Express Milwaukee - Hear Me Out http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-350-1-hear-me-out.html Tue, 05 May 2015 00:00:00 CDT en hourly 1 Over the Rainbow... - The flag as symbol of diversity http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25624-over-the-rainbow-the-flag-as-symbol-of-diversity.html The Rainbow Flag has been an LGBTQ community symbol since it first appeared in 1978. Designed to represent diversity, its prism colors reflect our diversity and symbolize the tenants of our struggle. The fluttering icon soon became]]> Teenager Wanted for Friendship, Possibly More http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25625-teenager-wanted-for-friendship-possibly-more.html I need a teenager. Wait…no. That sounded bad. I mean, I need a teenager looking to make some extra cash. Oh, dear. This isn’t working]]> Saturday Night’s Alright! http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25579-saturday-night%25E2%2580%2599s-alright_.html Live from Milwaukee…it’s Saturday night! No matter the season, no matter the city, no matter the generation, Saturday night remains the night to party—and Cream City is no exception. Saturday nights in Milwaukee are always hopping for Gay and Straight folks alike. Just take a look at this]]> Converting to reality? - Calling for a ban on conversion therapy http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25580-converting-to-reality-calling-for-a-ban-on-conversion-therapy.html Recently, President Obama called for a ban on gay conversion therapy. Conversion therapy assumes sexual orientation and gender identity can be changed. Of course, that means changed from homosexual to heterosexual. It can involve anything from prayer to shock treatments. Long]]> Put On Your Big-Girl Panties and Let’s Party http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25518-put-on-your-big-girl-panties-and-let%25E2%2580%2599s-party.html I like wearing my wife’s panties before sex. It’s fun, silly and she seems to enjoy it. I don’t wear them for long before we get down to business, if you know what I mean. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, but I’m not a cross-dresser, drag queen or anything, am I?]]> Sustainable Gays... - 20 years of community in Washington Heights http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25519-sustainable-gays-20-years-of-community-in-washington-heights.html The 1990s saw the heyday of Milwaukee’s LGBT Rainbow Associations. I was involved in Bay View’s. There were others in Riverwest, Washington Heights and Wauwatosa. They provided a solution to Milwaukee’s lack of a centralized gay-borhood. Although the bars were ]]> Bunnies, Badness and Bears—Oh, My! http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25473-bunnies-badness-and-bears%25E2%2580%2594oh-my_.html If we love anything in Milwaukee, it’s a celebration of holidays and festivals…and beer. Well, and cheese. And sausage. Maybe food in general. Toss in some wine. Okay…let me start over: Festivals and holidays are just some of the things we love in Milwaukee]]> Of Imitation and Flattery: It’s all about beards http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25474-of-imitation-and-flattery-it%25E2%2580%2599s-all-about-beards.html There have always been rugged gays. Not the opera devotee in leather, but the real down-to-earth, jeans-and-T-shirt gay guy next door with a real dog (not a yappy one), a beat-up pickup truck and tools. Sometimes they’re disguised as architectural antiques dealers. They’re the very ]]> Easter on the East Side http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25347-easter-on-the-east-side.html There’s nothing like a little Easter cheer to put a “spring” in your step. Grab your jellybeans (or someone else’s) and rise from the dead Milwaukee style. Come out of the closet, do a beatnik bash or join a brunch bunch with any of Milwaukee’s “hoppy” happenings. No matter what you decide]]> What you do unto the least of mine... http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25348-what-you-do-unto-the-least-of-mine.html It’s nearly Easter Sunday, Christianity’s holiest of holy days. I know a lot of gays who go to church. Like anyone else, LGBT people have spiritual needs. For some, traditional organized religion, perhaps because they were raised in it, allows them that certain access to inner peace or provides ]]> Keep Your Tail & Tongue Wagging http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25306-keep-your-tail-tongue-wagging.html I’m an animal lover. Have you guessed? From carrying for my own little furry babies and hosting regular fundraisers for various animal rescues to founding an animal-related charity (Ruthie’s Kennel Club), the pitter-patter of tiny paws is never far from me. One of the many reasons I love]]> Bye-bye Binary Bathroom, Goodbye… http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25307-bye-bye-binary-bathroom-goodbye%25E2%2580%25A6.html An appropriate haiku is always a nice way to greet the spring, isn’t it? But beyond that poetic sigh of relief, the rising temps portend Milwaukee’s LGBT community’s greatest celebration, PrideFest.]]