Two leaders building equality

Thursday, 22 August 2013 14:38

Two elected leaders, two different political backgrounds, one common goal – to build an inclusive community for LGBT people.

Appleton Mayor Tim Hanna, a self-proclaimed “fiscally and socially responsible” leader whose endorsement is often sought from GOP candidates, successfully introduced domestic partner benefits for city employees in 2011. Two years later, Outagamie County Executive Thomas Nelson is leading a similar effort at the county level.

Building strength through unity

Written by Katie Belanger,
Contributing writer
Friday, 09 August 2013 12:37

I never expected Salt Lake City to be so welcoming. But when 150-plus queer conference-goers came to town, the city and its people opened their arms to us. 

Why we must keep it personal

Written by Katie Belanger Friday, 12 July 2013 18:06

I had never heard Uncle Don’s coming-out story until our family reunion last week. Don came out late in life, after retirement nearly 20 years ago. His self-exploration took him to San Francisco, where he still lives.

The rough road to PrideFest

Written by Jamakaya Friday, 14 June 2013 10:14

Visitors at Mlwaukee PrideFest 2013. -PHOTO: Dave Lauersdorf

I’ve covered some wild stories related to Milwaukee Pride events over the years. Pride’s growing pains are a fascinating part of our history.

Union busting: Don’t mourn – organize!

Written by JAMAKAYA,
Thursday, 22 August 2013 14:27

Early this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported union membership in Wisconsin had fallen to just 11.2 percent of the labor force.

Acceptance grows in Wisconsin

Written by Katie Belanger Saturday, 27 July 2013 12:24

John Smallwood and I thought we’d be able to cool off in the Northwoods.

But John, who is Fair Wisconsin’s advocacy and organizing director, and I found something during our retreat there that’s even hotter than the weather. From Stevens Point to Wausau, and from Ashland to Washburn and Bayfield, people are fired up with enthusiasm for LGBT issues.

A few modest proposals

Written by Jamakaya Friday, 12 July 2013 18:01

In the spirit of Jonathan Swift, who satirically urged the Irish to overcome their poverty by selling their children to the rich to eat, here are my own modest proposals inspired by wacko GOP ideas and men behaving badly.

Ignore PrideFest protesters

Written by Georgia Henry Tuesday, 04 June 2013 10:40

Anti-gay Christian protesters assembled outside the gates to PrideFest.

PrideFest inevitably brings out the haters – the infamous protesters who stand at the gate of the Summerfest grounds wielding signs warning of damnation and eternal hellfire.

Handling bullying and campus dangers

Written by Wes Manko,
Special to WiG
Thursday, 22 August 2013 14:20

Research suggests that one of the best ways to stop bullying – whether it’s verbal, physical or cyber – is to report it to school authorities and law enforcement, if appropriate.

But bullying also can be countered by taking the power away from the bully through ignoring the taunts or making a joke out of them. Although this might not change the bully’s behavior, it can take away his or her power.

Violence against women persists throughout the globe

Written by Jamakaya Saturday, 27 July 2013 12:16

When feminists first wrote about violence against women in the 1970s, they were dismissed as radicals and man-haters. Every one of them, including Susan Brownmiller (“Against Our Will”), Andrea Dworkin (“Woman Hating”), Mary Daly (“Gyn/Ecology”) and Kathleen Barry (“Female Sexual Slavery”), was marginalized.

Farewell but not goodbye

Written by Jason Burns Friday, 28 June 2013 19:56

Equality Wisconsin executive director Jason Burns, left, and program director Barak Stein, at the going-away party for Burns held at Plymouth Church on June 19. Burns is leaving the organization to join U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan’s Madison staff. -Photo: Emily Bunzel

Many of you know that June is my last month with Equality Wisconsin. Unfortunately, that means this will be my last regular column for the Wisconsin Gazette.

A time for gratitude

Written by Leonard Sobczak Tuesday, 04 June 2013 10:01

The Wisconsin Gazette is yours. Our mission is to empower you, our LGBT brothers, sisters and allies, to be your best. Our goal is to inspire you to look beyond what you might think is a limited reality and discover what is possible for you as an individual and us as a community.