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To apply for any of the full-time positions listed below, please read through carefully and send your resume and a cover letter addressing the areas of responsibility to kgotzler@mkelgbt.org. Positions are open until filled.

Diversity at the Center

The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center values the experience and knowledge that a diverse and engaged staff brings to our work, and recognizes the necessity of maintaining a network of staff, board members, community members, youth leaders and volunteers that are reflective of and accountable to the communities that we serve. People who are commonly marginalized in society — including people of diverse sexual orientations, transgender and gender non-conforming people, people of color, women, intersex people and people of diverse abilities, national origins, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds and spiritual experiences — are valued contributors to the life of the organization, and we seek to include them in all areas of the Center’s organizational structure. You can read the Center’s Mission and Values statements here.

Compensation & Benefits 

As part of the strong commitment to our employees, the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center strives to provide a comprehensive and competitive employee benefits package which includes:
Transgender-inclusive health insurance, as well as vision and dental insurance,
paid time off, holidays, and more!

Milwaukee LGBT Community Center is an equal opportunity employer and will recruit, hire and promote qualified persons into all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, national origin or citizenship status, sex, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, or military status.

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  1. AMF BOWLING PARTY for 25 PEOPLE – Bowlero

Birthday party? Corporate employee event? What better way to have a fun party you won’t forget!

Includes:

2 hours of open bowling for up to 25 people

Shoe rental for everyone

Pizza and soda for the group

VALUE:  $530

2. FIREHOUSE DINNER FOR 6 – 10 PEOPLE – Fire Engine Number One

Fire Engine Company #1 is inviting the lucky individual and friends over for dinner and a behind the scenes look at the firehouse.  The firemen will treat you to a wonderful dinner and tour, however since there is no alcohol at the firehouse, the foreman have generously donated a $100 gift card to enjoy at Elsa’s to be used either before or after dinner!  Date to be determined with winning party and Firehouse Captain.

Includes:

Dinner for up to 6

Private tour of firehouse and equipment

Awesome photo ops

$100 gift card to Elsa’s

VALUE:  $500

3. PRIVATE WELDING PARTY with MILWAUKEE’S OWN WELD GUY

One of the most unique experiences you will have when you and 5 of your friends are hosted by the Milwaukee Weld Guy, Kendall Poster.   Come and check out his space in this private gathering and learn a bit more about him and his craft and then get hands on experience as you work on creating a piece of your own.  Lunch and drinks are included.  Date to be arranged with Kendall and Lisa Moy.

Included:

Private welding party for 6

Lunch and drinks

Your own handmade art piece

VALUE:  $900

4. ONE WEEK VACATION HOME IN DOUGLAS, MICHIGAN

Back by popular demand, this home has everything you would need for a week long get away!   The week will include basic liquors and some wines, sparking wines and ciders in the fridge.

The house is a ten minute walk to Douglas Beach, Douglas Downtown, a fifteen minute walk to Oval Beach, Saugatuck Downtown, or bike everywhere!  You will be a 15 minute drive to the Holland Farmers Market and Holland Downtown, and twenty minute drive to Fenville or South Haven. Because this lovely house is a home, not a rental property, addition amenities include schedule your visit, including weekends, a stocked kitchen, pantry, liquor cabinet, and wine shelf- no grocery shopping required! Also included a pass to visit Oval Beach, and passes for the Star of Saugatuck, kayaking, Douglas Dunes, and other venues.

To be arranged with the donor.

VALUE:  $3,500

5. PRIVATE DINNER WITH JUSTIN CARLISE

Chef Justin Carlisle is one of the hottest chefs in the country right now.  For the last three years he has been nominated as a James Beard Award Finalist and has collaborated with some of the finest chefs in the world.   For six people, Justin will cook a private dinner at the home of Board Member Serena Pollack.  Serena Pollack has graciously donated all of the food and alcohol.

Includes:

Dinner for up to 6 people

Drinks

Amazing one time experience with one of the best chefs in the country!

VALUE:  Priceless

6. ONE WEEK AT SARATOGA SPRINGS, DISNEY RESORT IN ORLANDO FLORIDA

If you are looking for a Disney get away, this is one of the top resorts on Disney’s properties, and is located on a golf course.  Located 1.7 miles from Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park, this Victorian-style, all-suite resort offers a free airport shuttle and complimentary travel on all Disney transportation. Week can be used January through March of 2017.  Must arrange immediately with donor.

