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Our Programs

The Center is committed to helping members of the LGBTQ community enrich their lives through effective programs that support growth and connections. We offer a vast array of programs for the entire LGBTQ community. Our programming is geared toward the empowerment of individuals to be active participants in building a shared community.

 

50 and Better Adult Programs

The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center provides an array of programs and services LGBT community members over the age of 50 through our Older Adult Program. With support from Milwaukee County Department on Aging and the Bader Foundation, we organize services and programs for older adults and offer information, referrals, networking opportunities and a drop-in space. The MCDA offers many services and provides links to other Milwaukee area resources for older adults. Please be sure to check out their website by clicking here! We also provide direct outreach to members and partner with a wide range of community groups.

Activities & Services
The Older Adult Program hosts a number of activities and services programs throughout the Milwaukee area.

  • Monthly social groups

  • Inter-generational Chat Nights

  • Once a month coffee gathering

  • Healthy Aging Programs

  • Outreach activities through training, education, and advocacy

  • 50 & Better Dining Club

  • Documents on LGBT Aging 

  • Older Adult Advisory Board

    Organized by community and Center leader, John Griffith, provides strategic guidance and support to the Center’s Older Adult programming and services. Also focuses on city and statewide elder issues and initiative including LGBTQ+ senior housing.

Newsletters

To receive our newsletter via mail or email please call Christie at 414.292.3060 or email  ccarter@mkelgbt.org with your contact information.

Contact Us
For more information about the Older Adult Program or to talk to a staff person, please contact us at 414.271.2656 or 414.292.3060 . Like us on Facebook and learn more about our upcoming events and activities.

The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center’s Older Adults Program is funded by the Milwaukee County Department on Aging (MCDA). The MCDA offers many services and provides links to other Milwaukee area resources for older adults. Please be sure to check out their website by clicking here! If you are in need of more information about Milwaukee area older adult resources, you can also call 414.289.6874.

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

or 24/7 Helpline: 800.272.3800

Drop-In Hours & Location

Thursdays
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Community Room

Play cards, partake in the in-depth discussions and get to know other people. Join in!

50+ Support Group

Wednesdays
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Community Room

A discussion group that’s designed to build community by our combined strength and focuses on the highs and lows of the week.

 

Anti-Violence Program

The Center is dedicated to reducing violence perpetuated against LGBT individuals through community outreach, and education, and facilitating healing and recovery from recent or past violence and trauma through counseling and advocacy. We provide assistance to LGBT individuals who have experienced or otherwise been impacted by intimate partner violence, sexual assault and abuse, stalking, physical assault, harassment, bullying, bias-related incidents, hate crimes and other forms of violence by advocating on their behalf, encouraging and assisting with crime reporting and accompanying crime victims to medical exams or court appearances if requested. We’re here as part of a caring support system for individuals as they recover from the impact of trauma. Below is a list of programs we offer:

Advocacy for Victims and Survivors
Our Anti-Violence Program (AVP) provides crisis counseling, accompaniment to court or medical exams and advocacy, such as criminal justice and personal advocacy. Our program staff will serve as a liaison to law enforcement, legal proceedings, and related survivor support services. During advocacy, AVP promotes the development of greater awareness and sensitivity of LGBTQ issues specific to the client with involved entities.

Crisis Counseling & Stabilization
Counseling is offered during normal business hours Monday through Friday. A trained mental health professional is available by appointment to assist victims and survivors in stabilization following a sexual assault, an incident of partner violence, hate crime, or another traumatic event, whether recent or resurfacing. All information will be kept confidential. Referrals to therapists in the community are optional and available upon request.

Community Education & Outreach
Raising awareness on violence against LGBTQ individuals is an important aspect of AVP programming. Staff and or volunteers are available to schedule community educational sessions around themes of anti-violence, working with LGBTQ survivors and other relevant topics.

Restraining Order Assistance 
An AVP Staff member is available by appointment to provide more information on filing a restraining order and assistance with completing forms.

Report Violence

If you’ve been a victim of violence, we can help. A confidential and voluntary form is available below. If you have further questions or would like services you can also connect with an advocate by calling 414.292.3070.

 

Transgender Program

The Center provides services and programs for the transgender, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming community. Contact our Transgender Resource Coordinator if you’re interested in any of the services or programs below.

Services include:

  • A weekly support group on Mondays

  • Transgender, nonbinary, and GNC youth support group every other Wednesday

  • Case management & referrals to transgender resources

  • Assistance with name change

  • Licensed counselor with transgender and GNC-specific training

  • Counseling & support for gender identity issues

  • Advocacy with medical providers and others

    We can communicate with doctor’s offices, clinics, and insurance providers on someone’s behalf to advocate for services, correct treatment, appropriate letter forms for treatment, etc.

  • Workshops and training.

Recent events include:

  • Legal Name Change Workshop

  • Self-Defense Workshop

  • TGNC family-friendly ice cream socials

transgender support group

Mondays
6:00-8:00pm
Community Room

For anyone 18 and older. Topics will be chosen by the group and may include safety, resources, trauma, support in the community, and healing.

 
 

Youth Programs

Project Q (PQ) is a youth development program and safer space serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and allied youth ages 13 to 24. PQ drop in occurs every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3-7pm. PQ is an accepting, affirming, drug and alcohol-free environment where LGBTQ+ youth can identify and express themselves without fear of ridicule or harassment. The programs serves over 700 youth annually and focus on fostering positive growth, building self-esteem and help ready area youth for various life stages.

