For the fourth year, Cap Times reporters have asked several Madisonians to share “bright ideas” they have for the coming year. We will publish the 2017 edition of Bright Ideas throughout the next week.
Nonprofit and social justice organizations in Wisconsin have always been good at working together to maximize our limited resources. This allows us to build on each other’s strengths and to have the greatest impact on achieving our common goals. In the past few years at Fair Wisconsin, I have been especially excited to work so closely and effectively with many other Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) and allied organizations and funders to advance equality and defend the gains we have made as a movement.
The Wisconsin Transgender Health Coalition, a diverse statewide coalition of individuals and organizations, particularly stands out. The WTHC has organized our collective efforts to end discrimination against the transgender and gender non-conforming community. We have come together in the context of public policy and legislation, violence prevention, public health, research and community building.
In 2016 the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and Wisconsin Partnership Program awarded a two-year grant to Fair Wisconsin Education Fund on behalf of the Wisconsin Transgender Health Coalition to help support a staff person for the coalition and to create an online searchable database of healthcare providers who have expertise and experience in serving transgender and gender non-conforming patients — a much needed resource for the transgender community in Wisconsin, and a very bright idea.