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Communication marks one year anniversary of queer-friendly sober venue space with two-day celebration

The little-venue-that-could at 2645 Milwaukee Street, Communication, entered the Madison market as something of an anomaly: set up specifically as an all-ages sober space, the renovated house has become the go-to spot for alternative craft fairs, underground music (both local and touring), and even a recording studio. On Friday and…

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PrideFest Milwaukee 2019 breaks attendance records for eighth consecutive year

Milwaukee Pride, Inc., nonprofit parent of PrideFest Milwaukee, reports record-breaking attendance for the 2019 festival, held June 6-9 at Henry W. Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee. This year’s total confirmed festival attendance was 45,787, an increase of +1% over the 2018 total of 45,400.   The increase is especially significant, following…

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Hot Summer Gays fills Madison’s hottest days with queer-centric festivities

Local party promoter Sarah Akawa has her work cut out for her this summer. The former Queer Pressure co-producer is set to host a series of ambitious and colorful LGBTQ-focused events in Madison, featuring everything from local DJs to drag kings to live music. This is the third year that…

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Tenant Resource Center elects new board, sets course after tumultuous year

On June 20, 2019, the TRC membership held one of the largest annual meetings in its 39 year history, and voted in a new Board of Directors. As a membership organization, all current and recent staff, volunteers, and Board members are able to vote. During four hours of impassioned presentations…

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ARCW Launches First PrEP Campaign in Milwaukee

The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) recently launched “Stay PrEP’d Up,” the first pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) campaign in Milwaukee to help combat HIV in communities of color.  The campaign has made headlines in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael Gifford, discussed how the…

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Milwaukee Common Council endorses Equality Act, while Shorewood bans conversion therapy

The Milwaukee Common Council voted Tuesday to officially endorse and urge the U.S. Senate to pass the Equality Act, a bill that would amend the Civil Rights Act to include federal protections for LGBTQ people. Over 200 major businesses nationwide have also voiced their support for passage of the bill,…

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Gov. Evers and LGBTQ representatives deliver Wisconsin’s first-ever Pride month proclamation

On a warm, sunny Monday in June, Gov. Tony Evers delivered the first-ever official LGBTQ Pride Month proclamation at the Wisconsin State Capitol. He was joined by members of the LGBT Caucus and prominent state LGBTQ advocates who all helped make sure the occasion was properly marked. With the rainbow…

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Wisconsin LGBT Caucus Introduces Bipartisan Equality Agenda

MADISON – In honor of Pride Month, LGBT members of the Wisconsin State Legislature – which includes Rep. Mark Spreitzer (D-Beloit), Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa (D-Milwaukee), Rep. Todd Novak (R-Dodgeville), Rep. Marisabel Cabrera (D-Milwaukee), and Sen. Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) –introduced a set of bills today as a part of the Equality Agenda….

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Subeck & Risser Introduce Abortion Access Protection Act

MADISON – Today, Representative Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) and Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison) unveiled the Abortion Access Protection Act at a press conference along with women’s health care advocates and providers. The act would repeal Wisconsin’s criminal abortion ban.  Wisconsin is one of only 9 states with a statute criminalizing abortion…

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Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway celebrates Pride month with LGBTQ flag raising ceremonies

June is LGBTQ Pride month in the U.S., and Madison’s first openly lesbian mayor, Satya Rhodes-Conway, is making sure the city is showing its support in multiple ways – including by having the Pride flag flown outside both the City-County and Municipal buildings. At a ceremony at noon on Monday,…

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Speak out against proposed new rule to allow discrimination in health care

They came for transgender students, they came for transgender troops. Now, the Trump administration is coming for transgender people’s health care. Just now, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a new regulation that will falsely tell doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies that is is perfectly fine to…

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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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