In addition to providing a safer space, Project Q provides opportunities for development and leadership through a number of activities. Some of the structured activities include:

  • Workforce/job skills development

  • Leadership and life skills activities

  • Expression/arts-based activities

  • Alcohol, tobacco and other drug risk reduction activities

  • Safer sex and healthy relationship education

  • Health and wellness program

  • Events: GSA Summit, drag shows, Pride Prom, & more

  • NEW! Paid photography internship program with ArtWorks – email Lauren Zens for more info

Project Q Mission

  • Provide culturally relevant, contemporary programs in a “for youth, by youth” space embodying positive cultural, social, educational and emotional development of youth

  • Empower young adults to make healthy and informed decisions about health and wellness

  • Advocate for and collaborate with programs and organizations that meet the varied needs LGBTQ+ youth

  • Design and implement activities that build community and respect diversity

Counseling & Advocacy for LGBTQ+ Youth

Our licensed youth counselor is available for drop-in counseling, appointments, and works with both individuals and families. Every Wednesday afternoon we have either a TGNCNB youth support group or a LGBTQ+ mental health support group.

Our youth counselor and youth advocate can also:

  • Coordinate services and consult with school social worker and other appropriate providers

  • Advocate on behalf of youth with schools, providers, family, etc.

  • Provide workshops for youth or adults around LGBTQ issues, health, relationships, etc.

  • Provide training and technical assistance around GSA creation and maintenance

Youth Advisory Board

The Youth Advisory Board, led by the Center’s Youth Advocate, is for youth ages 14-20, meets twice a month, and revolves around (1) education, skill-building, and professional development, (2) planning for trainings, direct action, and events, and (3) giving input to youth programming and the center. Applications open through August 31st - email Jamie if you’re interested.

Contact Us
For more information about Project Q or to talk to a staff person, please contact us at
414.271.2656.

Be sure to check us out on Facebook to learn more our upcoming events and activities.

Drop-In hours of operation

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday:
2 PM – 6 PM (summer hours)

support groups

Wednesdays
3:00 - 4:30pm
Board Room

For anyone 13-24. Led by our licensed youth counselor. Topics will be chosen by the group.

Helpful Links

Resources and Partners

Proud Theater

 

Events

Latinx & LGBTQIA+ Support group

For Latinx LGBTQIA+ identified individuals 18+ exploring their sexual and ethnic identities. Facilitated by our Counseling & Advocacy Coordinator and held at the Healing Center at Aurora Walker’s Point Community Clinic. Every second Thursday 5:30-7pm.

Community-Led Support Groups

Women Exploring Options in Love • 18 and over

This support group is intended for female-identified individuals currently or recently partnered with men and now exploring intimate relationships with women. The group occurs 7:00 PM on the third Thursday of every month.

Men’s Coming Out Support Group • 18 and over

The Center facilitates a Coming Out Support Group for male-identified individuals 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. The group occurs every first and third Tuesday of the month from 6:00-7:30 PM.

Bi+ Support Group • 18 and over

Run by Bi+ Pride MKE, this support group occurs monthly and is open to individuals who identify under the Bi umbrella. Occurs every third Thursday of the month at 6:00pm.

Thoughtful Gay Men Group • 18 and over

Join the Thoughtful Gay Men, a support group for gay men of all ages looking to build meaningful connections through deeper discussions on varying topics that matter to the self, specific to the gay male experience. Meets one Saturday morning a month 11:00-12:30pm.

Ongoing Social Events

TGIF

A monthly social typically held the last Friday of the month at different bars across the greater Milwaukee area. Come unwind after a long week, eat some apps, meet friends old and new, and participate in our TGIF 50/50 raffle drawings to help support the Center! TGIFs are always free!

RGF

An exciting endeavor to spotlight unique members of our community as they extend an invitation into their personal and professional spaces! Enjoy beautiful homes and workspaces, entertainment, libations, and hors d’oeuvres from local establishments. Meet intriguing people, mingle with new and old friends, and network with business owners. Take part in these grand occasions and help raise funds to support the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center.

Big Night Out

Our annual gala that always falls around National Coming Out Day on October 11. We host BNO to acknowledge recent accomplishments, raise funds for programming and to unify the community. Indulge in live auctions, a fabulous dinner by Bartolotta Catering, and first-rate entertainment.

Yoga at the Center

Honoring the body and the spirit within through the practice of yoga in a safe space for your authentic self – for those who identify as LGBTQ and their loving friends and family. A bimonthly, ongoing beginner to intermediate level class at the MKE LGBT Community Center led by life coach Roy Grant. Every other Tuesday 6:00-7:00pm.

Game Night

An alternative to socializing centered around drinking for LGBTQIA+ adults. A sober space for 18+ folks to build community and enjoy board games and card games. Games are provided — feel free to bring your own as well! Light refreshments provided. Every second Thursday 5-7:30pm.

Roll Train

Roll Train is a fun new way to work out. . . ON SKATES! Even if you've never been on roller skates before, this class is sure to be a good time! Break a sweat and learn some fun (easy!) choreography on skates! Every second Saturday at the Center with three levels of classes from 1:30-4:30pm.

 

Speakers & Training

The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center provides speakers and training for a wide variety of community organizations, agencies and businesses to help raise awareness of issues related to the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Staff members and volunteers from the Center have presented at area schools and universities, social service organizations, and local businesses.

Training ranges from LGBTQ cultural awareness to LGBTQ health and wellness to working with LGBTQ youth. Trainings may be customized based on individual and organizational needs as well as target populations. Call 414.271.2656 if you’re interested in a speaker or training.