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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.