Thursday, December 17, 2009

Next week's show: StageQ's Random Harvest

Enjoy an evening of love, luck, ghosts and gays. StageQ, Madison's queer-focused theater, presents Random Harvest by Richard Willett Dec. 31 to Jan. 16. Amid newfound career success, playwright Aaron becomes obsessed with a suicide that's made the news and starts sleeptalking about the 1942 film Random Harvest. StageQ's artistic director Tara Ayres joins the Queery crew on Wednesday, Dec. 23, from 7-7:30 p.m. to talk about the play, the state of queer theater, and her company's spring performances. Listen in!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

U.S. Senate committee expected to vote on domestic parnter benefits today

According to On Top Magazine, the Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee is scheduled to vote today on Tammy Baldwin's Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act of 2000, which would extend domestic partner benefits to federal employees. The Web site reports that only seven of the 17 committee members are co-sponsors of the bill.

D.C. passes marriage equality bill

From the Campaign for All D.C. Families:

Campaign for All D.C. Families praises marriage equality vote

Washington, D.C., December 15, 2009 - The D.C. City Council today voted for the second time as a full council in favor of the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009. The bill, which will formally legalize marriage for gay and lesbian couples in the District of Columbia while protecting the rights of religious institutions to define marriage according to their own beliefs, will soon be signed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and finally go to Capitol Hill for Congressional review before becoming law.

Aisha Mills, president of the Campaign for All D.C. Families, released the following statement after the vote:

“This is a historic day for the District of Columbia. Equality for all DC residents has prevailed. The Council's decision today embodies the true essence of leadership. Thanks to their bold work, all DC families will have the same protections, opportunities and obligations under the law.

“Campaign for All DC Families applauds our City Council and the community leaders who have worked tirelessly for decades in the pursuit of equality for all DC families. Their unwavering commitment to fairness and equal rights for all loving, committed couples has brought us to this moment.

“But as we celebrate today, we are reminded that our work toward equality and social justice is not yet complete. We must remain vigilant to ensure that the Congress lets this law stand, and that our equality is not put to a vote in the district.”

Tonight's show: Madison LGBT sports leagues

Join us tonight for a conversation with members of some of Madison's LGBT sports teams and leagues. Find out how to join or to cheer them on - both great ways to stay warm this winter.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Madison LGBT Oral History Project launches Web site

Remember that fabulous show a while back when we interviewed the folks from the Madison LGBT Oral History Project? Well, if you want to find out more about what's happening now, or you want to participate, there's an easy way to contact them: It's just a simple page right now, but the group has plans for adding a timeline and historical photographs soon. Enjoy!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Research on LBTQ women's attitudes toward cancer

We received the following notice from Outreach:

Ashley Mills, a Genetic Counseling student at Mount Sinai in New York , is conducting a research study survey which aims to understand cancer beliefs and attitudes, in addition to family history communication in the LGBTQ community. The survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous.

There have been few opportunities to investigate cancer beliefs and attitudes in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) female communities. The purpose of this study is to understand and analyze views on cancer and family communication in the female LGBTQ communities. The intended goal is to use the information analyzed to give health care professionals, such as genetic counselors, greater insight of community beliefs and attitudes in order to better serve and understand their patients who identify as LGBTQ. Addressing risk assessment, cancer worry and family history are the key components of cancer genetic counseling, with the goals of both addressing patient's psychological needs and influencing risk-reducing behaviors. Therefore, such insights could be useful for improving education, cultural competency, communication and appropriate clinical care.

Your participation is much appreciated! In order to participate, you must be female, over age 18.

You can find the survey online by simply clicking on the link below:

If you have any questions, at any time, or want to discuss any study-related concerns, please contact Ashley Mills at (212)241- 9414 or

Update on gay UW-Parkside student who was beaten on Halloween

Kenosha News ran this article on Friday giving an update on the situation of Jordan Miller, the UW-Parkside student who was beaten by four men while attending Halloween festivities in downtown Madison. Miller believes he was targeted because of his sexual orientation, about which a friend of his had commented loudly.

As a result of miscommunication between 911 dispatchers and law enforcement,
police who responded on Halloween to a call about the beating didn't realize that Miller had been attacked and thought he had merely passed out drunk. Miller received no medical treatment that night for fractures to his vertebrae and police did not follow up with Miller to ask him about his attackers until almost three weeks after the crime took place.

Miller does not intend to intitiate any legal actions against Madison's emergency services and law enforcement units, according to his attorney, but is attempting to locate his attackers.

Saturday's Equality March at the Capitol

Between 150 and 200 people participated in the Wisconsin Equality March on Saturday. The demands of the march included equal rights for LGBTI people under the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution, repeal of Wisconsin's constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman, and repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

Char Hanson, one of the organizers of the march, sent Queery the following summary:

Everything with this march went great, the turn our was about 150-175 people. We went down State to the capitol and rallied without issue. The speakers were awesome. And the crowd although fully behind the rally and reasons, was well behaved and no problems occured. It is amazing to live here in Madison where LGBTIQ people have so much outstanding support, we need to bring that support and acceptance to the rest of the state and the rest of the country.

Coverage from other local press:

LGBT rights activists rally to show support - The Daily Cardinal

LGBT rights ralliers march to Capitol - The Badger Herald

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Competition for Obey's House seat just gets weird

Two Republicans vying for U.S. Rep. Dave Obey's seat are arguing over which one of them is less in favor of same-sex marriage.

Challenger Dan Mielke says his primary opponent Sean Duffy condones same-sex marriage because Duffy appeared in a satirical movie 11 years ago that involved a same-sex wedding. Mielke said he was bringing the issue up because marriage "is in my heart and in my soul and I cannot keep still."

Duffy, a former cast member of MTV's The Real World, responded, "Mielke knows I support traditional marriage and for him to suggest otherwise is a blatant lie."

You can read more about the argument here in a blog entry by Wisconsin Journal reporter Jason Stein.

LGBT soldiers can come out ... but only if they're testifying to Congress

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., has introduced legislation to protect active duty service members who publicly identify themselves as LGBT if they do so while testifying before Congress. The bill is intended to allow LGBT service members to participate in congressional hearings scheduled for next year about the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which permits the discharge of any service member who comes out as non-heterosexual.

However, some activists who support LGB people in the military say that the legislation could have a potential downside: harassment of individuals who come out during the congressional investigation. Alexander Nichols, executive director of Servicemembers United, said that testifying could put active duty service members in danger from other members of their units.

You can read more in this story from the Associated Press.

Kathryn has to comment on Meredith Baxter Birney

When I heard yesterday that Meredith Baxter Birney announced she was a lesbian on the Today Show, I thought, "Big whoop." The surprise came when she said she only figured out she was a lesbian seven years ago.

UW-Madison discusses LGBT issues

The Badger Herald student newspaper ran an article yesterday about a Tuesday listening session that sought to identify ways to improve the campus environment for LGBT students. The session was sparsely attended, which some attributed to students' preparing for finals. Issues discussed included the need for faculty to become more aware of the presence of LGBT students in their classes and more sensitive to the assumptions that make about their students. You can read the full article here.

