Milwaukee Gaze

Remembering Bobbi Fries

Written by Louis Weisberg Friday, 18 October 2013 10:20

Roberta Fries, known as Bobbi, was Queen of the SAGE Spring Fling a few years ago. (SAGE is a social service, and advocacy organization for LGBT seniors.) But she was more widely known for her adoption work. She died Oct. 9 following surgery, while still recovering from a previous fall.

Bobbi founded her Adoption Option agency in 1985 and over the next quarter century was instrumental in the placement of babies and children in many lesbian and gay families, as well as in numerous other families. Until recently Bobbi hosted a picnic each summer to bring adoptive families together.

New business is cocoon for emerging artists in Riverwest

Written by Brandon Miller,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 22 August 2013 12:29

The Cocoon Room. - PHOTO: Courtesy

It’s a Sunday afternoon and Rachel Buth is working on a tank-top design for a client. She’s reducing her design down to two colors with the help of friend and Cocoon Room co-owner Shelia Teruty. Amid the creative idea sharing, Amanda Mills, the store’s third co-owner, is showing a curious passerby the space’s clothing boutique and art section. 

Ann Coulter to appear at Milwaukee's Riverside Theater

Written by WiG Friday, 19 July 2013 13:29

Far-right author and political commentator Ann Coulter is coming to Milwaukee as part of the author series.

She’ll appear at the Riverside Theater at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19. 

Priceless artifacts and contemporary performers at Milwaukee Masonic Center

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 09:38

The Masonic Center's 450-seat auditorium has recently been upgraded with new sound and lighting equipment. -PHOTO: Courtesy

Performer Prince Poppycock may have felt right at home when he brought his act as a roguish operatic dandy to Milwaukee’s Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center on April 20. The character, played by out performer John Andrew Quale, harkens to an earlier time, but repurposed for a 21st-century audience.

Talk about scary
Charlie Sykes, Mark Belling dominate Milwaukee talk radio

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 18 October 2013 09:36

It's clear that an umbilical cord exists between Gov. Scott Walker’s administration and Milwaukee’s right-wing talk radio stars. But who exactly gives them their marching orders?

Remember the “Fairness Doctrine”? It was an FCC regulation that required broadcasters to showcase opposing views on controversial issues. If a television host featured a guest speaking against LGBT equality, for instance, a pro-equality guest would have been required to balance the conversation.

UPDATED STORY A Milwaukee man is being held on $5 million bond for allegedly stabbing to death a Shorewood man with whom he had an intimate relationship. It was the first homicide recorded in the leafy Milwaukee suburb in 20 years.

Homer D. Washington, who lives at Apt. 4, 9307 W. Silver Spring Drive, Milwaukee, was charged with first-degree intentional homicide and use of a dangerous weapon in the death of Clarence Charles, 57. Washington, 21, also has been charged with taking and driving Charles’ vehicle without consent.

Politically queer
Chris Abele defies labels and stereotypes

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 28 June 2013 10:45

Chris Abele greets the crowd at the opening of PrideFest Milwaukee on June 7. -Photo: Dave Lauersdorf

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele – millionaire, philanthropist and proud LGBT ally – is that oddest of ducks on Wisconsin’s current political scene. He’s a progressive Democrat who’s willing to deal with Republican leaders on behalf of his constituents. In fact, he actually talks to Gov. Scott Walker. 

Milwaukee’s most famous dead come to life on Memorial Day at Forest Home

Written by Elle Fausel,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 16 May 2013 14:51

Is there something you’d like to ask Horace Chase, Milwaukee’s 14th mayor? Would you like a one-on-one with a Civil War veteran? Perhaps you have a cooking question for Fred Usinger? Bring your inquiries to Forest Home Cemetery, 2405 W. Forest Home Ave., on Memorial Day, May 27. Several family-friendly activities will take place on the grounds.  Admission is free and there is ample parking.

Milwaukee LGBT Center pays off debt

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 22 August 2013 13:47

Paul Williams. – PHOTO: Dave Lauersdorf

The once-beleaguered Milwaukee LGBT Community Center has eliminated its largest debt, which originally amounted to $500,000 for back rent and remodeling costs owed to the organization’s landlord.

From India with love
Out MPD officer has daughter through Indian surrogacy service

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Saturday, 27 July 2013 11:47

Curt Villalobos, left, and Mike Kuykendall hold Isabella. She’s now 6 months old and thriving. -Photo: Courtesy

Out Milwaukee Police Officer Mike Kuykendall, 39, went to great lengths to become a father. He went all the way to India. 

PrideFest 2013
New sponsors, record numbers

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 13 June 2013 16:13

Photo: Dave Lauersdorf

Despite chilly and sometimes overcast weather, PrideFest Milwaukee drew slightly higher attendance this year than in 2012, when weather conditions were perfect.

PrideFest expands stages and programming

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 16 May 2013 12:37

The organizers of PrideFest Milwaukee say they’ve expanded this year’s event to include a new stage along with a broader array of activities and performances than ever before. 

Last year PrideFest – North America’s largest LGBT music festival – broke 25 years of attendance records, drawing 28,137 people to the Summerfest grounds. Near-perfect weather and a strong lineup of headliners brought the event’s books back into the black after a disappointing turnout in 2011 left PrideFest’s future imperilled, said PrideFest president Scott Gunkel.