The information below is for the 2018 Wisconsin LGBTQ Summit. For information about the 2019 Summit, please check back soon.
Workshop Session #1
Polyamorous or non-monogamous relationships have never been uncommon in queer community, but they are starting to be more widely understood and practiced. Come learn some of the basics of what it means to be poly, and hear answers to some of the most pressing questions about jealousy, commitment, and making love less like pie. Monogamous, single, ace, queer, trans, poly, CNM… everybody is welcome.
Presented by Helen Boyd of Lawrence University.
Change Within Our Spheres of Influence
Particularly in our current political climate, it can be hard to know where to start or how to make a difference. From this workshop, participants will learn to identify their sphere of influence—who around them is most likely to listen and be changed by what they have to say. To that end, participants will gain an understanding of how to share their own stories in a way that is most likely to open hearts and change minds. Pros and cons of using official political / persuasive messaging, particularly in relation to trans identities, may also be discussed.
Presented by members of the Wisconsin Transgender Health Coalition.
What’s Happening with LGBTQ Civil Rights?: An Interactive Discussion of Recent Legal Developments, Judicial Decisions, and Justice Department Policies
This interactive, discussion-formatted workshop will focus on current information, insights, and perspectives on these issues, among others: (1) Transgender Persons in the United States Military: The President’s announced ban, the response of the Pentagon, the decision of the federal appeals courts prohibiting the Administration from enforcing the prohibition, and the present status of the challenge; (2) “Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Civil Rights Commission”: The foundational facts of the litigation raising anti-discrimination, free speech, creative, and human rights, the legal / practical arguments before the United States Supreme Court, and possible judicial outcomes; (3) Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: The Attorney General’s recent reversal of the Obama Administration’s inclusive position, rejected on the basis that federal civil rights laws do not protect LGBTQ persons from discrimination in employment and other settings; (4) Anti-LGBTQ State Legislation: Pending and enacted laws in nearly 30 states, including Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota, Tennessee, and North Carolina affecting rights and entitlements to various government and public program benefits, privileges, and opportunities including so-called bathroom access; and (5) “Obergefell v. Hodges”: In the 30 months since the United States Supreme Court rendered same-sex marriage constitutional, the enforcement successes, challenges, and continuing substantive and procedural issues relevant to LGBTQ privacy rights. (Also including much-related topics in the areas of voting rights, civil rights, and human rights in the national discourse, the federal courts, the state legislatures, and public and private forums that affect directly and significantly affect the lives and the livelihoods of the LGBTQ community.)
Presented by James Santelle, former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Getting SASSy: Visible Allies Make a Difference
Allies are an important contingent in the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights and workplace inclusion. In this session, we’ll explore why visible allies are critical to fostering an inclusive workplace, what a visible ally looks like in action for you and your teams, and how to prepare for the consequences (both good and bad) of visibility. We’ll share tactical steps allies can take to Support, Advocate, Speak out, and Stand up in visible allyship for their LGBTQ+ colleagues, as told from a bisexual and straight perspective. Allies… it’s time to get SASSy!
Presented by Laura Martin and Ryan Everson of Northwestern Mutual.
Knowing Our Worth: Queer and Trans People of Color Connectivity
This workshop focuses on the importance of connectedness among queer and trans people of color. There will be a brief history of LGBTQ organizations and community in the city of Milwaukee, as well as a discussion of the importance of QTPOC represented in positions of change and expanding the ladder of success for QTPOC. Participants will walk away with a new fire to create and engage in more intentional community with other queer and trans people of color.
Presented by Kofi Short of Diverse & Resilient, Matthew Lewis of Diverse & Resilient, and Ricardo Wynn of the Division of Public Health at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Workshop Session #2
This workshop will detail the Mpowerment project, a model HIV prevention program that has been specifically designed to address the needs of young gay and bisexual men. Mpowerment focuses on the entire community of young gay and bisexual men instead of targeting men individually or solely through small groups. Participants will learn the project’s core elements, guiding principles, curriculum, and how the project can be tailored to fit the needs of the intended community with a special focus on the Intersectionality Among Men project in Milwaukee. We will also address alcohol and substance use and healthy relationships as they relate to the project.
Presented by Kristen Ramirez, Lorenzo Scott, and Matthew Lewis of Diverse & Resilient.
Tax Code Changes and Their Impact on the LGBTQ Community
This workshop will take a look at the recent tax law changes and how those changes could directly or indirectly affect the LGBTQ community.
Presented by Dan McLennon of Northwestern Mutual.
