Community Briefs

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.

Federal Courthouse hosts LGBT event on June 20

Written by WiG Tuesday, 18 June 2013 14:53

The public is invited to join the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, Equality Wisconsin and U.S. Attorney James Santelle as they celebrate LGBT Pride Month on June 20 with an informational event at the Federal Courthouse, 517 E. Wisconsin Ave.

Director seeks funding to shoot Web series in Madison

Written by WiG Friday, 03 May 2013 12:32

Actor/director Ben Fritz has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a Web series to be shot in Madison.

Based on the fictional book “The Ethical Slut,” which explores the nature of polyamorous relationships, Fritz’s series of the same name has attracted $17,468 in grassroots funding. He hopes to raise an additional $12,000 by May 9.

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.

Proud Theater chapters to perform at PrideFest

Written by WiG Friday, 24 May 2013 13:43

Proud Theater, a youth theater organization, announced that all three chapters in Wisconsin will perform together for the first time at PrideFest, which is being held in June on Milwaukee's Summerfest grounds.

The groups will be doing three joint performances on June 8 on the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center's Community Room Stage at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Each performance will showcase skits, poetry and music developed by the youth involved with each chapter.

Milwaukee LGBT center joins in Give OUT Day May 9

Written by WiG Friday, 03 May 2013 09:37

The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center has joined efforts to raise money for LGBT causes as part of Give OUT Day, a national initiative that on May 9 aims to mobilize thousands of individual donors to give in support of the LGBT nonprofit community.

"Less than 5 percent of the LGBTQ community gives to an LGBTQ cause, according to research from the Horizons Foundation and Movement Advancement Project," said Bolder Giving executive director Jason Franklin. "Give OUT Day aims to raise awareness of the need to support LGBTQ nonprofits and elevate the level of LGBTQ philanthropy."

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.

The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center’s next TGIF begins at 5:30 p.m. on Fri., July 12, at Cafe Lulu, 2265 S. Howell Ave., in Bay View. The popular social mixer, held the second Friday of the month at a different location, is a great way to meet new friends while experiencing new bars, cafés and eateries. The events are open to everyone – so bring a friend to enjoy complimentary appetizers and a cash bar.

PNC Financial Services Group has joined the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce as a Gold Founding Member, the organization announced on May 9.

The announcement comes just days before the chamber hosts its Madison launch event at 5:30 p.m. on May 14 at Plan B, 924 Williamson St.

Project Q hosts youth community meeting

Written by Louis Weisberg Thursday, 02 May 2013 15:27

Members of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center’s Project Q. -Photo: Dave Lauersdorf

Project Q, the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center’s youth program, hosts a youth community meeting 5-9 p.m. on May 31 at 1110 N. Market St., second floor (courtyard entrance).