Community Briefs

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.