Diverse & Resilient

Diverse & Resilient At Diverse & Resilient, we see a future in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in Wisconsin thrive, living healthy, satisfying lives in safe, supportive communities.
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Our name serves as reminder that LGBTQ people are everywhere, engage in interesting and meaningful lives, and contribute to the welfare of each other and the broader community.

Our name serves as reminder that LGBTQ people are everywhere, engage in interesting and meaningful lives, and contribute to the welfare of each other and the broader community.

Mission: Our mission is to achieve health equity and improve the safety and well-being of LGBTQ people and communities in Wisconsin.

Operating as usual

Love from some of our youth.
12/24/2020

Love from some of our youth.

Enjoy some queer cheer created by some of our LGBTQ youth! Whatever traditions you may celebrate, we hope this season brings you a bit of joy, comfort, and safety.

Our offices may be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day, but our warmline will still be staffed for emergencies through the holidays. Call or text 414-856-LGBT(5428) to connect with a Room to Be Safe Anti-Violence Program advocate.

All of us at D&R are wishing all of you a Safe & Peaceful Holiday Season and a Wonderful New Year!
12/23/2020

All of us at D&R are wishing all of you a Safe & Peaceful Holiday Season and a Wonderful New Year!

Happy holidays!!
12/19/2020

Happy holidays!!

We are feeling the love from African Heritage, Inc. who just helped QTBIPOC surivors have a very happy holidays in Appleton! Their gifts are helping them start over with a fresh safer start in their new homes.
Boxes of household goods not pictured.
Thank you to Tasha Banks for this merry delivery. Pictured here with D&R's Youth Advocate Reiko Ramos.
Happy holidays to all from our grateful hearts!! 💕

We are so proud of D&R Peer Navigator Program Manager Justin Roby! This weekend Justin graduated with a Masters of Scien...
12/17/2020

We are so proud of D&R Peer Navigator Program Manager Justin Roby! This weekend Justin graduated with a Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership and Administration. Congratulations on excellence, Justin!

Photos by: Paul ByDesign

In addition to overall LGBTQ, this poll (and so many others) finds that Black (95%) and Latinx (70%)  LGBTQ households r...
12/16/2020
Movement Advancement Project | The Disproportionate Impacts of COVID-19 on LGBTQ Households in the U.S.

In addition to overall LGBTQ, this poll (and so many others) finds that Black (95%) and Latinx (70%) LGBTQ households report even higher rates of serious financial problems since the start of the pandemic than their white counterparts.

The Disproportionate Impacts of COVID-19 on LGBTQ Households in the U.S. (PDF)DownloadInfographicsDownloadPress Release — New Report Finds LGBTQ People Are Disproportionately Impacted by COVID-19VisitRelated Report — Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQI MovementVisitIn...

A heartwarming donation that is making a difference!
12/16/2020

A heartwarming donation that is making a difference!

A big thank you to Lesley and Chuck McKee in Appleton. Lesley dropped off a large cash donation this morning. From this we are able to make a difference here in the lives of people in Appleton including a queer family secure housing with a deposit, a newly out trans woman with some styling & clothing needs and another queer family with groceries. This warms our hearts and spirits this holiday season.

Also, if you are inspired to give to D&R, you can do so before December 31 to be included in your tax write-offs! Your funds help keep people warm, loved, and fed this holiday season!

Listen in as Black Queer Femme's sip and share about "Coming Out", locating femme and bisexual/pansexual community, safe...
12/05/2020

Listen in as Black Queer Femme's sip and share about "Coming Out", locating femme and bisexual/pansexual community, safety, and more. There will be drinks sipped and some tea spilling. It's a happy hour event you DO NOT want to miss! Join Resilient by Design with D&R ✨

12/05/2020
Judge orders restoration of DACA, opening immigration program to new applicants for first time since 2017

"Today's ruling opens the door for more than one million immigrant youth who have been unfairly denied their chance to apply for DACA and secure their future in this country," Tumlin told CBS News. "Our brave plaintiffs have said from the beginning of this lawsuit that their home is here, and the court rightly recognized that today."

One million undocumented immigrant teens and young adults who qualify for DACA on paper could apply for the Obama-era protections from deportation following the court order.

