Express Milwaukee - Hear Me Out http://expressmilwaukee.com/articles.sec-350-1-hear-me-out.html Fri, 30 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST en hourly 1 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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