Equality Wisconsin Records, 2001-2013

Summary Information
Title: Equality Wisconsin Records
Inclusive Dates: 2001-2013

  • Equality Wisconsin
Call Number: UWM Manuscript Collection 331

Quantity: .6 cubic ft. (2 boxes)
Archival Location:
UW-Milwaukee Libraries, Archives / Milwaukee Area Research Ctr. (Map)

Records of Equality Wisconsin from the organization's founding in 2001, as the LGBT Center Advocates, until its dissolution in 2013. Included are meeting minutes, bylaws, event and fundraiser flyers, and promotional materials.

Language: English

URL to cite for this finding aid: http://digital.library.wisc.edu/1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-mil-uwmmss0331
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Equality Wisconsin was a nonprofit, social welfare organization dedicated to securing equal rights under the law for Wisconsin's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The organization was founded in 2001 as LGBT Center Advocates, consolidating elements of the Domestic Partnership Task Force, the Human Rights League, and the LGBT Alliance for Equality. During the first years of its existence, Center Advocates was affiliated with the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center. From 2004 to 2006, it partnered with Action Wisconsin to oppose the state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions. The constitutional ban passed in November 2006 by a margin of 59.4% to 40.6%. Following the campaign, Center Advocates worked to establish domestic partner benefits for Milwaukee city employees and non-discrimination protections for transgender people. Center Advocates became an independent organization in 2008, and in June 2009 its members voted to change the agency's name to Equality Wisconsin. A charitable arm, Equality Wisconsin Fund, was established in 2008. Equality Wisconsin waged campaigns for LGBT equality and awareness, including educational efforts in Milwaukee's religious, African-American, and Latino communities. On June 29, 2013 Equality Wisconsin and Fair Wisconsin (formerly, Action Wisconsin) jointly announced a merger in order to more effectively pool resources and increase effectiveness. This merged organization exists as Fair Wisconsin.

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes an incomplete set of meeting materials, press releases, and newsletters for the LGBT Center Advocates and Equality Wisconsin. Included are records pertaining to efforts to oppose the constitutional ban on same-sex marriages and civil unions and to secure domestic partner benefits for Milwaukee city employees, non-discrimination protections for transgender individuals, and adoption rights for same-sex partners.

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Administrative/Restriction Information
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials, and the collection is open to all members of the public in accordance with state law.

Use Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright which may be involved in the use of this collection (Wisconsin Statutes 19.21-19.39).

Acquisition Information

Equality Wisconsin donated this collection in August and October 2013 (accessions 2013-022 and 2013-023).

Processing Information

Emma Cobb (supervised by Michael Doylen) processed the collection from October 2013 to March 2014.

Contents List
Box   1
Folder   1
Adoption Rights, 2011
Box   1
Folder   2
African American Outreach Committee, 2004-2005
Box   1
Folder   3
Annual Member Meeting, 2010-2012
Box   1
Folder   4
Articles of Incorporation, 2001 , 2009
Box   1
Folder   5
Bylaws, 2007-2009
Box   1
Folder   8
C(4) Board Meetings, 2012-2013
Box   1
Folder   6
Correspondence Regarding Marriage Issue with Russ Feingold, 2002-2006
Box   1
Folder   7
Correspondence Regarding Marriage Issue with Various Politicians, 2004-2009
Box   1
Folder   9
District Attorney James L. Santelle's Remarks at an LGBT Event, 2013
Box   1
Folder   10
Domestic Partner Benefits, 2007-2010
Box   1
Folder   34
Equality Wisconsin Fund Board Meetings, 2012-2013
Box   1
Folder   35
Equality Wisconsin Fund Bylaws, Missions, and Policies, 2008
Box   1
Folder   36
Equality Wisconsin Fund Draft Letters of Intent, undated
Box   1
Folder   11
Executive Director Reports, 2012
Box   1
Folder   12
Fundraisers, 2003-2010
Box   1
Folder   13
"Getting A Spine" Patrick Flaherty Presentation, 2002
Box   1
Folder   14
History, 2006-2009
Box   1
Folder   15
Latino/LGBT Cross-Issue, 2009
Box   1
Folder   16
Marriage Amendment Campaign, 2004-2007
Box   1
Folder   17-18
Meetings, 2002-2013
Box   1
Folder   19
Merger with Fair Wisconsin, 2008-2013
Box   1
Folder   20
Milwaukee Public School Board Control, undated
Box   1
Folder   21
Newsletters, 2005, 2013
Box   1
Folder   22
Non-Profit Internal Control Document, 2006
Box   1
Folder   23
Organization Affiliation, 2002-2003
Box   2
Folder   1
Photographs, undated
Box   1
Folder   25
Planning Retreats, 2007, 2009
Box   1
Folder   26
Press Releases, 2007-2012
Box   1
Folder   27
Programs, undated
Box   1
Folder   28
Programs and Issues Committee, undated
Box   1
Folder   24
Public Action Committee Board Meetings, 2008
Box   1
Folder   29
Publicity, 2003-2012
Box   1
Folder   30
Resource Allocation Agreement, 2007
Box   1
Folder   31
Task Force Projects, undated
Box   1
Folder   32
Transgender Issues, 2009
Box   1
Folder   33
Wisconsin Voices, 2010