Opinion

Still the elephant in the room

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Friday, 25 July 2014 13:25

From a poster for a Take Back the Night action.

Thirty-five years ago, as editor of Amazon: Milwaukee’s Feminist Press, I reported on the murders of Heather Halseth, Alice Alzner, Joanne Esser, Janet Marie Bey and Nancy Lynn Radbill. 

Hope for the future: Climate change is no longer a problem to be solved in some distant future

Written by From the Brattleboro (Vermont) Reformer Tuesday, 08 July 2014 05:26

Hardly a day goes by that we don’t hear about the dire consequences of climate change and the impending doom it will bring on the planet and all of mankind. Heat trapping gases created by our reliance on and addiction to fossil-fuel energy sources are raising the temperatures in our oceans and our atmosphere, melting ice caps throughout the polar regions and causing extreme weather patterns all over the globe.

Taxpayers subsidize billionaires’ political ads

Written by Mike McCabe,
Special to WiG
Sunday, 15 June 2014 15:58

That the billionaire Koch brothers are spending upwards of $1 million to launch an election-year advertising campaign in Wisconsin to sing the praises of Gov. Scott Walker’s policies comes as no surprise. What might not be readily apparent to casual observers is that taxpayers are subsidizing this electioneering.

Proud of Wisconsin’s commitment to fairness

Written by Mary Burke Friday, 30 May 2014 14:34

In Wisconsin, we have a long history of rolling up our sleeves, digging in and doing the hard work that has to be done to keep our values intact and our communities thriving.

 Our state has been a pioneer in social reform for over a century. In 1911, Wisconsin was the first state to pass a worker’s compensation law. In 1918, we were the first state to ratify the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote. In 1932, we were the first state to enact an unemployment compensation law. In 1982, we were the first state to put non-discrimination laws into place protecting sexual orientation.

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Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 24 July 2014 12:55

Love wins and chaos ensues

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Thursday, 26 June 2014 16:55

We all knew it was coming, yet U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb’s ruling against Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban sent many of us into a flutter of activity that bordered on chaos — blissful chaos, but chaos nonetheless.

Quick! Leave work early! Get down to the courthouse! Bring your ID, some money for the license! Do you have the rings? Pick up the kids! Call mom and dad! Oh my God, it’s really happening! Hurry!

Remembering past LGBT community leaders

Written by Jamakaya Sunday, 15 June 2014 15:50

During Pride season, my thoughts fly to the people who helped get us to where we are, those who are no longer with us to celebrate and share the fun.

The incredible vanishing city

Written by James Rowen,
Special to WiG
Thursday, 15 May 2014 15:23

The Milwaukee skyline.

Milwaukee residents and businesses are paying taxes to support the Wisconsin Department of Tourism website. But the City of Milwaukee, which has the lion's share of the state's cultural attractions, is virtually missing on the site.

Lesbian-themed summer reading

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Thursday, 10 July 2014 19:49

Sarah Waters has published five novels that have been literary sensations and bestsellers. Tipping the Velvet is a lesbian romp across the stages and back alleys of late Victorian England. Affinity and Fingersmith are riveting psychological and sexual thrillers. The Night Watch is a World War II drama about love and loss, and The Little Stranger is a great ghost story.

We have to wait until September for Waters’ erotic thriller The Paying Guests. She declared, “There will be lesbians,” to the delight of her core readers, who were disappointed by the lack of lesbians in her last book. In the meantime, Bloomsbury has published a Sarah Waters essay collection that offers fresh insights into her work. 

Lego’s building blocks to diversity

Written by Steve Clines,
LEGO
Friday, 27 June 2014 13:49

From a 1980s LEGO ad campaign.

Through a partnership between Madison Metropolitan School District, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Welcoming Schools program and Gender Spectrum, elementary school students analyzed LEGO sets and marketing and, taking inspiration from a LEGO ad from 1981, came up with a 21st century ad to remind LEGO that “diversity is perfect.” LEGO responded:

Revisiting ‘Pride and Prejudice’

Written by Jamakaya,
Columnist
Friday, 30 May 2014 14:36

Combating our epidemic of violence

Written by L. Craig Williams Friday, 16 May 2014 12:20

We pay large amounts of money to watch people kill one another on giant movie theater screens.

Video games allow for players to live a psychopathic life of crime.