Milwaukee Gaze

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.

At 85, the Ambassador Hotel is an architectural gem with great secrets

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 02 May 2013 16:24

The Art Deco lobby of the Ambassador Hotel. -Photo: Courtesy

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.

Dan Choi headlines March 25 joint fundraiser for Equality Wisconsin, Fair Wisconsin

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 14 March 2013 09:47

Dan Choi. -PHOTO: Courtesy

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.

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.

Condom portrait of Ex-Pope Benedict goes on display in Third Ward

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 18 April 2013 15:57

Photo: Niki Johnson “Eggs Benedict,” above, is at Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee’s Third Ward. -Photo: Courtesy

A larger-than-life portrait of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, created using some 17,000 multi-colored condoms, sounds suspiciously like a gimmick.

New MPD policy recognizes bias risk LGBT citizens face from officers

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 22 February 2013 10:13
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Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn

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. 

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.

Milwaukee Pride Parade seeks help in saving rainbow flags along 2nd Street

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 10 May 2013 14:16

The flags are seen here attached to the lampposts during the 2012 Milwaukee Pride Parade. This year’s parade route stretches from 2nd Street and Greenfield Avenue to 2nd Street and Oregon Avenue in Walker’s Point. - Photo: Adam Horwitz

The Milwaukee Pride Parade is seeking to raise nearly $4,000 to hoist rainbow flags along this year’s parade route.

Right-wing group spends $167,000 on campaign of Walker-appointed Milwaukee judge

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Sunday, 24 March 2013 20:55

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.

Milwaukee LGBT Community Center comes out every second Friday

Written by Louis Weisberg Thursday, 21 February 2013 14:38

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.