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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. 

Cronyism underscores Walker’s contempt of government

Written by WiG Sunday, 06 July 2014 13:52

-PHOTO: rocknetroots.blogspot.com

Gov. Scott Walker and his tea party acolytes despise government (even though Walker’s worked in it nearly his entire career). They preach that government is inherently tyrannical, wasteful, inefficient and corrupt. Their overriding agenda is to eliminate as many government agencies and regulations as possible and turn public functions — from school systems to prison systems to sewage systems — over to for-profit corporations.

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.

Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic. — PHOTO: Courtesy

On June 6, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele announced to a cheering crowd at PrideFest that he was keeping the courthouse open that evening for same-sex couples to get married. Abele didn’t want lesbian and gay couples who’d been waiting for years to have to wait any longer after a federal judge overturned Wisconsin’s same-sex marriage ban earlier that day.

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:

Van Hollen’s heartless choice pits him against history

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 26 June 2014 15:00

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen finds himself on the wrong side of history. - PHOTO: Courtesy

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen vigorously sought — and obtained — a stay of U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb’s decision finding the state’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional. A joyous week in Wisconsin that saw more than 550 same-sex couples marry came to an abrupt halt, and Van Hollen asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn Crabb’s decision.

U.S. has no moral authority concerning violence against women

Written by WiG Sunday, 15 June 2014 15:44

Two unspeakably cruel incidents that recently occurred half a world apart are terrifying reminders of the world’s growing misogyny. 

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.

On the record: Quotes from the news

Written by Compiled by Louis Weisberg Friday, 27 June 2014 13:46

“Why can’t a legislator press for legislation that benefits a person who has contributed to their campaign? Isn’t that the essence of representative government?

BRAD SCHIMEL, GOP candidate for Wisconsin Attorney General, answering a question posed by the liberal group One Wisconsin Now.

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.

Share your Pride

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 30 May 2014 14:37

Share your Pride. Show your Pride.

LGBT Pride month is about far more than the word “pride” suggests. Just as the 1960s “black is beautiful” cultural movement sought to challenge white paradigms of beauty, LGBT Pride seeks to counter the myth that people whose sexual orientations and gender identities do not conform are damaged or evil. LGBT Pride is not about boasting or “flaunting” ourselves, as our critics on the religious right say. It’s about celebrating the very characteristics for which they’ve persecuted us for centuries. It’s about claiming our right to equality and to celebrating the disproportionate number of achievements people like us have contributed to science, industry, socio-political reform and the arts, despite our relatively small numbers and the discrimination we’ve endured.