Milwaukee LGBT Community Center

Milwaukee LGBT Community Center The mission of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center is to further develop our vibrant lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the greater Milwaukee area, thus improving the quality of life for all of us.
The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center believes in the goodness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. As an organization, the Center seeks to foster community development and agency partnerships. The Center values leadership, both formal and informal, and its supports responsibility and accountability among individuals and organizations. To achieve its mission, the Center acknowledges the value of diversity and inclusion and of proactive and responsive communications. The Center knows that the LGBT community’s long-term quality of life requires the Center to prosper financially and develop organizationally to meet community needs.
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The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center is dedicated to serving the needs of LGBTQ people and to making the Greater Milwaukee area safer and more inclusive. We focus our programming on anti-violence, healthy relationships, counseling, and financial coaching. Our Center’s resources include a lending library with over 2000 LGBT titles, meeting space, computer/internet access, and referrals.

Mission: The mission of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center is to further develop our vibrant lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the greater Milwaukee area, thus improving the quality of life for all of us. The Mission is supported by the Center’s leadership in community building, health promotion, advocacy, and communications.

06/05/2020

To the Greater Milwaukee Community:

Black Lives Matter. The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center is heartbroken at the senseless and tragic loss of life in the murder of George Floyd and the many others and share the grief of his death with his family, friends, and community. The Center has and will always stand against all forms of oppression, inequality, and racial injustice.

We join the efforts in condemning the murder of George Floyd and all other lives lost to racial violence and stand in solidarity with the Black community in demanding that change happens. We demand accountability and systemic reform and equitable justice for all.

As we celebrate and recognize Pride month, let’s remember that the LGBTQ+ community, in history, had to have their voices heard through protesting against the violence and abuse in the hands of police raids in New York City. The six-day protest against the police at Stonewall Inn was a turning point for the gay rights movement, which was led by transgender and queer black and brown folks.

In the midst of all this pain, we are hopeful that as a community, we will join our voices and be heard. There will be a time when the community will need a place of healing, a place where you will be accepted, welcomed, and a place where you will feel a sense of belonging and strength. The MKE LGBT Community Center will be that place and resource for you.

We call on our community to take action by participating in the peaceful protests that are happening around the city, donating water, donating to a bail fund, or by doing your part to make this city a safe place for all.

In Peace, Love and Solidarity,

Amy Orta
Executive Director

06/05/2020

Hola a todxs! Solo compartiendo unos consejos de lo que pueden hacer para apoyar a sus seres queridxs que son parte de la comunidad LGBT+

Our MKE LGBT Center 101 Video series will launch next Tuesday, June 9th. The series will feature Milwaukee LGBT Comunity...
06/05/2020

Our MKE LGBT Center 101 Video series will launch next Tuesday, June 9th. The series will feature Milwaukee LGBT Comunity Center staff and community members talking about the services we offer, why the work we do is important, how the center has impacted them, and more!
Our Executive Director, Amy Orta, will start the series off talking about the center's mission and why this work is important to her!

Our Friends at Indeed Brewing Company released a Pride Beer in honor of the riots that rang out in New York 51 years ago...
06/04/2020

Our Friends at Indeed Brewing Company released a Pride Beer in honor of the riots that rang out in New York 51 years ago. They are donating 10% of proceeds to our Community Center!

Thank you Indeed Brewing Company for supporting the local LGBTQ+ community!

Pick up some Pride Beers and Share this post with your family and friends!

Order Here: https://www.toasttab.com/indeed-milw-to-go/v3

51 years ago, riots and protests rang out over New York City, sparking a turning point in history that we’d go on to celebrate jubilantly as Pride. It’s as timely as ever to remember the events that led to the inclusive, worldwide event.

Our taproom and our beer is, and always has been, for everyone—no two ways about it. We made promises in our communities here in Milwaukee and in Minneapolis that we’d create a culture around good people, good beers, and good experiences. We do that in big and small ways, using beer as a tangible starting point.

