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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.