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Written by WiG reports Thursday, 14 November 2013 11:46

Democrat Elizabeth Coppola. - PHOTO: Courtesy

Cream City Foundation’s 2013 Business Equality Luncheon drew a record number of nearly 300 people to Milwaukee’s Marcus Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 4 for lunchtime business networking. Aurora Health Care president and CEO Nick W. Turkal, whose organization is the largest employer in the state offering employment benefits to the same-sex partners of workers, presented the keynote address at the event, which grossed $43,000 for CCF.

Milwaukee flash mob will celebrate Coming Out Month

Written by WiG Saturday, 12 October 2013 15:45

The entire community is invited to join a flash mob at 12:30 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 19, in Spaights Plaza on the UWM campus, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. The dance event will precede the screening ofThe New Black at UWM Union Theater as part of The Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival. The movie explores divisions in the black community over marriage equality. A 2:30 p.m. panel discussion at UWM Union Art Gallery follows the film. To join the flash mob, call Marquita at 414-390-0444 or click here.

Proud Theater-Milwaukee enrolling LGBT youth

Written by WiG Tuesday, 10 September 2013 05:16

Proud Theater–Milwaukee is enrolling people between the ages of 13 and 18 for the 2013-14 season.

The program is open to young people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning, who are children of LGBTQ parents or who are allied with the community.

LGBT community news roundup

Written by WiG Thursday, 22 August 2013 12:07

The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce recently received the Excellence in Community Impact Award at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce leadership conference in Dallas.

The national group recognized the Wisconsin chamber for nurturing relationships with city chambers and business districts, as well as engaging with the Coalition for Ethnical Diverse Chambers of Commerce in Milwaukee. The Wisconsin organization also has cultivated partnerships with philanthropic and nonprofit groups.

Out candidate seeks Assembly seat in Nov. 19 special election

Written by WiG Wednesday, 06 November 2013 16:11

A vacant seat in the state’s 21st Assembly District (Oak Creek, Franklin, South Milwaukee) presents a unique opportunity to elect a strong out candidate.

Democrat Elizabeth Coppola is running in a special election on Nov. 19 to replace state Rep. Mark Honadel, R, who resigned after a decade to take a private-sector job.

A rally to "oppose the takeover of MPS by private companies" will take place today (Sept. 17) at about 4:15 p.m. CST.

The rally is being organized by the Coalition to Oppose the MPS Takeover, a group of local organizations including the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association, Voces de la Frontera, Milwaukee NAACP and others.

Fighting Bob Fest set for Madison

Written by WiG Thursday, 29 August 2013 11:14

The annual Fighting Bob Fest featuring "progressive speakers, networking opportunities and entertainment" takes place next week.

The fest launches with a Reclaiming Our Democracy kick-off on Sept. 6 at the Barrymore Theater, 2090 Atwood Ave., Madison.

LGBT Chamber of Commerce hosts picnic today in Humboldt Park

Written by WiG Sunday, 18 August 2013 06:39

Humboldt Park

It’s a beautiful day for a picnic in Milwaukee, and the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce invites you to enjoy it. The group hosts a picnic between noon and 3 p.m. today in Humboldt Park for chamber members, their employees and families. The event takes place in the park’s Area 5, which is located on the corner of Howell and Oklahoma. PNC Bank is sponsoring the event and also providing giveaways for attendees.

The U.S. Human Rights Campaign on Nov. 4 launched its Love Conquers Hate campaign to support Russia’s LGBT community, targeted by a law that prohibits public support for equality in that country.

The campaign will feature a diverse group of prominent celebrities, athletes and politicians, speaking out in support of the LGBT community in Russia, and helping to raise awareness about the Russian government’s ongoing campaign of homophobia, according to a news release.

FORGE to host forum on transgender issues

Written by WiG Friday, 13 September 2013 11:11

Milwaukee-based FORGE holds a forum Sept. 28 on transgender issues, specifically policies related to housing, health care, employment and also access to public restrooms.

FORGE's invitation to the event – which takes place at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market St. No. 2, Milwaukee – states, "Come … hear about the phenomenal policy strides the trans community has made over the past few years and where we are going next."

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a three-year, $1.2 million grant to the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin and Community Advocates to expand alcohol and substance abuse services, along with HIV and Hepatitis C prevention efforts, targeting African-American women in Milwaukee.

Although African Americans represent 27 percent of Milwaukee County’s population, they accounted for half of the county’s new HIV infections reported last year. Their risk for contracting the virus is 25 times greater than that of white women.  

Illinois activists launch $2 million push for marriage equality

Written by The AP Wednesday, 17 July 2013 13:14

Gay marriage supporters are launching a $2 million statewide campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois.

Illinois Unites for Marriage is a coalition representing gay rights, civil rights and political groups.