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Milwaukee LGBT Community Center

1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States

May 2012

Social Support

May 26, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Topic Discussion begins at 7:30 - 9:00pm Decisions, decisions, decisions! We all have many choices to make about how we live our lives.  There are literally thousands of choices around how we express our gender, change (or don't change) our bodies, make changes to our legal documents (or not), and how we interact with others in the world.  May's meeting will focus on identifying the RANGE of choices we each have, and then discussing HOW and WHEN we might pursue…

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August 2012

Social Support: Second Life and beyond

August 25, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Topic Discussion begins at 7:30 - 9:00pm Topic: Second Life and beyond Description: Guest presenter Raine will lead August’s meeting focused on the transgender resources and social interactions in virtual worlds, primarily Second Life.  Second Life is a online virtual world in which a highly diverse global population can interact in real time from almost any computer with a solid internet connection. Of primary importance to our community are the resources, both informational and social, that are easily accessible to…

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September 2012

Social Support: Addiction and Obsession

September 22, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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September's meeting topic: Addiction and Obsession Many people struggle with addiction (alcohol, drugs, cutting, food, sex, TV +) and/or obsession (body image, facebook, negative thoughts, gender presentation, opinions of others, +).  This meeting will look at small and large ways addiction/obsession may impact our own lives, as well as the lives of our loved ones and friends.  We may take a step farther and discuss how addiction/obsession influence our community.   Open rap is from 6:00 - 7:15pm Open rap…

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October 2012

Social Support: On Hold: Between Decision and Action

October 27, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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October social support meeting: Topic: On Hold: Between Decision and Action At times all of us have had to wait for something we really, really wanted.  Some of us are still waiting!  This often happens with regard to gender-related changes, but there are many other things that can be put “on-hold.” For some, the "hold" is due to finances. For others, it may be about prioritizing family or career. Others still may find that fear or medical conditions stand in…

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November 2012

Social Support: Exploring, Creating, and Recreating Self-Concept

November 24, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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November's Social Support meeting Topic: Narratives: Exploring, Creating, and Recreating Self-Concept Many of us spend hundreds of hours contemplating our gender and consciously (or unconsciously) creating narratives that explain our past, current, and future gendered reality.  When narratives are shared with others, they can become immutable, resulting in a quandary of how we can change and continue to re-define ourselves without others (or ourselves) binding us to a fixed moment in time.  How do we consciously create an identity that…

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December 2012

Social Support

December 22, 2012 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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December's "meeting" = Holiday party Join FORGE members on December 22, 2012 for a holiday social event.  In place of our regular talk-focused meeting, we will share food, casual conversation, music, and games. Please bring food or non-alcoholic beverages to share.  If you have music you would enjoy listening to, please also bring CDs, MP3 players, speakers so others can enjoy, too.

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January 2013

Social Support: The Aggressives (film)

January 26, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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January's social support meeting: "The Aggressives" (film) Description: The Aggressives, a 2005 film by Daniel Peddle, is a rarely explored documentary about six self-defined "aggressives" -- primarily African-American individuals assigned female at birth who express themselves in uniquely masculine ways.  The film powerfully explores their lives and examines gender in ways that are not often part of traditional trans-narratives. Black History Month -- February -- is just around the corner.  In previous years, we have screened films like "Paris is…

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February 2013

Social Support

February 23, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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"Making the Most of My Time" Guest Speaker: Craig Bodoh Description: Guest presenter, Craig Bodoh, is a coach, seminar leader, and author who has presented to the LGBT community over the years, at the Creating Change Conference, the Leather Leadership Conference, QShares, and the Milwaukee LGBT Center. "Making the Most of My Time" is an interactive, fun workshop that will stimulate your thoughts on how you use your time.  You will leave the session with a customized plan designed by…

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March 2013

Social Support

March 23, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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March's social support meeting: Coming Out: Break Through Conversations We all come out at some point - about something. This dynamic meeting will highlight strategies for creating the most successful outcomes when sharing new information with people in your life.  Skills and discussion will be applicable to people coming out at work or school, to those sharing with family and friends, to talking with health care or other service providers, to telling people about your gender history if they hadn't…

