Maggi Cage, PhD
Executive Director

Dave Martin
Operations Manager

Jay Botsford
Program Coordinator III — Youth/Transgender

Jess Cushion
Program Assistant — Youth

Miranda Larocque
Program Coordinator II-Youth/ATODA 

Darien Winston
Program Coordinator I – HIV

Maryann Gorski
Program Coordinator II-AVP

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

Johnny King
Program Coordinator I — HIV

James Ford
Program Coordinator I - HIV/CTR

Patrick Price
Director of Philanthropy

Brion Collins
Program Coordinator II -Communications

Hope Neeley
Data Entry Specialist



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

Board Members

Mary K. Hoerig
Joan Jacobs
Halanna Lathon
Andrew Hohensee


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January 2011 Center Connection Calendar

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




Wisconsin Cream City Chorus-Wednesday, January 5,12,19,&26
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/

Financial Literacy Program Launch Event-Thursday, January 6

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The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center will be launching its new financial literacy program in partnership with MetLife on Thursday, January 6, 2011 from 6-7:30 pm in the community room of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center.  This is your chance to learn about the Center's new financial literacy program for individuals and couples.  Beginning January 10, MetLife will be providing one-on-one financial counseling about such issues as financial goals and objectives, developing a household budget, wills and estate planning, reducing debt, etc. Come and learn about this exciting new program being provided free of charge by MetLife and the Milwaukee LGBT community Center.  MetLife will be providing refreshments and raffle prizes for the January 6 program launch event.

RM2BREATHE Quit Group-Thursday, January 6

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 January 6, 2011, 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 an LGBT smoking cessation program co-sponsored by Diverse and Resilient and the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center.

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Gemini Gender Group-Saturday, January 8
Support and social group for crossdressers and transsexuals, 6pm to 9:30pm, second Saturday each month.

Out To Brunch-Sunday, January 9


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Families by Design-Monday, January 10
Families by Design meets on the second Monday of the Month.  Join us on Monday at 6 to 8pm at the Center.  For more information please call 414-292-3066.

Vets Do Ask Do Tell meeting-Wednesday,January 12
Meeting will be held on January 12th at 7 P.M. in our offices at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 252 E. Highland Ave, Milwaukee, WI in the 2nd floor conference room.

RACC TGIF PARTY!-Friday, January 14


The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center's Rainbow Arts and Cultural Connection (RACC) will be holding it's monthly TGIF Party on Friday, January 14, 5 - 8pm. This month we will be meeting at Art Bar, 722 East Burleigh in Milwaukee. A Riverwest bar with changing art exhibits, affordable drinks, artistic decor and a hip, friendly staff. Pizzas and snacks available. Happy Hour with 2-4-1 drinks from 5-7pm. This months TGIF! Party is being sponsored by Quest Home Loan Center, which will be providing free appetizers from Haute Dish, A Personal Chef Service starting at 5pm.

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Bring you business card to be entered in our drawing for another great giveaway!

R.A.C.C. is a socializing and networking group offering a variety of art, music, theater, sports and other cultural activities and experiences to the Milwaukee LGBT community at large. The purpose of this connection is to be inclusive of all sectors of the LBGT community and their allies offering new opportunities to experience many different arts and cultural events.

Veterans Employment Workshop-Friday,January 14
A Free Event for Veterans, Their Families and Friends “GET THE JOB USING LSG”1:00 PM – 2:30 PM at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center 252 E. Highland Avenue. TO REGISTER FOR THIS WORKSHOP SEND YOUR NAME AND PHONE NUMBER TO president@vetsdoaskdotell.org SEATING IS LIMITED.  For more information visit www.vetsdoaskdotell.org/vets_workshop.asp

The Lesbian Tent Revival-Friday, January 14

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Sister Carolyn of the Sisterhood of the Sacred Synapse is rolling into Milwaukee’s LGBT Community Center  on January 14 with her hilarious, soul-saving Lesbian Tent Revival! The smash-hit of the 2010 Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, the Revival has been drawing hundreds of lesbians to “services” that combine side-splitting comedy with a razor-sharp politics, as Sister Carolyn preaches the gospel of old-time, feel-good, smash-the-patriarchy sisterhood.

“Sister Carolyn” in another incarnation is the internationally acclaimed playwright and performer Carolyn Gage, author of twelve books and fifty-five plays. Gage takes the business of saving lesbian souls seriously: “Lesbians have been seriously sidelined in the queer movement, and there is a real need for us to come together to celebrate our hilarious selves, to focus on the issues that are priorities for us, and to roll up our sleeves and remember that we have a lot of converting to do!”
Join Sister Carolyn and Sister Tara Ayres for an evening of irreverent, hilarious, rabble-rousing, rompin', stompin' sermons and songs, reviving our lesbian lives and celebrating our lesbian lusts!   
The lesbian social event of the year!
Sister" Carolyn Gage's "LESBIAN TENT REVIVAL"
and the Hallelujah Revival Chorus, featuring "The Hokey Pokey" and
"The Age of the Clitoris" 
Date:      Friday, January 14, 2011
Place:     The  Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 252 E Highland Ave
Time:      7:30 pm
Cost:      $8.00 (more if you can, less if you can't)
For more information:email:  lesbian_alliance@yahoo.com, Phone:  (414) 272-9442.

