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T MADISON, WIS. – In light of recent controversy surrounding Madison’s “drag scene,” a group of local queens aims to use their platform for the greater good. ‘Hysteria’ is a monthly drag show taking place at the new, dark, and quirky club, Crucible [3116 Commercial Ave. Madison, WI 53714]. Tips…

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Plan B changes hands, again

Co-founder and former co-owner Rico Sabatini announced today that he is once again taking over popular but troubled Madison nightclub Plan B. In a post to the club’s Facebook page on Friday, Sabatini said he had bought out the existing three co-owners, Corey Gresen (with whom he founded the club…

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Share your stories of hope to help LGBTQ youth mental health

As the Center for Community Healing closes out 2018 they say they are seeing an alarming rise of suicidal thoughts, depression, and self-harm among LGBTQ youth as young as 9 years old. The Center is turning to the community for help with a project aimed at providing hope and changing that narrative…

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New Year, New Challenges: January issue of Our Lives delayed due to digital attack

Happy New Year! We sincerely hope your 2019 is filled with good health, positive community building, and the continued fight for justice and equality. Here at Our Lives, we had a bumpy end to the year: Our website suffered what was determined to be a targeted malware attack that took us…

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Cudahy enacts protections against “conversion therapy” for LGBTQ youth

The city of Cudahy on Wednesday became the fourth city in Wisconsin to pass an ordinance to protect youth from so-called “conversion therapy.” Cudahy joins Milwaukee, Madison and Eau Claire in banning the use of the dangerous and discredited practice aimed at changing one’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Efforts…

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Broom Street Theater announces full season of free shows in honor of 50th anniversary

Broom Street Theater, founded in 1969, is proud to announce that in celebration of our Fiftieth Anniversary Season, we are declaring a year of jubilee. Admission to all shows will be free in 2019. Artistic Director Doug Reed said, “Broom Street has always been about breaking down barriers and making the theater accessible. Storytelling…

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Apply for the LGBT Chamber’s Business Leadership Academy

The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber is proud to announce the launch of the Business Leadership Academy. The mission of the Business Leadership Academy is to develop and foster the next generation of LGBTQ and allied leaders in the workplace by providing quality and transformative programming. Today’s business environment for both small…

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In memory of Dr. Sheltreese McCoy, QTPOC activist, educator, academic, and beloved community member

Obituary – Sheltreese (Treese) McCoy It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that Sheltreese McCoy passed away Thursday, November 22. Known to most as Treese, she was a longtime and fierce advocate for racial justice, disability rights, intersectionality, queer folks (especially queer and trans people of color),…

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Governor-Elect Tony Evers and Lt. Gov.-Elect Mandela Barnes Announce Diverse Health Advisory Board Members

Governor-elect Tony Evers and Lt. Governor-elect Mandela Barnes announced on Wednesday their Health Policy Advisory Council, a body tasked with advising the incoming administration on health care matters for the state. The new council represents a dramatic shift to a more diverse representation of health care professionals from rurle and urban health care…

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Cream City Foundtion’s 2018 Impact Grant Program Now Open

With excitement we announce today the 2018 Impact Grant Program is now open and accepting applications!  Cream City Foundation invites applicants to seek funding for programs that respond to the discrimination and systemic oppression that LGBTQ+ communities face in Southeastern Wisconsin. These grants will provide organizations the opportunity to serve…

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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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