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.
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.
Much has changed at the Ambassador Hotel since its doors first opened in 1928. But even more has remained the same with the hotel’s stylish Art Deco interior.
Former Army Lt. Dan Choi is coming to Wisconsin to campaign for an openly gay local candidate and to help raise money for Fair Wisconsin and Equality Wisconsin, the state’s two leading LGBT advocacy groups.
Despite chilly and sometimes overcast weather, PrideFest Milwaukee drew slightly higher attendance this year than in 2012, when weather conditions were perfect.
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.
A larger-than-life portrait of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, created using some 17,000 multi-colored condoms, sounds suspiciously like a gimmick.
The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission recently added sexual orientation and gender expression to its list of characteristics that make citizens especially vulnerable to police bias.
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.
The Milwaukee Pride Parade is seeking to raise nearly $4,000 to hoist rainbow flags along this year’s parade route.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker survived his recall race last summer, but the intense polarization of his political brand has been an overshadowing force in races both preceding and following his victory.
For example, in heavily Democratic Milwaukee County, Carolina Stark pulled off a remarkable coup in April 2012, handily defeating incumbent Circuit Court Judge Nelson Phillips III, whom Walker had appointed to the position just months prior. Political insiders said Walker’s support for Phillips was a large factor in the loss.
Looking for something different to do on a Friday evening after work? A way to meet new LGBT friends away from the bars and the fundraisers?
The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center has the solution. The first Friday of each month, the group hosts an after-work mixer in a different Milwaukee-area restaurant or bar. Appropriately titled TGIF, the roaming event offers free hors d’oeuvres donated by the host venue.