> Beef It Up Milwaukee! http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25259-beef-it-up-milwaukee_.html ]]> On Humor and Dignity - When the threshold is crossed… http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25260-on-humor-and-dignity-when-the-threshold-is-crossed%25E2%2580%25A6.html ]]> Take me out… - The challenge of being gay in pro sports http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25199-take-me-out%25E2%2580%25A6-the-challenge-of-being-gay-in-pro-sports.html Back in the day, gays were stereotyped. If you were a florist, interior decorator or in the arts, you were presumed gay. Some camouflaged themselves in more clandestine careers like priest, sailor or cowboy. The advantage of the latter was being an unmarried male yet above and ]]> I Like ’Em Cheap & Easy http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25205-i-like-%25E2%2580%2599em-cheap-easy.html You know who I hate? People who say that money doesn’t matter. You know the type. These are the bastards who say things like, “It’s only money” or “The best things in life are free” or (my personal favorite) “The things that matter the most aren’t things.]]> Gay-on-Gay Bullying http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25161-gay-on-gay-bullying.html March is anti-bullying month. You may recall the “It Gets Better” and “No H8” campaigns. Milwaukee’s had a couple of local projects to raise awareness about LGBT people and promote equality. There was Cream City Foundation’s “Gay Neighbor Campaign” and, more recently, Diverse &]]> Show Your True Colors http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25162-show-your-true-colors.html Whether you want to paint the town red, like to hang in a grey area or prefer a party shade of plaid, there’s plenty of exciting events in Milwaukee this week. Honor today’s women, celebrate your age or butch it up with burgers—this week has a little fun for everyone. Check out a quandary]]> Let’s Party! - Dear Ruthie http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25099-let%25E2%2580%2599s-party_-dear-ruthie.html Whether you like a pink party, a boozy benefit or you simply want to rock out with your ding-dong out, this city has an event for you. Take this week for example! You can rub elbows with local movers and shakers, meet one of the stars of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” nibble on chocolate]]> Gay Fatigue... http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25100-gay-fatigue.html I recently read a review of Bare: A Pop Opera, a gay-themed musical about young high school lovers currently showing at Soulstice Theatre. Something in this particular review stood out. Apart from the not-so-glowing critique of the musical itself, the reviewer added his thoughts on the ]]> Express Yourself! http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25052-express-yourself_.html I’m so tired of everyone trashing Madonna’s performance on the Grammy Awards. I mean, give her a break. She’s 56 fucking years old! I’m sick of hearing people say, “She shouldn’t dress like that anymore.” She was performing at the Grammys, for God sakes! It’s not like she was singing a]]> Escape into Fashion… - Milwaukee gets respite from its style malaise http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25053-escape-into-fashion%25E2%2580%25A6-milwaukee-gets-respite-from-its-style-malaise.html Oscar Wilde once said “One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art.” In Milwaukee, the locals aren’t terribly concerned about wearing a work of art, much less being one. Especially now, in the dead of winter, there’s ]]> Ring in the Red, White and Pink http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25008-ring-in-the-red-white-and-pink.html It’s that time of year again—time for Valentine’s Day. Love it or loathe it—it’s here. Personally, I’m not a fan. I don’t need Hallmark to tell me when it’s time to snuggle up with a hairy bear, an adorable twink or a leather daddy (or all three at once for that matter)]]> Guerrilla Gay Bar - Out of the ghetto! And back to the ghetto… http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-25009-guerrilla-gay-bar-out-of-the-ghetto_-and-back-to-the-ghetto%25E2%2580%25A6.html How time flies! It seems like only yesterday when some smart gays thought mobbing an unsuspecting straight bar would be a good gay neighborly thing to do. Called the Guerrilla Gay Bar, it’s a moving-the-mountain strategy to bring LGBT and straight people together. It also serves]]> Crush Your Comfort Zone http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24886-crush-your-comfort-zone.html Spread your legs and fly! Or, is that wings? Yes, it’s wings. Sorry. Spread your wings and fly! I’m not going to gag you with that “new year, new you” crapola, but it is February. If you haven’t started your resolutions, or at least stepped outside your comfort zone, now might be the time to get]]> Black LGBT History Month - A story that still needs to be told http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24887-black-lgbt-history-month-a-story-that-still-needs-to-be-told.html February is Black History Month. Based on Wisconsin’s demographics, there wasn’t a large black population here to create an extensive history. But, despite the limited numbers, there is actually an African American historical narrative that goes back to the 18th century. Still, even by the ]]> Take In the (Social) Scenery http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24792-take-in-the-%2528social%2529-scenery.html We are a social people. Don’t get me wrong—I hate to generalize but, for the most part, the LGBT community is social and happy to meet folks. (We’re also a very clean people, but I’ll save that for a future column.)]]