Equality Wisconsin Records, 2001-2013


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.