Views & Opinions

  • Warm welcome

    I warmly welcome the Wisconsin Gazette to our community. Dane County’s LGBT citizens are ourselves, our family members, our friends, our neighbors and our associates. They are important leaders in our community on many issues. I hope that your new voice of the Wisconsin Gazette will not only keep them informed about their public officials, but their public officials aware of them and issues they.... Read More
  • BIG hello

    Congratulations on the inaugural edition of WiG! The opening of this newspaper is a great milestone and I am especially enthusiastic to see a newspaper catering to Wisconsin’s vibrant LGBT community. There is a great tradition of LGBT newspapers in local communities reporting on businesses, social issues, and political debate (my personal favorite). From statewide issues such as civil rights, HI.... Read More
  • On the landscape

    On behalf of the Milwaukee Police Department, I welcome the Wisconsin Gazette to the city’s media landscape. The LGBT community is a valued constituency that adds to the cultural richness of our city. Increased communication makes us all safer, because we are better informed about each other’s challenges and goals. When the police department is able to read the pulse of our communities, our ab.... Read More
  • Milwaukee Welcome

    Greetings. On behalf of the city of Milwaukee, I would like to extend my congratulations for the publication of the Wisconsin Gazette. A free and independent press is a cornerstone of democracy, and Milwaukee’s diverse and robust media have contributed greatly to our city’s growth, integrity and quality of life. Your opinions and perspectives are certainly welcomed additions. Once again, congr.... Read More
  • Applauding initiative

    Wisconsin’s LGBT communities need a great deal more visibility if we are to reach our potential as vibrant, contributing members of the cities and towns in which we live. Our diversity is our strength; our invisibility is our challenge. Wisconsin Gazette promises to be a community resource and asset, one that will help promote our events, recognize our successes and explore our challenges. Conne.... 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
  • Hometown Acceptance

    "Do you think she’ll recognize me?” the voice behind me said. I turned, and there was Mrs. R, a woman whose kids I had babysat all through high school. The speaker was Mrs. S. – I had babysat for her a few times, too. It was the first time I had been to my hometown since my mom had moved from it, a year ago. Now my mom was back in town and so was I. I should have expected to see people I kne.... Read More
  • I am one

    We may not yet be apparent, but there are transgender Episcopalians. I am one and, with several transgender sisters and brothers, incarnated an otherwise abstract “issue” at July’s General Convention in Anaheim, California, as a member of the TransEpiscopal delegation that sought recognition of our existence and action on the real issues — social, political, economic, and ecclesial — tha.... Read More
  • Fight with Fair

    Recently we were proud to share with you the news that Fair Wisconsin and Lambda Legal have joined forces to protect Wisconsin’s domestic partnership law from a vicious and meanspirited attack brought by the anti-gay group Wisconsin Family Action. Fair Wisconsin is doing everything it can to make sure these basic legal protections for same-sex couples are upheld in court, but we need your help. .... 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