The Wisconsin AIDS / HIV Program releases a Request for Proposal (RFP) to address the ongoing HIV prevention needs of young men who have sex with men (MSM). Gary Hollander convenes a group of youth to respond to the opportunity. They tell him that they are sturdier than most people think, and that they are not predominantly white. The program name, Diverse & Resilient, is launched.
Diverse & Resilient becomes a program of Aurora Health Care and the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine Milwaukee Clinical Campus. A group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth convenes as the program’s advisory board.
Diverse & Resilient hosts a one-day conference on LGBT youth and HIV at Milwaukee’s Italian Community Center. Approximately 100 people attend, including 18 unexpected teens. Five mini-grants are distributed at the direction of youth advisors to foster the development of community-based LGBT youth groups in Wisconsin so infrastructure can be developed for HIV prevention efforts.
A half-day conference for LGBT teens is convened, preceding the second day-long conference on LGBT youth and HIV. Approximately 150 people attend, including nearly 50 youth. Positive, supportive media attention is followed by organized backlash, accusing the state of funding the program to “recruit” youth to a “gay lifestyle.” Five additional mini-grants are distributed.
As a result of the growing interest in the issues of LGBT youth, the Rainbow Alliance for Youth (RAY) is developed as a coalition of community-based LGBT youth groups. Further, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth Development Advisory Council (LYDAC)—a group comprised of professionals in this field—begins to meet.
Diverse & Resilient hosts its first Wisconsin Youth HIV Prevention Institute—a four-day workshop held at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater for LGBT youth and their adult advisors.
GSA groups attend a one-day retreat hosted by the agency and featuring Youth on Board to aid in their development of young leaders and decision makers.
A Future Search Conference is sponsored by Diverse & Resilient, LYDAC, and the state AIDS / HIV Program to develop a vision and action plan for LGBT youth work in Wisconsin.
Diverse & Resilient hosts its first Youth Development Specialist (YDS) workshop where program workers develop additional professional skills.
The focus for the year is the regional consultations to youth-serving agencies and RAY member groups. YDS retreats and training continue.
The second Wisconsin Youth HIV Prevention Institute—a four-day workshop held at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater for LGBT youth and their adult advisors—enjoys the participation of 60 youth and advisors.
Diverse & Resilient incorporates as a separate 501(c)(3) organization. Agency efforts continue to be capacity building through consultation and provider supports. The board of directors decides to expand program population to include LGBT adults.
The third Wisconsin Youth HIV Prevention Institute—a three-day workshop held at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater for LGBT youth and their adult advisors—enjoys the participation of 60 youth and advisors.
The organization locates its office at 315 W Court St. in Milwaukee.
Semi-annual YDS trainings continue. A group of 20 youth take part in a week-long LGBT Youth HIV Prevention Intensive in the Kickapoo Valley. Program development, teamwork, and youth leadership in HIV prevention are emphasized. Staff expands to three plus a youth intern.
GLSEN - South Central Wisconsin collaborates with Diverse & Resilient to present the first “Safe Schools / Safe Communities Conference” for 150 participants. The fourth Wisconsin Youth HIV Prevention Institute—a three-day workshop held at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater for LGBT youth and their adult advisors—enjoys the participation of 58 youth and advisors.
Staff expands to three plus a youth intern. Youth Health Promoters in Appleton, La Crosse, Madison, and Milwaukee provide formal outreach and informal outreach to LGBT teens in an adaptation of Mpowerment, an evidence-based HIV prevention intervention.
The organization moves to East Brady St., sharing a building with BESTD Clinic.
SHEBA (Sisters Helping Each Other Battle AIDS)—a program devoted to developing leadership among African American male-to-female transgender women—moves to Diverse & Resilient. The improvement of the health status of LGBT people of color becomes the focus of a grant from the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Diverse & Resilient joins with the Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR) in the development of Project ABLE, an HIV Prevention Intervention for African American MSM. Concerns over the incidence of intimate partner violence prompt the agency to conduct a Community Readiness Assessment funded by the Medical College of Wisconsin. Connexus—an educational and social group of African American LGBT people in Milwaukee—becomes a program of Diverse & Resilient.
The fifth Wisconsin Youth HIV Prevention Institute—a three-day workshop held at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater for LGBT youth and their adult advisors—enjoys the participation of 60 youth and advisors.
LYDAC and a team trained in the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute are successful in getting a question added to the Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) which identifies more than 20 health risk disparities for LGBT youth.
PrideFest Milwaukee launches the Health and Wellness Area for more than 4,000 visitors at its annual lakeside event.
LYDAC concludes its work and the Wisconsin LGBT Youth Health Coalition is founded.
The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health funds rm2breathe—an evidence-based tobacco cessation program that seeks to change community norms about tobacco use among LGBT people. Subcontracts are let in Milwaukee, Madison, Eau Claire, and La Crosse.
The organization moves to 2439 N Holton St. at year’s end.
Diverse & Resilient joins the formation of the LGBT Community Center Network of Wisconsin.
The sixth Wisconsin Youth HIV Prevention Institute—a four-day workshop held at Lawrence University in Appleton for LGBT youth and their adult advisors—enjoys the participation of 45 youth and advisors. YRBS data is collected in Wisconsin and in Milwaukee Public Schools.
The organization increases staff to five full-time, two part-time, and a student intern. Youth program evaluation shows that approximately 1,500 LGBT teens are reached by programs sponsored by Diverse & Resilient.
Community Health Promoters provide outreach and social marketing information in several Wisconsin LGBT communities for: minority health (8); rm2breathe (15); youth alcohol prevention (8); youth HIV prevention (15); and adult MSM HIV prevention (8).
The Lieutenant Governor’s Conference on LGBT Youth is held in Oshkosh. Co-sponsored by GSA for Safe Schools and Diverse & Resilient, the conference attracts 300 participants statewide. Wisconsin’s Health Plan for 2020 includes goals for reducing health disparities for LGBT people.
The organization celebrated its 15th anniversary at Milwaukee County Zoo. 220 people attended the event that honored Lynde Uihlein for her visionary leadership on progressive issues in Wisconsin. A challenge was put forth for LGBT organizations and others to come together with a single vision for LGBT people in Wisconsin: LGBT people thrive, living healthy, satisfying lives in safe, supportive communities.