The end of anti-gay and anti-transgender discrimination is key to our health and well-being. Through stories told by people in Milwaukee about their love and support of a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender person, Acceptance Journeys seeks to put words, faces, and names to the process that each of us goes through in learning to love. The stories are about relationships with parents, children, friends, pastors, neighbors, coworkers, aunts, nephews, and customers. Please visit www.journey2accept.org for more information.
Be ABLE is a program tailored to African American gay and bisexual men between the ages of 21 and 35 that focuses on identifying the cultural factors that influence risk behaviors and creates opportunities for African American gay and bisexual men to build social support through open conversations about racial and sexual identity.
Be Y.O.U. is an exciting program that focuses on mobilizing young African American gay and bisexual men and male-to-female (MtF) transgender women in Milwaukee between the ages of 14 and 20 to shape a healthy community for themselves, build positive social connections, and support their friends to have safer sex.
BUILD (Brothers United In Leadership Development) aims to increase the ability of African American gay and bisexual men to be effective advocates in fighting against homophobia, eliminating stigma about HIV/AIDS, and delivering clear and consistent health messages to their peers and the broader community.
The overall purpose of CLEAR (Choosing Life, Empowerment, Actions, Results) is to maintain one’s health, reduce transmission of HIV/STIs, and improve quality of life. The program consists of five or more core skill sessions where HIV+ participants learn techniques to make changes and improve life skills.
Grow Great Women is an initiative to increase the leadership capacity of current and emerging female leaders in the LGBT community. The project addresses oppression, health, and reproductive justice; participants engage in social action on behalf of all women.
Diverse & Resilient’s HIV CTR (Counseling, Testing, and Referral) program offers individual risk assessment, counseling, HIV testing, prevention education, and referrals to services for African American gay and bisexual men in Milwaukee. Testing is available at Diverse & Resilient’s office, which is located at 2439 North Holton Street in Milwaukee. Testing is available during walk-in testing hours and by appointment.
Imagine More was developed to encourage LGBT people to expect more in their daily lives—not more comfort or material good, but more love and support. The end of anti-gay and anti-transgender discrimination is key to our health and well-being, and one key to ending discrimination is for LGBT people to imagine and expect acceptance, to address intolerance, and to expect and imagine more.
It’s About Us is an HIV prevention intervention that relies on peers from the African American gay and bisexual community to generate content for role model stories based on their own experiences. The intervention influences not only the behavior of the peers involved in developing and distributing role model stories, but also the members of this vulnerable and resourceful community as a result of peer influence.
PrideFest Health and Wellness offers the opportunity for attendees of PrideFest Milwaukee to interact with three dozen LGBT organizations that come together to showcase the healthy assets of the LGBT community and raise awareness about health and wellness. The area delivers relevant health messages and provides opportunities for skill building and education—all focused on the critical health issues that affect the quality of life of all LGBT people. PrideFest Health and Wellness offers the LGBT community the chance to move forward with determining their own health and identifying and addressing those barriers that stand in the way. The area is organized by Diverse & Resilient in collaboration with community partners- the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, FORGE, BestD Clinic, ARCW, and PrideFest, Inc.
The risk of suicide among Wisconsin LGBT youth and adults is much higher than for their heterosexual peers. Knowing the facts, recognizing some warning signs, and having some basic skills and references can increase familiarity and comfort in talking about the tough issues that surround suicide. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is a suicide prevention training model used at Diverse & Resilient to help make these discussions much easier.
In 1996, only two gay youth groups existed—one in Madison and one in Milwaukee. There are now several different groups specifically designed to enhance the well-being of LGBT youth in Wisconsin. The Rainbow Alliance for Youth (RAY) focuses on building capacity, nurturing leadership, and strengthening collaborations to develop comprehensive programs addressing the needs of LGBT youth in Wisconsin.
Tobacco companies spend millions each year to target LGBT people. rm2breathe fights back by helping people recognize the negative impact of tobacco use, the positive outcomes of quitting, and the importance of setting a quit date. rm2breathe can help fight the influence of a system uninterested in health and eager to profit at our expense. Please visit www.rm2breathe.org for more information.
rm2bsafe is a state-wide initiative designed to educate about healthy and unhealthy relationships in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities in Wisconsin. Launched with support of now-Senator Tammy Baldwin, rm2bsafe started with an extensive study that shed light on what needs to be done to build awareness and reduce the risks of violence. Visit www.rm2bsafe.org for more information and resources.
SHEBA is a group of African American male-to-female (MtF) transgender women focused on advocating for themselves and their community around HIV prevention and other issues facing them. The biweekly meetings serve to support their healthy development, empowerment, and leadership potential in a supportive, social environment.
TUI educates youth between the ages 15 and 21 about alcohol use and increases interest in critically examining drinking patterns, recognizing high risk situations, and minimizing potential negative consequences through preventive action, reduced consumption, or abstinence. The program’s key intended outcomes are to delay early onset of alcohol use and reduce the incidence of binge drinking.
The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is a dynamic group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) young people and their allies between the ages of 14 and 24 who meet twice a month to think, lead, and engage with each other around issues affecting LGBT youth in Wisconsin. The group advises Diverse & Resilient about its programs, reviews and recommends annual award recipients, and develops the biennial Wisconsin LGBT Youth Leadership Institute.