Diverse & Resilient

Diverse & Resilient At Diverse & Resilient, we see a future in which le***an, gay, bisexual, transgender, and q***r people in Wisconsin thrive, living healthy, satisfying lives in safe, supportive communities.

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.

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We’re hiring for a Youth Program Coordinator in Milwaukee to support our BIPOC q***r and trans young people statewide! S...
10/20/2021

We’re hiring for a Youth Program Coordinator in Milwaukee to support our BIPOC q***r and trans young people statewide! Salary range $39,000 - $41,500 ✨

Feel free to apply by emailing Osha Towers, Director of Community Organizing at [email protected]

https://www.diverseandresilient.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Youth-Program-Coordinator-New-Hire-1.pdf

Breaking glass ceilings!“I am humbled to serve as the first female four-star officer of the U.S. Public Health Service C...
10/19/2021
Dr. Rachel Levine becomes first transgender four-star officer across all uniformed service branches

Breaking glass ceilings!

“I am humbled to serve as the first female four-star officer of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and first openly transgender four-star officer across any of the eight uniformed services. This is a momentous occasion and I am pleased to take this role for the impact I can make, and for the historic nature of what it symbolizes. May this appointment be the first of many like it as we create a more inclusive future.”

“We have a unique opportunity with President Biden and Vice President Harris for equity, fairness, and inclusiveness for all aspects of life but especially for the LGBTQ community,” she said. “I have always been proud to advocate for the LGBTQ community and serve as a role model that everything is possible and there are no limitations. I hope this really inspires LGBTQ youth.”

Dream big dreams kiddos!
#TranKidsBelong

The Assistant Secretary of Health is now a four-star admiral...

Join artist Nykoli Koslow at The Pfister Hotel tonight with fellow artists for “Art n’ Out MKE”, an art auction raising ...
10/15/2021

Join artist Nykoli Koslow at The Pfister Hotel tonight with fellow artists for “Art n’ Out MKE”, an art auction raising funds for D&R. Nykoli with 20 other artists, will be displaying and auctioning off a variety of artwork. Gallery goers can make their rounds, meet new artists, bid on their favorite pieces, and/or purchase a variety of artworks.
50% of all proceeds will go directly to D&R and 50% back to the artist. Support artists, the local Q***r community, and take home some fabulous artwork.

Join artist Nykoli Koslow at The Pfister Hotel tonight with fellow artists for “Art n’ Out MKE”, an art auction raising funds for D&R. Nykoli with 20 other artists, will be displaying and auctioning off a variety of artwork. Gallery goers can make their rounds, meet new artists, bid on their favorite pieces, and/or purchase a variety of artworks.
50% of all proceeds will go directly to D&R and 50% back to the artist. Support artists, the local Q***r community, and take home some fabulous artwork.

The Anti-Violence Program welcomes Stacy Clark and Jamal Perry as D&R's new Milwaukee anti-violence advocates. They are ...
10/14/2021

The Anti-Violence Program welcomes Stacy Clark and Jamal Perry as D&R's new Milwaukee anti-violence advocates. They are splitting their work between the AVP team and the Community Organizing team.
You may know Stacy and Jamal from our Intersectionality Among Men program.

If you need to reach either of these advocates, please call or text our statewide confidential warmline at 414-856-LGBT.

“LGBTQ people have always been a part of history and always been a part of our communities whether we’ve always acknowle...
10/13/2021
Appleton activists reflect on LGBTQ+ History in the city as it grows

“LGBTQ people have always been a part of history and always been a part of our communities whether we’ve always acknowledged that is the case. And it’s just important to remember that we may be talking about this now but it’s nothing new.” Reiko Ramos, Youth Advocate D&R Appleton

APPLETON, Wis. (WFRV) – Appleton is an area now known as an accepting community for all LGBTQ+ people. The city cemented its place in the history books when the community elected the first op…

The universe conspired with those of us in the LGBTQ Community yesterday by providing us with this resplendent display o...
10/12/2021

The universe conspired with those of us in the LGBTQ Community yesterday by providing us with this resplendent display of a double rainbow on National Coming Out Day as seen outside the Milwaukee D&R office. We know that coming out is a process, and wherever you are on your rainbow journey, we will always support you.

The universe conspired with those of us in the LGBTQ Community yesterday by providing us with this resplendent display of a double rainbow on National Coming Out Day as seen outside the Milwaukee D&R office. We know that coming out is a process, and wherever you are on your rainbow journey, we will always support you.

