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  • Realism and magnetism
    an interview with Stephin Merritt

    The Magnetic Fields gets real on “Realism” (Nonesuch). Once again proudly proclaiming “no synths,” the band puts aside the fuzzy (and aptly titled) Jesus and Mary Chain homage of “Distortion” and goes for a more folksy and cuddly acoustic so...
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  • Leaping lesbians!

    Katie Todd and Shelley Miller The busy queer music scene in Chicago is exemplified by Katie Todd and Shelley Miller. Both women can regularly be found performing live throughout the city. The gorgeous title track on “Mumbled Speech” (Level It), ...
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  • Pride Alive returns to Green Bay July 8 - 10

    Pride Alive returns to Green Bay on July 8-10 with an expanded schedule of events that offers something for everyone, says event co-chair Andrew DeBaker. The main event is Saturday, July 9, at Joannes Park. The festivities get underway with a noon openin...
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  • Dahmer’s deadly toll from 1978 to 1994

    A chronology for a man usually begins with his birth, sometimes even with the birth of his parents. Not so for Jeffrey Dahmer, the man so often likened to a monster, who was arrested by the Milwaukee Police Department 20 years ago this month. He was subs...
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  • Boys will be girlz at Brady Street Festival

    When Randy Thompson takes the stage at Milwaukee’s Brady Street Festival on July 30, many in the audience won’t realize they’re watching a movie star. “I went to L.A. for a role in the movie ‘Familee’ with Alan Cummings last month,” says Th...
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  • Unmasked?

    As of press time, the same people who spent millions fighting a massive campaign to overturn same-sex marriage in California were fighting a judge’s decision to videotape a trial to determine Proposition 8’s constitutionality. They claimed the proceed...
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  • ‘Peter Pan’ takes flight at ballet

    The easiest way to get to Neverland is to follow the second star to the right and then head straight on till morning. But you need to be flying in order to get there. Marc Petrocci does all that and more as star of the Milwaukee Ballet’s upcoming wor...
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  • Lesbian couple called heroes in Norway shooting

    A married lesbian couple is credited with saving 40 young people from the right-wing shooter who gunned down 76 in twin attacks in Norway on July 23. Hege Dalen and her spouse Toril Hansen were having dinner on the shore opposite a youth campsite on Utoy...
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  • The right’s ‘darling’ follows Koch’s orders

    No one is expected to benefit from the money of billionaire David Koch and his stealth political organizations more than state Sen. Alberta Darling. One of Koch’s key connections to the Wisconsin Legislature, Darling is fighting challenger Sandy Pasch t...
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  • Planned Parenthood offers free HIV testing

    Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is providing free chlamydia and rapid HIV testing throughout Wisconsin every Monday in April. For a list of locations, go to www.ppwi.org. In addition, Planned Parenthood invites the LGBT community to join its monthly “S...
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  • Activist bishop to head Milwaukee diocese

    An activist against child abuse reform legislation, same-sex marriage, reproductive freedom. MILWAUKEE — The Vatican has named Bishop Jerome Listecki, an activist against child-abuse reform legislation, same-sex marriage, reproductive freedom and stem-...
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  • In solidarity
    Gay workers join anti-Walker protests

    The chant went up from the thousands gathered at the Capitol in Madison: “We are one. We are one.” The same chant went up from those standing in solidarity with the Wisconsin workers at rallies around the United States this week. ...
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  • Go, Jónsi, go
    an interview with Jón ‘Jónsi’ Thor Birgisson

    As front man of the groundbreaking Icelandic band Sigur Rós, the openly gay Jónsi (pronounced Yónsi) provided warmth and an ethereal quality to the band’s lushly chilly songs. It’s hard to imagine what Sigur Rós would sound like absent Jónsi...
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  • West Bend school sued for refusing Gay-Straight Alliance

    After years of being denied official status as a club, the West Bend High School Gay-Straight Alliance filed suit in Milwaukee federal court on May 12, charging school officials with illegal discrimination. The suit came just three days after the GSA...
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  • Confounding lesbian stereotypes

    A recent New York Times headline, citing new Census statistics, declared: “Parenting by Gays More Common in the South.” The article said that child rearing among same-sex couples is more common in the South than other regions. In addition, black an...
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  • Milwaukee settles ‘Naked Boys’ lawsuit

    Five years after a Milwaukee vice squad officer shut down a traveling production of the gay-themed, off-Broadway hit “Naked Boys Singing” at the Milwaukee Gay Arts Center, the city has settled the resulting lawsuit with a $20,000 check delivered ...
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  • Potentially devastating

    The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a potentially devastating blow to democracy with its ruling to roll back restrictions on corporate spending in federal campaigns. The 5-4 decision, with conservative justices forming the majority, could unleash a torrent of co...
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  • Two arrested for brutal attack on gay man outside bar in Oshkosh

    Two men are being held at Winnebago County Jail on charges that they brutally beat a gay man outside PJ’s, 1601 Oregon St., in Oshkosh early Christmas morning. According to a criminal complaint cited in reports by local media, Lyall Ziebell, 20, and Ja...
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  • ‘Purgatorio’ is an epic struggle for forgiveness

    What happens when the tormenter becomes the tormented? Is it possible to forgive someone who has brought about immeasurable pain and suffering? And can salvation truly be achieved by forgiving – and being forgiven? These are but some of the questions...
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  • HIV-positive porn star stands by story

    A clinic frequented by porn stars stood by findings that an adult film actor contracted HIV through personal sexual activity, contradicting his claims that he was infected through work. Adult Industry Medical Healthcare Foundation spokeswoman Jennifer Mi...
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