VALUE:  $2,500

7. PRIVATE TOUR and LUNCH with WILL RADLER at HIS RADLER ROSARIUM

Dream come true experience for the gardeners in our group, but also for anyone who can appreciate that Mr. Radler is the founder of over 28 types of roses that are currently patented and on the market.  Spend an afternoon with Mr. Radler as you get firsthand insight into his gardening prowess and get a private showing of his own gardens.

Included:

Private event for up to 25 people for two and a half hours

Private tour of gardens from Milwaukee’s most famous plant breeder, Will Radler

Cocktails and appetizers

Magnificent memory for all to share

(this event is not handicap accessible)

VALUE:  Priceless

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Proud Theater – Milwaukee and Proud Theater Beyond – Milwaukee are geared toward young people who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning+), come from families with LGBTQ+ parents or guardians, or who are allied with the LGBTQ+ community in general with an eye for social justice.

Rehearsals for both groups will be held on Sundays during the school year at the LGBT Community Center 1110 North Market Street, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Proud Theater Beyond – Milwaukee will meet from 11am to 1:30pm, and Proud Theater – Milwaukee will follow at 2pm to 4:30pm. To enroll, interested people need only contact the Proud Theater organization by phone at 608-222-9086, by e-mail (info@proudtheater.org), or by simply showing up to one of the two Sunday rehearsals. Open enrollment ends November 27, 2017.

The two groups serve different age ranges. Proud Theater – Milwaukee is designed for youth 13-18 years old, and is moving into its 4th season, having just completed its first-ever show, ‘Proud Theater – Milwaukee: Gay-ly Forward’ in August of 2016. Proud Theater Beyond – Milwaukee is new to the area and is designed for young adults who are out of High School and between the ages of 18 and 24 years old.

Founded in 1999, the Proud Theater organization is an award-winning, exciting, and innovative youth and young adult theater program whose mission is ‘to change the world through the power of theater and the theater arts, and to make a positive difference in the lives of LGBTQIA+ youth through the tenets of art, heart, and activism’.  Empowering and creative, the organization encourages young people to share their personal stories through the creation of original theatrical works, which they then present to the community at large throughout the school year. Traditionally, the group ends each season with a culminating showcase production. The 2017 culminating performances are to be determined.

The Milwaukee chapter is currently looking for local artists and community activists to become mentors and volunteers with the Milwaukee chapters. Training is provided. If interested, contact Proud Theater at info@proudtheater.org for more information or an application. For more info on Proud Theater in the Milwaukee area, contact Proud Theater Executive Director Brian Wild at (608) 222-9086.

Proud Theater-Milwaukee and Proud Theater Beyond – Milwaukee are partnered with the Milwaukee LGBT Community center and is a program of Art and Soul Innovations (artandsoulinnovations.org). The organization enjoys generous financial support from the Mukti Fund (muktifund.com), the Joan L. and Robert C. Gilkison Family Foundation, and many community members and organizations from around the state.

Tax-deductible donations to the Proud Theater – Milwaukee can be sent to: Proud Theater, PO Box 6306, Monona WI, 53716, or via PayPal at www.proudtheater.org. When making donations, please indicate funds are for the Proud Theater Milwaukee Chapter, or the donation will go to the overall Proud Theater organization to support growth and development around the state of Wisconsin.

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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) Archives and the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center launched “Voices of Pride,” a community-based project that captures the stories of Milwaukee LGBT leaders, organizers, and everyday people. Interview subjects share stories about coming out, Pride celebrations, LGBT community, and struggles for full civil rights.

The Milwaukee LGBT History Project conducted the interviews in 2003 and 2007. The UWM Archives permanently stores the original recordings and recently made arrangements to digitize them. The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center helps to make sure that they are accessible to the local community by hosting them on its website.

Susan Cook, an early organizer of pride events, discusses coming out to her family.

Donna Burkett, an African American LGBT activist, details her reasons for attempting to marry her partner in 1971.

Ron Geiman, founder of In Step magazine, discusses being gay in the military.

Holly Loveland, who moved to Wisconsin to work, discusses discovering Milwaukee’s LGBT community.

Cathy McConnell, in discussion with her partner Lorrie Neuendorf, remembers becoming .

aware of her sexuality and trying to meet lesbians at bars.

Janice Warren, an LGBT activist, discusses experiencing racial and sexual discrimination at LGBT bars.

 

The full collection consists of fourteen interviews, and can be found in the Digital Collections of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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If you have any gently used and washed coats, hats, or mittens, please consider donating them to someone in need. We are currently collecting these items for low income families and individuals in need of warm winter wear. If you are interested in donating,  you can drop them off during business hours.

