Friday, January 1, 2010

Announcements from OutReach

The week's announcements and events from OutReach, Madison & south central Wisconsin’s LGBT Community Center at 600 Williamson Street, Suite P-1, Madison. OutReach will be closed, Friday, 1/1, and Saturday, 1/2 for the Holidays except for select group activity. Otherwise, office hours are M-F: 10am to 7pm, Saturday: 12-4pm.

All events are at OutReach unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday (1/3)
  • New Year’s All-Ages Potluck Celebration, 6-9pm: Join OutThere (18-24 year old LGBT social group) and OutReach for an all ages potluck to celebrate the end of the holidays and the beginning of a new decade!
Monday (1/4):
  • Living As A Gay Man 6pm
  • Bi the Way 7:30pm
Tuesday (1/5):
  • LGBTQ Al Anon Meeting (for family & friends of alcoholics) 5:30pm
  • Gq (GenderQueer) Group Meeting 8pm
  • Effective Strategies for LGBT Rights: New Directions, 7:00 pm on the Evjue Stage at the Bartell Theater, 113 E Mifflin Street in Madison: a presentation by Adam Schesch, Ph.D. on effective strategies for LGBT liberation. Dr. Schesch is a local historian who has studied global resistance struggles, and movements for liberation. He will be speaking about how to apply that cross-cultural experience to current battles for LGBT rights in this country, including same-sex marriage. There will be an open discussion with the audience following Dr. Schesch’s talk. The event is free and open to the public.
Wednesday (1/6):
  • Cross-dresser Support Group 7pm
Thursday (1/7):
  • Business Alliance Monthly Meeting 6pm
  • SalonQ Adult Discussion Group 7pm
Friday (1/8):
  • Madison Area Transgender Association Support Group 7pm
Saturday (1/9):
  • Women4Women Social Group 3-5pm: Begin the New Year by getting all of your legal protections in place. W4W will feature guest speakers from Krueger & Hernandez SC, Attorneys at Law who will talk about Civil Unions, Domestic Partnership, and Estate Planning for the LGBT Community. For more information about OutReach's Women4Women group, call Outreach at 255-8582 and leave a message or email: Donna at
  • LGBTQ Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Group Meeting (closed meeting--open to recovering alcoholics only--not family and friends) 6pm
Sunday (1/10):
Monday (1/18)
  • In-service on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Resources for the LGBT Community, 6-7pm: Representatives from Domestic Abuse Intervention, Rape Crisis Center, and Meriter Hospital’s SANE Program will be on hand to answer your questions on resources available and LGBT access to those resources during this presentation. The general public is welcome and event is of no cost. Please RSVP if possible with Harry at OutReach (255-8582 or as space is limited.

Upcoming: New Groups Starting at OutReach in the New Year

Queer Meditation Group will meet the 2nd & 4th Thursday at 7pm starting January 28th. Everyone in the LGBT community is welcome. Format:
  • -20 minute meditation, partially guided
  • -listen to a lecture
  • -discussion
  • -occasional guest speakers

The SOFFA Support Network is a drop-in peer support group for those people who find themselves in the significant other, friends, family or ally (SOFFA) role in a transperson’s life. The group is a place to share both the losses we experience in transitioning with our transperson, as well as embrace the joys. Topics covered in this group include identity politics, the process of grieving, coming out to friends and family, navigating relationship changes, and the legal rights for trans couples. This group is open to all people, whether they identify as straight or queer, as long as they are a SOFFA. The group will run every other Tuesday at 7pm at OutReach starting January 19th. For more information, contact Tiffany at

Reading, Writing & Relating LGBTQ Narratives is a workshop open to all LGBTQ adults that aims to bring together a diverse group of individuals for meaningful and thought-provoking dialogues in a welcoming environment. We will read and respond to LGBTQ literature, produce personal narratives by sharing our stories orally and/or in written form and—most importantly—have the opportunity to make connections with each other that both honor our differences and contribute positively to our sense of community as LGBTQ people.
Meetings will be held at OutReach starting in late January or early February on Wednesday nights (bi-weekly). For more information, become a fan on Facebook or write to:

Ongoing groups with funky schedules

SalonQ Adult Discussion Group January Schedule--all at 7pm -- Dates: 1/7, 1/12, 1/21, & 1/26 Come join us—come prepared to mix it up in an inclusive fashion with cool people in the comfy surroundings of OutReach. We are a weekly group alternating between Tuesday and Thursday nights. For info or to get on the e-mail list: call 255-8582 or e-mail Harry at

Q Cinema International Film Group—January Schedule---all at 6:30pm at OutReach
  • January 13th: Madam Sata (Brazil): A story inspired by the life of one of the most remarkable figures in Brazilian popular culture, João Francisco dos Santos (1900-1976). In turn, bandit, transvestite, street fighter, brothel cook, convict and father to seven adopted children, dos Santos--better known as Madame Satã--was also a notorious gay performer who pushed social boundaries in a volatile time. The story begins in 1932, in Rio de Janeiro's bohemian Lapa district, when João Francisco is about to achieve his dream: becoming a stage star. In the sordid yet lively world of Lapa--populated by pimps, prostitutes and other denizens of Rio's underworld.
  • January 27th: Fire (India): Taboo-busting drama about forbidden passion between two Indian wives. It is said that when this movie premiered in India , posters were torn down and there was a lot of public protest. This film powerfully demonstrates the struggle of two women in love in a culture so deeply entrenched in ritual and tradition. All this against a backdrop of an India which itself is struggling for freedom from these same values. This film is both political and personal and never too preachy or idealistic on either front. A true film such as this one deserves to be seen by all people of the world.

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