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April 2013

Social Support

April 27, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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April's social support meeting: The Trans Policy presentation and discussion slated for April 27, 2013's meeting has been canceled. Although the meeting is formerly canceled, several regular members will be at the Community Center (1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor, Milwaukee, WI) and will hold open discussion space for anyone who wants to drop by.  The meeting space will be available from 6:00pm until approximately 9:00pm for people to drop in, chat, support each other, network, laugh and connect. The…

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May 2013

Social Support

May 25, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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May's social support meeting: Trans* Pride June is LGBT Pride month.  For many in the LGBT community, Pride is a very important time of the year, where people gather at PrideFest, companies have LGBT Pride days or events, and even the President makes proclamations and hosts celebratory parties at the White House.  Some trans people and loved ones feel excited and positive about Pride, while others may view being trans as not something pride-worthy, or may not want to be…

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June 2013

Social Support

June 22, 2013 @ 7:25 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States

June's social support meeting: Where did binary sex come from, and where should it go? Guest Speaker: Cary Costello Description: In every world society, some people are born intersex, and some people don't identify with the sex assigned to them at birth. Whether these people will have difficult or easy lives, be fully socially accepted or live at the social margins, varies widely across cultures and between times. In Western societies it has been complicated by an ideology of binary…

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July 2013

Social Support

July 27, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States

July's social support meeting: Trans families / Parenting Panel Description: There are many ways people bring children into their lives.  Come meet a panel of trans families (or at least their parents!) who will share how they formed their family, how they have (or have not) navigated issues around disclosure, if their language and labels at home have shifted with gender changes, and what it is like to parent in more than one gender.   The panel will share personal stories,…

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August 2013

Social Support

August 24, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States

August's social support meeting: Street violence, safety and dealing with the police Guest speaker: Attorney Laura Sette Description: Attorney Laura Sette will discuss your rights when interacting with the police.  Trans*, gender non-conforming and all people might interact with the police at a traffic stop, when calling the police for help after a crime, or may be perceived to be committing a crime (even if they have not done anything wrong or illegal).  Laura will discuss strategies for increasing the…

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September 2013

Social Support

September 28, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States

September's social support meeting: Trans Policy "Policy" can sound boring and irrelevant, but if you pee, access health care, drive, work, need housing, dream of gender-related surgery, or hope to grow old...it affects you!  Come to the September 28, 2013  meeting (7:30 for presentation) to hear about the phenomenal policy strides the trans community has made over the past few years, and where we are going next.  Never before has a minority group made so many policy strides in so…

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October 2013

Social Support

October 26, 2013 @ 7:25 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States

October's social support meeting: Safe Dating (and relationships!) Check back for more information, but mark your calendar to attend meetings every 4th Saturday of the month.   Open rap is from 6:00 - 7:15pm Open rap is the time to connect connection with fellow Trans+ and SOFFA individuals. This gently facilitated time is especially devoted to exploring the issues you bring in – sharing your experiences and stories, asking questions, seeking referrals, gathering resources. We’ll assure this hour+ will stay…

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November 2013

Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 22, 2013 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Join FORGE and community partners in marking the Transgender Day of Remembrance. The greater Milwaukee community will be honoring those who have lost their lives due to anti-transgender hate and/or violence on Monday, November 22, 2013 at 6:30pm at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center (1110. N Market Street, Second Floor, Milwaukee, WI 53202). This is a COMMUNITY event — for the community, of the community, by the community. Part of joining together as a community this year, is to hear…

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Social Support

November 23, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States

November's social support meeting Film: A Self-Made Man At a crucial turning point in his life, Tony Ferriaolo’s inner voice said, “Create yourself.” This credo once saved his life and now serves as a guiding principle as he educates gender non-conforming youth, as well as their parents. Lori Petchers’ moving A Self-Made Man interweaves the poignant story of Ferraiolo’s personal transition with his life work as a transgender youth advocate. We watch Tony guide kids as young as eight through…

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December 2013

Social Support

December 28, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States

December's social support meeting: Holiday Party FORGE’s holiday party is an opportunity for new and old FORGE members and friends to simply hang out together for a relaxing evening of food, conversation, and games.  FORGE will provide Panera sandwiches and sides, as well as some beverages.  Please bring sweets, snacks, and/or other (non-alcoholic) drinks to share. All are welcome!  

