Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Lots of fun stuff this month!

Dairyland's Cowboys and Cowgirls have rescheduled their October Saturday dance for October 22 at Club 5, 5 Applegate Court, from 5 to 10 p.m. There is a cover charge. Dairyland Cowboys and Cowgirls is a line-dance group for LGBT people and their friends

Singer-songwriter Toshi Reagon will be playing next Monday at the Red Gym on the UW Campus as part of the "Stew and Friends" Artist in Residence series. The Red Gym is located on Langdon Street next to the UW Memorial Union. The concert starts at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 17, and is free. For more information, go to www.toshireagon.comand look under "Tour Schedule."

The Goddess Women's Book Group meets tomorrow at 7 p.m., 4322 Buckeye Rd., in Madison. The October book will be Storyteller's Goddess: Tales of the Goddess and Her Wisdom from Around the World by Carolyn McVickar Edwards. The discussion is hosted by Jade River of the Re-formed Congregation of the Goddess—International. You do not have to read the book to attend.

Madison’s LGBT theater troupe StageQ needs a few people who can help with set construction over the next few weeks for the upcoming lesbian comedy, “Ghost of a Chance.” Please contact for more information or to offer to assist.

OPEN, the Out Professional and Executive Network, will host a Member Appreciation Happy Hour and Networking Event at Plan B next Wednesday, October 19th at 5:30 PM. Plan B is located at 924 Williamson Street. There is a cover charge. To register in advance visit:

Proud Theater - an award-winning and innovative youth theater program designed to foster self-expression and self-empowerment for Madison-area youth – is looking for new members. Proud theater is open to any youth ages 13 to 18 who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning (LGBTQ), or who are the children of LGBTQ parents, or who are allies of the LGBTQ community at large. It currently has open enrollment through November 30. The group meets every Wednesday evening. For more information, call (608) 222-9086, write to, or visit the website

First Baptist Church, , 518 N. Franklin Ave. in Madison, hosts a Christian Fellowship Group for LGBT Singles two Wednesdays a month. The group includes prayer and time to socialize. For more information contact Rhianna Tibbetts at

OutReach of Rock County has now started offering young adult services between the ages of 18-24ish with the help of GBLTA United! For more information contact Angie Rehling, OutReach Program Assistant, at OutReach at 608.255.8582 or by email You can also follow Rock County LGBT Outreach on Facebook.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Give us your feedback

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Please share this survey link with anyone and everyone you know who cares about the LGBT community in Madison and beyond. Please complete the survey by August 25. Thank you.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Community Calendar for the week of June 22, 2011

God-des and She will be playing this Friday, June 24 at the High Noon Saloon at Madison. The show starts at 9:00 PM.


Gaia Moves is a new exercise group at OutReach open to Womyn. This group meets every first and third Monday at 7pm. Yoga mats will be provided. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes. Due to limited space this group is open to the first 10 arrivals on a first come basis. OutReach LGBT Community Center is located in the Gateway Mall at 600 Williamson Street in Madison. This part of Williamson Street is NOT currently under construction.


OutReach and Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) are currently looking for men interested in joining a men's domestic violence support group. The group is an open, crisis-based peer support group for those experiencing or who have survived abuse. The group's location is confidential and is disclosed after an initial screening process. You can find out more at the OutReach website at


Rm2breathe is a program designed to help LGBT people stop smoking. If you're interested in participating, you can find out more at the OutReach website at


OMGqueer is soliciting fictional short stories about “being queer” from youth (14-24) across the nation. OMGqueer will strive for diversity with respect to the many identity categories that fall under the queer umbrella: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and so forth. Submissions will be judged on the quality of their narratives and diversity of voices. Specific submission guidelines can be found at

Methodist minister could be defrocked for Menominee same-sex wedding - and other news

On Friday, the United Nations' Human Rights Council approved a resolution that expresses "grave concern at acts of violence and discrimination, in all regions of the world, committed against individuals because of their sexual orientation and gender identity." 23 members voted in favor of the human rights resolution;19 voted against it.

A U.N. commission will document discriminatory laws, practices, and violence against individuals based on perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. The commission has also been charged with making recommendations for "how international human rights law can be used to end violence and related human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity."