We are so honored to have received the LGBTQ Progress in Youth Activism award last night at the Shepherd Express LGBTQ P...
12/04/2020

We are so honored to have received the LGBTQ Progress in Youth Activism award last night at the Shepherd Express LGBTQ Progress Awards. Thanks to our friends at Courage MKE for sponsoring our award. Congratulations as well to our friends at The Tool Shed: An Erotic Boutique, recipients of the LGBTQ Progress in Business award sponsored by D&R. Congratulations to all the other winners as well. We look forward to next year's awards when we can all gather in person again!

Join us and community leaders at tonight's 2020 LGBTQ Progress Awards!
12/03/2020
2020 LGBTQ Progress Awards

Join us and community leaders at tonight's 2020 LGBTQ Progress Awards!

Welcome to the Sixth Annual LGBTQ Progress Awards! Presented by Cream City Foundation and hosted by the lovely Dear Ruthie. Join us as we celebrate your favo...

"I just want to make sure that we're getting that message out there that there are prevention methods that are amazing,"...
12/01/2020
World AIDS Day: Wisconsin Faces More Than One Pandemic

"I just want to make sure that we're getting that message out there that there are prevention methods that are amazing," Roby said. "There are care and treatment options out there that are amazing, and no one should have to live in fear of HIV. We are going to end this pandemic by 2030," said Justin Roby, D&R Peer Navigator Program Manager

In 2019, more than 6,500 Wisconsinites were living with HIV, according to the state Department of Health Services. Experts want people to know treatment and prevention options are available during the coronavirus pandemic.

Living lives of Trans experience means that we have joy and sorrow sometimes all at the same time. While we celebrated a...
12/01/2020
Laverne Cox recounts transphobic attack in L.A.: 'Never fails to be shocking'

Living lives of Trans experience means that we have joy and sorrow sometimes all at the same time. While we celebrated another actor's coming out as Trans today, we learned of this horrific attack on Laverne Cox. She and her friend are physically safe. Once again, this highlights the risks for Black Trans Women.
Content warning: Transphobia and violence.

'When these things happen, it's not your fault,' actress Laverne Cox said after she and a friend were attacked while hiking through Griffith Park.

Congratulations to the actor Elliot Page on this coming out announcement! All the love from D&R!
12/01/2020

Congratulations to the actor Elliot Page on this coming out announcement! All the love from D&R!

Join us tomorrow as we kick off World AIDS Day with the second annual brunch brough to you by our Peer Navigator Julius ...
11/30/2020

Join us tomorrow as we kick off World AIDS Day with the second annual brunch brough to you by our Peer Navigator Julius Pittman.

We will also be live on Facebook at 11 am with a panel discussion, trivia, and HIV/AIDS data from local and global resources.

Stay tuned to this page for your connections to live feeds later in the day, too!

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Peace and blessings!

We are involved in a few World Aids Day events tomorrow. Here is one that begins at 6:30 p.m. Please sign up to register...
11/30/2020

We are involved in a few World Aids Day events tomorrow. Here is one that begins at 6:30 p.m. Please sign up to register at https://bit.ly/3nlmN8v

11/30/2020
Flour Girl & Flame

We are thankful for this Cyber Monday deal in which Flour Girl and Flame has offered to give their tips to D&R today only! So.....holla for some Challah :-) (and other yummy things)

Alright fam, Happy Cyber Monday👩‍💻 and Happy Challah-Days! ❄️🎄🕎

Our wood-fired Challah-Day #horchata French toast kit is now available for pre-order to pick up at @zocalofoodpark December 12th and and 13th. Cashdrop.biz/flourgirl

We’ll also be there slangin our wood-fired pies 🍕 and dropping an ALL NEW winter ❄️ menu 🙌🏼

Kit includes: ($25)

🥖 1 large loaf wood-fired challah
🥛 16 oz @mazorcamke #horchata
🍁 4 oz. @tappedmaplesyrup cinnamon infused maple syrup
🍎 4 oz wood-roasted spiced apple jam

All of the tips from this online event will go to Diverse & Resilient whose mission is “to achieve health equity and improve the safety and well-being of LGBTQ people and communities in Wisconsin.”

Limited amount available so challah at ya girl and get your order in! 🔥

#woodfired #challah #linkinbio #challahfrenchtoast #hannukah #hanukkahgifts

Today and everyday, we are grateful for you, our beloved community.May we all be safe this holiday season. We look forwa...
11/26/2020

Today and everyday, we are grateful for you, our beloved community.
May we all be safe this holiday season.
We look forward to the day when we can all gather together again. 💜

Goodbye to Jan Morris, an extraordinary writer and trans women. Who lived a full life of adventures through 94 years.“To...
11/21/2020
The Many Lives of Jan Morris (Published 2019)

Goodbye to Jan Morris, an extraordinary writer and trans women. Who lived a full life of adventures through 94 years.