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January 2014

Parents’ Support Group

January 12, 2014
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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More and more transgender and gender non-conforming children and youth are coming out, so in January 2014 FORGE will begin sponsoring a new monthly support group in Milwaukee specifically for parents and other close relatives/caregivers of trans*, gender non-conforming, and questioning children and youth.  The group will provide an opportunity for parents to share their stories, struggles, and successes in navigating life at home and with their larger family, at school, in their neighborhood, within their spiritual communities, with medical…

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Monthly meeting – Screaming Queens (film)

January 25, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria  (FILM) Frameline Film describes the film:  EMMY Award-winning Screaming Queens tells the little-known story of the first known act of collective, violent resistance to the social oppression of queer people in the United States - a 1966 riot in San Francisco's impoverished Tenderloin neighborhood, three years before the famous gay riot at New York's Stonewall Inn. Screaming Queens introduces viewers to street queens, cops and activist civil rights ministers who recall the riot…

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February 2014

Monthly meeting

February 22, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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FTM Top Surgery Leading midwest-based FTM top surgeon Paul Steinwald, MD will talk about his surgical technique and outcomes working with trans men and those wishing to have a more masculine appearing chest. Learn more: http://www.lfplasticsurgery.com/plastic-surgery/chest-masculinization.cfm     Open discussion is from 6:00 - 6:45pm Open discussion is the time to connect connection with fellow Trans+ and SOFFA individuals. This gently facilitated time is especially devoted to exploring the issues you bring in – sharing your experiences and stories, asking…

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March 2014

Monthly meeting: Coming Out

March 22, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Topic: Coming Out Panel: The Art of Disclosure We all come out at some point - about something.  A panel of engaging and dynamic individuals will share their experiences of coming out, disclosing, and navigating the sometimes uncharted waters of sharing personal information with loved ones, employers, classmates, providers, friends and more.  Sit back and listen to their stories, gain insights into successful strategies, ask questions to learn more about the panelists and yourself.   Open discussion is from 6:00…

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April 2014

Kellan Baker: Trans Health Matters

April 18, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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FORGE asked Kellan Baker to join us on April 18, 2014 for a trans-focused discussion about the Affordable Care Act and how it impacts trans people and loved ones.   Kellan is one of the most knowledgeable professionals in the US on trans people and the Affordable Care Act.  Kellan was in Milwaukee, WI and this event was held at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center.   We are thankful for filmmaker Ashley Altadonna's filming of this presentation and the editing necessary to…

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Monthly meeting: Helen Boyd

April 26, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Join guest speaker and author Helen Boyd for a lively reading and discussion of her book "She's Not the Man I Married: My Life with a Transgender Husband."   Published in 2007, this book is a foundation for partners of trans people, with timeless information and thought provoking concepts from a partner-centric focus.  You won't want to miss this opportunity to engage in dialogue with Helen and other attendees, as well as hear more from the author about the book (and…

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May 2014

Monthly meeting: Kortney Ziegler

May 24, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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We're excited to welcome Dr. Kortney Ziegler to Milwaukee for the showing of his documentary, "Still Black" on May 24, 2014. Dr. Ziegler is an award-winning film maker, writer, and speaker. He holds Northwestern University's first-ever Ph.D. in African-American Studies and he is the founder of Trans H4CK. This is going to be an event you won't want to miss. A reception prior to the film will allow people to meet Dr. Ziegler and the discussion following the film will…

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June 2014

Monthly meeting: Thriving

June 28, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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THRIVING:  What is it?  How can we have more of it in the trans community? Description: When we asked what thriving is at PrideFest, we received several hundred answers.  Most agreed on the bottom line, however: it’s doing better than just surviving, just getting by.  At this FORGE meeting we will each identify when we’ve felt like we were thriving, examine the conditions that lead to thriving, and figure out what we can do as individuals and as a community…

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July 2014

Monthly meeting: Ashley Altadonna (filmmaker)

July 26, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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An evening with Milwaukee filmmaker Ashley Altadonna Spend an engaging evening with Milwaukee filmmaker Ashley Altadonna.    Her two short films, "Playing with Gender" and "Whatever Suits You" will be screened, plus other additional film clips and written work.  Altadonna will share her efforts to raise funds for surgery through her filmmaking, as well as raise awareness through her films.  Stimulating dialogue about her creative work, community engagement, current and future projects will be central components of discussion.  Altadonna's work has been…

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August 2014

Monthly meeting: Getting what you want!

