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Milwaukee Pride brings rainbow crosswalks to Cathedral Square

Pedestrians in Milwaukee’s Cathedral Square will start seeing Pride in the streets soon, as rainbow crosswalks are installed this weekend at the intersection of Jefferson and Wells. The project, headed up by Milwaukee Pride and funded entirely through private donations, will have its grand unveiling on Saturday, Nov. 3 at…

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Seeking your input for a Greater Madison Vision

Over the next 25 years the greater Madison region is expected to  grow by another 150,000 people. Help develop a shared vision and plan to guide public and private decisions about this growth through a unique online survey. A Greater Madison Vision will develop a shared vision and plan to…

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Month-Long Exposition of Emerging Veteran Artists to Inspire the City of Madison in November 2018

Madison, WI— As the developing genre of veteran art realizes its potential for community discourse, its influence challenges artists to produce a body of work that is thought-provoking and vulnerable. In November 2018, veteran and civilian artists will merge together in Madison, Wisconsin to exhibit new works that reflect the…

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Milwaukee Pride, Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project unite to preserve local heritage

Milwaukee, WI. –  Milwaukee Pride, Inc., the 501(c)3 nonprofit parent organization of PrideFest Milwaukee and BeOUT Milwaukee, announces it will take stewardship of the celebrated  Wisconsin LGBTQ History Project, in honor of National LGBT History Month and the approaching WorldPride NYC / Stonewall 50 celebration. The Project, which originated as a PrideFest tent exhibit in 1995,…

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Wisconsin Jury Awards $780k to Transgender Women Denied Health Care Coverage

MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin jury has awarded two state employees $780,000 in damages after they were denied health care coverage under the state health insurance plan because they are transgender. While courts have increasingly said that transgender people must have their care covered under health insurance policies, this is…

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Democracy In Motion – Free Rides To The Polls

Madison, WI: In anticipation of what is sure to be a significant midterm election on November 6, 2018, Union Cab Of Madison Cooperative is gearing up for their seventh year of providing free rides to and from the polls for Madison area voters. While Union Cab members often volunteered to…

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Milwaukee Pride announces its 2018 BeOUT Award Winners

Milwaukee Pride, Inc. is excited to honor the winners of this year’s BeOUT Awards for LGBTQ Visibility! The BeOUT Awards celebrate individuals who have taken heroic strides to elevate the visibility and voice of local LGBTQ people within the past year. The awards will be presented at Milwaukee Pride’s annual autumn…

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AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin announces merger with Saint Louis Effort for AIDS

At the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) we are driven, each and every day, by a single goal: to save every life possible from the still fatal HIV epidemic. The relentless pursuit of this goal has led us to a new frontier. In the coming hours ARCW and Saint…

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WORT FM Board issues apology to the transgender community for hurtful Access Hour broadcast

MADISON – WORT Community Radio’s Board of Directors has issued an official apology to the transgender community for an Access Hour episode that aired in March 2018. The program was hosted by Madison local activist and musician Thistle Pettersen, who featured interviews with two prominent leaders in the anti-transgender radical…

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Madison United Rugby celebrates Community Day on Sept. 29

COTTAGE GROVE, Wis. — It’s a sport that’s growing here in the United States and thriving in our local community. But rugby – a contact sport that fathered American football and was featured in the 2016 Rio Olympics — is still not well known by many of us. Madison United Rugby…

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Excitement builds for art event showcasing transgender voices

(Madison, WI) “Art is the language of soul, and there is a lot about us that is so grossly misunderstood and misrepresented. This is the perfect opportunity for other people to meet us as we are,” says Romana Shemayev, artist and musician at last year’s TransLiberation Art Coalition show in…

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Judge rules Wisconsin transgender healthcare exclusion is illegal

MADISON – Exclusion of coverage for transgender healthcare needs is illegal and violates both Title VII and the Affordable Care Act, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. Alina Boyden and Shannon Andrews, both State of Wisconsin employees and transgender women, sued over the state’s refusal to cover transition-related care, saying it…

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MMoCA Seeking Docents to Engage Young Visitors

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) invites community members to join a very important volunteer team—the museum’s docent corps. This welcoming group of trained volunteers engages visitors with works of art on view at the museum. Through docents’ efforts, approximately 2,750 children from schools across Wisconsin experience the transformative…

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Wisconsin’s Group Insurance Board votes to remove transgender health coverage exclusion

MADISON – In a narrow 5-4 vote today, the Group Insurance Board opted to remove the exclusion for transgender health care coverage for state employees. The issue has proved to be a contentious one for the politically-appointed board. In July 2017, the GIB voted to add coverage for transition-related care…

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State of WI will vote on trans-inclusive healthcare for state workers this Wednesday

The State of Wisconsin Group Insurance Board (GIB) is meeting to vote on the 2019 insurance benefits for state employees. This means that the GIB will be voting on whether or not to keep the exclusion of transition-related healthcare for trans and nonbinary people for 2019. We are planning on…

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Proud Theater Madison Open Enrollment for the 2018/2019 Season Begins September 13, 2018

Proud Theater Madison is back in action with an exciting new opportunity for LGBTQI+ and allied youth between the ages of 13 and 18 to explore themselves and their identities through theater, music, dance, and spoken word in a safe, fun, welcoming, and supportive environment. The organization will begin enrolling…

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The Center for Community Healing announces its 1st anniversary as Wisconsin’s premiere LGBTQ counseling center

Owen Karcher, MA, LPC and Chelsea O’Neil Karcher, MA, LPC-IT co-founded the Center for Community Healing to provide high-quality therapy to people with marginalized or misunderstood identities. They specialize in working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning clients of all ages. Since opening its doors on the west side of…

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Out Professional Engagement Network’s response to OutReach LGBT Community Center’s Decision on Pride Parade

Madison, WI –  We at the Out Professional Engagement Network (OPEN) believe it is important to respond to OutReach’s decision to withdraw applications by local law enforcement to march in the Pride Parade. This decision has sparked a tremendous emotional reaction. Rather than fracture and divide our community, we hope…

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Madison police express support for OutReach in wake of Pride parade decision

LGBTQ police officers reaffirmed their support of the Pride parade and its organizer, OutReach LGBT Community Center, as part of a complex and sometimes heated community listening session held Monday night. Nearly 90 people crowded into a meeting room at Madison’s Central Library to discuss differing views on whether or…

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OutReach Board Votes to Withdraw Pride Parade Applications by Madison Area Law Enforcement Groups

Controversy around Madison Police’s involvement in the annual Pride Parade highlights divisions within the LGBTQ community. Is there a positive way forward? MADISON, WIS – OutReach LGBT Community Center today released an official statement announcing that they will be withdrawing the applications from Madison Police Department’s LGBTQ employee group, MPD…

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