“To me gender is not physical at all, but is altogether insubstantial. It is the essentialness of oneself, the psyche, the fragment of unity. Male and female are sex, masculine and feminine are gender, and though the conceptions obviously overlap, they are far from synonymous.” - written in her book Conundrum

It wasn’t until her latest book, “In My Mind’s Eye,” was serialized on BBC that many of her neighbors realized there was a celebrity in their midst.

11/20/2020
SHEBA TRANS VIDEO.mp4

Check out this video to remember and celebrate the beautiful Black Trans Women of Milwaukee! Put together by the women of SHEBA ✨We will miss our founding Sheba Member Tikka Paris Mahone and our Milwaukee sisters lost to anti-trans violence: Chanel, Sasha, Azhani, and all worldwide. Rest in Power.

It’s not enough to mourn. We must also love, celebrate, and protect all Trans and Non-Binary people while they (we) are ...
11/20/2020

It’s not enough to mourn. We must also love, celebrate, and protect all Trans and Non-Binary people while they (we) are still alive. 💜

Today we remember transgender and gender non conforming people whose lives were taken through violence. Black and Latinx...
11/20/2020

Today we remember transgender and gender non conforming people whose lives were taken through violence.
Black and Latinx Transgender women continue to be at the highest risk.
Today we light a candle for this loss and every day we fight to make our communities safer.
If you are experiencing violence and need help getting to a safer place, please call or text our statewide line at 414-856-LGBT (5428). :trans:
We have advocates ready to help.

We're happy to be receiving the Youth Activism award at this year's 2020 LGBTQ Progress Awards! Join us virtually for th...
11/19/2020

We're happy to be receiving the Youth Activism award at this year's 2020 LGBTQ Progress Awards! Join us virtually for the ceremony on December 3rd. Enjoy this picture of us and many of our loves from last year. ✨

Black and Brown LGBTQ Liberation is the priority of Diverse and Resilient’s work. Since 1996, D&R’s statewide efforts have been to sustain and promote healthy lives for our queer and trans young people. All done through in-school curriculum, statewide conferences, youth development groups, mental health support, and training everyone from school officials to hospital staff. Driving our youth to excel as leaders and advising adults on how to support them.

So we are pretty excited about this, happy to announce two new D&R board members, Angela Lang, Executive Director of Bla...
11/19/2020

So we are pretty excited about this, happy to announce two new D&R board members, Angela Lang, Executive Director of Black Leaders Organizing for Communities, and Brendan Fleming, Senior Accountant at Scribner Cohen + Company. The D&R board is deep in our LGBTQ health equity and anti-racism work - welcome!

It’s Trans Awareness Week ✨ We are thriving and surviving out here! What does Trans joy look and feel like for yall?
11/17/2020

It’s Trans Awareness Week ✨
We are thriving and surviving out here! What does Trans joy look and feel like for yall?

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2439 N Holton St.
Milwaukee, WI
53212

On the #15 bus with stops at Meinecke & Wright. 1.5 blocks north of the #21 bus stop at North & Holton. 2.5 blocks south of the #22 bus stop at Center & Holton

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Diverse & Resilient was founded by Gary Hollander in 1995 as a program to build the capacity of LGBTQ groups in Wisconsin. We have grown to be an independent nonprofit agency that employs 19 staff and serves over 5,000 LGBTQ people every year. We do both capacity-building and direct-service work to address the health disparities experienced by LGBTQ people in Wisconsin. Our work is focused on six priority areas: Acceptance, Cultivating Leaders, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Partner & Community Violence, and Substance Use.

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Since Gallup's initial measure on support for gay marriage in 1996, when 27% backed it, the percentage of U.S. adults saying it should be legally recognized has climbed by 40 percentage points. Progress, but further to go.
Since Gallup's initial measure on support for gay marriage in 1996, when 27% backed it, the percentage of U.S. adults saying it should be legally recognized has climbed by 40 percentage points. Progress, but further to go!
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We noticed your lovely sign and stopped for a couple of photos on our way home from the protest today. ❤️
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Looking for LGBTQ+ Milwaukeeans for an ArtWorks for Milwaukee photography exhibit at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center this spring!