History

Diverse & Resilient was founded in 1995 as a program to build the capacity of LGBTQ groups in Wisconsin.

We engage in advocacy and provide both capacity-building and direct-service work to address the health disparities experienced by LGBTQ people in Wisconsin.

Our work is focused on:  Anti-Violence, Cultivating Leaders, Sexual Health, and Substance Use.


Timeline

1995

  • Diverse & Resilient (D&R) launches as a program of Sinai Samaritan.

1996

  • D&R hosts its first one-day conference on the needs of LGBT youth.

1997

  • The LGBT Youth Conference is expanded to a two-day statewide conference.

1999

  • The LGBT Youth Development Leadership Advisory Council is formed to guide youth leadership efforts.

2000

  • The Rainbow Alliance for Youth (RAY) is launched to create and support LGBT youth groups across the state.

2001

  • D&R begins training Youth Development Specialists across the state.

2002

  • D&R incorporates as its own nonprofit agency.
  • D&R moves to the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center on West Court Street.

2003

  • D&R holds its first LGBT Health Leadership Forum in Oconomowoc.

2004

  • The University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Medicine and Public Health awards D&R the Healthiest Wisconsin Grant.

2005

  • D&R launches the Safe Schools, Safe Communities conference with partner GSAFE.
  • D&R moves to an office on Brady Street on Milwaukee’s East Side.

2006

  • D&R team is selected for the Public Health Leadership Institute.
  • D&R successfully advocates the Department of Public Instruction to measure health outcomes for LGBT youth.

2007

  • D&R begins direct-service work to address the HIV epidemic among African American gay and bisexual young men.

2008

  • Youth health efforts are expanded with programs addressing alcohol and tobacco use by teens.
  • D&R moves to its current office on Holton Street in Milwaukee.

2009

  • D&R receives federal support for its programs through Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin and Representative Mark Pocan.

2010

  • The Milwaukee Health Department announces partnership with D&R to address rising rates of HIV among young African American men.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) award D&R $1.6M for HIV prevention among young African American men.

2011

  • The Acceptance Journeys program launches to foster acceptance of LGBT people by straight family members and friends.

2012

  • More HIV services are brought in-house, including: HIV counseling, testing, and referral; and two nationally-developed, community-based HIV prevention programs.

2013

  • Youth space is added to provide space for program participants to organize events.
  • Our HIV testing efforts grow by 45% to serve over 900 people.
  • New programs are launched, including: Imagine More, 414ALL, Healthy Girls, and Safe Dates.
  • We host the first Reviving the Dream celebration to honor the memory of Civil Rights leader Bayard Rustin.
  • D&R joins United Way as a partner agency.

2014

  • D&R prepares for the departure of founding President & CEO Gary Hollander in the coming year.

2015

  • Founding President & CEO Gary Hollander departs the agency.
  • D&R welcomes new President & CEO Gerry Coon.

2016

  • D&R adds an additional HIV / STI testing site at the City of Milwaukee’s Northwest Health Center on 76th Street and Mill Road.
  • D&R creates a statewide resource, Room to Be Safe, for survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV).
  • D&R secures a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant focusing on HIV and hepatitis prevention among young men of color who have sex with men.
  • D&R assists in the production of Our Trans Family photo exhibit through D&R’s Artist in Residence program.

2017

  • D&R partners with Holton Street Clinic to provide STI treatment services at D&R.
  • D&R co-produces the Milwaukee Rally for Unity and Pride to coincide with the National LGBTQ March on Washington D.C.
  • D&R develops IPV prevention strategies and programming focused on LGBTQ youth in living in Appleton, Madison, and Milwaukee.
  • D&R partners with advertising agency Cramer-Krasselt to launch a new brand of condoms, Naughty Bags, for teens.
  • D&R partners with the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) to open a PrEP clinic at D&R.

2018

  • D&R secured Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) funding to expand teen pregnancy prevention and teen STI prevention services.  This funded the Rubber Rover during the summer of 2018.
  • D&R created the Colors in Bloom LGBTQ youth self love and resiliency campaign including billboards, bus ads, and a music video with Lex Allen.
  • D&R was awarded 88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s Humanitarian Award.
  • D&R secured Ryan White funding to support our HIV testing work.
  • D&R was selected as the PrideFest Plus One campaign beneficiary.

2019

  • D&R started the Keep It Up research project with the Institute of Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University.
  • D&R secured Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) 5-year grant for statewide AVP work.
  • D&R opened a new office in Appleton.
  • D&R was awarded 18-month DHS contract to conduct a trans needs assessment.
  • D&R was awarded Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grant to develop a Peer Navigator program for people living with HIV who are not currently in care.

2020

  • Participated in social justice marches/action following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police.
  • Successfully navigated the COVID Pandemic while still maintaining D&R services, including in-person HIV and STI testing.
  • Awarded the Nonprofit Organization of the Year award from the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
  • Awarded the Progress in Youth Activism award from the Shepherd Express LGBTQ Progress Awards.