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CENTER STAFF

Maggi Cage, PhD
Executive Director
414-292-3060

John Meier, M.Ed., LPC
Interim Director of Programs
414-292-3070

Dave Martin
Operations Manager
414-292-3066

Jay Botsford
Program Coordinator III — Youth/Transgender
414-292-3068

Jess Cushion
Program Assistant — Youth
414-292-3074

Miranda Larocque
Program Coordinator II-Youth/ATODA 
414-292-3071

Darien Winston
Program Coordinator I – HIV
414-292-3074

Maryann Gorski
Program Coordinator II-AVP
414-292-3072

Claudia Kabler-Babbitt,CCRC
Program Coordinator III — LGBT Breast Health
414-292-3061

Johnny King
Program Coordinator I — HIV
414-292-3069

James Ford
Program Coordinator I - HIV/CTR
414-292-3073

Patrick Price
Director of Philanthropy
414-292-3065

Brion Collins
Program Coordinator II -Communications
414-292-3076

Hope Neeley
Data Entry Specialist
414-292-3072

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Susan C. Haertel, Co-President
Sheldon Walker, Co-President
W. Peter Larson, Treasurer

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Mary K. Hoerig
Joan Jacobs
Halanna Lathon
Andrew Hohensee
Chad Northington


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MARCH CENTER CONNECTION CALENDAR

A Monthly Calendar of Happenings at The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center and in The Metro Milwaukee LGBT Community

EVENTS AND MEETINGS AT THE MILWAUKEE LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER

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Welcome to Your New Home Celebration at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center-Saturday, March 12
 
The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center will be hosting its annual fundraising gala on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 252 E. Highland Ave., Milwaukee, WI.  This year’s gala will celebrate the Center’s move to their new location in downtown Milwaukee with the theme “Welcome to Your New Home. ”
 
The gala will be a two-part celebration with a “Family Fanfare” from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm and a “Sumptuous Soirée” from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  The “Family Fanfare” will feature fun, intergenerational activities targeted to LGBT families with children and/or grandchildren.  Food will be provided by Stick to Your Ribs Catering and entertainment by Funny Winks the Clown.  The “Sumptuous Soirée” will be an evening, adults-only event, with food and beverages, comedy entertainment, live auction, and tours of the facility.
 
For our entertainment at the “Sumptuous Soirée,” we are excited to feature Los Angeles Comedian Nadya Ginsburg in the Midwest debut of her one-woman show MADDONALOGUES.  Nadya, an edgy Jew-Talian Tracy Ullman,  is an actor and comedian who has been called “amazingly talented” by Roseanne Barr, a “genius” by Perez Hilton and has been featured in Q Magazine in London, The Village Voice, The New York Times and Time Out New York. Nadya honed her talent for creating off-beat original characters and celebrity impressions on the stages of New York City.

Nadya recently co-starred and co-wrote a webisode series produced by Roseanne Barr and has an international cult following for the YouTube series “The Worm” that she co-wrote and stars in, playing Cher, Madonna, Britney Spears, Winona Ryder, Gloria Steinem, a Brooklyn housewife and a giant Worm. Most recently Nadya’s new Lady Gaga parody “Al Roker Face” garnered an interview on the Today Show with Al Roker himself, who, after meeting her, tweeted “Nadya Ginsburg Rules.”
 
For more information, or to purchase tickets for the “Welcome to Your New Home” celebration, please visit www.mkelgbt.org or call Patrick Price at 414-292-3065.


