Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Queer events this week and beyond in Madison

Tomorrow night at 6 p.m., Rainbow Families Madison has its regular meet-and-greet for all LGBT families and those interested in parenting. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend. The event is at Outreach Community Center, 600 Williamson St.

On Saturday, December 18, the Madison Area Transgender Group meets at 3pm at Outreach Community Center.

And, of course, at 8:00 p.m on Saturday, Perfect Harmony Men’s Chorus opens for THE NYLONS at the Barrymore Theatre on Atwood St. For more information and tickets, go to

On Sunday, Dec. 19, at 3 p.m., Perfect Harmony presents Winter Glow, a full-length holiday concert at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 5700 Pheasant Hill Road in Monona. Details and tickets are available at Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Later on Sunday, OutThere LGBTA social group for young people ages 18-24ish meets at Outreach. For more details, e-mail or visit

OutReach is partnering with Diverse and Resilient, a Milwaukee-based LGBT capacity-building organization, on an LGBT intimate-partner violence-reduction project. The first focus group is for lesbian-identified women. If you are interested in finding out more information or would like to join in the focus group, you can call the project coordinator Melissa Lemke at 414-219-5113 or email her at

A 15-week men’s coming-out support group is forming. The group will meet on a weeknight to be determined at 7pm. The purpose of the group is to offer support to men who are dealing with the realization that they are not heterosexual. The men’s coming out support group will identify and discuss the stages of coming out and explore topics such as how to deal with one’s own feelings about coming out, family members, physical and sexual safety, legal rights and discrimination, among others. Two trained volunteers will facilitate each meeting. Men who are interested in attending the meetings should leave a message for Roger with contact information at 575-1500 or e-mail by Saturday, January 15th.

And last but not least, Queery is looking for volunteers. We need your help to keep this show strong and ensure that it represents the diverse voices of our community. Volunteers can help out on or off the air by reporting, writing news or announcements, updating our blog and Facebook page, coming up with show ideas, and more. If you’re interested in helping out, please email or call Glen at 608-256-2001.

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