August 23, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Topic: Getting what you want: Creating and sharing your needs and hopes Description: We all seek out support and information meetings for unique reasons. Often we come together for similar purposes, but the reality is that we each have highly unique needs, desires, and expected outcomes when we connect with an organization or attend a meeting. Some of us might be looking for community and camaraderie.   Some may want contact information to local providers. Some may want something to do…

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September 2014

Monthly meeting: Kate Bornstein’s “Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide”

September 27, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Topic: Book discussion.  Kate Bornstein's "Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws"   Description: Are you ready to discuss Kate Bornstein's book "Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws?" We are! Bring your copy and ideas along to this meeting to talk about alternatives to suicide, building a wider range of skills to combat depression and suicidal thoughts, and helping each other stay alive through Kate's only directive…

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November 2014

Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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  Join FORGE and community partners in marking the Transgender Day of Remembrance. The greater Milwaukee community will be honoring those who have lost their lives due to anti-transgender hate and/or violence on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 6:30pm at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center (1110. N Market Street, Second Floor, Milwaukee, WI 53202). This is a COMMUNITY event — for the community, of the community, by the community. Part of joining together as a community this year, is to…

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Open Studio with Dylan Scholinski

November 22, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Spend the afternoon with artist, author, and public speaker Dylan Scholinski. Between 1:00pm and 4:00pm, Dylan will provide space, guidance and presence during an open studio time, focusing on a collective art project.   "Lead with Your Heart" will provide a loose structure in which attendees can look inward and express their creativity, ideas, and emotions. All supplies will be provided.   Recently his award winning book (The Last Time I Wore a Dress: A Memoir - Penguin/Putnam) was listed in…

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Monthly meeting: Dylan Scholinski

November 22, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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An Evening with Dylan Scholinski Distinguished artist, author, and public speaker. Dylan has an evening packed full of readings, exploration of his past and current work, and abundant time for questions and discussion. Join us for a reception with light snacks at 6:30 - 7:00pm.  The formal presentation will begin at 7:00pm. Recently his award winning book (The Last Time I Wore a Dress: A Memoir - Penguin/Putnam) was listed in the Top 10 Must Reads in Out Magazines first…

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December 2014

Monthly meeting: No December meeting

December 27, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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There will be no monthly meeting in December 2014.    Please join us again in 2015.

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January 2015

Monthly meeting: Trans and Queer Zines

January 24, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Description: Trans and Queer Zines Workshop. Come explore trans* zines and DIY print media and learn to make your own. This hands-on workshop will focus on self-publishing our lives and experiences and making our own media as both artifact and resistance. Speaker/facilitator: Milo, co-founder of the Queer Zine Archive Project, PGP: ze/they/he

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February 2015

Monthly meeting: February POSTPONED

February 28, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 7:05 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States

The February 28, 2015 monthly meeting has been postponed due to a room conflict at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center.  Please join us the following week, on March 7, 2015 for a panel of Black Trans community members in honor of Black History Month (February). More details will be confirmed soon.  

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March 2015

Monthly meeting: Black Trans Panel (a trans-masculine perspective)

March 7, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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In honor of Black History Month, FORGE will host a panel discussion with Black Trans*/Gender Non-Conforming community leaders to speak on their experiences, activism and vision. Panelists come from a variety of experience, age, and organizations. Questions may include: What does Black TGNC activism look like and how have you experienced change over the course of your involvement? What does a Black TGNC just world look like? What is the one thing you would tell Black TGNC young people/peers? Elders?…

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Monthly Meeting: Transgress Press / Trystan Cotten

March 28, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Join us for a lively discussion with founder of Transgress Press, Trystan Cotten. Author and Publisher, Trystan Cotten, will talk about the origins of Transgress Press, its book productions and commitment to LGBT and feminist communities. A panel of authors will also read from books they've published with the press:  Brice Smith, Helen Boyd, Loree Cook-Daniels. Would you like a free copy of Manning Up?  Fill out the form and attend the March 28, 2015 meeting.   https://twitter.com/FORGEforward/status/581633132790677504  

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April 2015

Monthly meeting: Soothing the Soul

April 25, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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... through words, images, and action. April 25, 2015's meeting will be a dynamic, interactive, experiential, and reflective space that encourages and allows participants to transform feelings about personal or global loss, trauma, or life-hardships into empowered hope.  Attendees – in a structured, safe, creative setting – will use writing, art, and movement exercises to address topics that impact us all. Participants will leave with a renewed sense of hope, community, and connection with themselves and with others. All materials…