Wisconsin Cream City Chorus-Wednesday, March 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30
Every Wednesday, 7-9:30 pm (except summer break) Anyone interested in singing is welcome to attend.  Just drop in and introduce yourself. Prospective members will usually be evaluated as they rehearse with the group, although the director may choose to also test vocal ranges separately.  For more information visit www.creamcitychorus.org/


Women Veterans Health Clinic Sponsored by Vets Do Ask Do Tell, Inc.-Thursday, March 3

Vets Do Ask Do Tell, Inc. and the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center is having a free health clinic targeting women veterans afraid to use the VA or intelligible to use the VA. The clinic is open to women veterans and their partners offering free basic services. We will be offering free HIV and STD testing, free blood pressure and diabetes testing, information on MST and IPV and free counseling, referral for breast and cervical cancer screening (those that are uninsured or underinsured may be eligible for free mammograms), and much more. There is no charge for the event and we'll have healthy food provided by participating vendors and door prizes. The clinic will be held March 3rd, 2011 from 12 Noon until 4 PM. We encourage all women veterans to participate and come to 252 E. Highland Ave. in Milwaukee between Market and Water Streets on that day.  Remember this is a FREE clinic to women veterans and their partners.


RM2BREATHE Quit Group-Thursday, March 3
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Do you have a desire to quit smoking, but find it hard to do? The rm2breathe program of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center offers information and resources to fight nicotine addiction and encourages a commitment to the elimination of second-hand smoke. The program addresses the impact of tobacco on our community from an advocacy perspective as well as offering individual and group tobacco cessation services.

 A quit smoking support group is forming, seven weekly sessions beginning Thursday, March 3 from 6 to 8 PM. Meet at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 252 E. Highland Avenue. Contact Ken at 414-581-3924 or ksimkunas@mkelgbt.org to register.
 
rm2breathe is a LGBT smoking cessation program co-sponsored by Diverse and Resilient and the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center.


RACC MSO Concert Series-Saturday, March 5

Join the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center's Rainbow Arts and Cultural Connection for outings to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at Uhlein Hall. Milwaukee LGBT Community Center members receive discounts on ticket purchases.
Upcoming RACC Milwaukee Symphony Ochestra Outings
Saturday, March 5, 2011-
Beethoven's Eroica
Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
Uihlein Hall
Saturday, May 14, 2011-
Tchaikovsky's Fifth
Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
Uihlein Hall
6pm - dinner at Rudy's Mexican restaurant prior to the concerts, free parking in Rudy's parking lot.
To buy tickets to the one of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concerts hosted by the Rainbow Arts & Cultural Connection please visit our website or call Patrick Price at 414-292-3065.


Women's Out to Brunch-Sunday, March 6

Women's Out to Brunch Event, Milwaukee LGBT Community Center Community Room 2nd floor, 11-2pm, bring a dish/juice to share. Coffee will be provided. Guests welcome.


Families by Design-Monday, March 14
Families by Design meets on the second Monday of the Month.  Join us on Monday at 6 pm to 8 pm at the Center.  For more information please call 414-292-3066.


RACC TGIF! PARTY-Friday, March 18


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Gemini Gender Group-Saturday, March 19
Support and social group for crossdressers and transsexuals, 6 pm to 9:30 pm. Gemini Gender normally meets on the second Saturday of each month, but due to the Welcome To Your New Home Gala on March 12 they will be meeting on this date.


SEWDG-Saturday, March 19
Third Saturday of the month 6-8 pm. Sometimes we have a small group, but we always meet. We are open to anyone interested in BDSM and discussion of various topics related to BDSM. For more information visit www.sewdg.com.


(Black and White Men Together)-Saturday, March 19
General meeting third Saturday each month, 7-8:30 pm, preceded by business meeting 6-7 pm (open to all). We are a social group, with monthly group dinner outings and more. For more information call 414-342-0705 or visit www.bwmtmilwaukee.org.


Lesbian Alliance Discussion Group-Wednesday, March 23
Lesbian Alliance discussion group for women and lesbian issues at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center at 7 pm every fourth Wednesday of the month.


Project Q

Drop-in For LGBTQ youth ages 14-24 every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Call 414-223-3220 for more information.


