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Bethel Lutheran Church and Catholic Charities Partner to Aid Homeless in Madison and Bridge the Winter Gap

Madison, WI (August 16, 2016) – Bethel Lutheran Church and Catholic Charities Madison announce a new partnership to support the homeless through a joint operation of the Winter Day Resource Center, expanding services from two days to five, at 312 Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Madison. The Church Council at Bethel…

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TRANSforum Health Care Conference Coming in October

The mission of TRANSforum is to provide cutting-edge education and resources to health professionals who wish to improve the quality of care they provide to trans clients. If you are a provider interested in staying current in LGBTQ care–including being up to date with local, state, and national resources, ethically…

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Lady Laughs Comedy Festival Brings the Laughs to Madison

MADISON, WI USA ​(August 16, 2016) — The inaugural Lady Laughs Comedy Festival is set to  rock Madison with laughter. The three day festival will feature female comedians from all over  the country and beyond. But not to worry, the guys have a chance to make us laugh, too, in the He’s Not A Lady: All Male Showcase. The festival will feature stand up, improv, storytelling, sketch comedy and more. Lady Laughs is the first festival of its kind in Madison and was created to foster women in the  comedic arts. “One of the first shows I performed in when I move to the Midwest from Los  Angeles was an all women’s show. I was amazed and inspired by the camaraderie and support  that everyone had for each other and I decided that I wanted to ‘live’ in that space,” said Dina  Nina Martinez, the creator of the festival. She continues to say that the festival emerged from  the deep desire to showcase talented women and to show the world how brilliant and amazing  “we” are. The festival is incredibly inclusive and welcoming of all female identified individuals. It will  feature a revisit of Alphabet Soup Comedy (LGBTQ+ show that ran at Plan B for a year and a  half), The DNM Show Live (a live panel talk show) and so much more. LLCF is looking to bring in a major headliner and details will be forthcoming as will ticket information. Corporate  sponsorships are still available. Lady Laughs Comedy Festival ​•​ The Brink Lounge ​• ​701 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703 For more information, visit : LadyLaughsComedy.com  Facebook.com/LadyLaughsComedy  Twitter @LadyLaughsFest  Instagram @LadyLaughsComedy

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Fall Exhibitions to Open in Overture Galleries

Madison, Wis. – The Overture Galleries continue Overture Center’s commitment to fostering outstanding local visual arts with new Fall cycle opening in September. The Vietnam War and Its Lasting Impact: Photography of Robert Seitz and Peter Finnegan Overture Playhouse Gallery | Featured Saturday, September 10 – Sunday, October 16, 2016…

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New initiative in support of the Latinx LGBT+ community in Dane County

Madison – A new initiative called Orgullo Latinx LGBT+ of Dane County has been created to support and enhance the lives of the Latinx LGBT+ community in Dane County. Orgullo Latinx LGBT+’s mission is to build a safe, ethnically, equitable and racial social just place for the Latinx LGBT+ community…

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31st Annual Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival announces Opening Night film

Celebrated documentary Kiki to screen on new Opening Night date Wednesday, October 12 MILWAUKEE The Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival announces award-winning documentary, Kiki, will screen at the Oriental Theatre on Opening Night, Wednesday, October 12 at 7:30pm. The 31st Annual Festival, one of the longest running international festivals in the…

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StageQ, Inc. is Now Accepting Short Play Submissions for Queer Shorts 2.1: Queer Love

StageQ announces a call for short play script submissions for our annual festival of LGBT plays, Queer Shorts 2.1! Now in its 12th year, Queer Shorts has been a series of sold-out, smash hits and we invite you to be part of the fun again this year! This year’s theme…

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Transgender State Employee Seeks Equality Under State Health Plan

MILWAUKEE – The ACLU of Wisconsin filed a discrimination complaint today with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of Dr. Shannon Andrews, a cancer researcher at the University of Wisconsin Medical School, against the Medical School, the Group Insurance Board, and WPS Insurance, for denying her coverage for…

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ANNOUNCING: Cleavage III: Mean Boys – A High School Satire

