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.
Dramatic changes at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center continue to brighten its financial outlook, say the group’s new leaders.
In the past several months, volunteers, many of whom were involved in establishing the center in the late 1990s, have revamped the board, created new operational policies and renegotiated the center’s lease arrangement to more favorable terms.
Kingston Lenard has always loved and accepted his gay uncle, but the idea of becoming a spokesmodel for LGBT equality never crossed his mind.
PrideFest Milwaukee’s 25th anniversary event broke prior revenue records and increased attendance by 10 percent over 2011, its organizers reported. A total of 28,137 people attended the annual Pride festival, one of the nation’s largest.
The headliners draw the largest crowds and attract most of the media attention at PrideFest. But this year’s event, which lights up the Summerfest Grounds from June 8 to June 10, deserves as much appreciation for its strong line-up of local LGBT and allied entertainers as for its stars.
Michael Raisler, producer of the award-winning independent film “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” -Photo: Courtesy Milwaukee LGBT Community Center
A new lounge is opening in Milwaukee – an intimate space with an impressive entertainment lineup.
The Milwaukee man accused of fatally shooting beloved Milwaukee activist Desiree Marie Harrell on Jan. 2 was set, at press time, to go on trial later this month.
Raymond Earl Baker, 35, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and faces up to life in prison if convicted.