Letters to the Editor

  • Military battle not over

    One battle is won, but another will continue on the home front and in the service for years to come. As we applaud the vote of Congress, only part of the battle is won. The damage of “don’t ask, don’t tell” will not go away with the whisk of a pen. Trust now has to be built between the military and LGBT soldiers and sailors. At home, the Veterans Administration still has the problem that L.... Read More
  • Leaders condemn HRC’s plans for space that housed Harvey Milk’s camera shop

    The Log Cabin Republicans of San Francisco released the following statement. It’s a response to the Human Rights Campaign’s plan to convert the space that was formerly Harvey Milk’s camera shop on Castro Street into a gift shop selling HRC branded items. HRC has proven time and again that its main goal is not to advance rights for LGBT Americans but to raise funds amongst the LGBT community .... Read More
  • LGBT youth need support during the holiday season

    While taking a break and contemplating the prospect of having great food and company over Thanksgiving, I received a call about parents seeking legal help to try to deal with their child experiencing anti-gay bullying – it had gone way too far. GSAFE doesn’t offer legal assistance, but we can help parents understand how to take steps in a grievance process in schools. The telephone conversatio.... Read More
  • DADT must end this Congress

    As a member of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, I agree with Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ position that the discriminatory policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell” must end during this Congress. I believe strongly that the U.S. Constitution, specifically the 14th Amendment, requires the government to apply our laws equally. That is why only negative conduct, not one’s s.... Read More
  • Bullying is witch-hunting

    This Halloween many of our children dressed up as witches and went door-to-door trick-or-treating. But not all of our children did. Due to homophobic bullying some of our LGBTQ children already feel like they are looked upon as witches. And in some places across the globe children would never pretend to be witches, because the consequences are too deadly. Throughout history, people described as wi.... Read More
  • Adult stem cell research is not enough

    I am the mother of the child with diabetes in the recent television ad for Tom Barrett. I believe there are two very important points to be made regarding stem cell research. First, adult stem cell research alone is not enough. Science has shown that adult stem cells are not as versatile as embryonic stem cells. Because embryonic stem cells are so elementary, they can be developed into any type of.... Read More
  • Misquoted

    As some of you remember, I used to write a column for In Step magazine. I am aware that sometimes under pressure to get the column in on time, the tone of my writing may not have been my intent. These days, I am trying to be carefull and deliberate with what I write. I was quoted in the last issue of Wisconsin Gazette in the piece regarding Scott Walker. Unfortunately, the tone in which my quote w.... Read More
  • Focusing HIV prevention efforts on gay and bisexual men

    Today (Sept. 27)  is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. For me, every day is an “awareness day” about HIV/AIDS. I feel it is important for me to talk about it, because I am increasingly concerned that many in the LGBT community don’t. I am worried about the kids out there and the generation that hasn’t seen the devastating impact of this epidemic the way my generation h.... Read More
  • Collection basket supports pedophiles

    Catholics of the Milwaukee archdiocese will be amazed to find out that according to Archbishop Jerome Listecki, parishioners and donors have been paying for living and other expenses for at least nine priests who have been removed from ministry for sexually assaulting their children.  The information was part of an e-mail sent to priests and parish directors on the heels of the 19th child sex.... Read More
  • Do I believe in democracy?

    Here’s a suggestion for this election season: Before you consider your views on any particular policy or issue ask yourself, “Do I believe in democracy?” If you answer yes, as I assume nearly all Americans would, then let me propose that the life’s blood of democracy is honesty. We rightly demand it of our politicians, of our candidates. Which brings me to a so-called “push poll” being.... Read More