It’s in that spirit that we are releasing our Pride beer. A Kölsch base with hibiscus, watermelon, and lime flavors, Agua Fresca is bright and refreshing—a beer worthy of the LGBTQ community and its allies. 10% of proceeds are being donated to the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center in the month of June.

Order here: https://www.toasttab.com/indeed-milw-to-go/v3

Are you an Artist or Performer?We are searching for artists of all kinds to be apart of our Give Out Day Virtual Fundrai...
06/04/2020

Are you an Artist or Performer?
We are searching for artists of all kinds to be apart of our Give Out Day Virtual Fundraiser.
This is a wonderful opportunity to support the MKE LGBT community!
For more information on how to get involved, contact Cor Christophe at;
[email protected]

TONIGHT: LGBTQ #BlackLivesMatter Town Hall Tune into the LGBTQ #BlackLivesMatter VIRTUAL Town Hall at 6pm EST on June 3 ...
06/03/2020
RSVP: Equality Florida's LGBTQ #BlackLivesMatter Town Hall

TONIGHT:
LGBTQ #BlackLivesMatter Town Hall

Tune into the LGBTQ #BlackLivesMatter VIRTUAL Town Hall at 6pm EST on June 3 RSVP here:
https://secure.everyaction.com/uGO0k4ywPEm5Cd87kt_R1w2
What: LGBTQ #BlackLivesMatter Virtual Town Hall
Where: Live-Streaming:
Equality Florida's page
Equality Florida's YouTube Channel
Equality Florida's Website
Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex customers can watch the Town Hall by simply saying "Pride" into their remote

Who:
Nadine Smith, Equality Florida, Executive Director
Alphonso David, Human Rights Campaign, President
Michele Rayner, Civil Rights Attorney
Andrea Jenkins, City Council Vice President Minneapolis
Imani Rupert-Gordon, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Executive Director

Equality Florida announces LGBTQ #BlackLivesMatter town hall with national leaders in response to the rash of attacks that have claimed Black lives.

Hello! We would like to invite you to join us and Walker's Point Center for the Arts later today on a tutorial on how to...
06/03/2020

Hello! We would like to invite you to join us and Walker's Point Center for the Arts later today on a tutorial on how to make piñatas. We will discuss origins, cultural significance, and current use. You may have all you need already (balloons, newspaper, glue/engrudo, tissue paper, and scissors).

Other resources:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VemdXszjzV4&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1PUeyQwjiGKkkcB_g520ZP3ybAZuqI6FTTN2OnKAkUpCUk9cEojVw5yiE

Hola! Los queremos invitar a que nos acompañen a un tutorial de cómo hacer piñatas. Vamos hablar de los orígenes, significado cultural, y el uso actual. Puede que ya tengan todo lo que necesitan (globos, periódico, engrudo, papel de seda, y tijeras).
Otros recursos de papel mache: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmZC8lBaGlQ&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2TjcE3LkvnJLM8VG2IHdyBcz5K6aEMYXfQbAWii0al_3FCJQ629EMZRaE

06/02/2020
05/29/2020

Hola a todxs! Solo poniendo un anuncio de unos proyectos que tenemos en puertas. Muchas gracias por su atención, estén al pendiente, subiremos más videos todos los viernes comenzando el mes de Junio.

05/26/2020

May is mental health awareness month, meet Tiodolo A. Delagarza III, (He, Him, His) the AODA Therapist at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center. He has over 10 years of human services, and or social work experience working as a Substance abuse counselor, crisis stabilizer, outreach director, case manager, and peer support specialist. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a concentration in Addiction Studies (2014) from Springfield College University, Masters of Human Services with a concentration in Mental Health Counseling (2018) Springfield College University, and a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management (2019) Springfield College University. Tiodolo’s focus is Substance Abuse Intervention, prevention (Adults/Youth/AODA), trauma, and LGBTQ+ matters.