Asexual Awareness and Education in LGBTQIA+ Spaces
Results of the 2014 AVEN (Asexual Visibility and Education Network) Community Census showed a major overlap in the most common age of self-recognition of an asexual identity (17) and the most common age of first disclosure of asexual identity (19) with the most common age of college students (17-24). These findings reveal that asexual individuals are first recognizing their asexual identity and coming out to others during a time that they are likely also participating in campus communities. For this reason, it is imperative that LGBTQ+ spaces include representation, resources, and allyship specific to the asexual community. Through this workshop, participants will learn how to develop asexual inclusiveness and allyship for their organizations / self by achieving the following two objectives. The first is to understand the basic terminology and concepts around asexual identity and community. The presenter will engage participants in an interactive activity to help them achieve this objective. The presenter will also engage participants in conversation about best practices (and worst practices) around asexual inclusion in specific LGBTQ+ spaces. The second objective is to develop an action plan to create (or transform) programming for asexual inclusion for organization / self. The presenter will help participants think critically about creating a plan that caters to their available resources / funding, including examples of programming that is on a spectrum between absolutely passive to extremely active as well as on a spectrum from free / low cost to unlimited funds. The presenter will share available resources to aid in these efforts and encourage participants to share contact information and build a network of people working on similar issues.
Presented by Jo Teut of the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the University of Wisconsin Colleges and Extension.
Bystander Intervention Training
Bystander intervention training will focus on ways to intervene in public instances of racist, sexist, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, anti-Trans, and other forms of oppressive interpersonal violence and harassment while considering the safety of all parties. The physical and vocal practice of various strategies is designed to change social norms and encourage people to find ways to interrupt violence and prevent further harm.
Presented by Stephanie Roades of SURJ Milwaukee.
Supporting Trans Youth in Rural Wisconsin
Engage in a networking and brainstorming workshop about how we can better support trans youth in rural Wisconsin! Using one of the largest datasets on trans youth in the world, and the only dataset focusing on Wisconsin and not a large, coastal city, we will work to understand the experiences of trans youth in both rural and urban parts of Wisconsin. How do those experiences differ, and how are they similar? How can we increase feelings of safety in schools for rural, trans youth? How can existing urban LGBTQ+ organizations better support rural trans youth? Come prepared to share information about organizations and resources that are you are a part of or are familiar with!
Presented by Rachel Dyer of the Department of Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Worksop Session #3
Updates on HIV Prevention Efforts in Wisconsin
This workshop will give participants an opportunity to learn more about the current state of HIV prevention efforts in Wisconsin, specifically focusing on Milwaukee. We will share the most up-to-date data on how HIV impacts different communities in Wisconsin with an emphasis on the populations that are disproportionately impacted by HIV. Participants will also learn about programs being supported to address HIV disparities and help people living with HIV to live long, healthy lives including updates on the latest biomedical and community-level advances in HIV prevention.
Presented by Jacob Dougherty and Ricardo Wynn of the Division of Public Health at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Trans Experiences in Mental Health
Members of the Wisconsin Transgender Health Coalition will discuss: mental health disparities that are frequently found in trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people; the role that minority stress plays in causing these disparities; and factors that appear to make a difference in improving mental health outcomes. Researchers from the Trans Research Lab at UW–Madison will share initial data and stories from participants enrolled in their psychotherapy study. Workshop attendees will also gain information on how to advocate for their needs in a therapy session as well as general medical self-advocacy. Time will be held to be sure that participant questions are able to be addressed.
Presented by members of the Wisconsin Transgender Health Coalition.
Churches and Church Leaders: A Path to LGBTQ Inclusion
Faith, religious, and spiritual communities can be meaningful, but also challenging and painful spaces for LGBTQ people. Leaders from four different local churches will come together for a discussion about each of their church’s paths to becoming open and affirming communities and what role their church plays in increasing acceptance of LGBTQ people. There will also be a time for sharing and questions.
Presented by Brandon Brown of CollectiveMKE, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. of Grace United Church of Christ in Milwaukee, Jonah Holm of Zao MKE Church, and Rev. Michelle Townsend de Lopez of Cross Lutheran Church in Milwaukee.
Know Your Rights in Law Enforcement Encounters
Learn about your rights and responsibilities during encounters with law enforcement. We’ll give advocates information to help folks in the community understand what should and should not happen to them when dealing with the police. Practice demanding fair and just treatment from law enforcement. Explore the relationship of police to the LGBTQ+ community. Learn how to document and fight police misconduct.
Presented by Emilio De Torre of the ACLU of Wisconsin.