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May 2015

Monthly Meeting: Self defense and confidence (with Joey Clark)

May 23, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Many of us don't always feel safe on the street. Long-time FORGE member 2015 Fellow, Joey Clark, will teach moves and tactics that can help people get out of holds if they are grabbed, use their own body as a defensive weapon, and learn where an attacker is most vulnerable. Go home feeling stronger and more prepared!   https://twitter.com/FORGEforward/status/602177145033650176

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June 2015

Monthly Meeting: Open Topic Discussion

June 27, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Join Natalie Miller, who will host and gently facilitate this month's open topic discussion. What's been on your mind? Have some of the recent national or regional current events brought up feelings or thoughts for you?  Have things been going on in your personal life that you'd like to talk about or ask for feedback from others about?  Come to share and listen.

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July 2015

Monthly Milwaukee Meeting: Addiction and coping strategies

July 25, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Many people in the trans community are in recovery -- from alcohol, drugs, food, sex, cutting, or other forms of addiction or repetitive behaviors. Oftentimes, we use chemicals or specific adaptive strategies to cope with life's challenges, past trauma, or the micro- or macro-aggressions in day to day life. July's meeting will include a panel of individuals who will discuss addiction, coping strategies, and recovery. Topics will include what has been helpful in dealing with stressful situations, negative emotions, and…

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August 2015

Finding Masculinity – Book event with editors

August 16, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Please join us on Sunday, August 16, 2015 @ noon for an engaging discussion, book reading, and questions with Finding Masculinity: Female to Male Transition in Adulthood editors Alexander Walker and Emmett J.P. Lundberg. Get a FREE copy of the book! (Just send an email to tgwarrior [at] forge-forward [dot] org to request your copy and agree to be at Sunday’s event.) RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1458835694423845/ Finding Masculinity is an anthology examines the many facets of life that transition impacts; transitioning on the job,…

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US Trans Survey Event

August 22, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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What: Take the 2015 U.S.Trans Survey Who: Trans, genderqueer, and nonbinary people age 18+ When: August 22, 2015, 5:00 – 9:30pm Where: Milwaukee LGBT Community Center The 2015 U.S. Trans Survey (USTS) is the follow up to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, the largest survey ever devoted to the lives and experiences of trans people. The study was developed and conducted by the National LGBTQ Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality in 2008- 2009, and the results were…

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September 2015

Dr. Alberto Roque Guerra

September 2, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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A Historical Perspective on LGBT Rights in Cuba and Current Challenges Please join us for a special presentation by Dr. Alberto Roque Guerra, Cuban Physician and Gay Activist, on 9/2/15 at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center at 7:00 p.m., located at 1110 N. Market St. Second Floor, Milwaukee WI 53202. Dr. Roque coordinated Cuba’s medical program of comprehensive treatment for transgender people.  Dr. Roque has written, presented and consulted widely on LGBT issues in Europe, Latin America and the U.S. …

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Milwaukee Monthly Meeting: Bi Awareness

September 26, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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At September's meeting we celebrate the end of Bisexual Awareness Week by…what else?!...improving our bi+ awareness! Not only do many trans people and partners identify as bi, but the two overlapping communities have a whole lot in common. Test your bi knowledge in a fun, competitive game show and then share your own thoughts and experiences. All welcome!  

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October 2015

Monthly Milwaukee Meeting: Trans Films!

October 24, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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!!   No 7:00pm meeting this month !! FORGE’s October M3 (Milwaukee Monthly Meeting) will be spread throughout the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival (running from October 15 through October 25, 2015). 5 of the 33 films/programs are trans-themed, including the opening night film, From This Day Forward. To encourage people to take part in trans-related programming at the Film Festival, we are giving away free tickets – 2 full festival passes, 2 Opening Night tickets, and 30 individual screening tickets.  Learn more about…

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November 2015

Monthly Milwaukee Meeting: Author Bridget Birdsall

November 28, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Program Description: Bridget Birdsall believes books save lives. In 2012, after relentlessly being bullied for being “different," Bridget’s nephew took his life. Since that time, Bridget has been empowering people, especially young people, through the transformative power of words. When those of us who do not “fit” into the typical societal, religious or familial boxes begin to share our stories: WATCH OUT! Not only do we support one another, but the world as we know it, may actually change. This is…

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December 2015

NO Monthly Milwaukee Meeting

December 26, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Due to the holidays, there will be no monthly Milwaukee meeting in January. Please connect with friends, family, and acquaintances.  This is a great time of year to invite someone over for coffee, or share a movie, or go for a walk in the cool weather.

