Milwaukee Gaze

UWM creates housing policy to accommodate needs of LGBT students

Written by WiG Saturday, 16 February 2013 13:33

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has created a new housing policy to meet the unique needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender non-conforming students – as well as their allies and other students who have specific needs based on their cultural background or identity.

UWM is the first institution in the University of Wisconsin system to approve such a policy. It goes into effect at the beginning of the fall 2013 semester, according to a press statement issued on Feb. 15. Incoming students will be able to select an inclusive housing assignment as part of the enrollment process.

Milwaukee LGBT center cheers Oscar nominee

Written by WiG Tuesday, 22 January 2013 05:32

The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center is cheering Academy Award nominations for filmmaker Michael Raisler, who was active in the organization’s Project Q program.

Raisler’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild” was nominated for four Academy Awards, including best picture, best director, best actress and best adapted screenplay.

Man incompetent to be tried in Minn. church damage

Written by AP Saturday, 08 December 2012 08:50

A judge has ruled that a man accused of vandalizing churches in Buffalo, Minn., and leaving behind anti-gay posters is mentally incompetent for trial.

Prosecutor Elizabeth Larson says 30-year-old Wade Murray was moved from jail to a state-run mental health treatment facility.

MPS again delays action on implementing benefits

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 02 November 2012 12:35

The Milwaukee Public Schools Board has again delayed action on facilitating access to domestic partner benefits for MPS employees.

The current application process is more burdensome than any used by other employers in Wisconsin, say equality advocates.

Milwaukee Quakers protest marriage inequality

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 07 February 2013 14:47

Quakers, also known as the Religious Society of Friends, have long been at the forefront of efforts to achieve social justice and peace. The movement played a major role in the abolition of slavery in the United States and the United Kingdom during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Quakers have been so strenuously involved in the anti-war movement over the years that the FBI and the Pentagon have kept various “meetings,” the Quaker equivalent of congregations, under surveillance. Under Donald Rumsfeld, the Pentagon had a lengthy file on an anti-war group associated with the Quaker Meeting House in Lake Worth, Fla.

50th anniversary
Peck School celebrates a half century of boosting region's economy and quality of life

Written by Mike Muckian
and Louis Weisberg
Thursday, 10 January 2013 16:10

Milwaukee’s vast and growing cultural scene has not only immeasurably enhanced the region’s quality of life but also created a new economy that’s helped to mitigate the erosion of its manufacturing base. While other once-great cities in the region have become emblems of the Rust Belt, Milwaukee is evolving into a new life through the arts. The creative industries in Milwaukee have grown to the point that they now have the same economic impact as the construction industry, according to commissioned reports.

Joe Pabst and MAM refine the art of AIDS awareness

Written by Debra Brehmer,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 29 November 2012 17:22

Taryn Simon’s “Live HIV.” -Photo: John R. Glembin

Focusing attention on serious issues is a challenge in a culture that seems intent on distracting people from them.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel decides to cease political endorsements

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Saturday, 27 October 2012 15:05

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin’s largest newspaper, has announced that it will not make political endorsements this year.

The newspaper took a lot of heat for backing Supreme Court Justice David Prosser last year as well as Gov. Scott Walker in his recent recall election, even though the endorsements in both cases read to many people like apologies for the embattled candidates they backed.

If it's the first Friday, it's time for Ladies Night Out

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 01 February 2013 09:01

Anne Perry knows, without needing to check a calendar, where she’ll be at about 7 p.m. on Feb. 1 – and any first Friday of 2013.

The same applies for a number of women in the Milwaukee LGBT community.

Milwaukee, Madison score high for LGBT-friendly policies and programs

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 13 December 2012 18:55

A new index scores cities – 137 of them – on LGBT policies and programs and gives perfect marks to 11.

Grow Great Women nurtures leaders

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 29 November 2012 16:51

Kim Loper’s roots are in Milwaukee, but she spent her college years as a transplant in Minneapolis. So when she returned to her hometown, she needed to reestablish herself.

On appeal, UWM grants in-state tuition rate to husband in same-sex marriage

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Saturday, 27 October 2012 13:23

Dr. Robert Schneidewend and Jorge Quintero.

UWM officials have decided to award in-state tuition rates to a gay man who moved to Milwaukee to be with his husband, who’s lived in the city for over a year. The couple was legally married in New York.