Milwaukee Gaze

Brumder Mansion offers charm, theater and an occasional visitor from the other side

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 18 October 2012 12:39

Milwaukee’s Brumder Mansion. -Photo: paranormalincorporatedblogspot.com

Haunted houses have always held an appeal for us, but my wife and I never had the opportunity – or the courage – to spend the night in one. Instead, we thought we’d start slowly, perhaps with a haunted room in one of Milwaukee’s grand homes.

UWM denies in-state tuition to gay spouse

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 21 September 2012 13:49

Jorge Quintero and Robert Schneidewend.

Citing Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions, the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee denied in-state tuition to the husband of a local resident who married him in New York.

No prophet is accepted in his own hometown, as the saying goes, and that’s certainly been filmmaker Justin Eugene Evans’ experience. Although the New Berlin resident is not native to the Milwaukee suburb, he credits his local address with preventing him from getting his award-winning film “A Lonely Place for Dying” shown on Milwaukee-area movie screens.

Gay Milwaukee man celebrates 100th birthday

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 10 August 2012 19:56

Ken Fells. -Photo: Adam Horwitz

One of the most common and malicious myths that homophobes perpetrate about LGBT people is that they live on average 20 years less than heterosexuals, due to their “unhealthy homosexual lifestyle.”

Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival reflects global diversity

Written by Mike Muckian,
Contributing writer
Friday, 05 October 2012 16:13
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Aging lesbian partners make a humorous and touching break for the Canadian border. A stirring documentary chronicles one group’s struggle against the AIDS epidemic. Gay men and transgenders fight for survival in three different homosexual-intolerant countries.

Guerilla propagandists
Protesters overcome harassment, draw worldwide attention

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 11 September 2012 13:59

Volunteers with the Overpass Light Brigade display their support for striking workers of Palermo’s Pizza at the Ring Street overpass on I-43 on Aug. 27. –Photo: Adam Horwitz

Volunteers with the Overpass Light Brigade display their support for striking workers of Palermo’s Pizza at the Ring Street overpass on I-43 on Aug. 27.  -Photo: Adam Horwitz

Christian zealots shut down play in Delafield

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 30 August 2012 19:57

Emmitt Morgans, Nate Press and Brian Faracy in “The Bible – The Complete Word of God (abridged).

“The Bible –The Complete Word of God (abridged)” features three actors taking on dozens of characters from biblical lore. Costumes fly around the stage as fast as groaner puns. From the first fig leaf, it’s obvious the play is intended as a light-hearted farce.

Right wing 'Dems' out to beat progressives Pasch and Zamarripa in Aug. 14 primary

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 09 August 2012 15:44

Millie Coby opposes reproductive choice and is a minister in a church that promotes the belief that homosexuality is a sin. Yet black Democratic leaders have endorsed her over progressive Sandy Pasch in the 10th Assembly District primary because of her race.

State Reps. JoCasta Zamarripa and Sandy Pasch, along with their supporters, charge that their Democratic primary opponents’ views are more in line with Republicans than with mainstream Democrats.

Ryan Braun steps up to plate for AIDS Walk

Written by WiG Friday, 21 September 2012 16:31

Milwaukee Brewers left-fielder Ryan Braun serves as the honorary chair of AIDS Walk Wisconsin, which takes place Oct. 6 at the Summerfest Grounds in Milwaukee. We asked the slugger via email about his involvement with the fundraiser, which benefits the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin.

Milwaukee’s historic Trostel Mansion goes up for sale

Written by Kat Murrell,
Contributing writer
Sunday, 09 September 2012 09:09

The broad, tree-lined streets winding above the Lake Michigan shoreline on Milwaukee’s East Side are abundant with diverse architectural gems. Revivalist styles, from ornate Italianate villas to stately homes heavy with English Tudor gravitas, stand proudly side by side.

One of the area’s more notable homes, the Trostel mansion, 2611 N. Terrace Ave., is on the market.

Milwaukee hosts gay softball tournament

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Saturday, 25 August 2012 17:58

Tina Owen and Jennifer Morales have been together for seven years. -Photo: Facebook

Equality advocates were overjoyed when the Milwaukee Public Schools decided in September 2008 to extend employee health benefits to the same-sex partners of city school workers. The decision was hailed as a significant local civil rights advancement.