Updated May 17, 2006 Compiled & written by Mike Fitzpatrick
Quest News Update
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Rainbow Over Wisconsin Pride Project Decorates Gay Venues Statewide
Appleton - If gay clubs, taverns and other businesses around Wisconsin seem a little more colorful this month, it’s likely in part due to a regional charity’s promotion of pride month. Rainbow Over Wisconsin has invited dozens of gay-friendly businesses to sell Wisconsin Pride flags to benefit the group’s Community Enrichment Fund throughout the month of June. The flags, which contain a rainbow-colored silhouette of the state of Wisconsin, can be personalized and sell for a dollar each.
“The Wisconsin pride rainbows not only brighten up the sponsoring businesses, they support the community as well,” ROW President Dean Dayton told Quest. The pride flag’s sale kicked off at Dayton’s Sheboygan club The Blue Lite during ROW’s 2nd Annual Brat Fry, Tea Dance, Auction & Show there May 29. The flags will be on sale through the end of June.
Dayton also noted that ROW had just granted the Action Wisconsin Education Fund a $5000 to continue educational outreach on the marriage and civil union ban. AWEF is associated with the Fair Wisconsin effort to defeat the November 7 referendum on proposed constitutional amendment. ROW also will sponsor the 15th Annual Guernsey Gala to benefit people living with HIV/AIDS served by the Green Bay office of ARCW. The Guernsey Gala kicks off July 22.
“We expect ROW’s lifetime financial support of the LGBT community in central, eastern and northeast Wisconsin to easily surpass $100,00 by the end of 2006,” Dean added. “The Wisconsin pride rainbow sale will help make that possible.”