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  • ‘Gay Bar’ offers 1950s snapshot

    “I own a homosexual bar,” Helen Branson declared. “In the nomenclature of the homosexual, it is called a Gay Bar.” Vivacious, unconventional, candid and straight, Helen Branson operated a gay bar in Hollywood in the 1950s. After years of fending...
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  • Carthage College students protest anti-gay speaker

    Students at Carthage College staged a rally Feb. 19 to protest the appearance of a speaker who condemns homosexuality as in conflict with “God’s design.” The action, unusual for the liberal arts college in Kenosha, was organized after students le...
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  • Lesbian sex: under the covers

    I finally saw “The Kids are All Right” and have mixed feelings about it. The movie, which has gotten great critical reviews, revolves around a lesbian couple (played by Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) and their teenage kids who are thrown into ...
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  • Gingrich to Iowa Dem: Vote for Obama

    When an Iowa Democrat this week asked Newt Gingrich for his thoughts on gays and lesbians, the presidential hopeful instructed him to vote for Barack Obama. Scott Arnold, a professor at William Penn University and Oskaloosa resident, caught up with Gingr...
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  • Gay soldier booed during GOP presidential debate speaks out

    Army Capt. Stephen Hill told The Associated Press he was thinking about his husband Joshua Snyder when he asked the GOP presidential candidates via YouTube if they would reinstate the ban on gays serving openly in the U.S. military. The question became a...
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  • Probe finds anti-gay climate at Marquette

    Marquette University appears to have few LGBT students, and those who are out on campus face ongoing harassment in classrooms and residence halls, according to an investigation commissioned by university officials. LGBT faculty members also face a hos...
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  • ‘OPEN’ for business
    Madison group for LGBT professionals grows

    Out professionals in Madison now have an in. The establishment of the Out Professional and Executive Network offers the infrastructure and visibility for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied professionals to make connections and build support ...
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  • Violent thunderstorm aborts Pope's anti-gay speech

    An anti-gay speech by Pope Benedict XVI had to be cut short when a sudden, violent thunderstorm whipped off the pontiff’s skullcap and shook the stage on which he was appearing in Madrid. Agence France Presse reported that the storm struck as the pope...
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  • Right-wing judge is wrong for court

    Wisconsin just came out of a very high-profile and contentious election cycle. The public may have some election fatigue, but we should not lose sight of the important races this spring, including the race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Th...
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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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  • War of words imperils license for Janesville’s only gay-friendly bar

    The heated battle over a liquor license in Janesville has brought allegations of homophobia and unleashed a torrent of charges and countercharges between those seeking to maintain an LGBT-friendly bar in the city and those with an apparent vendetta aga...
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  • En pointe
    Michael Pink creates stories that dance

    As far as Michael Pink is concerned, comparisons between him and Billy Elliott, the fictional lad from northern England who gave up boxing to pursue ballet, are purely coincidental. But as artistic director of the Milwaukee Ballet, Pink has created a one-...
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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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  • Home Depot stands firm against anti-gay group

    Despite its political giving to right-wing political leaders, Home Depot says it will not cave in to a boycott by the anti-gay American Family Association and change its pro-equality workplace policies. AFA executive vice president Buddy Smith traveled t...
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  • CDC to present findings on soaring youth HIV rate in Milwaukee

    Officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will return to Milwaukee March 2 to present findings from their investigation into the soaring  rate of HIV infection among Wisconsin youth. The presentation begins at 5:30 p.m. at the M...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Change swirls inside the landmark Shorecrest Hotel

    When Anthony D'Amico took over the Savoy Room Piano Bar and Lounge two years ago, he began re-designing a hospitality venue with a long and varied history. Notably, D'Amico put out a welcome mat for the East Side's large LGBT community through ads in WiG...
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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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