NY senate rejects marriage equality

You've probably read it everywhere else already, but in case you haven't:

N.Y. gay marriage measure defeated
- Boston Globe
Paterson: No Timetable To Try Again On Gay Marriage - New York Daily News
Gay-marriage opponents welcome NY bill's defeat - Associated Press

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

New LGBT newspaper for Wisconsin

We wrote last week about the Wisconsin Gazette, our state's newest LGBT paper. Like its predecessors In Step and Wisconsin Light, the Gazette appears to be focused on Milwaukee and surrounds, at least for now. You can download the most recent issue at the Wisconsin Gazette website.

D.C. City Council votes for marriage equality

From the Campaign for All D.C. Families:
The D.C. City Council voted for the first time as a full council in favor of the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009. The bill, which will formally legalize same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia while protecting the rights of religious institutions to define marriage according to their own beliefs, will be voted on a final time later this month by the full council. The bill is expected to then be signed by Mayor Fenty and finally go to Capitol Hill for Congressional review before becoming law. Eleven of 13 council members voted in support of the bill.

Aisha Mills, President of the Campaign for All D.C. Families released the following statement:

"Today we celebrate the District of Columbia City Council's initial vote to extend marriage equality to all residents. When passed this important law will provide gay and lesbian couples the securities and protections of marriage and create a stronger community for all of us.

"Denying marriage protections to loving and committed couples here in the district, and elsewhere, puts them and their families in harm's way. I would to thank the Council and all of the advocates for their work on this first step toward ensuring that gay and lesbian couples are able to make a lifelong commitment to take care of and be responsible for one another."

As with any D.C. legislation, the U.S. Congress has the right to repeal the bill if enough senators and representatives get fired up against it. However, no such firing up occurred this summer when the D.C. council voted to recognize same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions.

Judge blocks Argentine fiances' wedding

Yesterday, an Argentine federal judge blocked the marriage of Jose Maria Di Bello and Alex Freyre, scheduled for today. Judge Marta Gomez Alsina said the wedding must be delayed until the Supreme Court has had a chance to consider the case. Judge Gabriela Seijas, a Buenos Aires city judge, had ruled on Nov. 20 that prohibiting the men's marriage was a violation of Argentina's constitution.

The men say they will appear for their marriage appointment at the registry office today.

Monday, November 30, 2009

New LGBT publication in Wisconsin

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports:
Wisconsin Gazette, Shorewood, a bi-weekly publication targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender readers, published its premiere issue Nov. 19. Distributed at more than 300 sites throughout metro Milwaukee, Kenosha, Racine, Madison and other areas, Wisconsin Gazette is owned by Leonard J. Sobczak.

AIDS Memorial Quilt in Madison

From HIVictorious:
AIDS Memorial Quilt. Remembering history to shape the future.

Overture Center Main Lobby
201 State Street, Madison, Wisconsin
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Thursday, December 3, 2009
10:00 am – 10:00 pm

The AIDS Memorial Quilt is an expanding memorial to the lives of people lost to HIV/AIDS, created by those who loved them. It is the largest community art project in the world, totaling more than 45,500 individual panels that commemorate more than 91,000 people.

View 21 12′x12′ blocks of the captivating quilt in person, brought to Madison in recognition of World AIDS Day (December 1) by the UW Health HIV/AIDS Comprehensive Care Program, with financial support from Becker Law Office, the Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program and our many generous allies and friends.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

This week's announcements

On Saturday, Women4Women Goes to the Movies. Women4Women will meet at OutReach, 600 Williamson St., at its regularly scheduled time of 3:00 p.m. and decide which film to see. Following the film, folks will gather for coffee or a bite to eat to discuss the movie.

On Sunday at 2 p.m., Unified for Equality is meeting at Outreach Community Center, 600 Williamson St., to plan for the December 5 Marriage Equality March at Wisconsin’s capital.

Stay at Outreach afterward because, from 5:30 to 9:30 on Sunday, OutThere will hold a Thanksgiving weekend potluck People of all ages, races, genders, and sexual orientations are welcome to attend. A panel discussion on Spirituality and Religion will begin at 7:30.

After spending your entire weekend at Outreach, you can head east to MATC-Truax, where MATC Pride will host a Transgender Workshop to educate people of all gender identities and expressions about transgender issues. The workshop takes place on Monday, November 30 from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at 3550 Anderson St. in Room 142.

And finally, Tuesday Dec. 1 is World Aids Day. AIDS Network invites you to its annual Volunteer Recognition Awards and Memorial Service from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at First Congregational Church of Madison, 1609 University Avenue. Please contact AIDS Network at 608.252.6540 with any questions.

Tonight's Show: Transgender Explained for Those Who Are Not

Tonight on Queery, we'll be talking with Joanne Herman, a former columnist for The Advocate and author of the new book Transgender Explained for Those Who Are Not. Join us for a great conversation about the T in LGBT.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bishop Morlino shuns Catholic group on allegations that it supports gays and abortion, a news Web site geared toward religious conservatives, reported that Madison's Catholic bishop, Robert Morlino, is one of four bishops nationally that has decided to withhold diocesan funds from the national office of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). CCHD is an anti-poverty organization run by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and has come under attack recently for partnering with organizations that support or offer comprehensive sex education, including information about birth control, abortion and homosexuality, or tolerate homosexuality and socialism. Detractors state that CCHD should not be associating with such organizations, even if its funding does not directly support activities contrary to church teaching.

The CCHD says that its funding choices have been screened by the bishops and do not support contraceptives, abortion, or the promotion of homosexuality.

This past weekend, Madison did not participate in the annual special collection for CCHD, in which dioceses across the country ask local Catholics to make a special offering to the organization. This is the second year that Madison has not participated. According to LifeSiteNews:

As he did last year, Bishop Morlino chose to allocate the national campaign's portion of the [CCHD] collection to a different cause. Last year, the funds were sent to the Hurricane Ike recovery fund, and this year he allocated the contributions to the Little Sisters of the Poor, who have an international outreach to the elderly.

In a November 11th letter to the faithful of his diocese, Bishop Morlino assured them that the diocesan portion would continue to support "important tasks of assisting the poor of our own diocese."

He insisted, however, that their money would not be allowed to support groups violating Church teaching. "In light of recent discussions and protests regarding money from CCHD going to fund ACORN and other entities which do not uphold, and sometimes act in opposition to, the teachings of the Church," he said, "I feel it necessary to make clear that your money will not go to such groups."

Some CCHD detractors have demanded that CCHD end its partnership with the immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera because of a report that it provided Spanish-language support to the Gay Neighbor campaign, which encourages Milwaukeeans to get to know LGBT people in their communities.

More anti-LGBT hate crimes reported

An increasing number of hate crimes against sexual minorities are being reported to the FBI. It's unclear whether the number of these hate crimes is increasing or more of them are being reported. The Matthew Shepard Foundation released the following statement:
Annual statistics for 2008 collected by local law enforcement agencies nationwide show an 11 percent increase in hate crimes based on sexual orientation, according to a report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

While the overall number of hate crimes of any kind grew by about 2 percent from 2007 to 2008, the 11 percent hike in anti-gay incidents, and a 9 percent increase in hate crimes based on religion, demonstrate the continuing danger posed by bias against others based on their differences.

The FBI report shows 7,783 hate crimes voluntarily reported to the agency by participating law enforcement agencies, involving a total of 9,691 victims. A majority (58 percent) of the 1,706 victims targeted for their sexual orientation were gay men.