> LGBTTQQIAAP… http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24793-lgbttqqiaap%25E2%2580%25A6.html I recently attended a meeting during which someone raised the subject of diversity. LGBT people are all about diversity. The presenter concocted an ungainly acronym I’d never seen before: LGBTTQQIAAP. A seemingly logical extension of the familiar “LGBT,” it includes more riders on the ]]> Pink-Friendly Mad Town http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24748-pink-friendly-mad-town.html Congratulations to our westward amigos! Advocate magazine recently named Madison one of the “Queerest cities in America” (in a good way, of course). Mad City’s cultural scene, LGBT social clubs and watering holes, nondiscrimination ordinances and marriage-equality benefits helped]]> Heteronormative Gender Expectation... http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24749-heteronormative-gender-expectation.html I first heard the expression “heteronormative gender expectation” some years ago. No doubt a creation of LGBT intellectuals, like any good German compound noun, its meaning is self-evident. A more pedestrian version might go “what straight people think is right.” The phrase was ]]> From Boobies to Broadway, The Week is Stacked with Art! http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24710-from-boobies-to-broadway-the-week-is-stacked-with-art_.html Who says the Cream City isn’t teeming with cultured types? Check out this week’s lineup of artsy-fartsy affairs and you’ll see that we’ve got a crap-load of sophisticated showings. Grab your beret and black turtleneck and hit some of the happenings below to mix up your social routine]]> Of Bows, Baskets and Beyond... http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24711-of-bows-baskets-and-beyond.html Wisconsin boasts a populace of broad ethnic and racial diversity. Aside from the immigrant Irish, Germans, Poles, Hispanics, African Americans and even Finns, there’s an indigenous population of Native Americans. Some are more LGBT accepting than others. Native Americans claim a ]]> Crazy Fun in Brew Town http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24674-crazy-fun-in-brew-town.html Before we read a letter or check out Milwaukee’s happenings, I just want to give a great big, wet, sloppy kiss to everyone who caught me in the comedy Valley of the Dolls at Off the Wall Theatre. If you saw it, I owe you a hug or a drink…or a hug. If you didn’t see the show, go screw]]> Don’t blame me, I voted… http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24678-don%25E2%2580%2599t-blame-me-i-voted%25E2%2580%25A6.html It’s January and the freeze is on. It also means a chilly opening of the 114th Congress. Despite our improved economy and LGBT advances, last November’s election handed the Senate to the Republicans. Locally, among other electoral ironies, Wisconsinites reelected Scott Walker as]]> New Year’s, Now What? http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24650-new-year%25E2%2580%2599s-now-what.html Deep breaths…deep breaths… The holidays are over. The mistletoe hanging from my headboard has dried up, the elf on my shelf has seen better days and my eggnog hangover is gone—almost. It’s time to pack away the dancing Santa statue, Dolly Parton tree topper and gingerbread]]> ‘I do’ - A look back at 2014... http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24651-%25E2%2580%2598i-do%25E2%2580%2599-a-look-back-at-2014.html For LGBT Wisconsinites 2014 was a very good year. In fact, it was a very historic year. Summer opened with an LGBT communal June wedding of sorts, with PrideFest its grand reception. A federal judge declared Wisconsin’s anti-gay marriage amendment unconstitutional. Five hundred ]]> 13 Days of Christmas Cross-Dressing Quandaries http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24613-13-days-of-christmas-cross-dressing-quandaries.html On the 13th day of Christmas, Ms. Ruthie gave to me: 13 Apple-Tinis, 12 Chippendales, 11 poppers popping, 10 trailer trashers, nine Drag Queens dragging, eight twinks-a-twerking, seven drunks-a-drinking, six Kardashians dying, five pairs of Spanx! Four hot bartenders, three Sizzler specials, two Wal-Mart greeters ]]> Happier Holidays than Ever Before http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24614-happier-holidays-than-ever-before.html This year there’s a confluence of holidays. You may be winding down your Hanukkah celebrations or just about to tear open