Letter from the President

Hi everyone,

Good News!! The Chippewa Valley LGBTQ+ Community Center will be re-opening its doors on June 8th! This does, however, come with strict guidelines and  recommendations as we seek the guidance from the CDC, state and local health departments, and medical professionals regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. You can view the guidelines here. If you are participating in any support group or informal hangout sponsored by the center, please reach out to your facilitator for what their next steps will be for in-person meetings. Please check our site for updated hours this week.

Furthermore, we want to raise awareness of the racist murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN over this past week. We are only a 90-minute drive from the bustling city that is currently experiencing uprising and demands for freedom of black and brown people who have been suppressed, beaten, and murdered for hundreds of years in America. Below is the press release we have shared publicly:

“We are deeply saddened and outraged by the brutal killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, at the hands of the Minneapolis Police. We stand in solidarity with those who seek justice for his murder.

As long as people of color live in fear of police violence, equality and justice are not possible. And as long as people of color are made unwelcome or unsafe, we cannot have truly public spaces.

The CVLGBTQ+ Community Center is committed to having public spaces that are safe, healing and accessible to all. As a organization focused on LGBTQ equality, it’s important to reach beyond our comfort zone of traditional issues and constituencies. To listen, learn and stand with our allies in this crisis.

Our thoughts are with George Floyd’s family and the community. And we urge our supporters to demand accountability for his needless death”

Please, remember, the first pride was a riot. Stonewall was led by black and brown transgender women. The rights you hold so dear would not exist without them. Stand in solidarity.

Thanks,

Breana

COVID-19 Updates

Hey everyone,

I just want to make sure that everyone is up-to-date on the situation regarding COVID-19 when it comes to the Chippewa Valley LGBTQ+ Community Center. As of right now, the center will remain closed to the public until at least April 6th. At that time the executive board will come together and decide if the closure should continue or if volunteers, interns, and staff can return do their duties.

Furthermore, support groups and meetings will be held either virtually or postponed until further notice. Please contact your support group facilitator for arrangements. Unfortunately, this means that our annual Queer Prom is also postponed. We are hoping to have something for students this summer or fall. Please stay tuned!

Here are some resources for reaching out:

info@cvlgbt.org – general information, resources, help.
transgroup@cvlgbt.org or rhea@cvlgbt.org – Transgender Support Group
youth@cvlgbt.org or dan.hardy@cvlgbt.org – Weekly Teen Hangout
megan@cvlgbt.org – events, Queer Prom, outreach
pride@cvlgbt.org – Pride 2020 (Pride in the Park, Fundraising, etc.)

Please remember that this is only a temporary. We will get through this together; however, we must practice good hygiene like hand-washing and social distancing in order to slow down the spread and save lives.

Thanks!
Breana
President

 

Pride 2020

Hello folks,

As most of you know, we have had a rough start to 2020 with our sudden relocation…but now that we’re open on Dewey Street, we’re getting rolling with our work on Pride 2020.  We’re completing the city application this weekend and will be getting vendor forms done within the week!

In practical terms, this puts us about 2 weeks behind our usual schedule – not insurmountable!  If you’d like to help or get involved with pride planning for this year, email pride@cvlgbt.org!

-Jason

The State Theater

Hi all, we want to be as transparent with our members and friends as possible. Due to unforeseen circumstances on behalf of the State Theater and Community Center we can no longer function as a entity out of that building. We are hoping to be moving into a new space on February 1st – until then, we have moved our support groups and meetings to different locations throughout downtown Eau Claire. Because there are no working utilities at the State Theater, our phone is also not accessible. If you have any questions, please email info@cvlgbt.org and we will respond in a timely manner. You can also donate to CVLGBT+ here  as we have very little information on when or if we will be seeing a return on our pre-paid rent. Thank you for your continued support. We want to embrace challenges, as it’s something to make us stronger.

Power Outage and Cancellations

Due to a power outage at our State Theater location; all events scheduled to take place there in the near future can be expected to be cancelled.

The trans* support group scheduled for the 26th is included in this cancellation, with the possibility of being held at an alternative location or having a make-up session in the coming week.

Updates on the situation will be provided as they become available.

Thanks for a Wonderful 2019

Hello! Welcome to the Chippewa Valley LGBTQ+ Community Center’s webpage. The Center has spent the last several years creating a safe and equitable region for those who identify as LGBTQ+. As a growing organization, we have seen a lot of changes, but we never have lost sight of making sure that LGBTQ+ individuals in western Wisconsin are accepted, respected, and protected. As we move forward into 2020, this mission does not change. We want a thriving community that promotes understanding, tolerance, and acceptance. We will not settle for anything less. 

As the new year approaches, we want to look back at what we achieved in 2019. 

  • The CV LGBTQ+ Community Center held their annual Pride in the Park in Phoenix Park, Eau Claire where approximately 500 people attended and enjoyed vendors, food, and a drag show. 
  • We worked alongside Eau Claire County Board Supervisor Zoe Roberts to pass a resolution with the City of Eau Claire to recognize Transgender Awareness Week in November as well as Transgender Day of Remembrance.
  •  Queer Prom, where over 70 students from the Chippewa Valley attended, was a huge success! 
  • We moved to our best location yet: Downtown! In the State Theater and Community Center.

There have been several other achievements that happened throughout the year, and I want to personally thank all of our volunteers and board members who made it happen. I’m so glad to work alongside them. They are truly one of the greatest groups of people I’ve met. 

2020 is going to be an amazing and busy year for all of us! We look forward to everything that the Center is going to accomplish. Pride in the Park 2020 is going to be June 13th at Phoenix Park in Eau Claire once again. If you are interested in planning and volunteering at the event, email: pride@cvlgbt.org

If you are interested in other volunteer efforts or learning more about what resources we have, email: info@cvlgbt.org

Thank you, Happy Holidays! See you in 2020.