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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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New study shows LGBTQ representation in leadership is good for business

A new study conducted by Marquette University and commissioned by the Wisconsin LGBTQ Chamber shows that organizations and businesses with one or more LGBT people in senior leadership positions report higher overall firm performance than organizations with no LGBTQ leadership. “This study supports what we have been saying for years…

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Get a Free Vegan Cooking Lesson at Madison Vegan Fest

Madison, Wis., August 8, 2018 — The 2018 Madison Vegan Fest will be held at Madison College’s Truax Campus on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm. One of the featured presentations this year is a free cooking class at 10:30 amby professional chef Dama Wells-Foster, who is also…

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Wisconsin state insurance board to meet for vote on 2019 insurance exclusion for trans and non-binary employees

From the Wisconsin Transgender Health Coalition: As many of you have probably seen on the Facebook page event, there is going to be a meeting of the Group Insurance Board (GIB) on the morning of Wednesday, August 22. At this meeting, the GIB will vote on the 2019 insurance benefits for…

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Milwaukee Pride donates over $23,000 to mission-critical causes

Milwaukee, WI –   In honor of PrideFest 2018, the largest LGBTQ event in Wisconsin history, the Milwaukee Pride Board of Directors has disbursed over $23,000 in financial donations, scholarships and gifts to local causes, including: $12,200 to Diverse & Resilient, via the PrideFest Plus One campaign $3,000 to Kimberly Wilbern, recipient of the 2018 Rising…

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Overture Center Announces New President and CEO

Madison, Wis. – Overture Center for the Arts, the Overture Center Foundation Board of Directors and the CEO Search Steering Committee announced today the appointment of Sandra Gajic as president and CEO through an international search process guided by Arts Consulting Group. Gajic will be joining the Overture staff effective Monday, September 24, 2018. “It is such…

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Whitney Houston Tribute Show Comes to Madison on National Tour

Madison, Wis. – Showtime Australia’s acclaimed music production The Greatest Love of All starring Belinda Davids is heading to the US for its first national tour, July to October 2018. Tickets for the performance at Overture Center for the Arts on Friday, August 10 at 7:30 p.m. are available now…

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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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