ART Milwaukee to transform abandoned rail tracks into performance space

Written by Matthew Reddin,
Contributing writer
Friday, 24 January 2014 14:07

ARTery will feature performance art along this former route of a rail line between a bottling company and a box company. -Photo: Beintween

Keith Hayes likes playing with words. The architect and activist’s nonprofit organization is called Beintween, for example. He Kickstarted a project last year to develop a new type of walking path surface called “matireal,” created out of thrown-away rubber car tires. Hayes plans to use that matireal to build a new ‘Creational Trail (add the “re-”, you’ll get it) in Milwaukee’s Harambee neighborhood.

Lesbian fund seeks to build assets, grow community

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 31 October 2013 14:50

Two of the “foremothers” of the Lesbian Fund, India McCanse and Fai De Mark, at the group’s PrideFest booth in 2012. -Photo: Courtesy the Lesbian Fund

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. 

ARCW receives $1 million gift from individual supporter

Written by Louis Weisberg Friday, 15 November 2013 17:02

Milwaukee philanthropist Bill Radler, developer of the world’s best-selling rose, announced a $1 million donation to the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin during a press conference this morning. The largest gift ever received by ARCW from an individual, the donation was announced to coincide with National Philanthropy Day, held each year on Nov. 15.

Radler’s donation, to be spread out over the next three years, will help to fund ARCW’s mental health services. “Over the years, I have come to realize how precious and important mental health is,” Radler said. “The brain needs the body to be healthy. How can you achieve health if you are not mentally well?”

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. 

Center’s new director seems born for the job

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 14 November 2013 13:43

Colleen Carpenter of the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center.

With a smile that lights up the room and a personality that makes you quickly feel as if you’ve known her for years, Colleen Carpenter could host a morning television show or be a star diplomat.

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.