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.