Resharing this amazing opportunity! ✨
10/12/2021

Resharing this amazing opportunity! ✨

Resharing this amazing opportunity! ✨

10/11/2021

On this National Coming Out Day, we celebrate you no matter where you are in your journey.
#NationalComingOutDay

A huge "Thank You" to Milwaukee Pride for the amazing PridetoberFest weekend.  And the weather - so perfect.  Looking fo...
10/11/2021

A huge "Thank You" to Milwaukee Pride for the amazing PridetoberFest weekend. And the weather - so perfect. Looking forward to seeing everyone again at PrideFest in June!

Happy National Coming Out Day!We are so proud of Keaton for sharing his story! Keaton started working with our Youth Adv...
10/11/2021
Coming Out Day 2021: Wisconsin LGTBQ residents share their stories

Happy National Coming Out Day!
We are so proud of Keaton for sharing his story! Keaton started working with our Youth Advocate Reiko Ramos and AVP advocate Nick Ross while they were still with the Partnership at Goodwill and came with the program when it became Room to Be You(th) at D&R Appleton.
Keaton, and many courageous others, share their stories here.

We also know that it still isn't safe for everyone to be out so we are by your side whether you are out or not. If you need support please call/text our statewide line at 414-856-LGBT.

Created as a day of activism, members of the LGBTQ community viewed coming out to friends and family as the most powerful form of political advocacy.

10/10/2021

We are grateful to our anti-violence program advocate Nick Ross for sharing their story of survival here.

We are also grateful for our partners at Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs for working hard to serve all survivors with dignity and respect.
#DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth

As we start the 1st day of Pride October, we’re also celebrating all our Le****ns 💕Thank you @BriannaVieira for this per...
10/08/2021

As we start the 1st day of Pride October, we’re also celebrating all our Le****ns 💕

Thank you @BriannaVieira for this perfect image!

As we start the 1st day of Pride October, we’re also celebrating all our Le****ns 💕

Thank you @BriannaVieira for this perfect image!

Wisconsin is the Q***r Epicenter of the Universe this weekend! In addition to PridetoberFest by Milwaukee Pride, UW Madi...
10/08/2021

Wisconsin is the Q***r Epicenter of the Universe this weekend! In addition to PridetoberFest by Milwaukee Pride, UW Madison is the host for The Midwest Bisexual Le***an Gay Transgender Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC), and the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center hosts their annual Big Night Out. Pride abounds!

Wisconsin is the Q***r Epicenter of the Universe this weekend! In addition to PridetoberFest by Milwaukee Pride, UW Madison is the host for The Midwest Bisexual Le***an Gay Transgender Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC), and the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center hosts their annual Big Night Out. Pride abounds!

Sharing some work from our friends at Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee are doing for youth 13-18. This inclusive...
10/07/2021

Sharing some work from our friends at Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee are doing for youth 13-18. This inclusive and holistic program is open to all youth, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. And, participants get a free ticket to Frightfest at 6 Flags Great America! How cool is that?

Sharing some work from our friends at Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee are doing for youth 13-18. This inclusive and holistic program is open to all youth, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. And, participants get a free ticket to Frightfest at 6 Flags Great America! How cool is that?

As we get ready for PridetoberFest produced by Milwaukee Pride, thought we would share this great photo from the London ...
10/07/2021

As we get ready for PridetoberFest produced by Milwaukee Pride, thought we would share this great photo from the London Underground as they too celebrate pride. Happy Pride!

As we get ready for PridetoberFest produced by Milwaukee Pride, thought we would share this great photo from the London Underground as they too celebrate pride. Happy Pride!

A shout out to our partners at The Tool Shed: An Erotic Boutique, for their donation of $1,100 to the The Black Rose Ini...
10/06/2021

A shout out to our partners at The Tool Shed: An Erotic Boutique, for their donation of $1,100 to the The Black Rose Initiative which supports Milwaukee's Black Trans Femme & Non-Binary Community. Need a date night tip: A visit to the Tool Shed with your sweetie is always the perfect erotic rendezvous.

A shout out to our partners at The Tool Shed: An Erotic Boutique, for their donation of $1,100 to the The Black Rose Initiative which supports Milwaukee's Black Trans Femme & Non-Binary Community. Need a date night tip: A visit to the Tool Shed with your sweetie is always the perfect erotic rendezvous.