FORGE Support Group Meeting-Saturday, March 26
Title: Street violence, safety and dealing with the police
Guest speaker: Attorney Laura Sette
Description: Anti-transgender violence -- occurring on the street, at home, at work, or anywhere else -- is more prevalent than most of us like to acknowledge.  We will briefly address general street safety for trans+ and SOFFA individuals (always keeping in mind that our actions are not to be the blame for the friction or fists initiated by others).  Attorney Laura Sette will then address the challenges of if, when and how to involve the police in anti-transgender violence, recognizing that the police may be less than helpful (at best) or part of the problem (at worst).  Ample time for questions and answers will allow for discussion about specific concerns and challenges.  Location: Milwaukee LGBT Community Center (252 E. Highland Ave, Milwaukee, WI)
Who?  FORGE support group meetings are open to ALL people interested in transgender+/SOFFA issues. We support and honor the plethora of ways there are to be transgender/FTM+/MTF+/masculine/feminine/butch/femme/trans+ and the wide variety of people who fall under the broad category of SOFFA. FORGE tries to offer a little something for everyone. Join us if you are new to gender issues and want a supportive place to explore. If you are well-versed in trans issues, you are invited to share your experiences and help elevate discussion to a more complex, philosophical level. Partners, allies, friends and professionals are always encouraged to attend on their own, or with a trans loved one (or client).
What?  FORGE provides local social support, education and resources for those interested in transgender+/SOFFA issues. FORGE meetings provide a friendly facilitated setting for transgender+ individuals and SOFFAs to network, share their personal experiences and stories, become more informed and to gather resources.
More information?  Contact FORGE at AskFORGE@forge-forward.org or visit our website at www.forge-forward.org.
First Annual Transgender Gala for Breast Health Awareness-Sunday, March 27
Please come represent the Transgender community and promote breast health, and HIV prevention at a Transgender Gala event on Sunday, March 27, 2011 at Tropical Ultra Lounge (626 S. 5th Street, Milwaukee, WI).

The plan is for the doors to open at 5:30 pm (no charge for admission), with music provided by a DJ and appetizers. At 8 pm, there will be a group performance (anyone wishing to participate should contact MariCarmen Saavedra at 414-385-3343 to join in the practice sessions).  Next will be entertainment and individual runaway presentations in gowns/formal wear will follow. Those wishing to be selected as the First Annual Breast Health Ambassadors will then state why they would promote breast health in the Transgender community. Once the selections and awards have been made there will be continued DJ music and dancing.  

Everyone that identifies as Transgender is encouraged to participate in the group performance, the individual runway and Ambassador competition. Transgender people are also needed to help plan and run this “by transpeople for transpeople’ event.
If you wish to sign up as Gala participant, planner or volunteer please call MariCarmen Saavedra at 414-385-3343 (se habla espanol) or Claudia Kabler-Babbitt 414-292-3061 (no habla espanol).  We look forward to seeing all of you!

This event is sponsored by the LGBT Breast Health Program, a program of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center.  The LGBT Breast Health Program is funded by a Community Health Grant from the Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.  If you wish to participate in the LGBT Health Program, please contact the Program Coordinator Claudia Kabler-Babbitt at 414-292-3061 or ckb@mkelgbt.org

EVENTS AND MEETINGS AROUND METRO MILWAUKEE
 

The Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival-Thursday, March 3

The Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival continues with monthly screenings. All screenings take place at 7 pm in the UWM Union Theatre. Tickets are $5.

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Just the Two of Us
(Barbara Peeters and Jacques Beerson, 82min., 1975)
A special revival screening of a 1970's underground B movie classic (and a much talked about 2005 LGBT Film/Video Festival favorite)
Denise and Adria are both married, it seems, to the aerospace industry, their husbands always away on important business. One fateful day Denise and Adria decide to stop at a new coffee shop on The Strip where, over their sizeable fruit salads, they spy an actual lesbian couple, holding hands even! For Denise, it is a shattering moment of recognition; for Adria, it stirs a desire to live, in the parlance of the day, "free." With a courtship that includes carousel rides and miniature golf, the two daringly enter into an affair, but will this new and secret love last? Adria's experiment with living "free" has her swinging loosely, hooking up with some actor beefcake. Bereft and heartbroken, Denise seeks consolation by accompanying the women she met at the coffee shop to a happening art party, complete with go-go-dancers, pot, and a vampire-ish photo editor who tries to lure Denise across her pool table. Just the Two of Us is a must-see artifact, for sure startling in its updated B-movie stylistics and period bric-a-brac — including lingo, shag carpeting, and regularly inserted cameos by bands of yesteryear (the line-up includes The Friends, London Dri, and the Queen Mary Dancers). But the film is also remarkable in its unexpected sympathies — sympathies found nowhere else on American screens in the 1970s — for the two women as they tentatively reunite. Brava to screenwriter and co-director Barbara Peeters, feminist exploitation film pioneer and Roger Corman cohort who also directed the women's biker revenge potboiler Bury Me An Angel (1972), Summer School Teachers (1974), and the mutant thriller Humanoids of the Deep (1980).
CORPUS CHRISTI at the Milwaukee Gay Arts Center-Friday, March 11

