Milwaukee Trans Community Mind-Map & Glossary

Map of the Milwaukee (+) Trans Community: A Glossary

Group brainstorm of who and how trans people are connected – March 24, 2012

[FORGE Follow-up Resources provide additional information requested at Milwaukee in-person support/informational meetings. These resources may contain links to specific resources, greater detail about a subject that emerged at the meeting, or a tangential discussion that was truncated during the time together. Follow-up resources also provide a way for people who were not able to attend the meeting to stay connected and informed.]


16th Street Clinic

Community Health Clinic

Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers have provided high quality health care, health education and social services to low-income residents of Milwaukee’s culturally diverse south side since 1969. Comprehensive health services include adult and pediatric medicine, behavioral health services, women’s health, HIV prevention and treatment and physical and occupational therapy.


Baker’s Square

A casual restaurant in Shorewood that many trans* people frequent following Gemini Gender Group or FORGE meetings.

Address: 1305 East Capitol Drive, Shorewood, WI 53211-1813


Breast Health Program

The goal of the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Breast Health Program is to work within the LGBT community to promote breast health awareness and education, focusing on breast cancer screening. The long-term goal of the Program is to increase positive health outcomes in the LGBT community. [People who fill out a small amount of paperwork (to help track LGBT people who are screened for breast health) and complete a mammogram or other appropriate medical service, are eligible for a $50 gift card to Pick N Save.]


Bronze Optical

Bronze Optical is about excellent eyewear, superior service, and competitive pricing that’s straightforward and fair.


Club 5 (Madison)

Madison’s “Premiere Entertainment Complex.” CLUB 5 is known for its hospitality, low prices for big drinks, and can hold large crowds with barely any waiting. Everyone is welcome at the NEW Club 5.


Diverse and Resilient

Diverse and Resilient, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose mission is the healthy development of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Wisconsin by creating and sustaining groups and communities to take action. The organization’s name is intended to serve as reminder that LGBT people are everywhere, engage in interesting and meaningful lives, and contribute to the welfare of each other and the broader community



Many doctors in Wisconsin are knowledgeable in working with trans* individuals and loved ones. Check out FORGE’s resource list for a place to start.


Facebook – personal pages

Facebook is a social networking website. Users can create a personal profile, add other users as friends, and exchange messages, and post status updates, including automatic notifications when they update their profile. Additionally, users may join common-interest user groups, organized by workplace, school or college, or other characteristics. FORGE’s Facebook page:!/pages/FORGE/104003143596

Search for people you meet at FORGE meetings to increase your social network, or look for transgender groups/topics.



FetLife is a FREE Social Network for the BDSM & fetish community.



FORGE is a Milwaukee-based, progressive organization whose mission is to support, educate and advocate for the rights and lives of transgender individuals and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies). FORGE offers monthly social support/information meetings for trans people and SOFFAs.


Gay Arts Center

The Milwaukee Gay Arts Center’s (MGAC) primary purpose is to serve and promote the betterment of the Milwaukee LGBT community through providing a safe, secure and friendly environment for LGBT artists to express, display and perform LGBT relevant visual and performing arts as well as provide arts related educational opportunities.


Gemini Gender Group

This Milwaukee-based male-to-female transgender group meets at the Center on the second Saturday of the month at 6:00 to 10:00 PM. Allies, family members, crossdressers, transsexuals and all those with varying gender identities are welcome.

Contact information: gemini_gender_group [at] hotmail [dot] com



Goodwill Industries International enhances the dignity and quality of life of individuals, families and communities by eliminating barriers to opportunity and helping people in need reach their fullest potential through the power of work.


Grace Group

Grace Group meets on the third Monday of each month at the home of Barbara Richard on Milwaukee’s west side. This Christian Bible based support group has its origins in the work of Lee Francis Heller’s Grace and Lace Newsletters and related letters collected in book form. We read, talk, and pray together. For more information, contact Barbara at 414-259-0731 or richardsba7651 [at] yahoo [dot] com.



Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training. Many Wisconsin high schools have GSAs.



Many hairstylists in Milwaukee have many transgender customers. Attend a FORGE, Gemini, SHEBA, or Project Chica meeting to ask people who cuts or styles their hair.


Hamburger Mary’s

People have come to associate Hamburger Mary’s with friendly service, a mouthwatering menu and an overall flamboyant dining experience. Our “family dining” concept guarantees everyone is welcome at Hamburger Mary’s but our concept is distinctive because we are the only national franchise actively marketing to the LGBT community.


Hot Water

Two Amazing Spaces, One Location, Milwaukee’s Best Dance Club located at 818 S Water Street in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point Warehouse district.


It Gets Better Project

The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better.



The Largest Gay (Everyone Welcome!) Dance and Entertainment Complex in Wisconsin!


Lesbian Alliance

This volunteer-run organization strives to provide opportunities for women who love women in the Milwaukee Area. Lesbian Alliance has an office at the Milwaukee LGBT Center and also meets here for its game and movie nights. The Annual Women’s Art Show is displayed in the Community Room of the Center.



Milwaukee MCC

A progressive Christian church founded in the LGBT community, rooted in diversity and inclusivity. As a place of reconciliation, healing, and hope, we have a special outreach to those who think God doesn’t love them.


Milwaukee LGBT Community Center

Since 1998, the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center has been a home to the LGBT population of metro Milwaukee, providing culturally sensitive and competent educational, social, and health and wellness services that meet the needs of LGBT youth, adults and their allies.


Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival

The Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival screens progressive, touching, funny, and otherwise wonderfully diverse films. The Festival is every fall, with monthly screenings throughout the year. 2012 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Festival so the Monthly Screenings leading up to the October 2012 event will re-consider LGBT history and the history of LGBT cinema.