FORGE Social Support Group-Saturday, January 15


Just a reminder that there was no FORGE meeting on January 1, 2011 due to the holiday. The rescheduled meeting date is Saturday, January 15, 2010.  For January's meeting, we'll keep our original format:  6:00 - 7:15pm open discussion, 7:30 - 9:00pm topic de jour.

SEWDG-Saturday, January 15
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, January 15
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 414-342-0705 or www.bwmtmilwaukee.org.

Gallery Night and Day-Friday, January 21 and Saturday, January 22


The inaugural Gallery Night and Day exhibit at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center will focus on the concept of "family" in all the diverse ways it can be defined. Show will feature LGBT and ally artists. Exhibition January 21 and January 22; other dates by appointment only. Friday: 6 to 9pm, Saturday: 10am to 5pm.

Lesbian Alliance Discussion Group-Wednesday, January 26
Lesbian Alliance discussion group for women and lesbian issues at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center at 7PM every 4th 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.

Save The Date-Saturday, March 12



A Very Off-Broadway Revue-Friday, January 7
The Milwaukee Gay Arts Center, 703 S 2nd Street, features the talents of Stuart Mott, Jacob Bach, Allie Bonesho, and J.J. Anshus (all from the wildly successful production of HAIR at Sunset Playhouse), A Very Off-Broadway Show will feature selections from Singing in the Rain, Chicago, Avenue Q, and Next to Normal.  Start the new year off right with the music of four great shows in just under two hours! $10 suggested donation.

MKE Gay Arts Center Auditions:The Vagina Monologues-Saturday, January 8th @ Noon to 5:00PM, Sunday, January 9th @ 4:00 to 9:00 PM

As part of the 2011 V-Day Community Campaign, the Milwaukee Gay Arts Center is proud to present a benefit production of The Vagina Monologues to raise awareness and funds for local organizations working to end violence against women and girls. Rehearsals will begin January 17th, 2011. Performances are from February 11th to 13th, 2011 at the Milwaukee Gay Arts Center.

You may sign up online at www.mysignup.com/vdaymilw or just drop in and we will fit you in at the earliest possibility.  All levels of experience are encouraged to audition.   If you cannot make either of the audition dates, please email us at milwgac@yahoo.com to set up an alternate audition. You are not required to prepare anything in advance for this audition; however, we will be happy to listen to previously prepared monologues of no longer than 1.5 minutes. Cold reading material will be given to you when you check in; therefore, we recommend you arrive at least 15-30 minutes prior to your audition time to ensure proper preparation and time to fill out the audition form.  You are welcome to bring a resume and headshot, but it is not required. If you do not provide a headshot, we may take a digital picture of you for casting purposes only. You will audition in groups of up to 3 people at a time. Be prepared to read with multiple scene partners. Please be prepared to include all conflicts for January and February on the audition form.  Conflicts will not necessarily preclude you from involvement with the show.


Jolly Holly Folly-Sunday, January 9
A benefit for the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin starts at 5pm in The Rotunda of the Milwaukee Center,108 East Wells Street, Milwaukee. Enjoy an evening of cocktails and a spectacular array of tantalizing food from Milwaukee's finest restaurants. Then enjoy a private performance of "The 39 steps" in the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Visit www.arcw.org/jolly or call 414-225-1570 for more information.

Ex Fabula Story Telling Event-Tuesday, January 11
Suffering from the winter doldrums? Although it’s cold and dreary outside, Ex Fabula is here to remind you that “it gets better”. Break out of hibernation, strap on your snowshoes and trek on over to the Stonefly Brewery—735 E. Center Street in Riverwest, for Ex Fabula’s first storytelling event of 2011 . Join us on Tuesday January 11 at 8 pm for some community and some stories on the theme of “It Gets Better”. Tickets are just $5 at the door.

This month’s theme is inspired by Dan Savage’s ‘It Gets Better’ project, which was created “to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years.” We will be donating a portion of the proceeds to support the It Gets Better project.  For more information visit www.exfabula.com/.

The Lesbian Tent Revival-Thursday, January 13
The Lesbian Tent Revival Equal-Opportunity Marriage Ceremony, 1456 Junction Avenue in Racine ... NO PARTNERS NECESSARY!  That's right! Sister Carolyn knows that there are lot of us who are feeling pretty discriminated against these days, because that partner requirement sets the bar a little too high for us. Getting married at the Lesbian Tent Revival is an unforgettable, riotous, irreverent, hilarious... AND radical act of commitment, because you know folks who want to get married should all be committed! Starts at 7PM, Don't miss it! Call 262-664-4100 for more information. (See events at The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center above for more details.)

The ORGINAL ONE and ONLY "OLD TIMERS" PARTY-Saturday, January 22
Mona's Restaurant and Nightclub,1407 S. 1st Street, Milwaukee, WI, starts at 1pm. Your invited to the 7th annual "OLD TIMERS" Party... for the young at heart to come eat, drink and put your dancing shoes to work! For more information call 414-643-0377 or http://www.m-o-n-a-s.com

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.

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

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 2nd 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.

Men's Voices Milwaukee
A men's choral group. Rehearsals every Monday, 7:30-9:30pm for its two seasons, August to December and January to May. Auditions 2 weeks before and after start of rehearsal season.  For more information please visit www.mensvoicesmilwaukee.com.

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 3rd 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!

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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