In 1998 Terrence McNally brought one of his most significant plays to life.  In 2011 Theatrical Tendencies breathes new life into CORPUS CHRISTI and finds its message is as necessary now as it was more than a decade ago. 
  
The story parallels that of the New Testament's, and its subject is nothing less than the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus (Joshua), a young man born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Different from the other boys because he is homosexual, Joshua grows up in isolation and torment, an object of scorn.  He flees Corpus Christi in search of a more accepting environment, gathering along the way a group of disciples who are bound to him by his message of love and tolerance.  Joshua delivers his Sermon on the Mount and officiates at a gay marriage ceremony, but, inevitably, his radical teachings (like Jesus') will not deliver him from his fate.  Returning to Corpus Christi, he is betrayed by his lover, Judas, and crucified in front of the jeering throngs who hated him as a boy and still do.  His plea, that we look upon all souls as equal in the sight of God, falls unattended. 
  
CORPUS CHRISTI is being presented at the Milwaukee Gay Arts Center, 703 S. 2nd Street in Milwaukee's Historic Walker's Point Neighborhood.  The show opens March 11 and runs Friday and Saturday evenings through March 26th.  Curtain time is 8:00 pm.  Tickets are on sale now at www.theatricaltendencies.com.  Adult tickets are $20, Seniors $17, and Students w/ID $12.  Seating at each performance is limited to just 50 patrons so purchasing early is important!

Learn more about the show by viewing our Meet The Cast Video on YouTube.
Cream City Squares
Square dance Sundays, "friendship set to music". Casual attire. Singles, couples, and families are all invited. Lake Park Lutheran Church, 2647 N. Stowell St. Lessons are 1-3 pm, club dances are 3-4:30 PM. Meets Every Sunday. For more information visit iagsdc.org/creamcity.

First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee (FUSM)
We are a Welcoming Congregation with two worship services and concurrent children's religious education classes at 9:15 & 11:15 am, Sundays. 1342 N. Astor St., Milwaukee. For more information call 414-273-5257 or visit www.uumilwaukee.org.

FRONT RUNNERS
Meets every Saturday morning at 9:00 am where North Ave ends at Terrace Ave above the lakefront.  Run or walk for exercise and enjoy some friendship.  Optional breakfast after.  No dues, no commitments.  FMI: 414-443-0379 or ullrwolf.com/frontrunnersmke/welcome.html

GAMMA
An organization for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Communities of Southeastern Wisconsin since 1978. Email us at gamma@milwaukeegamma.com or visit our website at www.milwaukeegamma.com.

Lake Park Lutheran Church
A "Reconciling in Christ" congregation (LGBT welcome), Sunday mornings, 2647 N. Stowell St. 8 am worship in chapel, 9 am education hour for all ages, 10 am worship in sanctuary, fellowship hour following the service. For more information call 414-962-9190 or visit www.lakeparklutheran.com.

Latino/Latina Talent Show
Every Sunday, doors open 8 pm, show starts 10:30 pm. Out n About/Monas Restaurant, 1407 S 1st St.$5 at the door. Sponsored by: Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, PrideFest, Firm International.

Lesbian Reading Group at Outwords
Meets every second Tuesday of the month at 7 pm. Everyone welcome. Meets at Outwords Bookstore, 2710 N. Murray Ave. Call 414-963-9089 for this months reading selection or to confirm meeting date.