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January 2016

Monthly Milwaukee Meeting: Money Basics with Sandy Eichel

January 23, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Description: What you need to know to end this year in a better financial place. I will share practical, no bs info about how to set up your life so that things work automatically and answer any financial questions that have been plaguing you. Whether you are a beginner in the financial world or are a savvy investor, you will get something out of this workshop. We will also have fun! Presenter:  Sandy Eichel Sandy Eichel, Financial Representative, Northwestern Mutual,…

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March 2016

Monthly Milwaukee Meeting: (Film) Transgender Tuesdays

March 26, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Film: "Transgender Tuesdays" Directed by Mark Freeman (2012) "They came for the hormones and stayed for the healthcare." "The real story behind the country's first public health clinic to offer Primary Care specifically for transgender folks, in 1993, is actually the story of its pioneering patients. They appeared by the hundreds in this little clinic in the Tenderloin of San Francisco at the height of the AIDS epidemic, overcoming a deep distrust of medical institutions. Their true stories, hard to…

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April 2016

Monthly Milwaukee Meeting: Trans wellness — body and mind

April 30, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Description: A look into how we, as trans+ individuals, can incorporate mental and physical self care into our daily lives and strive towards wellness and joy! Presenters: Caleb Weinhardt is a Sophomore at Shorewood High School, and enjoys music and acting. He has been involved in volunteer work for FORGE and Pridefest, and has done community work with his school's GSA. Tom Parker is a Milwaukee native and an educator in the Public School System.  He is also an avid…

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May 2016

Monthly Milwaukee Meeting: Trans Pride

May 28, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Pride season is just around the corner.   Join others in the community on Saturday, May 28, 2016 to discuss what Pride means to you.  For some people in the trans, non-binary, and loved ones community(ies), we gladly join with our LGBQ siblings in celebrating.  For others, Pride doesn't feel relevant or necessary to our identities and experiences. This meeting will have 2 distinct parts: A 60 minute of discussion about Pride A 30 minute of mini “orientation” about FORGE’s PrideFest…

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June 2016

Monthly Milwaukee Meeting: Speak-Out — Stories of Hope and Resiliency

June 25, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Orlando. HB2. Westboro Baptist Church. People who have never met a trans person telling us who we are. It’s easy to see those who oppose, hate, or simply don’t know who we are but feel free to offer a negative opinion anyway. On Saturday June 25th , 2016 we are going to create a counter-wave of hope and resiliency. The whole night will be devoted to sharing our stories of when someone came through for us in a wonderful way…

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July 2016

Monthly Milwaukee Meeting: “Our Trans Family”

July 23, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Our Trans Family is a project to capture images of transgender people and their family.  The purpose is to create an awareness of the breadth and complexity of people who love and support each other.   Our hope is that this type of project will create a better more realistic understanding of the trans community. Each of the photographers on the project have decades of experience as documentary photographers.  Jeff Pearcy, Meredith Watts, and Rikki Thompson formed a collaborative organization “For…

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August 2016

Monthly Milwaukee Meeting: Trans wellness – body and mind

August 27, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Description:  A look into how we, as trans+ individuals, can incorporate mental and physical self-care into our daily lives and strive towards wellness and joy! Presenters: Caleb Weinhardt is a Sophomore at Shorewood High School, and enjoys music and acting. He has been involved in volunteer work for FORGE and Pridefest, and has done community work with his school's GSA. Tom Parker is a Milwaukee native and an educator in the Public School System. He is also an avid cyclist…

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September 2016

Monthly Milwaukee Meeting: Voting While Trans in Wisconsin

September 24, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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There has seldom been a U.S. Presidential election where so much seems at stake. Don’t let Wisconsin’s Voter ID law scare you into giving up the one vote (voice) you have in what will happen to all of us over the next four years. Wisconsin ACLU’s Senior Staff Attorney Karyn L. Rotker will be our featured speaker on Saturday, September 24 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center’s Community Room. She will give practical advice…