MILWAUKEE, WIS: Three shows, one night, one venue! Cleavage III is a philosophically driven show that uses humor and drag to raise money and awareness for The Alma Center of Milwaukee. Headlining: Spikey Van Dykey (Florida) & Obe Haven (Arizona)! Special guests: I.C. Kings (Iowa) and Dustin Bahls (Chicago)! Plus 30+ local…

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#FreedomNow Action Disrupts Concert on the Square, More Action Planned for Thursday

On Wednesday, July 20th Freedom, Inc., Young Gifted and Black Coalition, Groundwork, and SURJ disrupted the Concert on the Square to call for Black community control of the police. The purpose of the action was to bring attention to murder and physical violence that Black people face locally and nationally…

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Proud Theater Milwaukee to Premier First-Ever Show Aug. 6 & 7, 2016

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Wednesday, July 12, 2016 — Art & Soul Innovations, in collaboration with the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, presents ‘Proud Theater Milwaukee: Gay-ly Forward’ – a fun and exciting evening of theater and spoken word written by and starring the talented youth of Milwaukee’s premier Lesbian, Gay, Transgender,…

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Art & Soul Tattoo and Gallery moves to Middleton

As many businesses are thriving in today’s economy, owner of Art & Soul Tattoo and Gallery in New Glarus, Renee’ May is no exception. Renee’, along with the 8 artists that work under the Art & Soul name, have expanded the business to an additional location in Middleton. The small New Glarus location has…

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Reps. Pocan, Hanna Urge President Obama to Prohibit LGBT Discrimination in Government Contracting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Richard Hanna (R-NY) led a bipartisan letter to President Obama urging him to direct all federal agencies to prohibit discrimination in federal government contracting and subcontracting based on the sexual orientation or gender identity of the business owner. In the letter, the…

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LGBT Milwaukee traces the history of local pride

Milwaukee, WI. –  Milwaukee Pride, Inc. announces the upcoming publication of LGBT Milwaukee, written by local author Michail Takach with a foreword by Don Schwamb of the Wisconsin LGBT History Project.   LGBT Milwaukee, published by Arcadia Publishing & the History Press as part of the Images of Modern America series,…

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Madison Early Music Festival Shakespeare 400: An Elizabethan Celebration Concerts and Events – July 9-16

Madison, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute announces the 17th annual Madison Early Music Festival (MEMF), Shakespeare 400: An Elizabethan Celebration. MEMF takes place from July 9-16, 2016 in the Mosse Humanities Building (455 N. Park St.) on the UW-Madison campus, and is an Affiliate Partner of Shakespeare…

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U.S Dept. of Defense Lifts Ban on Transgender Military Service

Secretary Ash Carter announced today Transgender Service Members will be able to openly serve their country.  Fair Wisconsin applauds this policy change and Secretary Carter’s leadership on the issue.  Allowing Service Members to serve authentically creates a win-win scenario for Dept. of Defense and its employees.  DOD leaders understand what…

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Pocan Applauds Defense Department’s Removal of Transgender Service Ban

Madison – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) released the following statement after Secretary Ash Carter officially announced the Department of Defense’s decision to lift its ban on transgender people from serving in the armed forces. “Following in the footsteps of repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, this is another significant step…

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13th Annual Ron Boylan Motorcycle Ride To Benefit Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center Saturday, July 23

Madison, WI (June 30th, 2016) – The 13th Annual Ron Boylan Motorcycle Ride to Benefit Safe Harbor will take place on Saturday July 23rd.  This event is made possible by the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, and many generous sponsors including U.W. Health & Unity Health Insurance, and Hupy & Abraham,…

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Tommy Award Recipient is Finalist for Jimmy™ Awards in NYC

MADISON, Wis. – The winners of the eighth annual The National High School Musical Theatre Awards (NHSMTA/Jimmy™ Awards) were determined and announced last night, Monday, June 27, at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway in New York, NY. Kailey Boyle from Middleton High School was one of six finalists to receive…

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Pocan, Community Leaders & Local Activists to Hold National Day of Action Rally on Gun Violence Prevention

Madison – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02), along with community leaders and local activists will gather on the steps of the City/County Building in downtown Madison at 5pm CT on Wednesday, June 29, to hold a National Day of Action rally on gun violence prevention. Last week, the Democratic #NoBillNoBreak…

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