.
The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin is honoring philanthropists Will Radler and Susie and Cary Silverstein and more than 25 social work case managers who work with HIV patients. The awards will be presented during the 28th annual Make A Promise gala on April 26 at the Wisconsin Center. “Our award recipients for 2014 truly embody the Make A Promise tradition,” said ARCW president and CEO Mike Gifford. “These individuals are all leaders who saw a better way forward in improving the lives of people with HIV and acted on it.” For more, go to arcw.org.
The National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame, based in Chicago, is accepting nominations for the class of 2014. Nominations are due by April 22 and details can be found at gayandlesbiansports.com.
Proud Theater presents playwright L. Robert Westeen back to Wisconsin with his hit one-person show Cocaine and Ethel Merman: The New Homo Guide. It’s described as “a humorous romp through the life of a man who spends an evening with a cocaine-addicted Ethel Merman female impersonator and ends up developing a new outlook on his own life, past and present. “
During the 2014 Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies, a coalition of restaurants and bars across the United States will donate $1 of every drink sold as part Uprising of Love: Pride House 2014. The campaign will raise money for LGBT activists in Russia through the Russia Freedom Fund.
The Opening Ceremonies campaign will take place on Feb. 7, from 9 p.m. to midnight.
FORGE is going forward into spring with several health-related events, including “An Introduction to Transgender Health Care” at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee on April 17. The program begins at 5 p.m.
Also, FORGE is promoting “Trans Health Matters,” a wide-ranging discussion on health care, at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market St., Milwaukee. The program is at 1 p.m. on April 18. For more, go to forge-forward.org.
Voces de la Frontera holds a fundraiser and celebrates LGBT support for immigration reform with Voces for Equality on April 24 at Wherehouse, 818 S. Water St., Milwaukee. The event celebrates families and unity.
Also, the nonprofit is organizing its annual May Day March for 10 a.m. on May 1. Thousands are expected to march in Milwaukee to call for an end to deportations and for comprehensive immigration reform.
Jody Hirsh, the out director of Judaic Education at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in Milwaukee is this year’s recipient of the Morton L. Mandel Jewish Educational Leadership Award for his lifelong commitment to Jewish education. The award will be presented at the JCCs of North America biennial convention San Diego on March 30.
The Elton John AIDS Foundation today (Feb. 3) announced a grant to The American Fertility Association to increase awareness of family-building options for HIV-positive men and women.
An announcement from the musician's foundation said, "n an effort to increase awareness of the medical strides that currently allow HIV-positive individuals to safely have biologically-linked offspring, EJAF and The AFA have joined forces to implement a grass-roots educational campaign specifically targeting HIV-positive individuals, the physicians who serve them, reproductive endocrinologists (fertility specialists), and community-based organizations."