#WeToo: Expanding the Conversation on Sexual Violence
The “#metoo” movement, forged by the diligent resolve of activist-of-color Tarana Burke a full decade earlier, captured widespread attention in 2017. First, celebrities and public figures—then a deluge of others—rallied around the hashtag to shed light on their experiences with sexual violence. Hailed as a watershed moment, “#metoo” has, indeed, been a catalyst for necessary discussions about consent, accountability, and believing survivors. However, many of the current conversations have neglected those voices whose stories don’t align neatly with the dominant narrative, such as the voices of many LGBTQ+ people and communities affected by sexual trauma. This workshop will present some of the drawbacks to “one size fits all” remedies when addressing the needs of LGBTQ+ survivors including the needs of multiply marginalized individuals whose intersectional identities are too often ignored. Through illustrative examples, collaborative activities, and visioning dialogue, we will begin to explore possibilities for more culturally-responsive approaches to preventing sexual violence in LGBTQ+ communities and more meaningful support for LGBTQ+ survivors utilizing an advocacy framework.
Presented by Amanda Schumacher and Blythe McConaughey of Family Support Center.
Workshop Session #4
Behold: Facebook Fundraising
Did you know that, on Giving Tuesday in 2017, nonprofits raised $45 million just through Facebook? In this session you will learn the following: 1) the steps your nonprofit needs to take to become Facebook verified so that you can take advantage of some amazing offerings from Facebook; 2) all the different ways your nonprofit can raise money through Facebook; 3) how to thank people that are donating to your nonprofit on Facebook; 4) do’s and don’ts of Facebook fundraising; and 5) last but not least, how to pull reports on Facebook to capture the data of those giving to your organization, plus, give the numbers to your board. (Plus some major fundraising news that has nothing to do with Facebook at all.)
Presented by Katie Stuckenschneider, communications director at PROMO in Missouri.
God is Trans: A Queer Christian Interpretation of God and Gender
What are God’s pronouns? God is often referred to by exclusively he / him pronouns and is assumed to be a cis man. And yet, Christian and Hebrew scriptures are full of God’s much more complex self-description including plural pronouns, feminine imagery, and metaphors that defy the modern human gender binary. These same scriptures claim that humanity is made in God’s own image. Where, then, do we see trans identity reflected both in our humanity and in the image of God? What happens when we claim that God is trans? Join Pastor Jonah Holm for a conversation about God and gender in the Christian tradition.
Presented by Cameron Overton and Jonah Holm Zao MKE Church.
Drafting a New TGNI Policing Policy
Over the past year and a half, community organizations (including Voces de La Frontera, Genderqueer MKE, FORGE, Diverse & Resilient, and the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center) have partnered with the Milwaukee Police Department and the Fire & Police Commission, to draft an improved standard operating procedure for police interactions with trans, gender nonconforming, and intersexed individuals. The new policy provides vast improvements and vital protections for transgender, gender nonconforming, and intersexed individuals. A panel of members from the LGBT workgroup who helped draft, shape, and revise the new SOP will be on-hand to explain the new policy, answer questions, and share their experiences helping to bring these important legal protections to fruition.
Presented by Ashley Altadonna of FORGE, Edie Pasek of Genderqueer Milwaukee, Livia Rowell-Ortiz of Genderqueer Milwaukee, and Shelley Gregory of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center.
LGBTQ Love, Acceptance, and Resiliency: A Path to Liberation
This workshop will update participants about violence facing LGBTQ individuals including intimate partner / dating, sexual, hookup, and community- / hate-based violence. Participants will learn about what the data collected at statewide pride events regarding alcohol and drug issues and intimate partner and sexual violence tells us about an individual’s ability to stay safe. This presentation will help participants learn about safety plans and tips on working with people who identify as LGBTQ. Most importantly, we will discuss how love and acceptance will lead to our liberation and the end of violence. Participants will be introduced to our new music and outdoor visual campaign through a multimedia presentation featuring Milwaukee’s Lex Allen. Participants will walk away with solid tips on how love, self-acceptance, and resiliency will help end violence within our LGBTQ communities and lead us to true liberation.
Presented by Kathy Flores of Diverse & Resilient.
The Library is Open: Shade and Reading as Cultural Resistance
This workshop seeks to explore the history of shade and reading as cultural traditions in queer communities of color. Using examples from literature, film, and pop culture, participants will learn the origins of these traditions and their importance to the forming of queer communities. We will explore cultural appropriation and how that serves as a barrier to queer and trans people of color’s representation. Participants will also explore how these traditions serve as resistance to cultural appropriation and help to shape new forms of culture.
Presented by Kofi Short & Matthew Lewis of Diverse & Resilient.