Why Mental Health Awareness Month is important: Substance use can have a strong social component, giving people a reason to meet in clubs and bars. As such, LGBT individuals are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health disorders, reports the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). They are also more likely to experience suicidal thoughts and to attempt suicide (Dual Diagnoses). It is crucial to have supportive and affirming resources available and accessible to provide AODA and or Mental Health treatment services.

Please join the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin  for the virtual Minority Health Film Series, which include...
05/19/2020

Please join the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin for the virtual Minority Health Film Series, which includes an opportunity to watch a film and participate in two free community discussions. Additional information is attached and included below. You can also click below to REGISTER NOW for the Community Forum #2 – Minority Health During COVID-19 on Tuesday, May 19, at 6 p.m https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1807443590833619984

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, meet the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center's mental health professionals: Sydney Bor...
05/18/2020

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, meet the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center's mental health professionals: Sydney Borden (she/her) is the Youth Therapist and Advocate for the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marquette University. Sydney specializes in working with adolescents experiencing mood disorders, anxiety disorders, trauma, LGBTQ+ identity and matters, and transgender, gender nonconforming and nonbinary identity and matters (including letters of support for gender affirming treatment and procedures). Sydney works to provide inclusive, person-centered therapy for all clients seeking our services through both long and short form therapy approaches.

Why Mental Health Awareness Month is important: The overpathologizing of LGBTQ+ youth is staggering and demonstrates a significant barrier in access to competent professional care. LGBTQ+ youth deserve care that is sensitive to both identity, especially intersectional identities, and individual experiences.

Today is The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Read more on today's events from around the...
05/17/2020
Home ~ May17.org

Today is The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Read more on today's events from around the globe here: https://may17.org/

05/17/2020
Tonight at 5:30
05/14/2020

Tonight at 5:30

We are almost to the end of the campaign, thank you to those that donated. With the reopening of the Center in June, thi...
05/12/2020

We are almost to the end of the campaign, thank you to those that donated. With the reopening of the Center in June, this help funds the extra cleaning supplies, masks and gloves needed while we continue to provide services. As a gift to all supporters we are pleased to offer one month free of Revry's Queer TV! If you have not supported yet there is still time. https://www.mightycause.com/story/Cta4uf

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, meet the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center's mental health professionals: Natalie (s...
05/11/2020

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, meet the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center's mental health professionals: Natalie (she/her) is the Associate Executive Director at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Substance Abuse Counselor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminology from Marquette University ’10 and a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee ’12. Natalie specializes in working with adolescents, trauma, LGBTQ+ matters, and substance use.

Why Mental Health Awareness Month is important: The LGBTQ+ population faces many barriers when it comes to accessing mental health treatment. In a community where mental health issues are more pervasive, it is vital that there are affirming resources and available treatments.

Governor Evers has designated TODAY (May 7) as Children's Mental Health Awareness Day:Mental illness not only affects th...
05/07/2020

Governor Evers has designated TODAY (May 7) as Children's Mental Health Awareness Day:

Mental illness not only affects the lives of adults, but also the well-being of our young people. The Office of Children’s Mental Health (OCMH) supports Wisconsin’s children achieve their best lives and is a social and emotional support for young people. OCMH is a champion for improving the mental health of youth, and are strong advocates in the children’s mental health system and access to treatment.

Governor Evers has designated TODAY (May 7) as Children's Mental Health Awareness Day:

Mental illness not only affects the lives of adults, but also the well-being of our young people. The Office of Children’s Mental Health (OCMH) supports Wisconsin’s children achieve their best lives and is a social and emotional support for young people. OCMH is a champion for improving the mental health of youth, and are strong advocates in the children’s mental health system and access to treatment.

(Resource: OCMH)

We have ten days left on our spring fundraising effort. If you have not already, please consider sharing on your own fb ...
05/07/2020
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We have ten days left on our spring fundraising effort. If you have not already, please consider sharing on your own fb timeline. We appreciate all of your support, stay safe!