We’re looking for a brilliant Black Trans Women to lead our amazing group of Black Trans Women ✨
10/04/2021

We’re looking for a brilliant Black Trans Women to lead our amazing group of Black Trans Women ✨

We’re looking for a brilliant Black Trans Women to lead our amazing group of Black Trans Women ✨

We love this sign from Fair Wisconsin and GSAFE with artwork from Rae Senarighi Fine Art, and how it fits in with our fl...
10/04/2021

We love this sign from Fair Wisconsin and GSAFE with artwork from Rae Senarighi Fine Art, and how it fits in with our flowers. Beauty all around.

We love this sign from Fair Wisconsin and GSAFE with artwork from Rae Senarighi Fine Art, and how it fits in with our flowers. Beauty all around.

A school teacher that D&R admires for their work to make schools safer is asking for our help.The School District of Wau...
10/02/2021
Can you spare a minute to help this campaign?

A school teacher that D&R admires for their work to make schools safer is asking for our help.

The School District of Waukesha, Wisconsin has banned all LGBTQIA related signage in schools, including GSA Pride locker signs, "All are welcome" signs, and SAFE ZONE/SAFE SPACE signs. They've also paused all equity work in the district including professional development.

Please sign the petition and share widely.

Equity and LGBTQ+ Rights Under Attack in Waukesha Schools

It’s the work of Wisconsin-based, trans, non-binary artist Rae Senarighi. “I want them to know that they’re loved even t...
10/01/2021
Why are billboards telling LGBTQ youth they are loved springing up in US cities?

It’s the work of Wisconsin-based, trans, non-binary artist Rae Senarighi.
“I want them to know that they’re loved even though they’re going through these awful attacks, that there are people who love them who are fighting for them. This is really just my plea to like hang in there, hang in there as a young child, or a young person.”

Rae Senarighi, the artist behind the project, explains how it came about...

Well this is fun.  The University of Michigan Marching Band brought fans to their feet with a rousing performance in hon...
10/01/2021

Well this is fun. The University of Michigan Marching Band brought fans to their feet with a rousing performance in honor of the LGBTQ community and the local q***r resource center, the University of Michigan Spectrum Center. Spectrum was the first LGBTQ college support center in the nation. Go Michigan!

Well this is fun. The University of Michigan Marching Band brought fans to their feet with a rousing performance in honor of the LGBTQ community and the local q***r resource center, the University of Michigan Spectrum Center. Spectrum was the first LGBTQ college support center in the nation. Go Michigan!

Grounded in a racial and gender justice framework, explore your own organizing role and capacity in social change work w...
09/30/2021

Grounded in a racial and gender justice framework, explore your own organizing role and capacity in social change work with other trans youth!

The TYJP is a 6 week leadership development and political education program for Trans youth ages 16-22.

Grounded in a racial and gender justice framework, explore your own organizing role and capacity in social change work with other trans youth!

The TYJP is a 6 week leadership development and political education program for Trans youth ages 16-22.

D&R staff were happy to spend some time at The LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin in Racine yesterday with their amazing execut...
09/30/2021

D&R staff were happy to spend some time at The LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin in Racine yesterday with their amazing executive director, Barb Farrar. We are all partners in this important work.

D&R staff were happy to spend some time at The LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin in Racine yesterday with their amazing executive director, Barb Farrar. We are all partners in this important work.

Today in celebrity news, here's a great list of some powerful Latinx or Hispanic celebs worth celebrating during #Hispan...
09/26/2021
From Hollywood to Capitol Hill, here are 12 trailblazing q***r Latinos

Today in celebrity news, here's a great list of some powerful Latinx or Hispanic celebs worth celebrating during #HispanicHeritageMonth #LatinxHeritageMonth

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, NBC Out is celebrating trailblazers and game changers at the intersection of the LGBTQ and Latino communities.

These signs are beautiful.
09/25/2021

These signs are beautiful.

Our friend Brian J dropped off posters and yard signs for us today. These signs are from GSAFE and Fair Wisconsin

#YouAreLoved #TransKidsBelong

Art by Rae Senarighi Fine Art

Parents of trans and nonbinary youth, we received this today. If interested, check out their links.Hello! My name is Dr....
09/24/2021

Parents of trans and nonbinary youth, we received this today.
If interested, check out their links.

