Community Briefs

Wisconsin LGBT groups welcome gay rights activist Dan Choi

Written by WiG Tuesday, 12 March 2013 04:52

Equality Wisconsin and Fair Wisconsin host a meet-and-greet this month with Lt. Dan Choi, the gay rights activist who was at the forefront of the campaign to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Choi will be at a fundraiser at the Milwaukee home of a community supporter on March 25, from 5:30-8 p.m., to share his story.

“The Queer Program” celebrates its 20th anniversary from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fri., March 15, at the Milwaukee Gay Arts Center, 703 S. Second St.

Hosted by Michael and ‘D,’ the broadcast is Milwaukee’s longest-running weekly community interest public access cable program.

Milwaukee LGBT Center to host Oscar viewing party on Feb. 24

Written by WiG Thursday, 31 January 2013 17:42

The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center will celebrate the Oscar nominations of its Project Q alumnus Michael Raisler with an Academy Awards viewing party at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24.

Raisler, a native of Wauwatosa, is executive producer of “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” which earned a total of four Oscar nods, including for best picture and best director.

D&R seeks leadership nominations

Written by Louis Weisberg Friday, 11 January 2013 13:32

Every year, Diverse & Resilient recognizes individuals and organizations for leadership in, and on behalf of, Wisconsin’s LGBT community.

D&R is seeking nominations for community leaders who showed significant leadership on the community’s behalf during 2012.

LGBT groups to host webinar on Affordable Care Act

Written by WiG Tuesday, 12 March 2013 04:34

The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce will join in a webinar on “What the Health Care Law Means For LGBT Small Businesses.”

The session takes place at 11 a.m. CT March 25 with the chamber joining the Small Business Majority, Center for American Progress and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in exploring what the Affordable Care Act means for LGBT small businesses.

Chris Abele announces $75,000 gift to Fair Wisconsin

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Sunday, 10 February 2013 17:51

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is donating $75,000 to Fair Wisconsin, which advocates for LGBT civil rights in the state and has an affiliated political action committee.

Abele’s contribution to FW comes just months after he announced a $50,000 matching grant to Equality Wisconsin, a Milwaukee-based LGBT advocacy group and PAC.

Milwaukee groups host Honduran LGBT activist

Written by WiG Wednesday, 30 January 2013 09:33

Honduran LGBT activist Jose "Pepe" Palacios will talk about the movement in his country in a program at 7 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market St., Milwaukee.

Palacios is a founding member of the Honduran LGBT group, Diversity Movement in Resistance and a member of the steering committee of the National Front of Popular Resistance.

Florentine Opera Camerata hosts party for 'Albert Herring'

Written by WiG Tuesday, 26 February 2013 15:29

The Florentine Opera Camerata hosts a party a 7 p.m. on Sun., March 3, to celebrate its production of "Albert Herring," by gay composer Benjamin Britten. The festivities take place at The Room, 625 S. 2nd St., in Milwaukee’s Fifth Ward. Florentine general director William Florescu will attend along with the production’s star, tenor Rodell Rossel, to answer questions about the work.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to Scott Stewart at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 414-291-5700, ext. 226.


The Mandel Group presents “an immersive cinematic experience” tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The North End, one of the largest apartment developments in Milwaukee’s history.

Milwaukee Film Fest plans another 15-day run

Written by WiG Friday, 18 January 2013 08:32

The Milwaukee Film Festival plans another 15-day run this year.

Festival organizers extended last year’s event from 11 to 15 days and say it was such a success they are doing it again. The festival will run from Sept. 26 through Oct. 10.

News roundup for the Midwest

Written by WiG,
AP reports
Thursday, 27 December 2012 13:19

Retiring U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl of Wisconsin. - PHOTO: Provided