Milwaukee

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.

Momentum builds at Milwaukee LGBT Community Center

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writerS
Thursday, 28 June 2012 21:29

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.

Miracal Lenard and her uncle Ronnie Grace

Kingston Lenard has always loved and accepted his gay uncle, but the idea of becoming a spokesmodel for LGBT equality never crossed his mind.

Comic Jewell headlines Milwaukee fundraiser

Written by Jamakaya,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 03 May 2012 20:28

The story went viral: Was Geri Jewell, the actress, stand-up comic, lesbian and disability activist going to be featured on “Dancing With the Stars?”

Epidemic of shame
Sexual abuse twists lives, contorts socitey

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Sunday, 29 July 2012 19:22

The courtroom testimony last month in the sex abuse case of former Penn State football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was all too familiar to Milwaukeean Karl Larson.

PrideFest 2012 reports record revenue

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writerS
Sunday, 17 June 2012 10:46

Mayor Tom Barrett and PrideFest president Scott Gunkel at the opening ceremony. - Photo: Adam Horwitz

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.

Homegrown Pride
PrideFest 2012 showcases local queer talent

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writerS
Sunday, 03 June 2012 17:40

GOD-DES and She

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.

Native son
Acclaimed film producer says Milwaukee LGBT Community Center inspired him to success

Written by Gregg Shapiro,
staff writer
Sunday, 29 July 2012 18:02

Michael Raisler, producer of the award-winning independent film “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” -Photo: Courtesy Milwaukee LGBT Community Center

Michael Raisler, producer of the award-winning independent film “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”  -Photo: Courtesy Milwaukee LGBT Community Center

Lounging by the lake
PrideFest hosts Wom!nz Spot Lounge and Café

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Sunday, 03 June 2012 20:06

Mandy Cappleman

 A new lounge is opening in Milwaukee – an intimate space with an impressive entertainment lineup.

Trial date set for Harrell's alleged killer

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 18 May 2012 07:28

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.