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MPD Pride: LGBTQIA+ Resource Group

MOD Pride LogoMPD Pride Mission Statement: MPD Pride is a LGBTQIA+ resource group comprised of LGBTQIA+ employees and allies within the City of Madison Police Department. Our mission is to serve as a resource to employees within MPD by providing education, information, and support. Additionally, we serve as the points of contact for members of the LGBTQIA+ community within Madison, working to cultivate trust and to offer an additional level of support to LGBTQIA+ individuals in need of police services.

For more information, or to reach out to the group, please send an email to

MPD Pride

from left to right, Sam Schwartz (She/they), Nicki Stapleton (she/her), Cindy Thiesenhusen (She/her) (retired), Nicole Schmitgen (she/her)

MPD Pride

left to right: Liz Erickson (she/her), Nicki Stapleton (she/her), Nicole Schmitgen (she/her)

Crisis & Support Hotlines

  • LGBT National Hotline: 888-843-4564
  • LGBT National Youth Talkline: 800-246-7743
  • LGBT National Senior Hotline: 888-234-7243
  • Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
  • LGBT National Coming Out Support Hotline: 888-688-5428


Medical Resources

Legal Resources

Dates to Remember

Name Date Notes
Agender Pride Day May 19 Day to promote awareness of agender individuals
Aromantic Spectrum Awareness Week First full week after February 14 Week to promote information and awareness about aromantic spectrum identities and the issues they face
Asexual Awareness Week Last full week of October Week to promote awareness of those on the asexual spectrum
Bisexual Awareness Week Week surrounding September 23 Also referred to as BiWeek, and Bisexual+ Awareness Week
Day of Silence April Day varies from year to year; GLSEN's Day of Silence is an organizing tool to end the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bias.
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia May 17 The main purpose of the May 17 mobilizations is to raise awareness of violence, discrimination, abuse, and repression of LGBT communities worldwide.
International Pronouns Day Third Wednesday in October An annual event that seeks to make sharing, respecting and educating about personal pronouns commonplace
International Transgender Day of Visibility March 31 Celebrated to bring awareness to transgender people and their identities as well as recognize those who helped fight for rights for transgender people
Intersex Awareness Day October 26 Celebrated in October to commemorate the first intersex protest, which took place in Boston, MA
Lesbian Visibility Day April 26 Annual day to celebrate, recognize, and bring visibility to lesbians
LGBT Pride Month June June is celebrated as Pride in honor of the Stonewall Riots, though Pride events occur all year round. It also marks the month that same-sex marriage was legalized in the United States.
National Coming Out Day October 11  
Non-Binary Awareness Week Week surrounding July 14th, Sunday-Saturday A week by, for, and about non-binary people, that includes celebrating non-binary people, non-binary advocacy, and educating and raising awareness about non-binary experiences and needs. Started by @NBWeek on Twitter.
Pansexual & Panromantic Awareness Day May 24 Annual day to promote awareness of and celebrate pansexual & panromantic identities.
Transgender Awareness Week Typically second week of November Week to educate about transgender and gender non-conforming people and the issues associated with their transition or identity.
Transgender Day of Remembrance November 20 Day to memorialize those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia
World AIDS Day December 1 Recognized in 1988 by the United Nations


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