• Courage on the right

    The gay conservative group GoProud showed courage and commitment in co-sponsoring the recent Conservative Political Action Convention in Washington. Although many in the LGBT community might differ with the group on a number of public policy issues, we can all applaud them for daring to be out and proud in the very lion’s den of right-wing activism. While GoProud leaders said they were well-rece.... Read More
  • Don’t wait

    The commander in chief has called for repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell.” So have Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and even retired Army Gen. Colin Powell, who once held Mullen’s title and previously backed the policy. And so has the American public – by a 75 percent majority, according to polls. So why does the Department o.... Read More
  • Potentially devastating

    The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a potentially devastating blow to democracy with its ruling to roll back restrictions on corporate spending in federal campaigns. The 5-4 decision, with conservative justices forming the majority, could unleash a torrent of corporate-funded attack ads in upcoming elections. In their ruling, the conservative Justices said essentially that corporations are entitled to th.... Read More
  • Unmasked?

    As of press time, the same people who spent millions fighting a massive campaign to overturn same-sex marriage in California were fighting a judge’s decision to videotape a trial to determine Proposition 8’s constitutionality. They claimed the proceedings, to be shown on YouTube.com, would expose them to intimidation and harassment by same-sex marriage supporters, and they asked the U.S. Supre.... Read More
  • Be it resolved

    New Year’s resolutions. You probably have abundant personal evidence that they can be difficult to keep, forgotten even by mid-month, or worse, the morning after the big Dec. 31 bash at which so many pronouncements get made. There is, of course, statistical evidence that New Year’s resolutions all too often get tossed out with the needle-less Christmas trees, the expired eggnog and the heaps o.... Read More
  • Common sense

    As a therapeutic agent, marijuana is no wonder drug. It doesn’t cure anything, and it can cause unwanted side effects, including dizziness, anxiety and disorientation. Marijuana smoke contains almost as many tars and carcinogens as tobacco. But the negative effects of marijuana are no worse than the laundry lists of warnings that accompany most drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administra.... Read More
  • Vatican’s wrong choice

    For decades the Vatican turned a deaf ear to the sexual abuse of children by its clergy and to the social changes sweeping Western civilization. As a result, one-third of native-born U.S. Catholics have left the church over the past 30 years. The Milwaukee Catholic Herald reported last week that 38,000 Milwaukee Catholics have left the church in the past year alone. Many of the remaining faithful.... Read More
  • Barrett’s candidacy is welcome

    Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s decision to run for governor is good news for the LGBT community. While the mayor has not been out front on LGBT issues like Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley or San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, he has been generally inclusive of the community in recent years. He has shown his symbolic support by marching in the Milwaukee Pride Parade. This fall, he proclaimed Sept. 1.... Read More
  • R-E-S-P-E-C-T

    R-E-S-P-E-C-T find out what it means … to Congress. U.S. Reps. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., and Jared Polis, D-Colo., recently introduced the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. We say “so-called” because the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act does not defend marriage, does not provide anything to encourage people to marry or stay m.... Read More
  • Physical problems ‘often mental’

    Professor Peter Jones, head of psychiatry at the University of Cambridge, said: "Mental health and illness are seen as separate from physical health and disorders but it's becoming increasingly clear that is wrong. "Take smoking and lung cancer. People think of it as a physical illness but lung cancer is a behaviour disease due to smoking habit." Similarly, he said research showed that some cases .... Read More