Roughly a third of the cases were physical attacks, another third were intimidation and the remaining third were vandalism or property damage.

The FBI cautioned that year-to-year comparisons are difficult due to the change in the number of law enforcement agencies which chose to participate. The number of participating agencies rose by 449, or 3.4 percent, versus the prior year.

“While it is important to respect the cautions voiced by statistical analysts, the continuing, steady emergence of extremely violent anti-LGBT hate crimes in recent weeks also argues in favor of taking the increase seriously and redoubling prevention efforts,” said Jason Marsden, executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

Just in the prior week, authorities announced they were investigating the murder of Jorge Lopez in Puerto Rico as a hate crime, and a 16-year-old gay Houston high school student reported being assaulted with a metal pipe by a group of assailants despite having sought help from school administrators ahead of time due to rumors circulating about the planned attack. These are only two of the several anti-gay attacks reported in recent months, many of which have not been covered by mainstream media outlets.

“Coming just weeks after President Obama signed new, LGBT-inclusive hate crimes provisions, the rise in reported hate crimes against the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community is sobering, whether due to increased reporting or increased frequency of the crimes, or both,” Marsden said. “We all must do more to send the message that these attacks are unacceptable.”

Monday, November 23, 2009

Lutheran churches in Wisconsin discuss breaking off after pro-LGBT vote

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published this article Thursday about a group that is seeking to break off of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) because it voted this summer to accept pastors who are in committed same-sex relationships.

Lutheran CORE (Coalition for Renewal), based in Minnesota, is working on creating a new denomination for disaffected churches who are currently members of the ELCA. A few congregations in Wisconsin say they are considering leaving the ELCA, but no definite decisions have been made yet.

The ELCA and Lutheran CORE should not be confused with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), a separate denomination that holds to a more literal interpretation of the Bible, forbids the ordination of women, bars women from serving as voting members of church bodies that make decisions affecting men, and teaches that the theory of evolution is false. ELCA churches tend to interpret the Bible in its historical and social context, allow women to be voting members of church bodies and to be ordained, and tend not to take a stance on the origins of life, allowing both creationists and proponents of the theory of evolution to be members and promote their viewpoints.

Federal judge orders administration to provide health insurance to wife of lesbian court employee

A federal appeals court judge has ordered the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to provide health care benefits to the wife of a lesbian federal attorney in California. The attorney, Karen Golinski, married Amy Cunninghis in California in 2008 when same-sex marriages were legal in that state.

According to Judge Alex Kozinski, a Reagan appointee, said that federal law requires the government to provide health insurance to the spouse of any covered employee who is legally married in his or her state of residence.

More info:
Obama Administration Ordered to Give Benefits to Lesbian Partner - Edge
Give in on same-sex benefits, judge orders feds - San Francisco Chronicle

Canada considers refugee statues for lesbian who fled U.S. Army

Two years ago, Bethany Smith was outed by fellow soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., after they saw her holding hands with a girlfriend at a local shopping mall. What followed was a barrage of physical attacks and threatening notes, at which point Smith figured that being dismissed with an honorable discharge under the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy would be just as well. However, her sargeant told her she would not be dismissed and that she would be deployed to Afghanistan with the same soldiers who were currently threatening her life.

Smith went AWOL and fled to Canada, took a new name, and is going through the Canadian courts trying to win asylum after the country's Immigration and Refugee Board rejected her claim. On Friday, a Canadian federal judge ordered the board to reconsider Smith's case because it had failed to consider the discrimination and harassment she faced in the military.

For more information:
Lesbian US war deserter wins stay of deportation - La Crosse Tribune
Pte. Bethany Smith Fled to Canada to Avoid Soldiers' Death Threats. Will They Let Her Stay? - Queerty

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Puerto Rico murder may be prosecuted as hate crime

Puerto Rican police have charged 26-year-old Juan Martinez Matos in the murder and mutilation of 19-year-old Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado this past weekend. Martinez told police that he killed Lopez after discovering he was a man. Martinez said that he had approached Lopez for sex under the impression that Lopez was a woman.

Martinez is in jail under a $4 million bond. So far, the government has charged him with first-degree murder and weapons violations. LGBT activists and at least two New York congressional representatives are pushing law enforcement to try the case under Puerto Rico's 2002 hate crimes law, which has not been applied in the at least 10 anti-gay slayings that have occurred in the U.S. territory since its passage, according to Pedro Julio Serrano of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

U.S. Representative Jose Serrano (D-NY), who was born in Puerto Rico, released this statement Tuesday about the murder:

“I strongly condemn this horrible crime and urge that it be treated as the heinous hate-crime that it is. Congress passed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act to address just this type of offense. I urge the federal government to provide Puerto Rican authorities with assistance in this investigation. The parties responsible must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of either Puerto Rican law or our new federal hate crimes laws.

“I am particularly troubled by the alleged comments of one of the police investigators of this terrible act. Our justice system and our law enforcement officials should never allow their personal biases to interfere in their work investigating and enforcing the law.

“Gay teens in Puerto Rico, like gay teens anywhere, must be able to live in peace and feel safe in their communities. As a tolerant society, we must be vigilant about the rights of all and always ensure that the law is on the side of the vulnerable and the victimized.”

Some additional articles:
Murder charge filed in Puerto Rico teen slaying - Associated Press
Activists, politicians, urge Puerto Rican authorities to prosecute López murder as hate crime - Edge

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

This week's news roundup: Nov 18, 2010

On Monday of this week, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker vetoed a proposal to look into allowing county employees to include domestic partners on their health insurance plans. Walker, who is running for governor in the 2010 race as a Republican, said that the county should not consider spending money on additional benefits at a time that it is trying to get its employees to accept stagnant wages and curtailed benefits in order to make up for budgetary shortfalls.

The County Board voted 13-6 to look into the cost of extending domestic partner benefits at its Nov. 5 meeting. It will decide tonight whether to override Walker’s veto. If it overrides the veto, the county would only look into the logistics and cost of providing benefits. A separate vote would be needed later to put the benefits in place.


According to ABC News, Supreme Court Justice today told students at Ohio State University "Did any provision of the Constitution guarantee a right to abortion? No one thought so for almost two centuries after the founding. Did any provision in the Constitution guarantee a right to homosexual sodomy? Same answer."

Scalia failed to comment on the enshrinement of slavery in the Constitution as originally ratified. Nor did he mention the right of non-whites to be counted as citizens of the United States, the right of interracial couples to marry, and the right of African-Americans and women to vote without interference – most of which were not considered rights guaranteed under the Constitution until almost two centuries after the founding of our nation.


University of Wisconsin-River Falls is planning to offer a new course on LGBT history and current issues. The course, which will be offered as part of the school’s women’s studies program, is being developed by the women’s studies coordinator and a psychology professor.

Women’s studies coordinator Michelle Parkinson says that a recent campus incident involving anti-gay graffiti shows that the community needs to learn more about LGBT issues. The course will be offered for the first time in Fall 2010 or Spring 2011. Parkinson said that she hopes this will be the first step toward offering a certificate in LGBT studies at UW-River Falls.


