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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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Mad Rollin’ Dolls kick off 13th season of roller derby in Madison

MADISON, WIS: Madison’s premier flat track roller derby league, the Mad Rollin’ Dolls, are thrilled to kick off their THIRTEENTH season in Madison with a double header on Dec. 10: We’ve got a license to spill, so it’s time to get ill on the flat track Mad Rollin’ Dolls present…

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Santas Without Chimneys program returns for 5th year

All-Volunteer, Donation-fueled Santas Without Chimneys program returns for 5th year Santas Without Chimneys partners with community and business groups to deliver holiday cheer once more to Madison’s homeless and highly mobile children and families; aims to serve hundreds of children and families. Santas Without Chimneys (SWC) is welcoming volunteers and…

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A Madison Symphony Christmas

MADISON, WI – Join the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and Music Director John DeMain as they kick off the holiday season with the much-loved tradition — A Madison Symphony Christmas — with concerts on Dec. 2, 3, and 4 in Overture Hall. Celebrate the holidays with a variety of music…

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Counterpoint Readings Inspired by the Music of Shostakovich

Madison, WI – As a part of its 2016-17 season offerings, the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is launching The Counterpoint Readings, a special event series where poets will respond to a selected symphonic piece, culminating in a reading in Overture Center’s Promenade Lounge the weekend the piece is performed. The…

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YMCA and Overture partner for Sharing Our Stories

Madison, Wis. – The YMCA and Overture Center join for an afternoon of Sharing Our Stories, a free community event, on Sunday, November 13 from 5-7 p.m. at the Lussier Family East YMCA. Storyteller and author Dasha Kelly will lead us through three easy steps that will help us find…

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Call for Directors – StageQ Queer Shorts 2.1

Are you an experienced director who always looks forward to the challenge of directing, but dreads the time commitment of a full length play?  Have you always dreamed of directing, but have never been afforded the opportunity?  Well… have we got the opportunity for you! StageQ, Inc.  is seeking directors…

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New Exhibition Opening “The Seven Strengths: Rhea Ewing”

(MADISON, WI) Arts + Literature Laboratory (ALL) presents The Seven Strengths by Rhea Ewing, on view from November 5 though December 3. This new series of mixed-media works explores “seven concepts essential to [the artist’s] survival as a queer person in modern society.” In addition to the exhibition, Ewing will…

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Overture Features First Silent Film Ever Shown in Capitol Theater in 1928

Madison, Wis. – Overture Center’s 2016/17 Duck Soup Cinema 30th Anniversary celebration continues with the showing of the first silent film to play in Capitol Theater when it opened in 1928, Her Wild Oat, with live Grand Barton organ accompaniment and vaudeville acts on Saturday, November 5 at 2 and…

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Lady Laughs Comedy Festival, featuring women comedians, makes debut in Madison

MADISON, WI USA (October 25, 2016) — The Lady Laughs Comedy Festival is landing in Madison. The inaugural event will feature women comedians in performing arts including artists in Stand Up, Improv, Storytelling and Sketch. The festival will feature over 70 performers from all over the country and Canada. The…

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