The recommendations are expected in December.


Jarrett Barrios has resigned as president of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination. The resignation came amid allegations that GLAAD was involved in a pay-to-play deal with AT&T. Six of 29 GLAAD's board members have also resigned.

On May 31, GLAAD sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission supporting AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile. AT&T had previously donated $50,000 to GLAAD.

GLAAD's support of AT&T led to widespread criticism from progressive bloggers. Critics said that the endorsement was outside the scope of GLAAD's mission, which is to ensure fair portrayal of LGBT people in the media. Critics also say the telecom merger could give AT&T too much control over the information that people can access over the internet.


Today, a United Methodist Church panel found a northern Wisconsin minister guilty of violating church law. The minister, Amy DeLong, performed a wedding for a lesbian couple in Menominee in September 2009. She could be defrocked as a minister or face other sanctions.

However, the panel acquitted DeLong on a charge of being a "self-avowed practicing homosexual." DeLong is out as a lesbian and registered in a domestic partnership in November 2009, but the panel had no evidence that she was sexually active. Church doctrine allows gays and lesbians to serve as ministers if they are celibate.

DeLong is nationally known within the United Methodist Church as an advocate for LGBT inclusion.


Gabe Javier is the new director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Campus Center at UW-Madison. Javier is currently the senior assistant director of the Spectrum Center at the University of Michigan. He will begin on Aug. 1, 2011.


And last but not least, a Dane County circuit judge ruled on Monday that Wisconsin's domestic partnership registry does not violate the state's constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriages. You can hear the full story at the beginning of Monday's In Our Backyard.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

We hope you're enjoying tonight's hour-long show! As promised, here's a link to PrideFest Milwaukee's website.

We hope you'll pledge to WORT tonight to keep great radio on the air. One of the thank-you gifts we're offering is Unhitched: Love, Marriage, and Family Values from West Hollywood to Western China by Judith Stacey. We had her on several weeks ago and had such a great time talking with her that she's back to talk about even more of the permutations of marriage and family that exist around the world.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Break the Silence rally this Friday

Last night, we talked to Kassandra from the LGBT Campus Center at UW-Madison about Break the Silence, an event that will take place this Friday across Wisconsin. Here are more details:
On April 15, 2011 individuals from across Wisconsin will join to make a statewide commitment to put an end to LGBT bullying, homophobia and harassment. It is time that we take action and send a clear message that bullying and violence will not be tolerated in our schools. Because of this, we will gather at our state capitol, united, as students, faculty, staff, family, friends and community members, to collectively, on the National Day of Silence, take a stand to Break the Silence.

There has been a lot going on at our capitol and in our state, and while much energy has been devoted to addressing these current and important issues, we can't lose sight of the concerns that our communities continue to face. Bullying, and its broader impact, affects us all in different ways. This is not just something that negatively impacts LGBT communities; it also influences those who are perceived to be LGBT and those who are marginalized for multiple intersecting identities.

Break the Silence, Wisconsin is the first ever statewide gathering in conjunction with the National Day of Silence. Fair Wisconsin; Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools (GSAFE), and the University of Wisconsin System schools are all organizing to bring our communities together to participate in this monumental event. Buses will provide transportation for both students and community members from each of the UW System Schools.

Join us!

4PM Library Mall, 800 Langdon St. (across the street from Memorial Union), Madison WI (Meet in Silence)

5PM Rally on the capitol to Break the Silence.

Take a Stand. Be the Change. Stop the Silence.

Break the Silence, Wisconsin on Facebook:

Questions? Interested in joining a bus to Madison? Contact

Friday, March 25, 2011

HIV/AIDS resources for positive living from UW Health

We hope you enjoyed our interview this Wednesday with UW Health HIV/AIDS educator Heidi Nass. You can find out more about the UW Health HIV/AIDS program at The site also includes helpful videos of people talking about their experiences living with HIV/AIDS.

During the interview, Heidi mentioned a new organic cotton t-shirt (that's the design above) that UW Health will be selling for $12, with proceeds going to its education and outreach fund. Heidi said that people should be able to order it online soon.