Wisconsin Gay Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

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On Friday, June 6, 2014, a federal judge ruled that the ban for same-sex marriage in Wisconsin is unconstitutional. Wisconsin joins several other states where federal judges are finding that states must allow same-sex marriages to be legal in the eyes of the law. Read more about it here.

Although some county clerks starting issuing marriage licenses right away, other county clerks are holding off until the confusion is clarified. Find out what counties are issuing same-sex marriage licenses and which counties are not: Counties Issuing Marriage Licenses For Same-Sex Couples

While there is still some resistance and some legal clarifications needed to be worked out, it is wonderful news to see Wisconsin step up to equality! Congratulations to Wisconsin on marriage equality rights to same-sex couples!

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May 2014 Meeting

The LGBT Task Force held its final meeting for the Spring 2014 semester on Thursday, May 7. Here is what what discussed as well as a heads up on some events for the upcoming Fall 2014 semester:

  • Rainbow Celebration of Excellence awards was a success and well-attended event
  • LGBT* Taskforce is working on updating the Safe Zone trainings
  • Ally Open House – Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 11am-1pm in the Warhawk Connection Center
  • Coming Out Day – Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 12-2pm at the UC North Mall
  • Queer Cultural Series Speaker – Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 3:30-4:45pm in UC 275
  • Queer Cultural Film – Tuesday, November 7, 2014 from 6-8pm in the Warhawk Connection Center

  • Mark your calendars for these upcoming events and check the blog for more details as the events get closer and the guest speakers will be revealed!

There’s WAY more than just that – read the Full Minutes to find out more!

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Safe Zone Training

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The Chancellor’s Task Force on LGBT Issues will hold a Safe Zone training on Wednesday, May 14, from 10-11 a.m.in the Career and Leadership Development conference room. The training is open to all faculty and staff.

The Safe Zone program provides a safe, comfortable setting for members of the campus community to learn about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender identities and issues. All discussions will be strictly confidential and topics will be addressed in a non-threatening and non-judgmental manner.

Campus offices and departments also may schedule a Safe Zone training. For more information about Safe Zone training or to schedule an office or department training session, contact Cindy Konrad at konradc@uww.edu or at 472-7169.

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Rainbow Celebration of Excellence Award 2014 Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Rainbow Celebration of Excellence Awards:

  • Outstanding Graduating LGBT* Student Leader – Sonya King
  • Outstanding LGBT* Student Leader, not yet graduating- James Sheets and DeJuan Washington
  • Outstanding Graduating Student Ally – Alyssa Jones
  • Outstanding Student Ally – Ban Ahmed
  • Outstanding LGBT* or Ally Faculty/Staff Member – Gwen Hering, University Health and Counseling Services
  • Outstanding Department or Office – Residence Life
  • Outstanding Student Group – National PanHellenic Council
  • Outstanding LGBT*, Gender Identity, or Sexuality Studies Research – Amy Schlueter
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    Safe Zone Training

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    The Chancellor’s Task Force on LGBT Issues will hold a Safe Zone training on Tuesday, April 22, from 11 a.m.-noon in the Career and Leadership Development conference room. The training is open to all faculty and staff.

    The Safe Zone program provides a safe, comfortable setting for members of the campus community to learn about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender identities and issues. All discussions will be strictly confidential and topics will be addressed in a non-threatening and non-judgmental manner. After the training, attendees have the opportunity to become part of a network of safe and welcoming spaces and people for LGBT members of the campus community and their allies.

    Campus offices and departments also may schedule a Safe Zone training specifically for their faculty and staff.

    For more information about Safe Zone training or to schedule an office or department training session, contact Cindy Konrad at konradc@uww.edu or at 472-7169.

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