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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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.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Upcoming events: St. Patty's Day Party, Day of Silence, and more

On Thursday March 17 Club 5 will host its “Go Green or Go Naked” St. Patrick’s Day party.
More information about that party and other events is at Club 5’s website


On Friday March 18, Plan B will host “God Save the Queens” a drag extravaganza that begins
at 10 PM. More information is available at Plan B’s website


OutReach is proud to announce a safe space opening in the Janesville area to support people who
identify as LGBT who reside in the Rock County area. Meetings will be held on Monday nights
from 6-8pm and the next meeting is scheduled for March 21st. For more information and the
location of the meeting, please contact Angie Rehling at or call her at
OutReach at 608.255.8582.


The LGBT Campus Center is organizing a silent march from Library Mall to the state capitol
on Day of Silence, April 15, to raise awareness about the impact of bullying, homophobia, and
transphobia in our schools. Students from across the state of Wisconsin will march to the capitol
together. As The statewide event will promote visibility of campus climate concerns and will
energize and unite students. Together, united...we will BREAK THE SILENCE. For details see:


Wisconsin’s Equality and Inclusion Lab’s LGBTQ Research Team is conducting
a survey about campus climate. For more information, or to participate, contact


Queery is looking for volunteers. Become part of the area’s longest running locally produced
Queer radio program! For more information please contact Glenn or Molly at the station, 608-
256-2001 or see the WORT website at

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

StageQ presents: Make me a Song

StageQ is presenting “Make Me a Song.” The musical revue includes
more than twenty hits from composer William Finn. Tunes from his
Falsettos series and the Tony Award-winning The 25th Annual Putnam
County Spelling Bee are part of the show.

The show will run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from March
11 – March 26 at the Bartell Theatre, 113 E Mifflin St, Madison WI.
There will also be a matinee show on Sunday March 20. If you attend
the March 24 performance you’ll hear a quick curtain speech about your
favorite local queer radio show, none other than Queery.

For reseervations or information check out StageQ’s web site at or call 608-661-9696 ext. 3.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Regarding sexual orientation language in the budget repair bill - it's not new

Over the past 11 days, readers have been finding all sorts of non-budget items packed into Governor Walker's budget repair bill, including language that excludes lesbians, gays and bisexuals from affirmative action requirements that apply to government contractors.

However, this is not language that is new with Walker. It has appeared in bill after bill since sexual orientation became a protected class in Wisconsin in 1982. That's because the law made sexual orientation a protected class from discrimination only, not for affirmative action.

Fair Wisconsin released this statement to clear up confusion regarding this part of the budget bill:
Since the release of Governor Walker's anti-labor union-busting "Budget Repair Bill", we have heard from many supporters asking us about the anti-gay language that appears on page 8, line 18 (contained in Section 32):
"Except with respect to sexual orientation, the contractor further agrees to take affirmative action to ensure equal employment opportunities."
Although those words do appear in the bill, it is not a change in Wisconsin state law. Just to be clear: This is not a new challenge. Currently, sexual orientation is only a protected class only in our non-discrimination laws. Wisconsin has never considered it a part of its affirmative action laws.

Thank you to everyone who has brought it to our attention. It's inspiring to see so many people taking the time to review the bill critically in its entirety!

In fairness AND solidarity,
Katie Belanger
Executive Director

For more information on Wisconsin's law protecting lesbians, gays and bisexuals from certain forms of discrimination, see this page on the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development website.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

This week's headlines

President Obama announced today that his administration will no longer defend the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which bans federal recognition of same-sex marriages.

Today’s announcement came after months of internal administration debate. Attorney General Eric Holder wrote in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner that Obama has instructed the Justice Department not to defend DOMA because parts of it are unconstitutional.


Last week, the LGBT rights group Fair Wisconsin came out against Governor Scott Walker's budget repair bill, which - among other things - would strip state and local public employees of almost all collective bargaining rights. Fair Wisconsin explained its stance in a public statement:

“Every time we've had a challenge, ... Labor has never failed to stand with us in our time of need.

“… This is our opportunity to thank these people – the same individuals who teach our children, care for our sick and even plow our streets – for their support by standing with them as they fight for their right to exist.

“Our government should never be in the business of taking away people's rights.”


More and more large corporations, including Coca-Cola, Campbell Soup and Walt Disney, have expanded their insurance coverage to meet the needs of transgender workers. The trend follows a concerted push by transgender rights advocates to get employers and insurers to see sex reassignment the way the American Medical Association does – as a medically indicated, rather than optional, procedure. 85 large businesses cover the cost of at least one surgery related to Gender Identity Disorder, according to a 2010 survey by the Human Rights Campaign.


A baby born to a surrogate mother in Ukraine – then stranded there for two years by bureaucracy – will soon come to Belgium to join his parents, a gay married couple. Peter Meurrens, one member of the couple, said his son, Samuel Ghilain, had received a Belgian passport Monday. Meurrens said the child, who has been living in an orphanage in Lviv, Ukraine, will fly into Belgium in the coming days to be reunited with his parents, who last saw him nearly a year ago. The Belgian Foreign Ministry’s decision to issue the passport followed a court decision saying bureaucrats had erred, and the boy, the biological child of Meurrens’ husband, Laurent Ghilain, was entitled to the document.

“Finally, I am starting to believe I will see him in a few days,” Meurrens said.