In Alabama, a Tharptown High School prom committee member will likely be permitted to attend prom with her girlfried in spring, according to Alabama newspapers. School officials had previously told Cynthia Stewart that she would not be allowed to bring her girlfriend, who attends school in another district. After the American Civil Liberties Union contacted the school board, officials reversed their decision and said that the girlfriend will be allowed to attend as long as she passes the screening process required of all dates from outside the school district. Tharptown High School routinely checks the names of prom dates in the months before the dance to keep out students with behavioral problems or criminal records.


Yesterday, Puerto Rican police arrested a suspect in the murder and decapitation of a 19-year-old gay man. The burned and dismembered body of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado was found on a road outside of the town of Cayey this past weekend.

Puerto Rican Web site Primera Hora reported that police arrested a 28-year-old man and impounded two vehicles in the investigation. A representative of the FBI in Puerto Rico said that the bureau is assisting local police in the investigation and determining whether the crime was a violation of federal civil rights laws. Puerto Rican activists suspect that the murder was an anti-gay hate crime meant to frighten the LGBT community. If so, it could become the first case to be tried as a hate crime under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which was signed into federal law on October 29.

While regional police director Hector Agosto condemned the crime as “ruthless,” police investigator Angel Rodriguez enraged Lopez’s friends and LGBT activists with his statement (translated from Spanish), “Someone like that, who does those kinds of things, and goes out in public, knows full well that this might happen to him.”

Many commentators said that Rodriguez was trying to justify the murder and should be taken off the case, but police director Agosto defended the investigator, saying his words had been twisted around and in no way were meant to disparage gays or lesbians.


Several major American LGBT newspapers were shuttered this weekend as their holding company filed for bankruptcy. The papers include the 40-year-old Washington Blade, Atlanta’s 21-year-old Southern Voice, the 35-year-old Houston Voice, and the South Florida Blade, founded in 2000. Staffs of the defunct papers say they plan to start up new LGBT publications to serve their areas.

Window Media, the owner of the papers and no relation to Microsoft, gave no warning to the papers’ staffs. Even editors-in-chief showed up to work on Monday expecting to cover news, only to find that the locks on their buildings had been changed. They communicated news of their closings through Twitter.


And on the more hopeful side, a 10-year-old in Arkansas made headlines when he refused to say the pledge of allegiance because, he said, he wouldn’t feel right saying there is “liberty and justice for all” when gays, lesbians, women and people of color are routinely denied both.

After a substitute teacher repeatedly nagged fifth-grader Will Phillips to stand up and pledge, he told her to go jump of a bridge. The school’s principal disciplined Phillips for talking disrespectfully to his teacher, but not for refusing to say the pledge. Phillips wrote a letter of apology to the teacher.

Phillips reports that some of his fellow students call him a “gaywad,” but says he will continue to refrain from saying the pledge until the United States truly does provide liberty and justice for all.


Argentina may become the first country in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriages. A male couple received a marriage license in Buenos Aires on Monday after a judge ruled that civil rights provisions in the country’s constitution override a ban on same-sex marriages.

The ruling applies only to the couple in question, but could be used as legal precedent by other same-sex couples seeking to be married.

Argentina's legislature is considering proposals to define marriage more inclusively so that same-sex couples can marry. The legislation is supported by the ruling party.
According to the Argentine Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Federation, 70% of surveyed Argentines support civil marriage for same-sex couples. Four jurisdictions in Argentina currently recognize civil unions. Uruguay is the only Latin American country where civil unions have legal status nationally.

Tonight's Show: Transgender Week of Remembrance

Join us for Queery tonight as we talk to representatives from local LGBT campus groups about events they are planning around this year's Transgender Day of Remembrance. Get ready for a vigil this Friday, a film series about the intersection of race and gender, and in-depth workshops about transgender experiences. All activities are open to transgender and non-transgender alike.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tonight's Show: Remembering David Runyon's "Nothing to Hide"

We had a great time talking about Nothing to Hide, which at 20 years was the longest-running LGBT television program when its creator and producer, David Runyon, died in 2001. Scott Seyforth from the UW-Madison history department and Eric Allin of Madison’s public access television station WYOU, the home of Nothing to Hide, talked about the historical importance of the show, and we played a couple of show excerpts, including the speech of Wisconsin Governor Lee Dreyfus when he signed the nation's first gay right's law in 1982.

On Friday, WYOU will be transferring the show's master tapes to UW-Madison Memorial Library so it’s accessible to historians and community members. Dedication festivities will be held on the library's 4th floor (featuring brand new cork planks, we're told) from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM on November 12. Featured speakers include U.S. Representative Tammy Baldwin and State Representative Spencer Black.

This week's news roundup

On Tuesday, the American Medical Association passed a resolution calling for repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law. The resolution received overwhelming support from AMA membership and virtually no opposition, even from the uniformed services representatives in attendance.

At issue before the AMA was the chilling effect that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has on the provider-patient relationship and the resulting impact on access to quality healthcare for active duty troops. Military medical providers have been compelled to divulge personal information about patients to military commanders, resulting in the widespread concern among troops regarding medical confidentiality. Sometimes troops opt to suffer in silence or hesitate to seek treatment for potentially life-threatening conditions out of fear for their careers, some have left the military to get proper treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other combat-related ailments.


On Tuesday, the New York State Senate delayed a vote on a bill that would make it legal for gay and lesbian couples to marry there.

According to The New York Times, Governor David Paterson had placed the bill on the agenda for an emergency session Tuesday, and gay rights lobbied for an immediate vote. But supporters were having difficulty securing the 32 votes needed for approval in the Senate, and a dispute between the governor and legislative leaders over a budget deficit held up votes on major legislation.
Both supporters and opponents are taking advantage of the delay to lobby for votes.


In Cleveland, Ohio, an LGBT rights group delivered more than 2,500 postcards to City Council members Monday to support legislation prohibiting discrimination against transgender citizens, according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Last year the council began tried to add transgender identity to the city's anti-discrimination laws. However, the move was shot down by a 13-7 vote.

Additional hearings on the measure are scheduled for later this month. Proponents are hopeful, citing that several Council members who oppose the legislation serve constituencies where a majority support it.


A French court on Tuesday allowed a lesbian woman to adopt a child with her partner after 11 years of legal battle, according to the Reuters news agency.

French law allows single people to adopt but not same-sex couples. Some couples get around the ban by filing an application in the name of only one partner and checking the "single" box, but the woman was determined to have her right to adopt as a couple recognized by the courts.

She prevailed on Tuesday when an administrative tribunal in her town overruled the regional authorities, who had rejected the woman's application.
Supporters are optimistic that the ruling may eventually influence legislature on a national level.


The findings of a new study from the RAND Corporation and the University of Florida regarding the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy challenges the assumption that allowing openly gay and lesbian military personnel to serve in the U.S. armed forces could harm military readiness.

The study surveyed military personnel who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan and found that having a gay or lesbian colleague in their unit had no significant impact on their unit’s cohesion or readiness.

About 20 percent of those polled said they were aware of a gay or lesbian member in their unit, and about half of those said their presence was well known. In addition, three-quarters of those surveyed said they felt comfortable or very comfortable in the presence of gays or lesbians.

The study found that just 40 percent of the military members surveyed expressed support for the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” a reduction from previous surveys. 28 percent opposed it and 33 percent were neutral.


