Community bulletins | April 9, 2015

WiG reports

PrideFest Milwaukee expands restroom access

PrideFest Milwaukee plans to provide additional gender-neutral restrooms at this year’s LGBT Pride celebration.

According to a news release, “PrideFest Milwaukee is increasingly concerned about our reputation as a safe place for our trans guests and their loved ones. We are disappointed that our organization, policies and long-standing provisions may have been misrepresented. We apologize for any anxiety, confusion or doubt this misinformation may have caused.”

The organization then announced
plans to:

• Add gender-neutral restrooms for the festival.

• Clearly mark gender-neutral bathrooms.

• Offer a map of gender-neutral restrooms.

• Post PrideFest’s restroom policy and code of conduct at the entrance gate.

“We will be retraining our volunteers on approaching the restroom environment with sensitivity,” said Terrance Raffeet, PrideFest security director. “We are committed to protecting and serving all visitors and to creating a safe, meaningful and memorable experience.”

For more, go to pridefest.com.

More community bulletins …

• GOOD DINING: Pam Grier, Ted Allen, Mondo Guerra and Daisy Martinez serve as the celebrity spokespeople for Dining Out for Life, the national campaign to raise money for HIV service organizations. More than 3,000 restaurants participate in the annual event, set for April 30. For more, go to diningoutforlife.com.

SUMMONED TO EQUAL RIGHTS SUMMIT: Baltimore is to host “It’s Time 2015: The Partnership Summit to Elevate Women’s Leadership” on May 1–3. The purpose is to unite advocates in the campaign for gender equality. For more, go to www.itstime2015.com.

Conservation Lobby Day: With Wisconsin’s natural resources under greater attack than ever in the proposed state budget, this year’s Conservation Lobby Day is more important than ever, according to organizers. The deadline to register for the April 14 event is April 10. Go to conservationvoters.org, click on “act” in the blue bar at the top of the page, then scroll down to “events.”

WORK THE NETWORK: The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce hosts a networking breakfast at 8 a.m. on April 16 at Bella Caffe, 189 N. Milwaukee St., in the Third Ward. No registration is required.

• HAPPY CESAR CHAVEZ DAY: Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy Romo West and County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic called for a holiday for Milwaukee County employees on the birthday of Cesar Chavez. The holiday would take place beginning in 2016.

SOCIAL JUSTICE AND SCHOLARSHIP: Members of Youth Empowered in the Struggle rallied on March 30 at Marquette University in Milwaukee, calling on the school’s administration to establish a scholarship fund for undocumented students. For more, go to vdlf.org.

LABOR LEADERSHIP: Pride at Work hosts its third annual LGBT leadership training program at the Communications Workers of America headquarters in Washington, D.C., this month. For more, go to aflcio.org.

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