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Join the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce for our first annual National Coming Out Day Breakfast on Tuesday, October 11 in Madison at The Madison Club, one of our Chamber members. Registration and networking will take place from 7:30 to 8:00 a.m., with breakfast and the program beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Our keynote speaker for this inaugural event is R. Richard Wagner, community leader and LGBT historian.
Dick Wagner is one of Wisconsin’s preeminent scholars on LGBT history. He came to Wisconsin in 1965 to attend graduate school in American History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison after receiving his B.A. from the University of Dayton. In 1974, he ran for alder in Madison on a platform that the City should adopt a non-discrimination ordinance protecting gays and lesbians. Though he lost the election, in 1975 the City of Madison passed such an ordinance.
In 1983, Wagner was appointed by Governor Anthony Earl to Co-Chair the first in the nation Governor’s Council on Lesbian and Gay Issues. In 1988, Wagner became the Dane County Board Chairperson, at that time the highest office any gay person had held in the state.
Since retiring in 2005, he has been researching and presenting on Wisconsin Gay History including bimonthly articles in Our Lives magazine. He hopes there’s a book there someday.