Hello! My name is Dr. Em Matsuno (they/them) and I am an assistant professor in counseling psychology at Arizona State University. I developed a resource for parents of trans and nonbinary youth called the Parent Support Program. The program includes educational videos, interviews with parents and their kids, writing activities, and more! The program was developed in collaboration with several parents of trans youth and experts in trans mental health. The program is currently being studied to see if it is effective and has been approved by the IRB at Palo Alto University. The last day to sign up is September 30th. Please feel free to share with parents/caregivers who may benefit.
Study Link--> http://bit.ly/pspstudy
page: https://www.facebook.com/parentsupportpsp

Hello! My name is Dr. Em Matsuno (they/them) and I am an assistant professor in counseling psychology at Arizona State University. I developed a resource for parents of trans and nonbinary youth called the Parent Support Program. The program includes educational videos, interviews with parents and their kids, writing activities, and more! The program was developed in collaboration with several parents of trans youth and experts in trans mental health. The program is currently being studied to see if it is effective and has been approved by the IRB at Palo Alto University. The last day to sign up is September 30th. Please feel free to share with parents/caregivers who may benefit. Study Link--> http://bit.ly/pspstudy
page: https://www.facebook.com/parentsupportpsp

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09/23/2021

We’re ready! 🙌🏾
09/23/2021

We’re ready! 🙌🏾

Milwaukee, we hope you're ready for October 8th & 9th! Presenting your Headliners and full line up for PridetoberFest! Please join us in welcoming this incredible, start studded cast of entertainers! For the full line up visit our website here:

https://www.pridefest.com/line-up

Happy Bi Day 💜💙💕 Remember that you are valid, beautiful, and seen, just as you are!Thank you to The Unapologetic Street ...
09/23/2021

Happy Bi Day 💜💙💕 Remember that you are valid, beautiful, and seen, just as you are!

Thank you to The Unapologetic Street Series for their artwork ✨

Happy Bi Day 💜💙💕 Remember that you are valid, beautiful, and seen, just as you are!

Thank you to The Unapologetic Street Series for their artwork ✨

Heavy news is all around on a constant loop. So, we share this smile inducing video with you as a morning boost and brea...
09/23/2021
'Cinderella' Carpool Karaoke w/ Camila Cabello, Billy Porter & Idina Menzel

Heavy news is all around on a constant loop.
So, we share this smile inducing video with you as a morning boost and break from the heavy stuff.

It's premiere night for "Cinderella" on Amazon, and James hops in the car with his co-stars Camila Cabello, Billy Porter and Idina Menzel to carpool to the b...

Waukesha School District Superintendent James Sebert has issued a directive to remove signs that say “Anti-racist Classr...
09/23/2021

Waukesha School District Superintendent James Sebert has issued a directive to remove signs that say “Anti-racist Classroom”, Safe Space, and signs with rainbows that welcome all students. We stand in solidarity with the teachers and students who are fighting this ban on inclusion.

According to the most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey done in high schools in the School District of Waukesha
62% of high school students with a disability or chronic health issue were bullied at school.
39% of high school students of color were bullied at school.
59% of LGBTQ high school students felt they didn’t belong at school.

Straight, white, cisgender students will always feel welcome because majority of the staff in that district reflect their identities. When marginalized students see signs that specifically welcome them, they know that their teachers believe in our district’s mission- that diversity is a strength and they will respect, value, and respond to individual differences.

Story here:
https://www.tmj4.com/news/local-news/waukesha-school-district-informs-staff-to-remove-controversial-signage?fbclid=IwAR0IFirHgHSawOJv2XS3TrWeKB8dAW4_joaprCbMRpifxQUnDnPPTgQpLnE

Waukesha School District Superintendent James Sebert has issued a directive to remove signs that say “Anti-racist Classroom”, Safe Space, and signs with rainbows that welcome all students. We stand in solidarity with the teachers and students who are fighting this ban on inclusion.

According to the most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey done in high schools in the School District of Waukesha
62% of high school students with a disability or chronic health issue were bullied at school.
39% of high school students of color were bullied at school.
59% of LGBTQ high school students felt they didn’t belong at school.

Straight, white, cisgender students will always feel welcome because majority of the staff in that district reflect their identities. When marginalized students see signs that specifically welcome them, they know that their teachers believe in our district’s mission- that diversity is a strength and they will respect, value, and respond to individual differences.

