• ELCA bishop seeks focus on unifying mission

    MILWAUKEE — The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s new bishop of southeastern Wisconsin said he hopes to move beyond the sexuality debate roiling the denomination. The Rev. Jeff Barrow said he’ll focus instead on restoring a sense of Gospel mission and outreach to youth and minority communities. Barrow’s election to head the Greater Milwaukee Synod comes at a time when the ELCA, like.... Read More
  • County reinstates HIV-prevention funding

    The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors voted to reinstate nearly $80,000 in HIV-prevention funding that had been vetoed by County Executive Scott Walker. The funding supports AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin staffers who conduct HIV-prevention outreach to injection-drug users. In addition to reducing risk behaviors associated with HIV transmission, ARCW’s outreach program helps get addicts i.... Read More
  • ARCW reports H1N1 vaccine shortage

    The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin continues to experience a critical shortage of H1N1 vaccine, despite the fact that people living with HIV/AIDS face increased health complications from flu. As of press time, ARCW had received only 500 doses of vaccine out of the 1,100 doses that are needed, said ARCW spokesman Bill Keeton. Although Keeton expressed confidence that Wisconsin public health offi.... Read More
  • Activist bishop to head Milwaukee diocese

    MILWAUKEE — The Vatican has named Bishop Jerome Listecki, an activist against child-abuse reform legislation, same-sex marriage, reproductive freedom and stem-cell research, as the new archbishop of Milwaukee. A retired military man, Listecki currently heads the Diocese of La Crosse. In January, he will succeed Timothy Dolan, who was made archbishop of New York. Listecki has been more outspoken .... Read More
  • Volleyball league draws 100 players

    MILWAUKEE — A shrill whistle blast, the slap of the serve and the rally begins. A “thunk” punctuates each hit of the ball. It’s opening night of the newly organized Milwaukee Gay Volleyball Association, which plays Sunday evenings at the Beulah Brinton Community Center in Bay View. The group’s 12-week season began Nov. 1. “Madison had a volleyball league, so I decided to start one here.... Read More
  • Claiming the past

    MILWAUKEE — Until recently, most of LGBT life was lived in the closets and the shadows — unobserved and undocumented. But the UWM Libraries is on a mission to reclaim the lost decades of Milwaukee’s LGBT history and make them accessible to researchers, as well as the public. The libraries’ LGBT Collection is a trove of pre- and post-Stonewall publications, documents and memorabilia. It inc.... Read More
  • Court delivers ‘huge’ victory for state partners

    MADISON — The Wisconsin Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit seeking to declare the state’s domestic partner registry unconstitutional. In an unusual move, lawyers for Wisconsin Family Action had filed the case directly with the state’s high court rather than a lower court of jurisdiction. The Christian-right group said that “it was important to act quickly,” because the registry violate.... Read More