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Local Rastafari church protested for hate speech, as landlord moves to evict

“Blaze it, don’t appropriate it!” “Pro-pot. Anti-hate.” The signs held by protesters outside of the Lion of Judah House of Rastafari church were universal in their support for legalized marijuana – and opposition to hate speech. About a dozen or so people gathered outside the establishment at the corner of…

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Protests planned of local Rastafarian church over anti-LGBTQ and anti-women rhetoric

MADISON — An establishment in downtown Madison created a buzz last month when they registered as a Rastafarian church and began openly distributing marijuana on Mifflin Street, near the University of Wisconsin campus.  Though much of the media coverage has centered on the Lion of Judah’s selling of marijuana as…

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Madison Mallards cut ties with Chick-fil-A over company’s anti-LGBTQ giving

Madison’s summer collegiate baseball team has officially severed ties with the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain, citing the company’s record of donating to anti-LGBTQ organizations. In a Facebook post Tuesday afternoon, the Madison Mallards made the announcement, writing, “For nineteen years, the Mallards have prided ourselves on building an experience focused on…

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Between The Waves & UCAN Partnership – A Conference Within A Conference

Between The Waves Madison Music Conference and Festival (BTW) is partnering with the Urban Community Arts Network (UCAN) to incorporate their Level Up Music Industry Conference program into the third annual BTW. At the BTW 2019, UCAN will join with BTW to reach a wider audience, specifically the Hip-Hop community….

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PrideFest Milwaukee: the countdown is on!

Milwaukee, WI –  In just three weeks, PrideFest Milwaukee kicks off the summer festival season with a four-day weekend celebration of LGBTQ history and heritage.  This year’s line-up includes Kim Petras, Greyson Chance, Dragapalooza! (featuring Trixie Mattel) and over 100 LGBTQ artists on eight stages.  Festival highlights include:  Burlesque, fire dancers, fashion and drag…

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Announcing the 30th Annual Juneteenth Celebration in Madison

Kujichagulia Madison Center for Self Determination is inviting all communities to join us for the commemoration of the 30th Annual Celebration of the historic event –the emancipation of all slaves in America. This year’s theme: Juneteenth 2019 “Embracing Our Legacy of Resilience.” Juneteenth has continued to be a day set…

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Madison Opera Announces 2019/20 Season

Madison, Wis. – Madison Opera has announced its 2019/20 season, which encompasses stories profound and absurd, contemporary and classical, with some of the finest musical scores in the operatic repertoire.  The company’s 59th season opens with La Traviata in November, followed by Fellow Travelers in February, andOrpheus in the Underworld in April.  The season concludes with the…

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StageQ Announces New Season and Auditions

StageQ’s season will revolve around the idea of identity; how one finds their identity, how identity evolves, and how identity is challenged. Almost every queer person, as they grow up, has struggled or will struggle with discovering who they are, what they believe in and find value in, and where…

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Cream City Foundation Awards $30,000 to Fund Collaborative Partnerships in Milwaukee

Milwaukee –Cream City Foundation announced today two grant awards totaling $30,000. The awards were made through the Cream City Foundation LGBTQ+ Impact-Grant Program, a competitive grant program that funds collaborative partnerships between LGBTQ+-exclusive service organizations and allied or LGBTQ+-inclusive partner organizations. This year’s awards focus on access to HIV/STI testing,…

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University of Wisconsin study shows disparities in contraceptive care for sexual-minority women

Young sexual minority women frequently encounter stigma or misinformation in health care settings that can compromise their ability to get the contraception they need, according to a new study from the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Sexual-minority women are…

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Overture Announces 2019/20 Season; Includes HAMILTON

Overture is pleased to announce its 2019/20 Broadway and Overture Presents season that puts you in the room where nearly 100 performances will happen, including a record-breaking 13 weeks of Broadway. “Our patrons have been patient and the wait is over, HAMILTON arrives in November and we couldn’t be more thrilled,” said…

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Ali Muldow and Ananda Mirilli win Madison school board races

GSAFE Co-Executive Director Ali Muldrow and Department of Public Instruction equity consultant Ananda Mirilli both won their races for Madison School Board in April. Their victories, along with Christiana Carusi in seat three, helped flip the board to entirely women members, and added representation by at least two queer people…

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Satya Rhodes-Conway becomes Madison’s first lesbian mayor, unseats longtime incumbent Paul Soglin in spring election

Former city alder Satya Rhodes-Conway will become Madison’s next mayor, defeating incumbent Paul Soglin 62%-38% when all the votes were tallied on Tuesday, April 2. Rhodes-Conway makes history as the city’s first lesbian, and just the second woman, to hold the office. Her campaign focused largely on pushing for greater…

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OutReach will not hold Pride parade in 2019, focus is on festival instead

OutReach LGBT Community Center announced on Monday that the organization will not hold a Pride parade in Madison this August. The decision comes after a tumultuous 2018 event that involved rescinding invites to law enforcement contingents in the parade after pushback from local activists, and an intense backlash to that…

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LGBTQ+ titles at the 2019 Wisconsin Film Festival

The Wisconsin Film Festival, Madison’s annual silver screen extravaganza, returns April 4 through 11 at venues across the city with more options for casual and zealous movie-goers alike than you could shake a clapperboard at. As always, hundreds of titles spanning dozens of genres will draw eager filmmgoers from across…

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Artists Bauer and Beckwith Exhibit at Driftless Historium

Two southwestern Wisconsin artists bring their work to Mount Horeb’s Driftless Historium, where their artistry evokes some of the same themes of nostalgia or found objects that complement the environment of the museum and archives of the Mount Horeb Area Historical Society. Paintings by Chuck Bauer and mosaics made by…

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StageQ announces its original production about the Stonewall Riots

StageQ is excited to announce the cast for its April production of “RAID! Attack on Stonewall.” The play, commissioned by StageQ to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the famous queer uprising, will run from April 19th though April 27th at the Bartell Theatre in downtown Madison, Wisconsin. “RAID” is the…

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Pride Leadership Summer Camp among new offerings at UW-Green Bay

Among the many camps UW-Green Bay offers each summer is a new option for youth, grades 6 through 12. The Middle School Pride Camp is Sunday, July 28, 2019 through Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, and the High School Pride Camp is Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 through Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. …

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Madison Opera to receive $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $25,000 to Madison Opera to support the company premiere of…

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Candidate for Wisconsin State Supreme Court compared homosexuality to bestiality, called himself a “culture warrior”

A candidate vying to become the newest justice on the Wisconsin State Supreme Court once compared same-sex relationships to bestiality, and railed against organizations like Planned Parenthood in anti-choice rants, a review of past blog posts has found. Judge Brian Hagedorn is currently serving on the Wisconsin Court of Appeals’…

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