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Friday, Dec. 21, 2007

shOUT Milwaukee

LGBT Community People and Events

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Shepherd Express is proud to debut Shout Milwaukee, a new feature highlighting Milwaukee's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. "We are delighted that the Shepherd recognizes the many contributions our community is making to this city," said Craig Bodoh of the LGBT Visionary Project, an organization that advocates for positive LGBT coverage in mainstream media.

Many of Milwaukee's most successful LGBT agencies and events are possible through the efforts of the Cream City Foundation (CCF), a local nonprofit organization. Founded in 1982, CCF serves as Milwaukee's leading philanthropic agency for the LGBT community. "We've provided over a half million in grant dollars so far," said CCF Executive Director Maria Cadenas. "We are a social change foundation, with a mission of improving the quality of life for LGBT people in Wisconsin. Several nationally recognized organizations, including PrideFest, the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival, all started with seed money from CCF."

Instead of corporate support, 90% of the foundation's gifts come from individual donors. "Our average donation is between $25-$100," Cadenas explained. "No gift is too small—in fact, I once received a contribution of 42 cents. It was a touching gesture, for it was truly all the donor could afford at the time.

"Our foundation helps enhance Milwaukee's image as a progressive, engaging and tolerant city," Cadenas added. "A strong LGBT presence complements this city's thriving ethnic communities, and improves lives for all."

For more information, call (414) 225-0244, or visit www.CreamCityFoundation.org.


Stepping OUT

Christmas Eve Service & Pot Luck Dinner

Monday, Dec. 24, 7 p.m.

MCC Church, 1239 W. Mineral St.

Join Reverend Wendy Woodruff and members of Milwaukee's MCC Church for Christmas mass, followed by a potluck dinner. Free, but feel free to bring a dish to share. For information call (414) 383-1100.


Art, Body and Soul: Learning to Love Our Bodies

Thursday, Dec. 27, 7 p.m.

LGBT Community Center, 315 W. Court St.

FORGE, a group that supports, educates and advocates for female-to-male transgender individuals, hosts a monthly facilitated art group. No art experience necessary. Materials provided. $10 donation requested. More information at www.forge-forward.org.

Rootin' Tootin' High Falutin' Variety Show

Sunday, Dec. 30, 5 p.m.

Plymouth UCC, 2717 E. Hampshire St.

Join in an evening of fun and entertainment, including a spaghetti dinner, silent auction and variety show. Proceeds benefit SAGE/Milwaukee. For information call (414) 224-0517.

Double Exposure—Two artists, Two media

Through Jan. 11, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Monday- Friday, or by appointment.

Milwaukee Gay Arts Center, 703 S. 2nd St.

Filmmaker Ashley Altadonna and artist Greg Jacobson combine for a duet of images in motion. For more information call 414-383-3727 or visit www.milwaukeegayartscenter.org.