Milwaukee Unity Group

Milwaukee Unity Group is a social and activity group designed to unite ALL people. Monthly social gatherings are held at Alterra / Foundry located at 170 S 1st St on the third Saturday of the month from 10 AM to 12 PM. M.U.G. is open to all ages. In the event an activity is age restricted, i.e. an R-rated movie outing or an event at a bar/club, then this will be noted in announcements and postings of the event.


MLK Health Clinic

To provide accessible, quality primary and related health care services to Milwaukee residents, with our continuing emphasis on medically-underserved families and individuals.


Outreach (Madison)

Madison’s LGBT Community Center promotes equality and quality of life for LGBT people. Hosts transgender meetings and other services for the LGBT community.



Since 1993, Outwords Books, Gifts & Coffee has offered a wide selection of LGBT-related books, DVDs, Music CDs and Rainbow Pride Gift Items.

Address: 2710 N. Murray Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53211


Pathways Counseling Center

Beginning in 1985, Pathways Counseling Center pioneered in customized outpatient mental health and chemical dependency treatment. Pathway’s philosophy is one agency, using multi-faceted treatment and counselor interaction to provide a comprehensive range of services for each client.



PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity.


Plan B (Madison)

Plan B is a rich and eclectic nightlife venue of Madison’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community offering drag performances, drag queen karaoke, both lady and guy nights and an energetic 18+ college night.



The mission of PrideFest is to celebrate the diversity of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) culture and community.


Project Chica

Project Chica is a group facilitated by 16th Street Clinic staff. Historically, the focus of the group has been for Latin@ male-to-female, trans-feminine people. For more information, contact Mari Carmen atjavascript:DeCryptX('2o1b2t2k0a201t1b1b0v0e1e1s2c0@2u3v1d3k3f0.2q3u3j').


Project Q

Project Q is the “for youth, by youth” youth development program of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center. The program serves lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and allied (LGBTQA) youth ages 12 to 24 in the greater Milwaukee area. The program provides opportunities for the development and leadership of these youth in a safe, accessible space.



Q-Blok focuses on the housing needs of LGBT-identified young people ages 18-25 who are entering adulthood ill-equipped to achieve successful independence and self-sufficiency due to their histories of running away, homelessness, and family rejection. By addressing the need for family support and guidance Q-Blok actively recruits and engages LGBT-identified adult community members willing to “sponsor” a young person and provide these youth a positive, affirming, and healthy “family” able to offer support, encouragement, and guidance as they work to achieve identified milestones necessary for becoming successful young adults.


Second Life

Second Life is an online virtual world. A number of free client programs enable Second Life users to interact with each other through avatars. Users can explore the world, meet others, socialize, participate in individual and group activities, and create and trade virtual property and services with one another.


Shamrock (Madison)

The Shamrock bar is one of Madison’s most long-lived GLBT bars. Just a block off the Capitol square, the Shamrock has been the one downtown gay/lesbian bar during much of its lifetime.

Address: 117 W Main St (608) 255-5029




SHEBA (Sisters Helping Each other Battle AIDS) is a group of nearly 20 African American transgender women that meets biweekly for leadership development, health promotion activities, and social support. Leadership development methods include education and training on small group facilitation, how to do outreach and advocacy to others in regards to HIV prevention, communicating specific messages, and how to see themselves as leaders.


The Color of Sunlight

The Color of Sunlight exists to build a community of individuals willing to achieve their maximum potential and to help others do the same; to educate, inform and open hearts and minds to the inner landscape of the transgender person; and to remain open and honest, and to always act with integrity.


The Pint

A Lesbian /gay / mutual respect bar located in the heart of Historic Walker’s Point, Milwaukee, WI. It’s a little bar with a BIG personality – the gay “cheers” of women’s bars in Milwaukee. Walker’s Pint, it’s not just a bar, it’s a community!



Many therapists in Wisconsin are knowledgeable in working with trans* individuals and loved ones. Check out FORGE’s resource list for a place to start.


Tool Shed

Milwaukee’s first lady-owned sex toy store. We are proud to offer a variety of quality, non-toxic, sexy toys and gifts for people of all genders and orientations.



Tumblr is a microblogging platform and social networking website, owned and operated by Tumblr, Inc. The service allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog, named a “tumblelog.” Users can follow other users’ blogs, as well as make their blogs private. Much of the website’s features are accessed from the “dashboard” interface, where the option to post content and posts of followed blogs appear.


Underwood Baptist Church

Underwood Baptist Church is a place of workshop for people from diverse backgrounds, and diverse religious beliefs and experiences.


UU Church Brookfield

At UU Church West we welcome you into a caring spiritual community where you are free to seek your own truth. Together we grow through uplifting worship, learn from many kinds of wisdom, and work to build a better world.


UWM LGBT Resource Center

The mission of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center at UW-Milwaukee is to connect with various student populations and the community at large by:

– Embracing the diversity of the UWM student community.

– Increasing the awareness, education, and presence of LGBT issues on the UWM campus.

– Providing a resource for students and community members wanting to learn about and advocate for LGBT issues.


Yahoo groups

Thousands of Yahoo Groups exist, focusing on a wide range of topics. Groups allow users to share ideas, communicate with each other, and provide a space to upload files (images, etc.). Explore by searching for “transgender” or “SOFFA” or another subject you wish to learn more about and engage in dialogue with others who also care about the subject.



YouTube is a video-sharing website on which users can upload, view and share videos. Many transgender organizations include informational video clips. Thousands of transgender people and SOFFAs also post informational videos, video-diaries of their transition, and “how to” posts. Search for the content that interests you.