Metropolitan Community Church
A gay group here in Milwaukee. We exist to magnify God's love, minister God's will, celebrate God's creation, and cherish God's people. Sunday mornings, 1239 W. Mineral St. 11  am worship service. For more information visit www.queerchurch.org.

Milwaukee Friends Meeting (Quakers)
Many LGBT folk have found a spiritual home with us. Quakers seek that of God in every person, and worship in silence, listening for the "still, small voice" of Spirit.  Meeting for Worship with concurrent Children's Religious Education: 10:15 am Sundays.  3224 N. Gordon Place, Milwaukee.  For more information, please call Liz at 414-562-2344 or visit www.milwaukeequakers.org.  

Milwaukee Women Singing in Sacred Circle
Meets about every two weeks for 60-90 minutes. Call for dates, times and locations. A women singing group focused on tapping sources of great healing and meditation. It is not necessary to be a singer to participate. Drums and other instruments (especially rhythm instruments) are welcomed, though singing together is the main activity. The sacred aspect belongs to no particular religion, but arises from our emphasis on woman-spirit and nature themes. For more information, including dates and meeting locations join the The Milwaukee Women's Singing in Sacred Circle Group at meetup.com.

Outwords Book Club
Monthly LGBT book club usually meets every 2nd Monday of the month at 7:30 pm. New Members are always welcome. Meets at Outwords Bookstore, 2710 N. Murray Ave. Call 414-963-9089 for this months reading selection or to confirm meeting date.

PFLAG Milwaukee
Meets third Sunday, 5-7 pm. Martin Luther Lutheran Church, 9235 W. Bluemound Rd. For more information leave a message on group voice mail 414-299-9198 or visit www.pflagmilwaukee.org.  

Pilgrim Christian Church
815 Northview, Waukesha, an Open and Affirming Congregation, gladly welcoming and affirming all people. GLBT members participate fully, holding office, teaching children, and sharing their faith journeys. Worship at 10 am Sundays, call 414-443-0976 for more information.

Plymouth Church United Church of Christ
2717 East Hampshire Avenue, Milwaukee, WI, 53211  Our Sunday service begins at 9:30. Service is followed by a time of fellowship and an education hour. There is ample on-street parking around the church. Child care is provided for young children during worship and education hour. Children are also welcome to join in the worship service. Plymouth Church has an "Out in Faith" LGBT group which meets for support and social events. Persons who are LGBT are welcome to participate in all areas of congregational life.

The Queer Program
Live weekly call-in show by, for, and about the Queer community. Live! Mondays at 6:30pm on Cable Channel 96, Milwaukee Community Media. Hosted by Michael Lisowski and Charles Daniels. Replays on Saturdays at Midnight and 10pm.

SAGE Sisterhood
Third Sunday of the month at 2 pm. SAGE/Milwaukee offices, 1845 N Farwell Ave, Suite 220. This meeting is a social gathering for any women who like to discuss issues that are affecting our lives. Come to share, sing, celebrate, eat (bring a treat) or just listen and get to know each other. All women welcome!

Shoreline
Country dancing every 2nd & 4th Friday, 8:00 PM - 1:00 AM at Hot Water, 818 S. Water St (far east end of National Ave. ).  Free line dance lessons at 8:30 and 9:30 pm. Open dancing includes 2-step, swing, waltz and line dance.  Partners and boots are not necessary - smooth soled shoes make learning easier.  For more information, call 414-747-0388 or visit www.shoreline-milw.org

Unitarian Church North (UCN)
Join us for Sunday worship services at 9:15 am and 11:00 am. Religious education classes for children occur at the same time. 13800 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon. For more information call 262-375-3890 or visit www.UCNorth.org

Unitarian Universalist Church West (UUCW)
Two worship services concurrent with children's religious education classes at 8:45 & 11 AM Sundays. 13001 W. North Ave., Brookfield. For more information call 262-782-3535.

For more information and more listings about Milwaukee LGBT Community Events see the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center website www.mkelgbt.org.

Got News? Want to Share? Contact Brion Collins bcollins@mkelgbt.org to list your LGBT event.


 
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