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During these unprecedented times the MKE LBGT Center has continued to provide critical services to the community.  We ha...
05/05/2020
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During these unprecedented times the MKE LBGT Center has continued to provide critical services to the community. We have had to do almost all of our programming and services virtually every week and have seen a substantial increase in our mental health services and programming. Unfortunately, we have had to either cancel or postpone many of our traditional fundraisers, such as Really Grand Friday's and TGIF's due to the impact of Covid-19. Please support us so that we can continue providing those most in need and vulnerable during this Pandemic and difficult times.Your continued generosity means the world to us! #givingtuesday

Your donation continues the Center's work in the community

One day left to enter our Cinco de Mayo Celebration Package. The winning ticket will receive an authentic Mexican taco d...
05/04/2020
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One day left to enter our Cinco de Mayo Celebration Package. The winning ticket will receive an authentic Mexican taco dinner for four, dessert, and a bottle of top-shelf tequila. All delivered straight to your door!

During Shelter in Place, the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center is unable to host social fundraising events that provide funding for critical services like the Emergency Food Pantry, the Clothing Closet, and the Name Change Clinic. Buy purchasing a raffle ticket you are directly supporting those services. Thank you for your support and good luck! https://CincodeMayo.givesmart.com/

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We’re joining @CenterLink and the cast of Queer as Folk TODAY for #MayDayHomeStayGayPlay, a livestream reunion event bri...
05/01/2020

We’re joining @CenterLink and the cast of Queer as Folk TODAY for #MayDayHomeStayGayPlay, a livestream reunion event bringing LGBTQ people together during COVID-19 and benefiting LGBTQ community centers. TUNE IN! https://bit.ly/2W9YqPo #QueerAsFolk #QAF

Our first virtual raffle is a Cinco de Mayo Celebration Package. The winning ticket will receive an authentic Mexican ta...
04/30/2020

Our first virtual raffle is a Cinco de Mayo Celebration Package. The winning ticket will receive an authentic Mexican taco dinner for four, dessert, and a bottle of top-shelf tequila.

During Shelter in Place, the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center is unable to host social fundraising events that provide funding for critical services like the Emergency Food Pantry, the Clothing Closet, and the Name Change Clinic. Buy purchasing a raffle ticket you are directly supporting those services. Thank you for your support and good luck! https://CincodeMayo.givesmart.com

04/29/2020

The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center was honored to be included in the planning and production of Denim Day MKE. Today we come together as a city to stand with and believe survivors.

The Center is committed to providing free and confidently services and programs for the LGBTQ+ community year round. Our services and programs are focused on serving survivors of violence and include mental health therapy, support groups, case management, advocacy, and emergency services.

Reach out today for information, assistance, and support. (414) 271-2656

May Day Home Stay Gay PlayQueer As Folk 20th Cast & Crew Reunion LivestreamMJoin the Cast & Crew from Queer As Folk (U.S...
04/29/2020

May Day Home Stay Gay PlayQueer As Folk 20th Cast & Crew Reunion LivestreamM

Join the Cast & Crew from Queer As Folk (U.S.) in this special livestream reunion event. Many special guests are scheduled to appear. In support of LGBTQ+ community centers that are providing essential services in the time of COVID-19, they will also be helping to raise funds for CenterLink and member centers like the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center. Livestream Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRUfEudtSmQ

Diverse & Resilient
04/29/2020

Diverse & Resilient

DENIM DAY MKE 2020 SPEECH NOTES:
Thank you to Mayor Barrett, Karin Tyler, Chris Walton and Milwaukee’s Commissioner of Health Dr. Jeanette Kowalik with the City of Milwaukee and all these fierce anti-violence advocates here with us today.

