Youth Art Night: Urban Sketching Edition
Stop by Thursday, December 15th at the LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin for our monthly art night. This month we will be learning what Urban Sketching is all about with Kathi from Racine Arts Council!
Join us to learn or show off your skills from
5:30 – 7:00PM at our building on
1456 Junction Ave, Racine, WI 53403.
We’ll have all the supplies and dinner provided.
See you Thursday!
Sign up for email reminders for youth group events here.
Register now to celebrate Racine's perfect score!
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) released its 2022 Municipal Equality Index (MEI). The MEI is the only nationwide assessment of LGBTQ+ inclusion in municipal law, policy, and services; more than 500 cities nationwide are rated. For the first time, the City of Racine has achieved a perfect score of 100 on the MEI. In 2018, the City’s score was just 41. The City of Racine has one of the highest city score increases of any City scored nationwide.
In recognition of this achievement, please join the City of Racine & the LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin as we host a free celebration on Wednesday, December 14th from 5:30-7PM at the LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin in Racine.
Our SE WI community is welcome & invited to join!
*** Registration is required for entrance ***
Register to attend here.
“I am thrilled that the City has now achieved a perfect score of 100 on the MEI,” said City of Racine Mayor Cory Mason. “We have made dramatic progress in making sure the City is more inclusive to the LGBTQ+ community.”
Racine demonstrated its leadership on equality in recent years by expanding its non-discrimination ordinance, enacting protections against the harmful practice of so-called “conversion therapy,” appointing LGBTQ liaisons in the Mayor’s office and the Racine Police Department, expanding health coverage to trans and nonbinary employees, and improving hate crime reporting procedures.
Barb Farrar, Executive Director of the LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin, noted, “When Mayor Mason came into office, the City’s MEI score was 41, and today Racine is on the map as one of the most welcoming cities in the State with a score of 100.” She continued, “This score symbolizes a commitment to equity that is critical to the future of Racine.”
“I am extremely happy and proud of the work the elected officials and staff of Racine put into achieving a 100 on the Municipal Equality Index. I know this is a goal Mayor Cory Mason set for his team and the community,” said Wendy Strout, the Human Rights Campaign Wisconsin State Director. “Thank you to the Mayor, his team, the City Council, the LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin, and strong community allies for working so hard to make Racine an inclusive and welcome place for the LGBTQ+ community and their families,”
Mayor Mason concluded, “We want Racine to be a community that is inclusive and equitable for everyone. While there is still work to be done, I am proud of the progress we’re making.”
The City of Racine scorecard, along with all other participating cities, can be found here: https://www.hrc.org/resources/municipal-equality-index
Bisexual & Pansexual Support group begins Monday, Dec.12th @ 5PM
Do you self-identify as Bisexual, Pansexual, or are Questioning?
Finally, a separate space for our beloved Bi/Pan folx. This is a place for you to be yourself and to feel supported by your peers.
The Bi/Pan Support Group is a new hybrid support group by the LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin, starting Monday, November 28th, 5:00 – 6:00 PM!
Sign up for the zoom link and group reminders here.
Party on the Pavement @ Pepi's 2022
– September 17th –
LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin’s team (Becky) selling beers and (Barb & David) doing outreach!
Pepi’s Bar & Grill donated part of the outside sales to the Center!
Pride Prom: A Magical New Event for SE Wisconsin 2022
– June 11th –
“A Night for the Stars” was an outdoor prom for LGBTQ+ youth (ages 14-18) held alongside an adult prom. All proceeds went to support the LGBT Center’s programming and advocacy work.
A drag show against a backdrop of water
A sunset casting golden hour glow all through the tent
A Scorpio moon shining down in the late hours
A tent twinkling with galaxy lights as we danced
IN THE NEWS
“Racine’s Pride Prom 2022,” The Journal Times, 6/26/2022