The Jakarta Post reported today that a recent conference among moderate Muslim scholars in Indonesia has reached a consensus that there is no reason to reject homosexuals under Islam.

Some of the scholars said that condemnation of homosexuality by Muslims is based on narrow-minded interpretations of Islamic teaching. One speaker said that heterosexuality is a social construction that has ultimately led the majority to ban homosexuality. Others stated that homosexuality is from God and should be considered natural.

While several scholars in attendance maintained the view that Islam condemns homosexual behavior, many moderate Muslims see the conference as a major step toward LGBT tolerance for the religion.


On Saturday night, the U.S. House passed HB 3962, a health care reform bill that includes a number of provisions of benefit the LGBT community and other minorities, reports

Among these is a direction to the Department of Health and Human Services to address health disparities of a number of specific population groups, including those based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It makes low-income HIV patients eligible for Medicare coverage earlier in their illness. And it prohibits discrimination in health care based on “personal characteristics extraneous to the provision of high quality health care or related services.”

Some have expressed concern that the language of the provisions, championed by Representative Tammy Baldwin, does not specifically refer to LGBT individuals. Others see the legislation as a tremendous advance for the health needs of the LGBT community.


The Wisconsin Supreme Court has declined to hear an anti-gay group’s constitutional challenge to the recent law that created a domestic partner registry for gay couples. The suit, brought by the right-wing Wisconsin Family Action, claimed the registry violates a state Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage or any similar status. The court rejected the case without comment.

Lambda Legal and Fair Wisconsin, the two groups leading the defense of the registry, applauded the court’s decision. However, some legal experts point out that the suit is not necessarily dead; it can simply be initiated at the Circuit Court level instead, as is the usual course for such suits.

RI Governor uses the slippery slope argument to veto same-sex partners' funeral rights

Rhode Island's governor, Don Carcieri, vetoed a law yesterday that would allow Rhode Islanders in same-sex relationships to make funeral arrangements for their deceased partners. His excuse?: "This bill represents a disturbing trend over the past few years of the incremental erosion of the principles surrounding traditional marriage, which is not the preferred way to approach this issue."

Right. Planning a funeral is so much like being married.

Another tidbit from Carcieri: "If the General Assembly believes it would like to address the issue of domestic partnership, it should place the issue on the ballot and let the people of the State of Rhode Island decide."

Because people's legal rights should always be subject to majority vote, right?

P.S. The Rhode Island legislature is expected to override the governor's veto in a close vote. Keep watching ...

Mormon church headquarters back LGBT rights law

The leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (also known as the LDS church or Mormons) based in Salt Lake City, Utah, have given their support to a citywide ordinance to outlaw most housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The Salt Lake City Council passed the ordinance unanimously last night. The church's stance can be partly explained by the exceptions that the law allows for religious organizations, which may continue to consider sexual orientation as a factor in employment.

"The church supports these ordinances because they are fair and reasonable and do not do violence to the institution of marriage," said Michael Otterson, the director of public affairs for the LDS church. The LDS church gained national attention last year for its strong support of California's Proposition 8, which removed the right of same-sex couples to marry in that state.

Whether the rest of Utah will follow remains to be seen. Salt Lake City is among Utah's least religious and most socially liberal communities.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Auditions for SAPPHO IN LOVE by Carolyn Gage

From StageQ:
StageQ is holding auditions for its production of comedic romp, SAPPHO IN LOVE, by Carolyn Gage. The play will be directed by Katy Conley. Auditions will be held on Monday and Tuesday, December 7th & 8th, 2009, with callbacks on Wednesday, December 9th.

Auditions are at 7:00 pm. They will take place at 148 E Wilson Street, first floor. Appointments may be arranged for a different date.

Actors will read from the script, and may be asked to work together in groups, so wear clothes to move in. Copies of the script are available upon request to sappho@stageq. com.

Roles are available for one girl, age 8 – 11, and at least 16 women, from late teens to late middle-age. There are roles for 5 or more naiads, and women who have acrobatic, modern dance or contact improv backgrounds are encouraged to audition for those.

Performance dates for SAPPHO IN LOVE are February 12 - 27, 2010. Rehearsals will begin January 4th.

Contact sappho@stageq. com or call 608.661.9696, ext 3 with questions.

SAPPHO IN LOVE is a riotous romp across the slippery terrain of Lesbian romance, as the goddesses on Olympus (Aphrodite, Artemis and Hera) come down to earth to recruit among Sappho and her followers on Lesbos. Classical comedy ensues.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Sherry Wolf on Maine's repeal of marriage equalty

Sherry Wolf, who appeared on Queery a few weeks ago to discuss her new book Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics and Theory of LGBT Liberation, published an analysis of the Maine vote in the online edition of the Socialist Worker yesterday.

She argued that the vote reflects the lack of progressive organizing in rural areas and points to the need to guarantee civil rights at the federal level. She points out that, when the Supreme Court struck down laws against "interracial" marriage in 1967, only a fifth of Americans would have voted in favor of such marriages. This, she wrote, shows just how flawed it is to be subject civil rights to popular prejudices.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Next week's show: David Runyon

On Nov. 11, we'll be talking to Scott Seyforth of UW-Madison and Barbara Bolan of WYOU about "Nothing to Hide," the longest-running LGBT television program anywhere at the time of the death of its producer, David Runyon, in 2001. The show ran on Madison's WYOU community television station and, in recognition of their historicity, the master tapes are being transferred to the UW-Madison Memorial Library and will be digitized for use by historians and community members. There will be a ceremony and celebration at the library on Nov. 13, and volunteers are needed to help move the tapes. (To volunteer, contact Barbara Bolan at 608-258-9644 and

Here's more info from WYOU:
WYOU Community Television to Bequeath David Runyon’s “Nothing To Hide” Master Tapes to UW’s Memorial Library

Summary: 25 boxes filled with 800 Runyon master tapes will be carried on foot by WYOU to UW’s Memorial Library on Friday, November 13th for a bequeathal reception. Tammy Baldwin to speak. Will create largest archive of its kind in the nation.

Madison, WI – WYOU Community Television is pleased to announce that it will transfer ownership of the master video tapes of Nothing To Hide, the late David Runyon’s long-running television show, to the University of Wisconsin’s Memorial Library. A special reception marking the Memorial Library’s acquisition will take place on Friday, November 13th, from 4:30pm – 6:00pm in the Library’s 4th Floor Commons. Speakers set to commemorate the event include Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, Representative Spencer Black, Wisconsin State Legislature, Ken Frazier, Director of the UW-Madison General Library System, and Richard Russell, political activist and one-time WYOU Board Chairman.

WYOU volunteers and community representatives will gather at 3:30pm at WYOU, located at 609 E.Washington Ave and transport 25 boxes of tapes in a procession across the Capitol Square, along State Street and ending at the UW’s Memorial Library, 728 State Street.

Nothing To Hide ran during prime-time on WYOU from 1981 – 2001. At the time of Runyon's death in 2001, "Nothing to Hide" was the longest-running LGBT television show anywhere in the world. David Runyon, the creator and producer of Nothing To Hide, honed his television and documentary skills at WYOU. The video tape archive is noteworthy for its range of topics. Included in the collection are lectures by nationally known authors and social critics, speeches by LGBT history-makers, and documentary footage covering local and regional events. Upon its acceptance into the Library System, the collection will become the largest LGBT cable access video archive of its kind in a public repository in the nation.

