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 six priority areas:  Acceptance, Cultivating Leaders, Mental Health, Sexual Health, Partner & Community Violence, 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.