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October 2016

Monthly Milwaukee Meeting: No formal meeting

October 22, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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October is the month of the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival.  We encourage you to attend films, engage in conversation about them, and connect with friends and other film-goers. Check back for more info.     What’s the purpose of FORGE’s Milwaukee Monthly Meetings? Share information on pre-selected subjects. Provide support for people who attend. [All people who are interested in trans and gender non-binary issues are welcome. We encourage people to participate at their level of comfort. [Note: Milwaukee Monthly…

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November 2016

No Monthly Milwaukee Meeting

November 26, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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There will be no formal monthly FORGE support meeting on November 26, 2016. Instead, we encourage you to attend the free 15th Annual RCPC ThanksgivingFest & Potluck at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center (1110 N Market St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202).  Fun and games start at 1:00pm; the potluck begins at 4:00pm.  Learn more about the event (and RSVP if you’d like!) at https://www.facebook.com/events/1646437578982243/ Sponsors include: the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, FORGE, the Galano Club, and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church.…

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December 2016

Name Change Clinic

December 4, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Many of us are concerned about our legal identities and documentation paperwork in these post-election days.  Join attorney Laura Sette and FORGE for a name change clinic.  You will learn about how to legally change your name, how to change name and gender markers on passports and Social Security records.  Laura will spend some time sharing information about the “how to’s” before we have some hands on, form completion, We welcome trans, non-binary and queer folks.  We welcome partners, loved…

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Monthly Milwaukee Meeting: No formal meeting

December 24, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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We encourage you to connect with friends, family (of origin or chosen) during this busy month. There are opportunities within the LGBTQ community and around Milwaukee (and other cities) for connection.

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January 2017

Monthly Milwaukee Meeting: “Being ‘Crazy’ versus Being Oppressed”

January 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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"Being 'Crazy' versus Being Oppressed: Why Trans People Experience Higher Rates of Mental Health Concerns and What You Can Do About It." Description: Trans people are inundated with messages from others -- including being called "crazy."  Many internalize this charged word and fear its implications.  Others may internalize the stigma related to mental health. Trans people report more depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts than do non-trans people. Even though an untrue narrative may be circulating that trans people inherently experience more mental health…

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February 2017

Listening Session

February 12, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Life has changed, there’s no doubt about it. In our new and rapidly evolving political and social world, what is it that trans and non-binary people and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family and Allies) need now? For 23 years now FORGE has offered monthly meetings, arranged additional special events, and cooperated in numerous LGBT community events. Recently we also secured funding to provide direct services to trans and non-binary victims of crime (which is most of us!). At this listening…

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Monthly Milwaukee Meeting: Learning to Tell Your Story

February 18, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Description: With the start of the new year comes statements from Wisconsin lawmakers who intend to introduce legislation limiting the rights and freedoms of transgender and non-binary Wisconsinites.  More than ever, your story is needed.  In this workshop you will learn how to craft an effective story about the impact this and similar efforts have on you and/or people you love and care about.  You will have time to draft and get feedback on your personal story in advance of…

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March 2017

Monthly Milwaukee Meeting– Lou Sullivan: Daring To Be A Man Among Men

March 18, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Book Launch with author Brice Smith Join us for the official book launch of Brice D. Smith’s heart-wrenchingly inspirational biography Lou Sullivan: Daring To Be A Man Among Men. Hear him share his experiences reclaiming one of the most tragically overlooked people in LGBT history. Ask Brice anything and have him sign your copy of the biography of Milwaukee’s own world-renowned transgender pioneer Lou Sullivan. About the book: “ said I couldn’t live as a gay man, but it looks…

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April 2017

Volunteer Training

April 2, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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Serving Trans Survivors of Crime Ready to do more to help fellow trans community members survive and thrive? Join FORGE’s Volunteer Corps.  This will be our first training meeting. Watch this space or FORGE’s social media for more details, or call 414-559-2123.

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Monthly Milwaukee Meeting — Coloring, Cookies, and Conversation

April 15, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 1110 N. Market Street, 2nd floor
Milwaukee, WI United States
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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and FORGE has a new coloring contest winner! Join us for a relaxing, low-key, restorative event where your job will simply be to color inside – and/or outside! – the lines. We’ll have cookies and at least two tables: a Quiet Table where people can color accompanied by only their own thoughts, and a Conversation Table where we’ll ask people to share, among other things, how they are keeping themselves whole in a world…

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