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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.