Christmas presents. Wiccan Yule just passed on Winter Solstice, Dec. 21. Kwanzaa begins Dec. 26 and runs through Jan. 1. Then the Russians wrap the whole thing ]]> Go Scrooge Yourself! http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24555-go-scrooge-yourself_.html Feeling like a Grinch? Being a bad Santa? Take a chill pill, Ebenezer! I know the holidays aren’t for everyone, but try getting off your keester and soaking in a bit of holiday cheer. After all, Wisconsin offers]]> There’s Nothing like a Good Prod - Charitable giving for Milwaukee’s LGBT community http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24556-there%25E2%2580%2599s-nothing-like-a-good-prod-charitable-giving-for-milwaukee%25E2%2580%2599s-lgbt-community.html When Neil Giuliano, Tempe, Ariz.’s former gay mayor (he’s still gay but not currently mayor) spoke at the recent Cream City Foundations Business Lunch, he stated a remarkable and embarrassing fact: LGBT people contribute less to their own causes than straight people do. I’m sure there ]]> A Fine Line Between Naughty and Nice http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24530-a-fine-line-between-naughty-and-nice.html Are you a saintly or a sassy Santa? The LGBT community has always been one to embrace the classic sights and sounds of the season as well as nontraditional holiday fun, including scandalous Christmas parties and]]> A Star is Born... http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24531-a-star-is-born.html If you’ve never heard of Trixie Mattel, here’s the scoop. Brian Firkus, a mild-mannered professional makeup artist, as his fierce drag persona, Trixie Mattel, has just been cast on LOGO network’s reality show, “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” He will appear as one of 14 contestants in the show’s ]]> Let Me Jingle Your Bells http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24479-let-me-jingle-your-bells.html Sleigh bells ring, are ya listenin’? Well…are ya? It’s that time of year, kids. It’s the time of year where there are parties to attend, food to savor, cheer to share and drinks to, well, drink]]> Oh, Christmas Tree, oh Christmas Tree... http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24480-oh-christmas-tree-oh-christmas-tree.html You can tell a lot about a person by their Christmas tree...or trees. For some, it’s precisely this annual tree-decorating spree that defines who they are. We all have boxes of ornaments in the attic, some with great sentimental value, that, when displayed together, create our own personal]]> Grab Your Giblets and Gobble Up Some Lovin’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24435-grab-your-giblets-and-gobble-up-some-lovin%25E2%2580%2599.html Let’s give thanks. Why not, damn it? It’s that time of year, after all. Let’s see…what am I thankful for? Uhm, I’m thankful for my wonderfully smart, attractive and kind readers. I’m thankful for the “How to]]> World AIDS Day of Remembrance http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24436-world-aids-day-of-remembrance.html It’s been three decades since the first AIDS deaths in the LGBT community. Time has changed the narrative. For one thing, those infected in the first decades are mostly gone. A generation of gay men, activists and leaders of the burgeoning liberation movement are gone. Also among the ]]> Transgender Day of Remembrance http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24396-transgender-day-of-remembrance.html I first met a trans-person two decades ago. She was a friend of a friend. Demure and feminine, she was typically Milwaukee, down to the accent and a taste for brandy Manhattans. Had I not been told she was transgender, I might never have suspected. Then, a troupe of itinerant ]]> Cool Cats Blow Into Town http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24397-cool-cats-blow-into-town.html I’ve never turned down a date with a successful man, but Jack Frost simply isn’t my type. He can drift in and out of my life, but I’m giving that frosty S.O.B. the cold shoulder! Instead, I’m going to curl up with my]]> A Little Something for Everyone http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24350-a-little-something-for-everyone.html What do you like? A pleasant luncheon or a wild weekend? Spending a day planning a future with your significant other or laughing the night away with friends? Whatever ]]> Marriage Equality...now what? http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24364-marriage-equalitynow-what.html Back in June, on PrideFest’s opening day and just an hour before the event’s opening ceremony, a federal judge struck down Wisconsin’s anti-gay marriage constitutional amendment. Coincidentally, American Civil Liberties Union’s Chris Ahmuty was on the dais for the opening]]> Spread Your (Right or Left) Wings and Fly http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24300-spread-your-%2528right-or-left%2529-wings-and-fly.html Deep breaths…deep breaths…Halloween in Milwaukee is over and I can finally relax. Between all the parties, special events and contests, I think I’ve had my fix of candy corn, half-naked nurse costumes]]> Of Glitz, Glissandi and Toto, too... http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24301-of-glitz-glissandi-and-toto-too.html This season audiences have lots of gay-relevant theater to choose from. We’ve already been treated to a play featuring opera diva Maria Callas, two addressing anti-gay bullying, and one about faith. ]]> The lavender elephant in the room… http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24259-the-lavender-elephant-in-the-room%25E2%2580%25A6.html It inevitably happens. Everyone is enjoying the ambiance of some happy occasion when suddenly a noise emanates from upstairs—a slamming door perhaps, or incoherent mutterings.]]