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

We are grateful to Courage MKE who put together the Proudly Together Campaign to raise needed funds for LGBTQ organizati...
09/02/2020

We are grateful to Courage MKE who put together the Proudly Together Campaign to raise needed funds for LGBTQ organizations in Milwaukee during this time as our fundraising ability has been greatly impacted by the pandemic. Today we received a check for $2,900 as an unexpected gift. Thank you!

09/02/2020

Community Accountability Statement:
Diverse & Resilient is aware of allegations made on social media regarding a prominent artist who partnered with us through our Colors in Bloom campaign. These allegations surround coercive sexual behavior and knowingly soliciting a minor for inappropriate photographs.

We have spoken to a number of people in community, including those directly affected by these actions. As a result, we have removed all Colors in Bloom campaign materials from our website, trainings, and office space. This campaign was started as an effort to promote self-love and to prevent further violence against QTBIPOC and LGBTQ individuals. Now it is compromised by the alleged actions of this individual. We cannot address violence when we look past anyone in our own community causing harm.

We find ourselves reviewing community accountability models and our wisdom in QTBIPOC liberation, to learn and remind ourselves how to support survivors and work with restorative, transformative justice through accountability.

If anyone reading this has been harmed by anyone, in any community, please call or text our warmline at 414-856-5428. We have advocates ready to talk, listen, and believe you.

If anyone wants to talk to an advocate outside of Diverse & Resilient, The Family Support Center in Eau Claire has dedicated advocates who can help. Their numbers are: 715.830.0188 for Amanda at the Family Center and Blythe at Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault at UW-EC at 715.836.4357 or 1.800.300.7020 (toll free).

Former Grey’s Anatomy star Sara Ramirez has come out as nonbinary. Ramirez posted an Instagram photo of themselves with ...
08/29/2020

Former Grey’s Anatomy star Sara Ramirez has come out as nonbinary. Ramirez posted an Instagram photo of themselves with a caption that read “#nonbinary.”⠀

“In me is the capacity to be: girlish boy, boyish girl, boyish boy, girlish girl, all, neither,” the actor wrote.⠀
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Thanks to Brice Smith of My MKE Apparel for his donation of $350 to D&R's SHEBA Sisters Helping Each other Battle Advers...
08/28/2020

Thanks to Brice Smith of My MKE Apparel for his donation of $350 to D&R's SHEBA Sisters Helping Each other Battle Adversity. Brice is a trans man, husband and father. Members of SHEBA and D&R staff are in DC for the national "Get your knee off our necks" march today. We appreciate your support, Brice!

D&R's Room To Be Safe advocates in Northeast Wisconsin.
08/25/2020

D&R's Room To Be Safe advocates in Northeast Wisconsin.

Room to Be Safe AVP advocates all together tonight in Appleton. Seen here after attending the #BlackLivesMatter protest for Jacob Blake.
Nick, Reiko, Kathy, Jennifer.

Today at 5 p.m.in Appleton. Please post links in the comments to others.#BlackLivesMatter #jacobblake
08/24/2020

Today at 5 p.m.in Appleton. Please post links in the comments to others.
#BlackLivesMatter
#jacobblake

Tonight in Appleton. In protest of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. He is alive.
#BlackLivesMatter
#sayhisname
#jacobblake
D&R staff will be there.

Join us tomorrow, Saturday, August 22 at 2:30pm for our next session of Grown Ups. Our special guest will be discussing ...
08/21/2020

Join us tomorrow, Saturday, August 22 at 2:30pm for our next session of Grown Ups.

Our special guest will be discussing HIV and COVID-19, so bring your questions and updates.

Join us on via zoom!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88455108012

The community is in a state of mourning after the loss of Chi Chi DeVanye. Chi Chi has been battling some health issues ...
08/21/2020
RuPaul's Drag Race Star Chi Chi DeVayne Dies at 34

The community is in a state of mourning after the loss of Chi Chi DeVanye. Chi Chi has been battling some health issues recently and had been hospitalized a few times. Our thoughts are with the family.

Chi Chi DeVayne, who was from Shreveport, Louisiana, competed in both season 8 of RuPaul's Drag Race and season 3 of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars

Join this session on BITQPOC: Authentic LivesCandid ConversationPanel Link:http://ow.ly/Ex0550B1UfxMicrosoft Teams:+1 41...
08/20/2020

Join this session on BITQPOC: Authentic Lives
Candid Conversation
Panel Link:
http://ow.ly/Ex0550B1Ufx
Microsoft Teams:
+1 414-253-8850 United States, Milwaukee (Toll)
Conference ID: 543 185 628#

Getting some voter registration done in front of D&R-Milwaukee today - We gotta ALL be registered to vote!
08/20/2020

Getting some voter registration done in front of D&R-Milwaukee today - We gotta ALL be registered to vote!

