• A community Thanksgiving

    About 130 people enjoyed homemade food along with a helping of community spirit at the ninth annual Rainbow Community Thanksgiving Potluck dinner Nov. 27. PFLAG, Brew City Bears, Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, Galano Club, SAGE/Milwaukee, Lesbian Alliance and Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church sponsored the event, which was held at Plymouth United Church of Christ, 2717 E. Hampshire St. “.... Read More
  • Milwaukee police name LGBT liaison

    For the first time, the Milwaukee Police Department has named an official liaison to the city’s LGBT community. Last month, MPD Chief Ed Flynn appointed Mary Hoerig, an out veteran of the police force, to serve in the position. Hoerig already was acting as an unofficial advisor to the department on LGBT issues, as well as a facilitator for the LGBT community on police issues. Flynn made Hoerig.... Read More
  • Milwaukee lags in workplace equality

    Milwaukee’s major employers lag behind those in the rest of the region when it comes to workplace equality, according to a report produced by the Cream City Foundation. The report was based on The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s corporate equality index, an annual survey that examines the policies, benefits and practices of companies toward their LGBT workers. In the 2011 report, only two o.... Read More
  • Moving on up

    The Milwaukee LGBT Community Center opened to the public Nov. 3 in its new, larger home at 252 E. Highland Ave. The expanded size will allow the center to increase its services, according to Patrick Price, director of philanthropy. Those services will include a new mental health clinic targeting the needs of the LGBT community. The clinic was made possible in part by a $100,000 grant from the John.... Read More
  • Milwaukee rally remembers victims of violence

    Nearly 100 LGBT activists and allies gathered in Milwaukee’s MacArthur Square on Oct. 23 for a rally to remember recent victims of violence and suicide and to denounce bullying and other acts of hatred. The event began with a march around the Milwaukee County Courthouse, where the convicted killer of transgender woman Chanel Larkin is set to be sentenced on Dec. 20. Andrew Olaciregui faces up to.... Read More
  • Man pleads guilty in Larkin homicide

    A man pleaded guilty Aug. 31 to second-degree reckless homicide in the death of Milwaukee transgender woman Dana “Chanel” Larkin. In exchange, the state dropped more serious charges against Andrew Olaciregui, 27, who faces up to 25 years in prison and a fine of $100,000 at a sentencing hearing Oct. 25. About a dozen of Larkin’s friends, relatives and supporters attended the Aug. 31 hearing, .... Read More
  • Sheriff candidates square off for LGBT votes

    Incumbent Milwaukee County Sheriff Dave Clarke and his challenger in the Democratic primary both say they support the hiring and promotion of openly lesbian and gay law-enforcement personnel. That’s apparently one of the few points of agreement between two candidates who seem to differ on nearly everything else. Challenger Chris Moews (pronounced “maze”), a Milwaukee police lieutenant, told .... Read More
  • Milwaukee settles ‘Naked Boys’ lawsuit

    Five years after a Milwaukee vice squad officer shut down a traveling production of the gay-themed, off-Broadway hit “Naked Boys Singing” at the Milwaukee Gay Arts Center, the city has settled the resulting lawsuit with a $20,000 check delivered to the center on July 14. The initial controversy broke in August 2005, less than five months after MGAC had opened with a Broadway revue. Fundamental.... Read More
  • City worker disciplined for sending hate mail

    A Milwaukee city worker is back on the job after agreeing to apologize to a gay man she harassed via her government e-mail account. Donna Luty, an administrative assistant with the Port of Milwaukee, was suspended without pay in mid-July after a man complained to city officials that she’d sent him e-mails from her office computer filled with Christian right anti-gay rhetoric. Gordon Jablonski, a.... Read More
  • Carol Stevens remembered as lesbian pioneer

    Over 120 family members and friends crowded Milwaukee’s Quaker Meeting House on July 5 to pay tribute and share a potluck dinner in memory of Carol Stevens, a founding mother and guiding light of the city’s lesbian community. Stevens passed away Saturday, June 26, at St. Mary’s Hospital surrounded by loved ones. She was 86. Stevens was a member of the Gay People’s Union in the early 1970s,.... Read More