The preservation proposal for Runyon’s Nothing To Hide collection came from a group of faculty and staff at UW-Madison. Representatives of the proposal approached WYOU about its 800-tape collection as well as local LGBT advocacy center, Outreach, owner of 50 tapes from the collection. Outreach, Madison’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center is also donating tapes from its collection.

The Memorial Library will archive the collection, digitize the masters and place the shows in circulation for access by scholars, students and community members. This will create the largest public repository of such materials in the nation and will add another unique research collection to Memorial Library.

WYOU is the public access television station serving the city of Madison and Dane County in Wisconsin. The station has been a resource to the citizens of Madison since 1976 for the production and distribution of locally produced programs. WYOU producers include students and teachers, conservationists, social workers, accountants, activists, healthcare workers, independent filmmakers and members of local religious organizations. The WYOU mission is to stimulate and facilitate open community use of the public access station for the development of local television programming. The station educates the community in the use of digital cameras and editing software and provide facilities for independent producers to learn how to create programs.

Summary of arguments in yesterday's Wisconsin marriage amendment hearing

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a brief article on the arguments made for and against the constitutionality of the referendum that resulted in the 2006 marriage amendment, which restricted marriage to heterosexual couples and put domestic partnerships and civil unions in legal limbo. The State Bar of Wisconsin has a more detailed report.

Marriage repealed in Maine

Or, so it seems, with most of the vote in. Observers expect there will be a recount since the vote results so far are pretty close, with 53% voting to repeal the state law allowing same-sex marriage and 47% voting to uphold it. Here is an article at ABC News.

Much to the disappointment of the National Organization for Marriage, however, pro-equality folks plan to continue their stance in favor of civil rights and do not plan to commit mass suicide, while the population that stands against civil rights has an older demographic and is likely to shrink by natural attrition over the coming decades.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Queery now on Twitter

You can follow us at QueeryRadio on Twitter. You don't have to join Twitter to read our updates.

Arguments in Wisconsin marriage amendment case to be heard tomorrow

The Wisconsin Supreme Court will here oral arguments this morning in McConkey v. VanHollen, a case that challenges the validity of the 2006 Wisconsin marriage amendment. The amendment passed in a statewide referendum, where voters were asked:
“Marriage. Shall section 13 of article XIII of the constitution be created to provide that only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state and that a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state?”
McConkey has sued the state, arguing that the referendum combined two separate questions (one regarding the definition of marriage and one regarding the legality of domestic partnerships and civil unions for same-sex and opposite-sex couples), and therefore violated state provisions that a referendum should address only one issue.

Jessie Otradovec of LGBTI Equality Now invites supporters of McConkey to gather as a group to hear the arguments and educate the public on this issue:
The McConkey v. VanHollen Oral Arguments are being heard tomorrow at 9:45 am. 231 East Wing of the State Capitol. Let's meet at the East entrance. It is only scheduled to go until 10:45, so please be there if you can at 9:45. We will also be out on Library Mall at Noon- come hand out fliers with us and make a statement for equality!

Jessie provided this link from the MAL Contends Wisconsin news blog as background.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tonight's show: Health care impact of domestic partnerships

This summer, the Wisconsin legislature enacted domestic partnership protections for same-sex couples. But opponents have asked the state supreme court to invalidate the new law.

Tonight on Queery, we’re talking with Robin Timm and Jayne Dunnam, a Wisconsin couple that, with the help of the ACLU, is seeking a voice in defending the state’s new domestic partnership law from a legal challenge by the conservative Christian group Wisconsin Family Action. In addition to talking about the suit, they'll tell us about their experiences dealing with health care before and after they registered their partnership. We'll also be talking with Larry DuPuis, legal director of ACLU of Wisconsin.

This broadcast is part of All Together Now, a collaborative journalism endeavor by news media in Madison, Wisconsin, to produce print, broadcast and online reports on a common theme. The theme for October 18-30, 2009, is Madison RX: Our Ailing Health Care System.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

This week's announcements

On Friday, Leztalkmadison is hosting a Gelato Social for queer women at Java Cat Cafe on 3918 Monona Drive(corner of Cottage Grove and Monona Drive) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Here's your chance to wear a dorky name tag, mingle a bit, eat Gelato, and maybe meet some of your favorite Queery voices.

Several 12-step programs meet at Outreach, the LGBT community center at 600 Williamson Street:
  • On Saturdays, Sex Addicts Anonymous meets at 1 p.m. and Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 6 p.m.
  • Al-Anon (for friends and family of alcoholics) meets 9 a.m. on Wednesdays

On Saturday, October 24, from 5-7pm at OutReach, the Congressional District Action Team will have a planning meeting focusing on a challenge to the 2006 Wisconsin State marriage ban. It’s a brand-new group that grew out of the National Equality March, so new members are of course welcome.

And this and every Monday, Dairyland Cowboys and Cowgirls meets at Club 5, 5 Applegate Court in Madison, for western-style dancing. Beginner lessons at 5 p.m. and open dancing 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Queery is always looking for additional volunteers who can bring new perspectives to our show. We have many opportunities on and off the air. Contact us at

You can read about more happenings around town at

News roundup reports that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has temporarily blocked Washington state from releasing the names of people who signed a petition in support of a state ballot referendum that would limit domestic partnership rights. Proponents of the anti-domestic partnership measure say that Washington state officials have a long-standing practice of keeping confidential the identities of those who sign referendum petitions, and that releasing the names could discourage people from exercising their right to free speech. LGBT equality supporters and open-government groups say that the public has a legal right to know who is behind the referendum.

Tulsa World reports that 23-year-old Brandon Patrick hopes to change Oklahoma’s hate crimes law to include crimes based on sexual orientation. The Tulsa resident went to the hospital on Sunday night after a man and two women attacked him with a knife, punched him and bit him while he was trying to walk to a friend’s house around midnight. They preceded the attack with homophobic slurs and threats. Since Oklahoma doesn’t recognize hate crimes related to sexual orientation, police are investigating the case only as an assault and battery.

Maine is preparing for a popular vote on marriage equality in less than two weeks. According to, the latest poll shows voters evenly split—48 percent for marriage equality for same-sex couples and 48 percent against it, with four percent undecided and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percent. Earlier this year, Maine’s legislature passed a law recognizing same-sex marriages, but religious groups petitioned to delay enactment of the law until voters were given an opportunity to approve or repeal it.

Tonight's show - National Equality March and next steps

On tonight's show, we'll hear from Cleve Jones, David Mixner, Kate Clinton and Staceyann Chin at the National Equality March, which took place on Sunday, October 11th in Washington, D.C. There will also be details about the grassroots movement that's grown out of the march: the Congressional District Campaign for equal protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states.

You'll also have the opportunity to participate in grassroots radio through WORT's fund drive or, as some of us like to call it, the "fun drive." WORT 89.9 FM is a true community effort, with most of our budget coming from individual listeners. That's a contrast to commercial radio and even most public radio, which receives the bulk of its funding through corporate underwriting and grants. Because we receive most of our funding from our listeners and not from corporations or the government, we don't have to curb our enthusiasm for LGBT rights or pretend that homophobia and oppression are valid alternatives to equality and fairness. We hope you'll become part of WORT by pledging your support by calling 608-256-2001 or 1-866-899-WORT, or by pledging online at Tell them Queery sent you!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Next week's show: National Equality March and a new LGBT movement

We'll be providing local coverage of the National Equality March on next week's show, including an interview with comedian Kate Clinton and comments from national organizers. While you're waiting for that, enjoy these pics, courtesy our reporters Koren and Gennaro.

