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  • Study: Youth suicides highest in right-wing areas

    Suicide attempts by gay teens – and even straight kids – are more common in politically conservative areas where schools don’t have programs supporting gay rights, a study involving nearly 32,000 high school students found. Those factors raised the...
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  • Community center shifts to self-selecting board

    The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center has enacted major changes in its bylaws, including a shift from a board elected by members to one that’s board-appointed. The Nov. 29 vote approving the bylaws was the third time in the past 18 months that members...
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  • Sex researchers find straight men search for large penises online

    The new book “A Billion Wicked Thoughts” by neuroscientists Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam used a computer program to analyze a billion Web searches and gather insights on sexual desire. Among the researchers’ many surprising findings was that straight men...
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  • Michigan mayor under fire for anti-gay post

    A new Michigan mayor is under fire for on old Facebook statement that she might throw away an “I love New York” bag because the state legalized same-sex marriage. Troy Mayor Janice Daniels was elected to the office in November. ...
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  • Court candidate Carolina Stark has a compelling story to tell

    Carolina Stark's life would make a good story for a feature film. It would be a feel-good movie, the kind that makes you proud to be an American. Stark's father, a small-town Wisconsinite, met her mother while serving in the Armed Forces in Colombia. She...
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  • Walker and other GOP lawmakers to sit out Labor Day events

    Gov. Scott Walker and many of the state’s other Republican lawmakers, including state Sen. Alberta Darling, will sit out Labor Day events this year. Walker issued a Labor Day proclamation praising the state’s workers. But the governor said that on Se...
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  • McDonald's fires employee who videotaped beating of trans woman

    The owner of a Baltimore-area McDonald’s has fired an employee who videotaped the beating of a transgender customer on April 18. More than half a million people viewed the violent attack on You Tube and other sites. “My first and foremost concern is ...
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  • Have you met Miss Jones?
    an interview with Shirley Jones

    In a career spanning more than 50 years, Shirley Jones established herself as a multi-faceted performer, starring on stage, screen and television. Although she is perhaps best remembered as the mother in the 1960s TV hit  “The Partridge Family,” Jone...
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  • Man confesses to slaying of Desiree Harrell

    A man has confessed to the fatal shooting of Desiree Marie Harrell, a popular and beloved member of Milwaukee’s LGBT community.  Raymond Earl Baker, 35, told police that he shot Harrell, who was romantically involved with his wife, in the early mornin...
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  • Under the Streetlamp phenom to rock Mequon

    Singer Michael Cunio loves his work and his enthusiasm is distinctly palpable. “We look at each other when we’re on stage and think, ’Holy shit! This is our job!’ ”the out former rock singer exclaims. “We’re clocked in. Can you believe this...
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  • AIDS Quilt panels coming to MAM

    From June 8 to June 20, Milwaukee area residents and visitors will be able to see a portion of the AIDS Memorial Quilt for the first time in more than four years. The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Art Museum have joined forces t...
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  • Cody’s mom: ‘I must finish what he started’

    Among the questions surrounding the suicide of her son, there’s one that torments Darla Barker the most: If she’d come home earlier on Sept. 13, would Cody still be alive today? Cody, 17, was nine days into his senior year of high school when he h...
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  • Extreme Vukmir confidential

    Republican state Rep. Leah Vukmir, D-Wauwatosa, is currently running for the 5th District state senate seat against incumbent Democrat Sen. Jim Sullivan.  All indications point to this being the highest profile race for the state legislature this year...
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  • Court dismisses religious discrimination claim by Wal-Mart worker

    A federal appeals court in Illinois ruled that a worker was not a victim of religious discrimination when she was fired for harassing a gay coworker. According to court documents, Tanisha Matthews worked as an overnight stocker at a Wal-Mart store in Jol...
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  • A life in the theater
    For out actor Michael Rupert, ‘Legally Blonde’ is the latest stop in a career that spans half a century

    Michael Rupert would just like everyone to know that he really is a nice guy, at least offstage. The Tony Award-winning actor has played plenty of “bad guys and charming jerks” throughout his accomplished stage career. Now at 58, Rupert is in t...
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  • Co-founder of new anti-gay group has multiple arrest record

    Anti-gay activists have created a new group that aims to overturn Appleton’s domestic partner benefits policy. The Appleton Common Council voted Sept. 7 to extend employment benefits to the registered same-sex domestic partners of city workers. But for...
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  • Man found dead at Milwaukee bathhouse

    A 54-year-old man was found dead at Milwaukee’s Midtowne Spa, 315 S. Water St., on Jan. 3. The cause of death is under investigation. The man, whose name has not been released, was last seen alive on video going to his room at the gay bathhouse at 3:42...
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  • Shawano school paper runs hate column

    Shawano middle-schooler Tanner Uttecht went home one January day carrying a newspaper column to discuss.  The Shawano High School Hawk Post contained a page with point-counterpoint commentary on gays adopting and parenting children. Tanner and his three...
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  • Homeless LGBT youth fare worse than straights

    Homeless LGBT youth remain homeless longer than their straight counterparts and are far more likely to live on the streets, in a vacant building, in a public facility (such as a bus station or a library) or with a stranger. They also are less likely to ...
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  • Homophobia driving young people from church

    Homophobia may be an irrational fear, but what explains the particularly irrational fears of evangelical Christians? Sociologists Robert Putnam and David Campbell offer a new and intriguing take on this question in “American Grace: How Religion Divides...
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