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October 2020

Soothing the soul through words, images, and action (10/22/2020)

October 22, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CDT

Description: Join FORGE for this dynamic, interactive, experiential, and reflective space that encourages attendees to transform feelings about personal or global loss, trauma, or life-hardships into empowered hope.  Attendees – in a structured, safe, creative setting – will use writing (and maybe a little art and movement too) to address topics that impact us all. Participants will leave with a renewed sense of hope, community, and connection with themselves and with others. All materials provided, but feel free to bring…

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Legal Rights Q&A (10/27/2020)

October 27, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CDT

Description: Got questions about your legal rights? Join us for Q&A about general legal information for trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming residents of Wisconsin. We’ll discuss topics like name/gender marker changes, health care, employment and housing, civil rights and more. Bring your questions!   Zoom link https://forge-forward.zoom.us/j/99426809425 Use computer audio or dial in: +1 929 205 6099  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 994 2680 9425   Presenter: Shelley Gregory (they/them or any pronouns).…

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Game Day! (10/29/2020)

October 29, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CDT

Description: Come kick back and enjoy some playful connecting with other trans+ community members.  We’ll play several different online games which will appeal to just about everyone!  No gaming experience needed.  Come as you are and have some fun relaxing with others.   Zoom link Zoom link https://forge-forward.zoom.us/j/96821176118 Use computer audio or dial in: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) Meeting ID: 968 2117 6118   Facilitators: FORGE Staff ASL, Captions, Recordings, and…

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November 2020

MKE TDOR 2020

November 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CST

MKE TDOR: Ground. Speak. Remember. Connect. Be part of marking the Transgender Day of Remembrance. The greater Milwaukee community will be honoring those who have lost their lives due to anti-transgender bias or violence on Friday, November 20, 2020 through a virtual gathering. This is a COMMUNITY event — for the community, of the community, by the community, and with the community. Part of joining together as a community this year and every year, is to hear multiple voices and…

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December 2020

Coloring and Chatting: A Wintery Theme

December 15, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CST

Join FORGE and friends for a low-key support group to chill, connect with others, chat, and color. Folks will have the opportunity to just BE with each other. What to bring? A cup of hot chocolate or another favorite wintery beverage. A coloring page or book (especially those with a winter theme – snowflakes, holiday symbols, winter sports, festive sparkles, whatever winter means to you) Pens, pencils, markers to color with YOURSELF – however you are feeling, whatever state you…

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Staying Active in the Winter

December 22, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CST

Join us for an informational conversation with Caleb Weinhardt. Physical activity comes in all forms, and we can all find different ways to incorporate enjoyable movement into our lives! We will talk about strategies for staying active safely in the winter-time, as well as during our current health crisis.  Conversation will explore finding joy in new routines, moving our bodies, incorporating the outdoors into our physical activity, and caring for our physical and mental health.   Facilitator:  Caleb Weinhardt Caleb…

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January 2021

Connect: Pets, Animals, and Furry Friends!

January 12, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CST

Did you know that pet adoptions have soared during the COVID-19 pandemic? Many folks are adopting “pandemic pets” or spending more time with the furry friends they already have! Whether you have pets or not, join us on Tuesday, January 12th, to chat about the benefits of spending time with animals, the joy they bring into our lives, our favorite animal stories and photos, favorite wild animals, favorite animal web cams, and more! We invite you to bring your pets…

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COVID Pods, School, Safety, and Shifting Needs

January 26, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CST

As we continue navigating COVID-19, we are each are finding what is comfortable and safe-feeling for ourselves when considering who to include in our inner circle of people who we spend face-to-face time with. We’ll talk about the critical role of having people in our lives and connecting in meaningful ways. Exploring the concepts of our personal bubble will play a central role in our discussion. Zoom link When: Jan 26, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Topic:…

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February 2021

Share the Love: Valentine’s Day Card Making

February 9, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CST

For this Valentine’s Day themed event, we’ll be making valentines, cards, and other crafts to share with others, decorate, or just to enjoy! You’re welcome to use the craft supplies you have access to, or request a packet with materials from FORGE. We invite you to make these crafts for yourself or for others who might love to receive a card during this time of limited social interaction! If you'd like to receive a Valentine's Day Care Package with crafting…

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A look into the world of fashion model Dezjorn Gauthier

February 27, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm CST

Let’s Chat: A look into the world of fashion model Dezjorn Gauthier BlackTransHistory month is almost over – but the work, passion, and brilliance of Black Trans Excellence is ever-present.   Join FORGE and guest speaker Dezjorn Gauthier – model, public speaker, pageant host, entrepreneur, and much more.  He will talk about some of his amazing journey, as well as include share about the often-under-discussed culture of pageants and runways.  Join us!   When: Feb 23, 2021 03:00 PM Central Time…

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