Announcement: Next Steps After the National Equality March Potluck/Organizing Meeting

On Saturday, October 17, 2009, from 5:00pm - 9:00pm, LGBTI Equality NOW! invites you to OutReach Community Center, 600 Williamson Street in Madison, to plan the next steps for the LGBTI equality movement. Details from LGBTI Equality NOW!:
The National Equality March went wonderfully, with around 200,000 people from all over the country coming to demand full civil rights for all people. 200,000 was double my own personal goal, and I believe higher than most organizers' expectations. It was beautiful, and inspiring, and we of LGBTI Equality NOW! are so glad to have been a part of making this historic march happen.

But this march is just another march if we don't build the mass movement out of it! So we need YOU to stay involved!! You are the movement! It's people just like you all over the nation that made this march happen!

Organizing for the National Equality March has played an important role
in uniting groups and individuals for a common cause. We need to keep that up if we are going to win this fight. The biggest point of this meeting is an attempt to get all the groups and individuals who want to keep this movement moving in Madison to come together and figure out campaigns we can work on together. This will also be a time where us who went to the march share our experiences - all are welcome to do so. Any and all groups are welcome to have a representative announce your group and let us know what you are about, what you have been doing, and what kinds of things you are looking to do.

You can receive regular updates from LGBTI Equality NOW! by subscribing to its announcement list. (Non-subscribers can also check announcements by clicking here.)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sherry Wolf talks in Madison next week

Sherry Wolf, author of Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics and Theory of Gay Liberation, will be speaking in Madison next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at room 1651 in the Humanities Building on the UW campus and next Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the MATC Truax student lounge.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tomorrow's show: Hannah Blilie from Gossip and Sherry Wolf, author of "Sexuality and Socialism"

In a special hour-long Queery tomorrow night, we'll be featuring in-depth interviews with drummer Hannah Blilie of the indie rock-punk band Gossip and Sherry Wolf, author of Sexuality and Socialism.

Gossip will be playing in Madison at the Majestic on Saturday night, and we'll have three pairs of tickets available for folks who make a modest pledge to keep WORT on the air -- so call in early during the show, before they run out.

Wolf will be speaking in Madison on October 21. Her book takes a fascinating look at the interplay between economics, social structure and sexual identity while overturning myths about both socialism and the early gay rights movement. Join us for a conversation you wouldn't hear on most radio stations.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

StageQ seeking volunteers

StageQ, Madison’s queer theater company, is looking for volunteers to fill the following roles. Here are the job descriptions, straight from the horse's mouth:
Volunteer Coordinator
StageQ is an all-volunteer company, and recruiting and recognizing our volunteers is critical to our success. We’d like to find someone to help us manage those efforts, and to coordinate volunteer recognition. If you have great organizational and people skills, we can teach you what you need to know about our organization.

Artist or crafty person ...
... to make the lobby case display for our upcoming production of “The Stops.” We’re looking for something that has a homemade crafts feel to it. The display is approximately 3 feet wide and four feet tall. If you are crafty, we can tell you in more detail what we need.

Fundraising and development committee members
We need a couple of people to join us in our fundraising efforts. Grant-writing or other development experience would be great, but we’re willing to trained someone with good writing skills and/or good people skills, combined with enthusiasm.

If you’re interested in helping with any of these, please drop us a line at

Friday, October 9, 2009

Madison LGBT Oral History Project

On Sept. 30, we interviewed leaders of the Madison LGBT Oral History Project. You can listen to the show here. If you have a story to tell or would like to volunteer for the project (for example, by collecting interviews), you can contact Troy Reeves at the or 608-890-1899.

Out in Politics event tomorrow

On Saturday, October 10, 4:00pm - 6:00pm at Electric Earth Cafe, 546 W. Washington Ave., you're invited to join the LGBT Campus Center, Students for a Fair Wisconsin, and moderator John Quinlan for a panel of former and current elected out officials. Enjoy insights, stories, and experiences on the unique experience of being openly queer in politics.

  • Matt Dulak: Policy Director for Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton and a UW-Madison Alum.
  • Satya Rhodes-Conway: Currently serving as a Madison Alderperson representing part of North Madison.
  • Darren Kittleson: Longtime Madison gay community leader and Republican party activist.
  • Eli Judge: Former Madison Aldersperson who represented the voice of the campus area.
  • Chuck Erickson: Longtime County Board member representing the near west side of Madison.
  • Kyle Richmond: Longtime County Board member representing the south side of Madison.

For a full calendar of events for Coming Out Week:

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Madison LGBT History Panel Tonight: New Location

Tonight there's a 40th anniversary celebration of Madison's GALVanize (Gay and Lesbian Visibility Alliance)at Room 4308 of the Social Science Building, 1180 Observatory Dr. (corner of Observatory and Charter St.), on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Room 4308 is behind the Carrillon Tower corner of the building

At 6 p.m., there will be a showing of a 1989 GALVanize March Video. At 7 p.m., there's a panel of local LGBT people, including Richard Kilmer of Community Pharmacy and Dairyland Cowboys and Cowgirls fame.

For more contact Derwin Leigh 608.395.5235

Thursday, October 1, 2009

This week's announcements

Planning for Pride 2010
If you’d like to help plan next year’s pride celebration, now’s the time to start. Wisconsin Capitol Pride will be holding a meeting Saturday, October 3 at 1PM to begin planning Pride 2010 and to elect committee chairs. The meeting will be at the Madison Central Library at 201 W. Mifflin Street in Room 204.

For more information you can contact Maria Parker at – that’s capitol with an “o”

Women4Women Movie Matinee
Also on Saturday join Women4Women from 3 - 5 p.m. at OutReach for Saturday Afternoon Movie Matinee Part II, the kind of movies your mother may have warned you about…a story that begins with "…and then I met a woman." Bring your favorite women-loving-women movie for consideration and your guilty-pleasure movie refreshments. The group will vote on which film we want to see and discuss it afterwards. Pillows, blankets and slippers are optional.

Women4Women meets at OutReach on the second and fourth Saturday of the month beginning at 3 with one meeting a month involving a fun activity.
For more information about the Women4Women group, call Outreach at 255-8582 and leave a message or email Donna at

Blades Against AIDS
On Saturday October 10, the Madison Gay Hockey Association will host the third annual Blades Against AIDS, a fundraiser for AIDS Network. Spend an evening at the Hartmeyer Ice Arena in Madison with MGHA players, members of the community and your friends for an open skate to benefit AIDS Network.
The fun begins at 7 PM. For more information go to

Mark your calendar for Friday, October 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Java Cat at 3918 Monona Drive in Madison for the first annual Leztalkmadison Gelato Social.
The moderators of online group Leztalkmadison invite you to join them for an after work meet and greet where you can mix and mingle and bring the virtual community together in person.