> Dressed to Thrill http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24213-dressed-to-thrill.html I love to dress up. (Can you tell?) I mean, who doesn’t like putting on a jazzy outfit now and then? Whether you like to don a sequin gown or snazzy suit; a ten-gallon]]> There goes the Gay-borhood http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24220-there-goes-the-gay-borhood.html
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Masterson Makes It Meatier http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24166-masterson-makes-it-meatier.html If you haven’t noticed, “Hear Me Out” has expanded to include articles by my amigo Paul Masterson. Now you can turn here for neighborly advice, events of interest to]]> Theater Lovers and Drama Queens http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24137-theater-lovers-and-drama-queens.html I love theater. I don’t care if it’s a drama at the Rep or talent night at the Rusty Nail Trailer Park, I’m all about the performing arts. From William Shakespeare’s classics to Three-Finger Judy playing the spoons in the community room, I simply adore a live performance. Autumn is ripe with incredible plays, musicals,]]> October 11, National Coming Out Day...YAY!...yay...or maybe not. - YAY!...yay...or maybe not. http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24123-october-11-national-coming-out-dayyay_yayor-maybe-not-yay_yayor-maybe-not.html ]]> LGBT History Month - Historic times and our local legacy http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24086-lgbt-history-month-historic-times-and-our-local-legacy.html October is officially LGBT History Month. In fact, 2014 marks its 20th anniversary. Established in 1994, LGBT History Month celebrates the chronicle of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and its struggle for identity, rights and equality. But, aside from National]]> All About That Bass http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24087-all-about-that-bass.html From toe-tapping Broadway musicals to high-energy dance clubs and from legendary torch songs to reigning pop downloads, music has always been a large part of the LGBT Community. Consider]]> ‘Out’ Theater Events - A new trend to court LGBT audiences http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24078-%25E2%2580%2598out%25E2%2580%2599-theater-events-a-new-trend-to-court-lgbt-audiences.html Affairs, Anniversaries and Apocalypses—We’ve Got It All http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24045-affairs-anniversaries-and-apocalypses%25E2%2580%2594we%25E2%2580%2599ve-got-it-all.html Maybe it’s a compulsive condition, but I’m obsessed with the letter “A” this week. Mind you, I’m not talking about my infatuation with Art Kumbalek. (You left your hat]]> Get Along Little Doggies http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-24011-get-along-little-doggies.html Can’t we all just get along? In Milwaukee, we can! We’ve made great strides in how our Straight and LGBT communities treat, support and watch out for one another]]> Tackling Culinary Quarrels, Coasters and ‘Cabaret’ http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23939-tackling-culinary-quarrels-coasters-and-%25E2%2580%2598cabaret%25E2%2580%2599.html ]]> New Month, New Attitude http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23906-new-month-new-attitude.html It’s hard to believe it’s September already, but that still means good times with good friends and plenty of good weather lie ahead. After all, Mother Nature owes us one]]> Can’t be an Athlete? Be an Athletic Supporter! http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23868-can%25E2%2580%2599t-be-an-athlete-be-an-athletic-supporter_.html I love the word “support.” I really do. Support groups…support staff…support bras…you name it. It’s one of those words that sounds (and looks) like what it]]> Fashion Fever Heats Up Wisconsin http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23826-fashion-fever-heats-up-wisconsin.html I’ve always been considered one of Wisconsin’s top fashionistas. OK, well, I’m a top fashion diva in West Allis. Cudahy? How about my trailer park? Regardless of where I strut my insatiable stuff, fashion comes naturally to me. From my feathered hat to my jelly shoes, I consistently think outside the shoebox ]]> Ruthie’s Kennel Club http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23787-ruthie%25E2%2580%2599s-kennel-club.html