Perry Moore, a co-producer of “The Chronicles of Narnia” film series and the author of an award-winning novel about a gay teenager with superpowers, was found unconscious in his bathroom and died later at a hospital, police said. He was 39. The cause of death will be determined by the city’s medical examiner, but no foul play was suspected. His father, Bill Moore, told The New York Daily News in Saturday editions that an initial autopsy was inconclusive. Moore had a varied career in television and in film, as producer, screenwriter and director. His 2007 novel, “Hero,” won the Lambda Literary Award for best novel for young gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender children or adults.


Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who previously argued that marriage equality will lead to the downfall of civilization, is bringing together right-wing groups and leading Republicans for his Conservative Principles Conference on March 26th in the premier caucus state. Potential presidential candidates, including Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, and John Bolton, will be joining the virulently anti-gay National Organization for Marriage for the conference. King says that Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), who believes schools should ban gay teachers, will keynote the event.

Gays for unions - both kinds

Saw this sign at today's rally outside the Monona Terrace.

Last week, the LGBT rights group Fair Wisconsin came out against Governor Scott Walker's budget repair bill, which - among other things - would strip state and local public employees of almost all collective bargaining rights. Here's why, according to Fair Wisconsin:
Every time we've had a challenge, whether it's been the campaign against the 2006 constitutional amendment or vocal support of the domestic partner registry in 2009, Labor has never failed to stand with us in our time of need.

Yesterday, we heard about Governor Walker's plan to strip public employees' rights to organize and bargain collectively. This is our opportunity to thank these people – the same individuals who teach our children, care for our sick and even plow our streets – for their support by standing with them as they fight for their right to exist.

Our government should never be in the business of taking away people's rights.

Please join with Fair Wisconsin in contacting your legislators and asking them to protect our union brothers and sisters today.

Monday, February 7, 2011

UW-Madison seeks young adults to participate in survey on same-gender attraction

Sabra Katz-Wise and is working on her dissertation with Dr. Janet Hyde at the University of Wisconsin – Madison to study past and current same-gender and other-gender attractions, behavior, and sexuality in young adults. They are interested in the experiences of young adults who identify with a sexual orientation other than heterosexual (e.g., lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning, etc.), choose not to label their sexual orientation, or have experienced sexual or romantic attraction to someone of the same gender or to members of both genders at some point in the past.

Participation in this study consists of completing an online survey that will last approximately 30-45 minutes. To qualify for the study, you must be age 18-26, reside in Wisconsin, and meet ANY of the following criteria: (1) identify with a sexual orientation other than heterosexual, (2) prefer not to label your sexual orientation, or (3) have experienced attraction to someone of the same gender or to members of both genders in the past. This study has been approved by the University of Wisconsin – Madison IRB # SE-2010-0719.

If you are willing to be a part of this study, please click this link to complete the online survey:

To thank you for your participation, you will be entered into a drawing for one of five $20 gift certificates to If you have any questions, please contact Sabra Katz-Wise at, or by phone at (608) 265-5414.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Upcoming events

Our announcements got cut short tonight. Here are some of the great events coming up in our community.

On Tuesday January 25, 2011
Hormones/No Hormones: A Community discussion by GenderQueer Madison
8pm to 11pm at Outreach (600 Williamson St)

This meeting will be a chance for transgender and genderqueer people to discuss our personal decisions about hormone replacement therapy. There is often a divide in our communities between those of us who are on hormones and those of us who don't choose hormones, and/or can't afford HRT. We hope this conversation will be a bridge between us in accepting and supporting every path of transition and gender variance. Kael and Anders will facilitate. The facilitators are FTM identified but anyone who has thought about this question with regard to their own decision(s) is welcome to attend.

Also on Tuesday January 25, starting at 9pm at the Shamrock, the MGHA (Madison Gay Hockey Association) is holding a karaoke fundraiser to help raise money for the league. The MGHA plays every Sunday night, between 6:30pm and 10pm, at Hartmayer Ice Arena (1834 Commercial Ave).

Future Events to mark on your calendar:
Friday February 4, 2011
FUS Happy Dance put on by the First Unitarian Society

The LBGT Welcoming Committee is once again sponsoring the Happy Dance, our community-wide celebration of life and love. And once again, the fabulous Ladies Must Swing Band will provide that dancin' music as we roll up the rugs in the Atrium Auditorium on February 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. The entire FUS (First Unitarian Society) and Madison community, kids and all, are invited to this public event. There will be food and frolic as well as great music so bring the whole family and join us. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Thursday February 24, 2011
New Harvest Foundation Dinner Dance at the Edgewater Hotel. More information to come ...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Don't Ask Don't Tell: The repeal and what's next

We just got off the phone with Cathy Renna, managing partner of Renna Communications, about the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. The repeal, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama just before Christmas last year, came as a surprise to many on both sides of the issue. Many had resigned themselves to the idea that the repeal wouldn't be considered on the floor as a standalone bill, and that a lameduck Congress would stall on taking action. They were wrong on both counts.

Renna has been involved with the repeal movement for quite some time. She works with both the Palm Center, which conducts research on sexual minorities in the military, and OutServe, a group of LGBT Americans in active military service.

Although the repeal is now law, it hasn't been implemented yet. We talked about the timeline for implementation, the effects on people currently serving in the military and those who were discharged under DADT and the military's anti-sodomy regulations, and progress that still needs to be made for transgender service members and the same-sex partners of military personnel.

Want to hear our conversation? Join us tomorrow night on Queery at 7 p.m. on WORT 89.9 FM in Madison, Wis.