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  • Ron Johnson’s definition of freedom

    Ron Johnson, the Republican who hopes to take Russ Feingold’s U.S. Senate seat, is willing to spend a good portion of his personal fortune on political ads. But he does not appear to be very concerned about the details of actual public policy. It se...
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  • ‘La Donna’ lives up to the hype

    La Donna Velata. To utter her name is to unleash a whispered intimacy. If you haven’t heard, this woman has arrived in our city as a celebrity, an heiress, a most important persona. She is a painting created by Raphael in 1516. The Milwaukee Art M...
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  • The boys behind the door
    Gays have helped make Door County a top destination

    It’s a familiar scenario in Door County: Visitors are so smitten with the peninsula’s scenic beauty and postcard-quaint villages that they impulsively move here to open the bed-and-breakfast, restaurant or gift shop they’ve always dreamed of owning....
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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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  • CDC confirms resurgent HIV epidemic among black Milwaukee youth

    Federal health officials presented findings March 2 from an investigation into Milwaukee’s rising HIV-infection rate among young African-American men who have sex with other men. Representatives of local HIV/AIDS service organizations who attended the ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • ‘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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  • Old Navy debuts line of gay Pride T-shirts

    Today Old Navy launches a line of LGBT Pride T-shirts for men, women and babies. Ten percent of  proceeds from sales of the shirts will benefit the It Gets Better Project in support of LGBT youth. “We are proud to support the new @OldNavy Gay Pride te...
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  • Three die in London after pastors tell them to stop taking HIV meds

    At least three HIV-infected women in London have died after they stopped taking anti-viral drugs on the advice of their evangelical Christian pastors. The BBC reported that the women were told that God would heal them. ...
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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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  • 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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  • State, M&I Bank workers receive partner benefits

    Two of the state’s largest employers began offering domestic partner benefits Jan. 1. The State of Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds, which handles benefits for most employees of state government and the University of Wisconsin system, now p...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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