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Pooped Out Over Pride? http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23742-pooped-out-over-pride.html

 If you’re anything like me (and for your sake, I hope you’re not!), then you’re not quite ready to give up on LGBT pride-related events this summer. The good news is

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Beat the Heat? No Way! http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23717-beat-the-heat-no-way_.html

You just can’t beat summer, can you? I don’t want to hear any crap-ola about summer being nearly over. (“Well, after July Fourth summer is about done.”) I don’t 

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Summertime and the Living Is Easy http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23670-summertime-and-the-living-is-easy.html

 Whether you’re into the music of up-and-coming artists, show tunes, standards or rock, there’s a lot to hear in Milwaukee this week. (And let’s be honest, who doesn’t

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Picnics and Potlucks and Bears! Oh, My! http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23656-picnics-and-potlucks-and-bears_-oh-my_.html

 One of the things I love about Milwaukee is that we know how to throw a helluva party…and we throw a lot of them, too! After all, PrideFest may have come and gone

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Out and Exciting http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23620-out-and-exciting.html

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Let Me Tickle Your Yankee Doodle http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23579-let-me-tickle-your-yankee-doodle.html

 Raise your flag, light someone’s sparkler and pop your rocket all over this city! It’s July Fourth in Milwaukee and that means it’s time to party! Whether you spend the holiday over a stars-and-stripes barbecue or you head Downtown to paint the town red, white and blue, there’s plenty to do this Independence Day

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Summer Sun Shines Bright on this Redhead http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23546-summer-sun-shines-bright-on-this-redhead.html

 It’s hard to believe June is almost over. I don’t know about you, but I loved both days of summer this year. On the bright side Independence Day is just around the corner!