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Women Exploring Options in Love • 18 and over

This support group is intended for women currently or recently partnered with men and now exploring intimate relationships with women. 7 PM – 8:30 PM on the third Thursday of every month.
Contact Cathy Seasholes at 414-292-3061 or avp@mkeLGBT.org for more information or to sign up.

50 & Better Support Group • 50 and over
Sign Language Interpreter Provided
You’re invited to join our growing community support group for LGBT adults ages 50 plus. The group speaks honestly about experiences and challenges in a confidential, open and accepting environment. We discuss a variety of topics including healthy relationships, active community engagement, family connections, work, retirement, and more. Meetings are every Wednesday 6 – 8 PM. For more information please call Marissa Burns at (414) 292-3070.

Men’s Coming Out Support Group • Ages 18 and over

The Center facilitates a Coming Out Support Group for male-identified individuals (ages 18+). The group will be facilitated and run every first and third Tuesday of the month from 6-7:30 PM at the Center.  This group is for men who are exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This is a safe space to discuss, explore, and gain support around experiences related to coming out. For more information, please contact Cathy Seasholes, Interim Director of Client Services at
414-292-3061, or email:  cseasholes@mkelgbt.org.

WOMEN’s Coming Out Support Group • Ages 18 and over

The Center facilitates a Coming Out Support Group for female-identified individuals (ages 18+).  Beginning in September the Women’s Coming Out Group will be meeting on the 2nd and 4th THURSDAY of each month from 6-7:30 pm in room 210 at the Center.  This group is for women who are exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. This is a safe space to discuss, explore, and gain support around experiences related to coming out. For more information, please contact Cathy Seasholes, Interim Director of Client Services at 414-292-3061, or email:  cseasholes@mkelgbt.org


Caregiver support groups for those with Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia

or 24/7 Helpline: 800.272.3800

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Whatever your age, whatever your interests, whatever your identity and orientation, there’s a place for you at the Center. The testimonies below prove that and we couldn’t be more proud.

As a gay senior, the Center is the perfect place to expand my network of friends. It’s also great to be at a place where we’re connecting with kids who are still sorting things out. I find it energizing and I think it’s good for the young people to interact with older folks who have struggled with the same issues many of them are experiencing…and then some…but have managed to build happy lives.” ~Jai Brett


When I was coming out, Project Q was a tremendous resource for me. Having a safe space and supportive community helped me overcome persona challenges and build confidence. The Center helped me become the person I am today.” ~Michael Raisler 


“As someone who cares about LGBT people who need help, I think supporting the Center is essential. And besides that, the TGIF parties are a blast! They bring together a very diverse mix of LGBT professionals – people I would probably have never met otherwise who are now my friends.” ~John Cassanos

“My coming out process happened relatively late in my life, and I was worried how it would affect my family. Through the Center, I got to know other people in the same situation who had made successful transitions. Their support helped me tremendously. Today I’m at the Center because I want to help other people who are facing challenges.” ~Andy Vila


“What originally brought me to the Center was my need for a social and support group to help me and my then spouse to develop an understanding of my gender identity issues and work through our feelings…The Center provides a safe space to meet that is affordable to the transgender community, many of whom have underpaying jobs or none whatsoever. It also affords a place for other LGBT community groups that I work with such as Lesbian Alliance, Forge and Women Out to Brunch, to meet and connect.” ~Valery Jean Meyer


“After I came out in high school, there were times when I was homeless. The people at Project Q helped me find housing and feel safe. Now I’m going to college because of the help from the staff and volunteers there who supported me.” ~Robert (Robbie) Moore

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The Anti-Violence Projects works collaboratively with these local organizations:

  • Alliance School – Milwaukee Public Schools
  • Aurora Health Care – The Healing Center
  • Aurora Health Care – The Sexual Assault Treatment Center
  • Hmong American Friendship & Women’s Association, Inc.
  • Independence First
  • Marquette University
  • Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
  • Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office
  • Milwaukee Police Department
  • Pathfinders, Inc.
  • Sojourner Family Peace Center
  • UMOS Latina Resource Center
  • UWM:LGBT Resource Center, Norris Health Center, Women’s Resource Center
  • Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Wisconsin Department of Justice

Our programs are supported by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and the Wisconsin Department of Child and Families (DCF).

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Project Q advocates for and collaborates with programs and organizations that meet the varied needs of LGBTQIA/GNC
young adults and their communities.

Pathfinders
4200 North Holton Street • Suite 400
Milwaukee, WI 53212
414.964.2565

Diverse & Resilient
2439 North Holton Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
414-390-0444

Holton Street Clinic
3251 North Holton Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212
414-264-8800