Congratulations and thank you to the Neenah Joint School District School Board for passing a policy with protections and...
08/19/2020

Congratulations and thank you to the Neenah Joint School District School Board for passing a policy with protections and guidelines for respecting Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming students!

Thank you to Brian Juchems with GSAFE for bringing this to our attention so we could help gather speakers including staff from D&R Appleton's Room to Be Safe program.
Progress forward!

Thank you to artist Megan Duerlinger for donating this piece "Black is Beautiful" to Diverse & Resilient. Megan created ...
08/14/2020

Thank you to artist Megan Duerlinger for donating this piece "Black is Beautiful" to Diverse & Resilient. Megan created this image for a series of installations through MKE Seen as seen in the first pic previously outside of the Black Holocaust Museum.
It now lives inside D&R in a space where beloved community gathers as seen here with Youth Program Manager Osha Towers.

Support our friends at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center by purchasing this adorable shirt with local Milwaukee Legend...
08/14/2020

Support our friends at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center by purchasing this adorable shirt with local Milwaukee Legend Jaida Essence Hall.

D&R's newsletter!
08/11/2020
D&R continues to engage in "Good Trouble"

D&R's newsletter!

The staff at Diverse and Resilient have continued to coalition build and partner with community members and other organizations, as we collectively make inroads in navigating this pandemic. While the landscape of our work has changed, Diverse and Resilient remains steadfast to our vision of a futur...

Members of the Black trans community are speaking out against transphobia at Black Entertainment Television (BET) networ...
08/09/2020
Black Trans Community Sends Open Letter to BET

Members of the Black trans community are speaking out against transphobia at Black Entertainment Television (BET) networks.

In an open letter published on August 3, TransLash Media founder Imara Jones joins nearly 50 Black trans luminaries across multiple industries in calling on the 40-year-old network to “begin a badly needed, new chapter for BET” and usher in an era that “creates new possibilities for all Black people by centering the humanity of those of us most at risk.” Read the letter below.

August 3, 2020

Join us for the next Grown Ups meeting, (+) men’s empowerment and support group on Monday, August 10th at 5:30pm via zoo...
08/07/2020

Join us for the next Grown Ups meeting, (+) men’s empowerment and support group on Monday, August 10th at 5:30pm via zoom. Link below

If you have any questions call:
Ronnie at 414-335-7550
Corey at 414-323-9238
Trell at 414-651-1676

We hope to see you lovely humans then!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81599169729

We arranged for all Milwaukee D&R staff to be tested for COVID-19 last week through our friends and colleagues at Health...
08/06/2020

We arranged for all Milwaukee D&R staff to be tested for COVID-19 last week through our friends and colleagues at Health Connections, Inc. who came to D&R - no muss, no fuss. We are pleased to report that all tests are negative! Let's all keep being safe out there!

He was such a powerful ally to the LGBTQ community. May his service and his heart be examples for other leaders. Rest in...
07/30/2020
John Lewis’s motorcade stops at rainbow crosswalks to honor his support for LGBTQ people

He was such a powerful ally to the LGBTQ community. May his service and his heart be examples for other leaders. Rest in Power, Congressman Lewis. The stop is at about 12:40 on the video.

The civil rights icon's funeral will be held today. Former President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush will also participate...

The Room to Be Safe Anti-Violence Program is here for you!In person meetings are in Appleton and Milwaukee only. We also...
07/30/2020

The Room to Be Safe Anti-Violence Program is here for you!

In person meetings are in Appleton and Milwaukee only. We also offer virtual meetings statewide.
Call or text:
Appleton: Reiko Ramos – Youth & Youth Adult Advocate – 920-841-1703 or Nick Ross – Anti-Violence Advocate – (920) 840-2040
Milwaukee: Jennifer Williams – Anti-Violence Advocate – (414) 242-0730
To reach Kathy Flores, Director of Room to Be Safe AVP
(414) 343-9032
Statewide warmline: 414-856-LGBT (5428)
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In order to maintain the health and safety of our staff and guests, please help us observe the following:
Upon Arrival:
• Wear a mask over nose and mouth
• Have your temperature checked
• Use hand sanitizer
• Wash hands with soap and warm water for a minimum of 30 seconds
While at Diverse & Resilient:
• Keep your mask on properly
• Maintain a social distance of 6 feet or more
• Avoid entering staff offices
• Hold meetings in large gathering spaces
**masks should be worn at all times when traveling in a staff member's vehicle**