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Bikers, Beaches and Bachelors—Ruthie Tackles Them All! http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23461-bikers-beaches-and-bachelors%25E2%2580%2594ruthie-tackles-them-all_.html

 Before diving into “Hear Me Out” this week, I’d like to thank everyone for reading it. So many of you have expressed

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Chubby Chasers Unite! http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23428-chubby-chasers-unite_.html

 I’m not gay, but I’m familiar with coming out. I’m a chubby chaser. I like thick girls with lots of curves. The bigger the better if you ask me. People don’t get that it’s hard to “come out” about your sexual preferences and desires when they stray from the norm. I’m tired of my friends

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This Broad’s Bursting with Pride http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23406-this-broad%25E2%2580%2599s-bursting-with-pride.html

 It may be June, but I feel like a little girl on Christmas morning! I’m just as excited as I was all those years ago, racing downstairs in my footie pajamas to see if Santa

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Spice Up Your Week with Pre-Pride Antics http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23350-spice-up-your-week-with-pre-pride-antics.html

 Pride Month is nearly here, and if you’re anything

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We’re Here! We’re Queer! We’re Thirsty! http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23309-we%25E2%2580%2599re-here_-we%25E2%2580%2599re-queer_-we%25E2%2580%2599re-thirsty_.html

 Cocktails, theater, beverages, markets and drinks are on tap for this week’s social calendar…and there’s nothing wrong with that, sugar! Wanna sink your teeth into a

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A Rainbow of Full-Flavored Fun for the LGBT Community http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23271-a-rainbow-of-full-flavored-fun-for-the-lgbt-community.html

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Let’s Have a Spring Fling! http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23230-let%25E2%2580%2599s-have-a-spring-fling_.html

 May Day may have come and gone, but spring events are bursting out all over for Milwaukee’s LGBT Community. Whether you like to dress up or drag down, keep it

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Put Some Spring In Your Step http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23188-put-some-spring-in-your-step.html


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Steppin' Out with the Big Wig - From Stein & Dine to Skylight’s next season http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23166-steppin-out-with-the-big-wig-from-stein-dine-to-skylight%25E2%2580%2599s-next-season.html

 Who says there’s not much to do in Milwaukee? The gays are bustin’ out with a full calendar of wild events, great shows, swanky celebrations and more. Too fancy-smancy? More of a meat-and-potatoes type? (And, who doesn’t like a good set of meat and potatoes?) Check out Stein & Dine on Saturday, April 26 at

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Paint the Town Red with Ruthie http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23119-paint-the-town-red-with-ruthie.html

 A great big smooch on the pooch to everyone who offered kind words about my debut in Shepherd Express. I’m glad you like “Hear Me Out,” and I’ll do my best not to let you down. Thanks!

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Mother Nature is a bitch! http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23093-mother-nature-is-a-bitch_.html

 Mother Nature is a bitch! There…I said it. Sure, a woman’s prerogative is to change her mind, but this broad has taken things too far! Knock back a few PMS pills, lady, and bring us the spring we deserve. For God sakes, the other night it was so cold, all four of my nipples were hard

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Take it from the Big Wig! - Ruthie tells all (and answers most of your questions) http://expressmilwaukee.com/article-23034-take-it-from-the-big-wig_-ruthie-tells-all-%2528and-answers-most-of-your-questions%2529.html

 Here she is boys! Here she is world! Here’s…Ruthie! “Who the hell is Ruthie?” Let me tell ya, sugar! I’m a big-boned redhead from Milwaukee’s Southside who is happy to

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