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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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….