Community Briefs

Girls on the Run of Greater Milwaukee sponsors 5k

Written by WiG Monday, 29 October 2012 05:33

Girls on the Run of Greater Milwaukee holds its first outdoor 5k Turkey Trot at 11 a.m. Nov. 18, at Greenfield Park, 2028 S. 124 St., West Allis.

Scholarships provide support for girls to participate in GOTR’s youth development program, which “combines an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls.”

ACLU of Wisconsin offers guide to voting rights

Written by WiG Monday, 22 October 2012 03:58

The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin has a guide to voting rights in the state.

Pink Banana 'FUNdraiser" at Great Lakes Distillery on Saturday

Written by WiG Friday, 12 October 2012 11:02

Pink Banana Theatre Co. holds its popular annual “FUNdraiser” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Great Lakes Distillery, 616 W. Virginia St. The event features live music by Filthharmonic, food and drinks from Great Lakes Distillery.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. They can be purchased online at www.pinkbananatheatre.com.

Women’s Voices Milwaukee hosting Halloween dance

Written by WiG Saturday, 06 October 2012 13:00

The Girls’ Ghostly Gala hosted by Women’s Voices Milwaukee is on Oct. 27 at the Marian Center, 3211 S. Lake Drive, Milwaukee, from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Women’s Voices Milwaukee president Liz Doan said, “This is one of the two major dances held each year in the lesbian community. We’re excited to have the opportunity to build it into the social event of the fall season.

Wisconsin reports 'robust' start to early vote

Written by WiG Friday, 26 October 2012 11:33

More than Wisconsin 225,000 voters have requested absentee ballots so far – including more than 100,000 in clerks’ offices – for the general election, according to a statement from the state Government Accountability Board.

"We are seeing long lines at many municipal clerks’ offices around the state," stated Kevin J. Kennedy, Wisconsin’s chief election official, in the news release. "One in five ballots (633,610) cast in 2008 were absentee, and we expect to see similar numbers in 2012." 


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Party with Carmen

Written by Louis Weisberg Thursday, 18 October 2012 10:17

The Florentine Opera Camerata, an affinity group for LGBT opera fans and their extended community, presents “An Opera Party for Carmen” at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 at The Room, 625 S. Second St. Guests will get the inside scoop on the upcoming production, presented by Florentine general director William Florescu and “Carmen” star Audrey Babcock. The free event features a performance by the opera’s studio artists, a cash bar and food from Miss Katie’s Diner. RSVP to Scott Stewart at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or, for more information, call 414-291-5700, ext. 226. 

The Florentine Opera Camerata, an affinity group for LGBT opera fans and their extended community, presents “An Opera Party for Carmen” at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 at The Room, 625 S. Second St. Guests will get the inside scoop on the upcoming production, presented by Florentine general director William Florescu and “Carmen” star Audrey Babcock. The free event features a performance by the opera’s studio artists, a cash bar and food from Miss Katie’s Diner. RSVP to Scott Stewart at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or, for more information, call 414-291-5700, ext. 226. 

Addressing a town hall meeting at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center this evening, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore updated a crowd of about 100 attendees about pending federal legislation concerning LGBT civil rights.

While acknowledging that the prospects for passage in the near future are dim, Moore outlined 15 proposed laws that would improve the lives of LGBT Americans if enacted. Those include the longstanding Employment Non-Discrimination Act and the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act.

Legacy Walk debuts in Chicago on National Coming Out Day

Written by WiG Friday, 05 October 2012 14:17

A new walking museum in Chicago’s east Lakeview neighborhood opens officially on National Coming Out Day, Oct. 11, with a daylong series of events. 

Fair Wisconsin PAC and Wisconsin Progress’ joint LGBT Conduit host a fundraiser for out Assembly candidate Melissa Lemke of Racine tomorrow night. The event is from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Argus Bar & Grille, 123 E. Main St., in Madison. Click here to RSVP.

Although Lemke’s campaign in Assembly District 62 is an uphill battle, observers believe that it is winnable, largely due to the smart, aggressive campaign she has conducted. The seat is currently open.

High attendance for Milwaukee Art Museum this year

Written by AP Tuesday, 16 October 2012 05:38

The Milwaukee Art Museum just had one of its best years in terms of attendance.

Museum officials say they had the third highest attendance ever for the 2012 fiscal year, which ended Aug. 31. More than 395,000 visitors entered the galleries.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee hosts “Bully” filmmaker

Written by WiG Sunday, 07 October 2012 08:30

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Oct. 11 hosts “An Evening with Lee Hirsch,” who made the acclaimed documentary “Bully.”

The program takes place 7-9 p.m. in the Union Wisconsin Room, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee.

Cream City Foundation hosting equality luncheon

Written by WiG Friday, 05 October 2012 14:09

The 2012 Equality Business Luncheon, hosted by the Cream City Foundation, takes place on Oct. 25 at the Harley-Davidson Museum, 400 W. Canal St., Milwaukee.

The event includes networking at 11:15 a.m., lunch at noon and a keynote address at 12:30 p.m.