A shout out to artist Paul Quick (center between Justin and Demi Jo) for his Folx Flag art project "to highlight our com...
07/29/2020

A shout out to artist Paul Quick (center between Justin and Demi Jo) for his Folx Flag art project "to highlight our community’s hope, power, strength, & potential, to show love for our diversity, & to signal our unified dedication towards a beautiful future." Sales of Folx Flag products benefit D&R. Contact Paul at Folx Flag. Thanks, Paul!

Congratulations to our friend and colleague, Anneke Mohr of the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance, on her recent S...
07/28/2020

Congratulations to our friend and colleague, Anneke Mohr of the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance, on her recent Spirit of Public Health Award from the Wisconsin Public Health Association. Anneke has led the effort to reduce tobacco use among LGBTQ people, and we are all healthier because of her work. Congratulations, Anneke!

LGBTQ+ Candidates are winning more U.S. elections than ever before.  An LGBTQ Victory Institute report found that the nu...
07/26/2020
Out for America 2020 - LGBTQ Victory Institute

LGBTQ+ Candidates are winning more U.S. elections than ever before. An LGBTQ Victory Institute report found that the number of LGBTQ+ elected officials at the local, state, and national level has doubled over the last four years. Don't just vote, run for public office!

A Census of LGBTQ Elected Officials Nationwide

Join us tomorrow for another Grown UPS, [+]Men’s Empowerment & Support Group tomorrow, Saturday July 25th at 2:30pm. See...
07/24/2020

Join us tomorrow for another Grown UPS, [+]Men’s Empowerment & Support Group tomorrow, Saturday July 25th at 2:30pm.

See you lovely humans then!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84625368670

We are grateful to the Cream City Foundation for their support of  the expansion of our mental health services to serve ...
07/24/2020

We are grateful to the Cream City Foundation for their support of the expansion of our mental health services to serve more LGBTQ people of color though the CCF Impact Grant Program. Together, we are addressing the critical need for LGBTQ mental health care.

Just want to share this photo of Kedem, one of our Peer Navigators, at his desk at D&R - Kedem has created a blissful Ze...
07/23/2020

Just want to share this photo of Kedem, one of our Peer Navigators, at his desk at D&R - Kedem has created a blissful Zen Den of peace and tranquility. You inspire us, Kedem!

A shout out to our friends at Wonderstate Coffee​ for their donation of $518.75 from funds raised during Pride Month in ...
07/22/2020

A shout out to our friends at Wonderstate Coffee​ for their donation of $518.75 from funds raised during Pride Month in June. We so appreciate your support, and we appreciate your name change too (from Kickapoo Coffee) - did the right thing!

We are fighting against this by providing help and advocacy for those seeking shelter with our partner organizations who...
07/20/2020
Trump administration memo explains how to spot a transgender woman

We are fighting against this by providing help and advocacy for those seeking shelter with our partner organizations who won't discriminate.

Content warning: Transphobia, Trump, Carson.

—The rule’s language states that single-sex shelter staff “may determine an individual’s sex based on a good faith belief that an individual seeking access to the temporary, emergency shelters is not of the sex, as defined in the single-sex facility’s policy, which the facility accommodates.”

The memo says homeless shelters can use "factors such as height, the presence (but not the absence) of facial hair, the presence of an Adam’s apple" to find suspected trans women...

Beloved community, you can call our warmline at 414-856-5428 to talk to an LGBTQ anti-violence advocate.Our Room to Be S...
07/17/2020
After George Floyd's death, some are re-considering when to call police. Here are Milwaukee resources you can use in a crisis.

Beloved community, you can call our warmline at 414-856-5428 to talk to an LGBTQ anti-violence advocate.

Our Room to Be Safe AVP is a part of the WE ARE HERE Taskforce in Milwaukee. This is a group of community organizations serving Black, Brown, Indigenous, Latinx, Hmong and other People of Color and LGBTQ family.

Some Americans are reconsidering whether 911 should always be the first line of response. In Milwaukee, who can you call in a non-life threatening emergency?

