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Overture Hosts International Festival, Celebrates Cultural Diversity in Dane County

Madison, Wis. – International Festival, a free event that has been hosted by Overture Center for more than 30 years, returns on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. The festival celebrates Madison’s rich cultural heritage with returning and new performers and vendors who call Dane County home. There is…

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Rocky Mountain CARES and AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin Announce Merger

DENVER, CO and MILWAUKEE, WIS… Building upon Denver’s strong response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Rocky Mountain CARES (RMC) and the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) are announcing their merger following the unanimous votes of both organizations’ respective boards of directors. People living with HIV, leaders of both organizations, and…

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Pocan Statement on President Trump’s Divisive, Un-American Executive Order Banning Entry to US From Majority-Muslim Countries

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement in opposition to President Trump’s dangerous, hasty, and ill-informed Executive Order banning entry to the US from seven majority-Muslim countries. President Trump’s actions stand in opposition to our country’s most deeply held values and traditions, and raise further questions about…

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Freedom, Inc. celebrates Black History Month

Check out our schedule of events this month: Jan 30 Social Workers Confronting Racial Injustice: The Intersectionality of Race, Mental Health and Poverty Conference held by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Social Work’s Third Annual on the intersectionality of race, poverty, and mental health. 10am and 1:15pm, T. Banks will present…

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StageQ holding auditions for “Perfect Arrangement”

When: Sunday, February 12th & Monday, February 13th – 6:00-9:00 pm Where: StageQ Rehearsal Space, Porchlight Building, 306 N. Brooks St, Madison StageQ, Inc. will be holding auditions for Perfect Arrangement by Atlanta playwright Topher Payne. Directed by John Siewert, Perfect Arrangement will be presented on the Evjue Stage at…

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Rep. Chris Taylor: “Our March Forward”

The thrill of marching down Pennsylvania Avenue last Saturday with 500,000 other people for basic human rights for women spurred my memory of the first march for women’s lives I ever attended. In 1989, I was a 21 year old college student marching at a time when protestors were physically…

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Chippewa Valley LGBT Community Center to Hold Open House

The Executive Board of the non-profit Chippewa Valley LGBT Community Center is pleased to announce the opening of their new offices in downtown Eau Claire.  Located in historic Banbury Place, the Center’s offices will continue to serve the needs of LGBTQ+ individuals and families in the Chippewa Valley region.  To…

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U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces She Will Oppose Senator Jeff Sessions’ Nomination for U.S. Attorney General

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today released the following statement announcing she will oppose President-elect Trump’s nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions for United States Attorney General: “America has made great progress over the last eight years with an Administration that has taken seriously a shared responsibility to pass on…

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Community Shares of Wisconsin Announces 2017 Big Share to Take Place Tuesday, March 7

MADISON—Community Shares of Wisconsin (CSW) today announced the 2017 Big Share will take place Tuesday, March 7, 2017, to benefit over 60 local nonprofit organizations working to build a just, equitable community and to protect our environment. The Big Share™ is a single day of online giving to benefit nonprofit…

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Openly Gay Members of Congress Raise Serious Concerns About Betsy DeVos’ Record on LGBT Equality

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI), David Cicilline (D-RI), Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), Jared Polis (D-CO) and Mark Takano (D-CA), Co-Chairs of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, today sent a letter to members of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) urging them to closely examine…

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Wisconsin Schools Remain Hostile for Many LGBTQ Secondary Students, GLSEN Report Finds

WISCONSIN (January 11, 2017) – GLSEN today released state-level data from its benchmark National School Climate Survey, which shows that U.S. secondary schools are slowly improving but remain hostile environments for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students. The biennial survey, which began in 1999, found that harassment…

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Dark comedy “Morticians in Love” opens this February

Morticians in Love by Christi Stewart-Brown, directed by Suzan Kurry Cast: Mary Wallin and Bryan Royston as the morticians. Rowan Calyx as the androgynous assistant. Issaka Brellenthin and Joshua Paffel as the attractive corpses. “Everybody should love death this much.” A shy mortuary owner and her assistant toil alone among…

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Proud Theater to Hold 2nd Annual LGBTQ+ Intergenerational Conference

MADISON, WISCONSIN – JANUARY 9, 2017 – Proud Theater, Wisconsin’s premier LGBTQ+ Youth Theater organization, in collaboration with the Outreach LGBT Community Center, Trinity United Methodist Church, PFLAG-Madison, and the First United Methodist Church of Madison, will hold its second annual LGBTQ+ intergenerational conference, ‘Connections: Milestones’. The event is open to members…

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ACLU Condemns Group Insurance Board’s Decision to Capitulate to Effort to Reinstate Anti-Transgender Health Care Exclusion

MILWAUKEE – The ACLU of Wisconsin condemned the Group Insurance Board’s capitulation to pressure from Attorney General Brad Schimel and Gov. Scott Walker’s insurance commissioner to rescind the GIB’s earlier decision to update state employees’ health insurance plans to cover transition-related care for transgender employees.  The coverage of such medically…

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Wisconsin would scrap transgender health benefits for state employees following legal actions

Gender reassignment surgery and related gender identity services will be covered by insurance for transgender state employees in Wisconsin starting Jan. 1, but that coverage would be taken away if a series of legal developments occur. The board overseeing state employees’ health benefits voted 7-2 Friday evening to reinstate exclusions…

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Ring in the New Year with roller derby in Madison

MADISON, WIS: Ring in the New Year with the hard hits and fast skating action of the Mad Rollin’ Dolls roller derby league on January 7 in Madison: Hurry hurry hurry! You ‘mustache’ to our second game of the season! Mad Rollin’ Dolls present “I MUSTACHE TO THE ROLLER DERBY”…

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Rep. Pocan, LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chairs Call on DOD to Extend Phase Out Period for Same-Sex Domestic Partner Benefits Program

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and the LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chairs sent a letter to the Department of Defense (DOD) calling for an extension of  the phase out period for the Same-Sex Domestic Partner program. On November 2 the DOD announced that benefits for same-sex couples would be…

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Madison Opera to receive $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $20,000 to Madison Opera to support the Midwest premiere of Daniel…

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Overture announces Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, music played by MSO

Overture Center announced today that the Madison Symphony Orchestra will perform Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on June 24th & June 25th, 2017 as part of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series. The concert will feature the live symphony orchestra performing, to picture, every note from Harry Potter and…

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New Community Supported Arts Program first of its kind in southern Wisconsin

(MADISON, WI) Arts + Literature Laboratory presents CSArt Madison: southern Wisconsin’s first Community Supported Art program. Participating artists receive a stipend of $1000, an exhibition opportunity, and promotional support to produce 60 limited-edition works of art that will be distributed CSA-style to local buyers. In summer 2017, Arts + Literature…

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