Story here:
https://www.tmj4.com/news/local-news/waukesha-school-district-informs-staff-to-remove-controversial-signage?fbclid=IwAR0IFirHgHSawOJv2XS3TrWeKB8dAW4_joaprCbMRpifxQUnDnPPTgQpLnE

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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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We are just finishing up packing 20,000 masks for the City of Milwaukee Health Department for distribution in Milwaukee. D&R staff and volunteers pitched in doing this necessary work.
Jamal, telling it like it is!
"Stand for Justice" 27th & Oklahoma Milwaukee, WI Saturdays and Wednesdays 12 - 1:30 (rain or shine) We have a small but dedicated group of white allies who like to cause "good trouble" on this busy corner. Estimates have the traffic count from 1800 - 2700 vehicles each time we stand.) Come join us for energizing conversations with like-minded folks who continue to MAKE A DIFFERENCE ! Since tomorrow is Halloween, come in costume if you like. (I'll be dressed as a BLM supporter. Haha)
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!
https://fb.me/e/4pRgUzuvA Join the Fox Cities Book Festival tomorrow on Zoom to learn more about Wisconsin's gay history from author R. Richard Wagner.
Weather is turning cooler. (Yay.) Perfect protesting weather. Let's not let the cooler weather or the rain dampen our drive to make BLACK LIVES MATTER ! ! ! Let's be more determined than ever to make BLACK LIVES MATTER ! ! ! Let's "Stand for Justice" to support BLACK LIVES MATTER ! ! ! Every Wednesday and Saturday 27th & Oklahoma 12 - 1:30 p.m. Parking on side streets east of Oklahoma RAIN OR SHINE We are a small dedicated group of peaceful, friendly allies committed to make BLACK LIVES MATTER ! PLEASE JOIN US !
Lots on my mind today. . . . (Disclaimer: I am hoping and praying that t.Rump comes to his senses and changes his mind about coming to Kenosha today and inciting violence.) Our state Republican legislative leaders convened a special session yesterday (requested by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers) to consider policing policies on Monday. This session was adjourned after THIRTY SECONDS with no assurances the Republican politicians would reschedule any time soon ! THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. Once again, they kicked the can down the road saying a task force might review legislation in the coming months and perhaps take votes on these issues sometime in 2021 ! What the . . .? This is a shocking example of what the Republican government in Wisconsin thinks of current policing policies and racism in law enforcement. There is much to be done. Peaceful protesting MUST continue. Voicing our outrage to local, state and federal government officials is imperative. And voting is vital ! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ As allies to the Black Lives Matter movement, please come join us for our: "Stand for Justice" Every Wed. and Sat. 27th & Oklahoma 12 - 1:30 p.m. Free parking on streets east of Oklahoma Bring a chair, sign and water. Estimates of traffic counts conservatively range between 1800 - 2700 vehicles (including) buses every time we stand. Even if you can only come for 15 minutes, remember EVERYTHING WE DO MATTERS. NOTE: As always, you are encouraged to ask friends and neighbors to attend or start your own "Stand for Justice" or "Kneel for Nine" anywhere !
It is with a mix of great sorrow, anger and deep frustration that the unnecessary violence against POC continues across this land. As an ally to the Black Lives Matter movement, it makes me more determined than ever to do whatever I can to make a difference. All of us MUST rise up and out of our comfort zones to denounce this unnecessary violence by the police -- whose sworn duty is to protect and serve all the people. If you are unable to join the protestors who march for justice in Kenosha and elsewhere, consider standing with me and others in solidarity and outrage at what is happening in our City, our State, our Country and throughout the world. Our outrage eclipses those who try to defend and who perpetuate these injustices. Please join me and express your support for all victims of police violence. “Stand for Justice” Every Wed. & Sat. on 27th & Oklahoma from 12 – 1:30 p.m. Bring a chair, a sign and water. Remember: Each of us can make a difference.
We noticed your lovely sign and stopped for a couple of photos on our way home from the protest today. ❤️
We're all trying to do the right thing these days out of an abundance of caution. The teen interns at ArtWorks for Milwaukee are also trying to celebrate the abundance of creativity, expression, and need for community connections that we all have within us. Find out about Abundance MKE and one of our internships' LGBTQ+ photography project at artworksformilwaukee.org/lgbtq-photography. We hope you'll share YOUR photos!
Hey, Friends! My job Progressive Turnout Project is hiring Field Reps in the Appleton/Fox Valley area of Wisconsin. If you know anybody who might be interested in a political canvassing job, please feel free to share and/or send them my way if they have questions. Pay is competitive and PTP offers benefits. Link to apply is below! (The link is for Appleton/Fox Valley, but FYI we are also hiring in Milwaukee, Lacrosse, and Racine)