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Local Scout launches transition wear drive to support transgender and non-binary youth

Local photographer, activist, and Eagle Scout candidate Charles Wetzel has launched a donation drive to help provide transition wear for Briarpatch Youth Service’s Teens Like Us Group, which supports LGBTQ youth ages 13-18, many of whom have been kicked or forced out of their homes. Read more about Charles’ project…

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Madison Common Council passes LGBTQ conversion therapy ban

July 11, 2018 – MADISON, WI – The Madison Common Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to ban the practice of LGBTQ conversion therapy for minors, joining a growing list of municipalities and 13 states that have passed similar measures. Alder Arvina Martin (District 11) introduced the motion after Milwaukee’s own…

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Madison Opera’s Annual Opera in the Park Returns July 21

Madison, Wis. – Madison Opera’s Opera in the Park celebrates its seventeenth year on Saturday, July 21 at 8pm in Garner Park on Madison’s West Side.  The annual free concert of opera and Broadway favorites closes the company’s 2017/18 season and provides an enticing preview of the 2018/19 season. A…

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PrideFest 2018 welcomes a record-breaking 45,400

Milwaukee, WI –  Despite grey skies, unseasonable cold and intermittent rain showers, PrideFest Milwaukee conquered the weekend weather with unprecedented attendance outcomes. For the seventh consecutive year, PrideFest delivered record-breaking attendance with 45,400 visitors in 2018.  This number reflects a 21%increase over the previous record of 37,682 set in 2017.  This…

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Nominations Sought for OutReach Community Awards

MADISON – OutReach, Madison and South Central Wisconsin’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Community Center, is seeking nominations of individuals, organizations and businesses that have made outstanding contributions to Madison and South Central Wisconsin’s LGBT community in the past year. Awards will be presented at OutReach’s 26th Annual Community Awards Banquet,…

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Madison Public Library Celebrates LGBT Pride Month

In recognition of LGBT Pride Month in June, Madison Public Library will celebrate with thoughtful discussion, inclusive events, and expanded sessions of last year’s popular Drag Queen Storytime. Madison Public Library provides free and equitable access to cultural and educational experiences. The library celebrates ideas, promotes creativity, connects people, and…

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Director and Actor Matt Bomer Named 2018 AIDS Walk & 5K Run Honorary Chair

Out actor Matt Bomer will serve as honorary chair of the 29th AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run. Officials with the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin made the announcement at the organization’s 32nd annual Make a Promise fundraiser in late April, which drew over 900 supporters to the Wisconsin Center in…

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Our Lives office hit with targeted vandalism

The Our Lives offices were the target of vandalism when a rock was thrown through the glass front door, leaving it shattered. The destruction was discovered early Friday morning, May 18, by maintenance staff at the building where the magazine rents space and reported immediately to Patrick Farabaugh, Publisher of Our Lives….

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Madison Symphony Orchestra to Receive $20,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Madison WI – National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $20,000 to the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) for…

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Mad Rollin’ Dolls present three-day invitational roller derby tournament in Madison

MADISON, WIS: The Mad Rollin’ Dolls are proud to present “Udder Chaos: The Madison Invitational.” Mad Rollin’ Dolls present three action packed days of hard-hitting, high level roller derby, right here in Madison, WI. Udder Chaos will take place May 18-20 at Hartmeyer Ice Arena. Doors will open each day…

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Madison Opera Announces 2018/19 Season

Madison, Wis. – Madison Opera has announced its 2018/19 season, which encompasses three languages, stories that are both realistic and fantastic, and celebrated musical scores.  The company’s 58th season opens with Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci in November, followed by A Little Night Music in February, and Rusalka in April.  The season concludes with the 18th annual Opera in the Parkin July. “I…

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Overture Center’s High School Musical Theater Awards Program Renamed for W. Jerome Frautschi

Madison, Wis. – Overture Center for the Arts announced today that the high school musical theater awards program will be renamed “The Jerry Awards” (aka “The Jerrys”) for local philanthropist and arts supporter W. Jerome Frautschi. Through the renaming process, Overture considered people in the Madison community who have had…

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The Frequency goes into storage June 30, 2018

After 10 years of music and community, The Frequency will be closing their doors June 30, 2018. The Frequency has been honored to be a part of the rich and diverse local music scene in Madison, WI. When The Frequency opened its doors in June of 2008, Darwin Sampson had a…

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The Madison Symphony Orchestra Highlights the New 2018–2019 Silver Anniversary Season

Madison, Wis. March 26, 2018 – The Madison Symphony Orchestra’s (MSO) 2018–2019 Silver Anniversary Season invites audiences to celebrate 25 years of great music with John DeMain. Subscriptions are available now, and single tickets for all concerts go on sale to the public Saturday, August 18, 2018. MSO Music Director…

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U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin to President Trump: Stop Censoring Critical LGBT Health Information and Resources on Federal Websites

Senators: “We are concerned that you are putting politics ahead of science and access to evidence-based health care that is critical for millions, and so we call on you to reverse course to ensure that our federal programs serve the needs of all people.” WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy…

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Overture unveils 2018/19 season of shows, including 30 debuts

Madison, Wis. — Overture Center revealed its 2018/19 season, which features nearly 100 performances, including seven new-to-Overture-Hall Broadway titles and 23 new Overture Presents shows. “We are thrilled to offer another incredible line-up for the upcoming 2018/19 Overture Season,” said President and CEO Ted DeDee, who will retire at the…

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PrideFest Plus One campaign honors Diverse & Resilient

Milwaukee, WI –  Milwaukee Pride, Inc. has announced Diverse & Resilient as the 2018 beneficiary of the PrideFest Plus One campaign. Founded in 1995, Diverse & Resilient strives to address and overcome the health disparities experienced by Wisconsin’s LGBTQ people.  The organization offers a wide variety of support, advocacy and capability-building programs…

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UW LGBT Campus Center Celebrates Out & About Month With Activities in April

Join the LGBT Campus Center and the UW-Madison community for a month of vibrant events celebrating LGBTQ+ lives and experiences! From adrienne maree brown’s keynote, to LGBTQ+ issues discussions, study days, and the WisQueer Conference, there is something for everyone! All events open to the public. Follow the event page…

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Cream City Foundation now accepting applicants for LGBTQ+ scholarship

LGBTQ+ Scholarship Program is now accepting applications.  In 2018, Cream City Foundation will award scholarships to applicants who have demonstrated leadership in the LGBTQ+ community. The Cream City Foundation LGBTQ+ Scholarship Program was founded in 2015 to support lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, queer+ and allied student leaders in Southeastern Wisconsin. Scholarships…

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Local Gay Rugby Team to Host First Tournament

(Madison, WI) The Madison Minotaurs Rugby Club, a local International Gay Rugby (IGR) team, are hosting their first ever tournament for other IGR teams throughout the country. The tournament will be held between the Minotaurs, the Milwaukee Beer Barons, the Columbus Coyotes, the Columbus Kodiaks, the Minneapolis Mayhem, and the…

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