FORGE hosts transgender health events

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 18 April 2014 08:46

FORGE is going forward into spring with several health-related events, including “An Introduction to Transgender Health Care” at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee on April 17. The program begins at 5 p.m.

Also, FORGE is promoting “Trans Health Matters,” a wide-ranging discussion on health care, at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market St., Milwaukee. The program is at 1 p.m. on April 18. For more, go to

Fundraiser celebrates LGBT support for immigration rights

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 18 April 2014 08:20

Voces de la Frontera holds a fundraiser and celebrates LGBT support for immigration reform with Voces for Equality on April 24 at Wherehouse, 818 S. Water St., Milwaukee. The event celebrates families and unity.

Also, the nonprofit is organizing its annual May Day March for 10 a.m. on May 1. Thousands are expected to march in Milwaukee to call for an end to deportations and for comprehensive immigration reform.

Milwaukee's Jody Hirsh receives national Jewish leadership award

Written by WiG Sunday, 09 March 2014 11:03

Jody Hirsh

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.

Grant to help inform HIV-positive people of family-building options

Written by WiG Monday, 03 February 2014 08:53

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."

Milwaukee Holistic Health Expo on April 26

Written by Louis Weisberg Friday, 18 April 2014 08:44

Milwaukee Holistic Health Expo focuses on wellness on April 26, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., at West Allis Nathan Hale High School, 11601 W Lincoln Ave., West Allis. For more, go to

Students rallying for a national Day of Silence

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 04 April 2014 19:34

The Day of Silence will be observed in schools across the country.

Students are expected to unite on April 11 in a nationwide protest of LGBT harassment and bullying on campus. Their goal is to show solidarity in silence and strength in numbers.

Planned Parenthood makes endorsements for Wisconsin Senate race

Written by WiG Sunday, 09 March 2014 10:58

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin in mid-February endorsed Janis Ringhand, Penny Bernard Schaber and Janet Bewley for the Wisconsin Senate.

Students, educators observe No Name-Calling Week

Written by WiG Monday, 20 January 2014 14:00

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 National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame, based in Chicago, is accepting nominations for the class of 2014. Nominations are due by April 22 and details can be found at

'Cocaine and Ethel Merman' to raise funds for Proud Theater

Written by WiG Sunday, 30 March 2014 08:23

L. Robert Westeen

Proud Theater presents playwright L. Robert Westeen back to Wisconsin with his hit one-person show Cocaine and Ethel Merman: The New Homo Guide. It’s described as “a humorous romp through the life of a man who spends an evening with a cocaine-addicted Ethel Merman female impersonator and ends up developing a new outlook on his own life, past and present. “ 

Gay bars to hold 'Uprising of Love' events during Opening Ceremonies

Written by Wisconsin Gazette report Thursday, 06 February 2014 05:58

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.

Foundation funding for LGBT issues tops $100 million

Written by WiG Saturday, 11 January 2014 20:01

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.”