Community Briefs

Gay bars to hold 'Uprising of Love' events during Opening Ceremonies

Written by Wisconsin Gazette report Thursday, 06 February 2014 05:58

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.

Foundation funding for LGBT issues tops $100 million

Written by WiG Saturday, 11 January 2014 20:01

A review of grants for LGBT issues shows domestic funding exceeded $100 million in 2012, according to Funders for LGBTQ Issues. The report, considered the most comprehensive of its kind, captured data on 4,068 grants awarded by 399 foundations “to identify gaps, trends and opportunities in LGBTQ philanthropy.”

Community briefs: Local, news nations from our progressive community

Written by WiG Friday, 13 December 2013 11:39

Diverse and Resilient toasts campaign: Diverse and Resilient recently hosted a gathering to celebrate the achievements of Acceptance Journeys, a marketing campaign aimed at improving the health of LGBT in the state and advancing acceptance. The nonprofit used billboards, bus ads, public presentations and other tools to share stories about their LGBT family, friends and neighbors.

Community briefs: News from our progressive base

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.

Grant to help inform HIV-positive people of family-building options

Written by WiG Monday, 03 February 2014 08:53

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."

Diverse and Resilient reports banner year

Written by WiG Saturday, 11 January 2014 19:59

Diverse and Resilient, a Milwaukee-based agency that addresses health care disparities for LGBT people, ended 2013 with increases in program participants, budget and staff. In 2013, D&R:

ACLU launches 'My Big Gay (Il)legal Wedding' campaign

Written by WiG Tuesday, 10 December 2013 06:21

The American Civil Liberties Union is launching "My Big Gay (Il)legal Wedding," a campaign that calls attention to the patchwork of state laws that allow same-sex couples the freedom to marry in 16 states and the District of Columbia, but deny those same couples that freedom in the rest of the states, including Wisconsin.

The campaign launches with an animated video of Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn asking committed same-sex couples to submit creative ideas for a wedding that crosses state lines from their home state — where they can’t yet legally marry — into a bordering state where they can.

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.

Students, educators observe No Name-Calling Week

Written by WiG Monday, 20 January 2014 14:00

Thousands of schools across the country are celebrating the 10th anniversary of GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week this week, an annual event during which educators emphasize kindness and compassion as a means to eliminate name-calling and bullying of all kinds.

"GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week provides schools with an opportunity to engage students in a dialogue about how they can play a role in addressing name-calling and bullying," GLSEN executive director Eliza Byard said. "Over the past 10 years, No Name-Calling Week has reached tens of thousands of K-12 classrooms and become an established part of the school calendar. It is heartening to see schools embrace positivity as an important component of bullying prevention – celebrating kindness and fostering a culture of respect."

Milwaukee County reports green energy success

Written by WiG Saturday, 11 January 2014 19:57

Milwaukee County’s Kill-a-Watt Challenge saved money and cut electricity in 2013. The county’s electricity use from May-October was 2.7 percent less than the same period in 2012.

Community briefs: ACLU names celebrities with a cause

Written by WiG Thursday, 28 November 2013 19:07

The American Civil Liberties Union recently launched an ambassador initiative that involves recruiting celebrities to help promote its cases and causes.

With the project’s unveiling, the ACLU named six ambassadors and their areas of activism: Harry Belafonte, for his advocacy against mass incarceration; W. Kamau Bell for his work on racial justice; Lewis Black on voting rights; Melissa Etheridge on marijuana law reform; Jesse Tyler Ferguson on LGBT issues, including the freedom to marry; and Cyndi Lauper on LGBT issues and HIV/AIDS.

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.