Thank you to Blest Campuzano for keeping our staff and community safe with some fabulous masks! Reminder to support loca...
07/16/2020
City Business: South Side Tailor Now Makes Masks

Thank you to Blest Campuzano for keeping our staff and community safe with some fabulous masks! Reminder to support local businesses ✨

Blest by Campuzano offers good craftsmanship and soft yet snug-fitting ear straps.

From the start, the founders of Black Lives Matter have always put LGBTQ voices at the center of the conversation. The m...
07/15/2020
From the start, Black Lives Matter has been about LGBTQ lives

From the start, the founders of Black Lives Matter have always put LGBTQ voices at the center of the conversation. The movement was founded by three Black women, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, two of whom identify as queer.

Two of three Black Lives Matter founders identify as queer.

To all the lovely humans out there in the world.... we love you! Happy International Non-Binary Peoples Day!
07/14/2020

To all the lovely humans out there in the world.... we love you! Happy International Non-Binary Peoples Day!

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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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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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(414) 390-0444

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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 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)
Hello, I serve as a member of the Aging and Disabilities Resource Center Governing Board, which consists of 17 members who represent residents of Milwaukee County who are aging, or live with a physical, developmental, and/or emotional disability, or the members of their families or service providers who support them. The terms for a number of the members on the current ARDC Governing Board end between April and August 2020, and I am one of the members helping to recruit new members to serve on this Governing Board. Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC’s) provide information and assistance for older adults, people with disabilities 18 and older, and their caregivers. Services provided include: determining eligibility for publicly funded long term care services, information about related services and referrals for assistance. The purpose of the ADRC is to support older adults and people with disabilities (ages 18-59) to live safely and independently in the community. The ADRC Governing Board is composed of people who have experience as an older adult, living with a disability, and/or being a caregiver for a person who is elderly, or lives with a physical, medical, emotional, and/or mental disability. The governing board members have three main roles: 1. To serve as an advocate for older adults, adults with physical or intellectual disabilities, and their caregivers. 2. To provide strategic direction to ensure fidelity to the ADRC mission. 3. To act as an ambassador for the ADRC. As an ADRC Governing Board member, you can expect to: 1. Attend business meetings six times per year. 2. Participate in listening sessions and meetings with collaborative partners on occasion. 3. Connect with other people who are committed to supporting older adults, adults with disabilities and their caregivers. Please see the Application Form, if you have an interest in serving on this Governing Board, or know someone who you think would welcome the opportunity to serve on this Governing Board. More information can be found at: https://county.milwaukee.gov/EN/DHHS/DSD#adrc Being appointed to a Milwaukee County board or commission is a process that begins with the County Executive’s Office. To find out more call 414-278-4211 or submit a request for information here. (Visit county.milwaukee.gov and follow the buttons to County Executive, Work With Us.) Please share with your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues. Peace, Jacqueline Haessly
Looking for LGBTQ+ Milwaukeeans for an ArtWorks for Milwaukee photography exhibit at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center this spring!
Hi! Does D and R need volunteers in Appleton? My daughter was a receptionist @ LGBTQ Outreach in Madison for 3 years, has moved back and is looking for ways to help up here.
Hello! I wanted to let you know of an upcoming event at the Appleton Public Library that may be of interest to you. On Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 2 pm the library will welcome author R. Richard Wagner as he discusses the history of gays in Wisconsin from 1895 to 1969. Mr. Wagner is the author of the book We've Been Here All Along, which is the first in a two-part volume on the history of gays in the state. I hope you will join us. Please spread the word about this great event!
Hello, everyone! I am a Director with the Fund For Equality. I run a campaign office in Milwaukee, fighting for LGBTQ+ rights! Many people don't realize that LGBTQ people are still at risk of losing their jobs or being evicted simply for being LGBTQ in 29 states! Right now, we are looking to recruit hard-working, dedicated individuals that are interested in working towards positive social change to help educate the public and mobilize support for the Equality Act! (Read more about the bill at https://www.hrc.org/resources/the-equality-act) There is an immediate vacancy to fill for Assistant Canvass Directors in the Milwaukee office. As an Assistant Director, you'll recruit supporters, raise money and mobilize thousands of people to take action. If you're interested in being the change you want to see in the world, apply now at jobs.fundforequality.org!
really cool tpoc dinner!! hoping there's more to come.
Tonight Wednesday 7/26 The Pathfinders' Drop In will be open from 7pm to 7am for the city's PIT Count. If you are currently without a place to sleep and under the age of 26 come stay with us for the night. We can connect you to long term services and resources. We will have free food, games, and music. Please share