Frequently Asked Questions

Who’s welcome at The Center?

Anyone. We welcome anyone interested in learning more about the LGBT community or related issues, those looking to make a difference, or someone in need of a safe space.

When are you open?

The Center’s hours are driven by volunteer support and times vary everyday. Please check the calendar for the updated schedule. To learn more about helping us keep the Center open longer, please see our Volunteering information.

What is LGBTQQAAIP?

LGBTQQAAIP is an acronym used to emphasize a diversity of sexuality and gender identity-based cultures. Sometimes used to refer to anyone who is non-heterosexual or non-cisgender instead of exclusively to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.

Refer to our LGBTQ Identities Overview for more information.

Isn’t the word “queer” offensive?

In the past, it definitely was. Now, people in the community, especially the younger population, is reclaiming the word. Essentially, queer-identifying people are using it in a non-offensive way, in order to take others’ power to hurt. People who identify as “queer” typically have a unique, personal reason.

What are my rights as an LGBT-identifying person living in…

Wisconsin:

Marriage – Constitutionally banned via referendum in 2006. Ruling overturned June, 2014. Currently before a Federal Appeals Court. Domestic Partnership are legal, offering limited rights.

Adoption – Yes. Wisconsin bans discriminating against prospective parents. However, same sex couples may obtain joint adoption rights through a legal agreement. Second-parent adoption is illegal.

Workplace Discrimination – Illegal, based on sexual orientation. Wisconsin was actually the first state in the nation to ban it in 1982. However, gender identity discrimination is only banned in Dane & Milwaukee Counties.

Gender Reassignment – Yes. Once a person completes sex reassignment surgery, they are allowed to change their gender marker on their birth certificate.

Minnesota:

Marriage – Yes. Signed into law May, 2013.

Adoption – Yes.

Workplace Discrimination – Banned. The law does allow religious organizations, youth groups, and certain small businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation.

Gender Reassignment – Yes. Through a court order.

Iowa:

Marriage – Yes. Signed into law April, 2009

Adoption – Yes.

Workplace Discrimination – Outlawed based on sexual orientation and gender identity since 2007.

Gender Reassignment – Yes. Must have a physician approved treatment completed.

How can I support The Center?

Become a member! Donate your time, donate your skills, donate money. Every little bit helps. See more about how you can support The Center on our Get Involved page.