Diverse & Resilient’s Room to Be Safe Anti-Violence Program works with Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous and other People of Color surviving violence. Our anti-violence work focuses on survivors of intimate partner, hate and community, and sexual violence.

We are still here during social distancing through our statewide line which is the first crisis line in Wisconsin dedicated to LGBTQ survivors staffed by queer advocates. And we are meeting with survivors online and soon in person again. To reach out to us and to reach an LGBTQ advocate, you can call or text 414-856-5428.

Today is Denim Day 2020 in Milwaukee and across the world. As we know, Demin Day as an outcry over a judge’s ruling about what a survivor was wearing when she was sexually assaulted.

In the LGBTQ community, we also experience victim blaming. In fact, I would add that one of the leading causes to sexual assault, sexual harassment, bullying and stalking of the LGBTQ community is because of communities, homes, churches and our leaders normalizing homophobia and transphobia.

In order to stop sexual violence in our communities, we need community members to rise up and speak out against bullying that starts at a very young age when a child is deemed “different” for whatever reason. We know sometimes that difference can sometimes be tied into strict gender roles.

At D&R, we work with survivors of sexual violence and right now we are hearing from survivors who have been harmed in hooking up or a one-time sexual encounter and we want to give a message to all who are experiencing harm. That is happening in intimate partner relationships, acquaintances, with strangers and from trade in sex work. No matter what, it is never your fault if you have been sexually or physically assaulted as a result of trying to hook up or connect sexually with another person.

We are seeing a rise in hookup violence and a reluctance to report it because shame by a survivor for not following social distancing guidelines in their attempt to connect sexually with another person. We call out those who get on Grindr and other online apps to target the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ people, you have the right to safe and consensual sex. You have the right to connect with another individual WITHOUT HARM.

We also know that those who are experiencing sexual violence are at higher risks for HIV and sexually transmitted infections. At Diverse & Resilient, we will soon have testing, counseling, and referral programs open again for those at risk for these infections who may also be experiencing violence.

In a survey conducted by Diverse & Reslient of 1,000 Milwaukee Pridefest individuals, sexual assault and hate violence were reported as the highest form of violence against the LGBTQ community. 34% of LGBTQ survey respondents reported experiencing sexual assault including hookup violence. 43% of those experiencing hookup violence knew the person who harmed them.

We are here today and every day if you are experiencing harm. You can reach out to us here at Diverse & Resilient. Our advocates can safety plan with you and help transport you to safety.

Finally, I want to say that one thing we can all start doing to end sexual violence against the Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous and other People of Color is to stop feeding into the systems of oppression that support sexual violence. Systems like racism, homophobia, transphobia, anti-immigrant hate and any form of bias against someone’s identity. When we devalue humans, we devalue all of them including their sexuality.

Join Diverse & Resilient and our partners here today to put a stop to sexual violence. And please reach out to us if you need support or help.

At Diverse and Resilient’s room to be safe anti-violence program, we are coming out of the closet about sexual assault so we can end it.
Thank you.

Today we partnered with City of Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention, the City of Milwaukee Public Health Dept, City of Milwaukee Mayor's office, Milwaukee LGBT Community Center and FORGE for the City of Milwaukee's annual Denim Day event.
Above are the comments made by Kathy Flores (pictured this morning) our director of the Room to Be Safe Anti-Violence Program at D&R. We'll post video of all speeches later.

#SAAM #SexualAssaltAwarenessMonth #QueeringSAAM #QueeringSexualAssaultAwarenessMonth
#denimdaymke #denimdaymke2020 #apartnotalone #lgbtqplustoo #trans

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The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center is dedicated to serving the needs of LGBTQ people and to making the Greater Milwaukee area safer and more inclusive. We focus our programming on anti-violence, healthy relationships, counseling, and financial coaching. Our Center’s resources include a lending library with over 2000 LGBT titles, meeting space, computer/internet access, and referrals. The Center hosts a plethora of social events throughout the year! Join in and Be Yourself.

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