For more information, e-mail the leztalkmadison listowner at

Queer Shorts
StageQ invites you to submit your short play for its fourth annual festival of short queer plays, Queer Shorts 5. Queer Shorts 1 through 4 were sold-out smash hits, and you could be part of the fun during the 2010 playfest!

Submit your five to 15 minute play by October 30, 2009. For more information see

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

So many things to do ...

You can find further details on many of the events we announced on tonight's show by using the Queery Community Calendar in our blog's sidebar. We'll also be posting details in tomorrow's blog entry. Thanks for listening and being involved!

Tonight's show: Madison LGBT oral history project

Tonight we'll be talking with University of Wisconsin librarians about the Madison LGBT oral history project.You'll hear a couple of the stories they have collected so far and learn how you can participate.

If you want to get on the bus for the National Equality March ...

From our friends at LGBTI Equality Now:

Are you planning on coming but haven't bought your ticket? Then reply to this email immediately and let me know this- including if you wish to come but do not have the funds to do so.

We only have 10 days until we leave for the National Equality March. We need to figure out if we need to get a 3rd bus. We only have 17 tickets left, and 20 people from Minniapolis want to come join us on our bus. I personally think we need a 3rd bus as we are the only way these 20 people from Minniapolis will be able to get there, and in prior experience in organizing buses to protests the vast majority of the tickets are sold out within the last week. We went from 40 tickets sold to 90 tickets sold just in this last week. Soooo... we need your help to figure out how many people want to come but have not yet bought their tickets so that we can know if we can fill another 50 seats from here in Madison. And if you want a third bus to go, get involved and help us with publicity -we need an all out pubicity mobilization if we want to do this!! (reply to this for details!)

Want to help us raise the funds so we can make an extra 50 people coming from the midwest a reality???
Come to our fundraiser on Thursday!!

National Equality March Bus Trip Fundraiser

Harvest Dinner
Thursday Evening October 1st, 2009
Doors Open 5:30 PM
Serving 6:00PM

Wil-Mar Community Center
953 Jenifer Street
Metro bus routes 3, 4, and 38

Fundraiser to help fund the bus trip to the National Equality Now March in Washington D.C. On October 11th 2009 Noon

$5 suggested donation but you can always feel free to be more generous

Serving your choice of
Hearty Beef Chili/ Vegan Chili or a Butternut/ Delicata Cream based soup with all the fixings.

Free showing of
The Life and Times of Harvey Milk
Showing on our big screen at 7:00 PM

A raffle will be held for gift cards and donated items
from local Madison businesses.

All proceeds will go to support the bus trip.

For more information or to make a food/service donation,
contact Derwin Leigh;608.395.5235

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tonight's show: Madison activists

We spoke with Tim Michael of Gay-Straight Alliance for Safe Schools about its upcoming fundraiser, Katie Belanger of Fair Wisconsin about a new development in the state's domestic partnership lawsuit, and LGBTI Equality Now local participation in the National Equality March.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Dave Zirin interview rescheduled

Due to circumstances beyond his or Queery's control, Dave Zirin was unable to appear on last night's show. We're rescheduling his appearance and will keep you updated.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Tonight's show: Caster Semenya and gender boundaries in sports

Tonight will be talking with The Nation's sports editor Dave Zirin about the hullaballoo surrounding world champion runner Caster Semenya and the rumors that she is genetically male. He has written a couple of columns on the topic with Sexuality and Socialism author Sherry Wolf. Here is the most recent one.

"Gay Neighbor" billboard campaign hits Milwaukee area

The Cream City Foundation, a Milwaukee-based LGBT organization, has launched a billboard campaign in southeastern Wisconsin to raise awareness of LGBT families. Twenty billboards feature photos of various families and direct people to the projects Web sites in English and Spanish: and Billboards will remain up through October.

Respect for Marriage Act introduced in U.S. Congress

Yesterday, New York Representative Jerrold Nadler introduced the federal Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would give federal recognition to same-sex marriages performed in the states where they are legal. The bill would not completely overturn the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which bars the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages and allows states to ignore the marital status of same-sex couples wed in other states.

The Respect for Marriage Act would entitle married same-sex couples to all the federal benefits and obligations of marriage, whether they live in the state where they were married or another state. Federal benefits include things like Social Security and joint returns on federal taxes.

But states could still forbid same-sex marriages, and states that do not perform same-sex marriages would not be compelled to give state-level marital benefits to married same-sex couples. State-level benefits of marriage include joint returns on state taxes and the right not to testify against one's spouse in state court.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

State attorney general explains his position on domestic partnership law

The Appleton Post-Crescent recently ran an interview with Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen in which he argues that the creation of state-recognized legal status for domestic partners is unconstitutional, but domestic partnership benefits are okay.

Too bad they didn't ask a follow-up question: If the state isn't allowed to create a legal mechanism by which to recognize domestic partnerships, how can it determine who is eligible for domestic partner benefits?

New trial in the death of Land O’ Lakes lesbian

In October 1999, the dead body of Genell Plude was found in her home. An autopsy said she had drowned in a toilet bowl and overdosed on migraine medicine. Plude had recently told her husband that she was a lesbian and was going to leave him.

Doug Plude was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison, but he maintains that she committed suicide.

Because of problematic evidence given in the first trial, the Wisconsin Supreme Court granted Doug Plude another chance to argue his case. But the prosecution says it has new evidence that only strengthens its case.

You can read more about the case here at The Rhinelander Daily News.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Next week's show: Caster Semenya and false notions of gender in sports

Our guest on Sept. 16 will be Dave Zirin, author of A People's History of Sports in the United States and sports editor of The Nation. We'll be talking about the case of South African runner Caster Semenya, an 18-year-old world champion whose status as a woman has been challenged over accusations that she "looks like a man." Although folks who have shared dressing rooms with Semenya confirm that she is female, track officials are subjecting her to gender tests to determine if she might be intersex. If they determine that she is, she may be disqualified from competition in the future.

Zirin and Sherry Wolf (author of Sexuality and Socialism and a guest on our Oct. 14 show) recently wrote a commentary on the episode for The Nation. They talk about the problems with gender binarism and how the false notion that there are only two gender expressions (people with XY chromosomes who meet the social expectations of men, and people with XX chromosomes who meet the social expectations of women) ruins lives and careers. You can read it here.

Semenya has responded to the scrutiny by getting dolled up for the cover of a South African youth magazine. Sports commentator Chris Chase, who otherwise tries to show sympathy with Semenya and gives nod to freedom of gender expression, reflects our society's pervasive sexism with the comment, "it's safe to say that this is the first time that Semenya has truly looked like an 18-year old woman."

Australian newspapers reported today that the gender tests Semenya was forced to undergo reveal that she is intersex, with gonads that are internal (usually a characteristic of women) and produce testosterone (usually a characteristic of men). The International Association of Athletics Federations, which required the gender testing, says it has not released the results and will neither confirm nor deny the rumor.

Even if it true that Semenya has higher levels of testosterone than other women, it does not necessarily give her a hormonal advantage over women runners. In most people, including most women, testosterone can enhance muscle development, strength and endurance. But in one intersex condition -- complete androgen insensitivity syndrome -- a person with typically male XY chromosomes is born female and develops at puberty into a woman. She has breasts and a vagina but her gonads produce testosterone. However, the testosterone has no effect on her sexual or muscular development because her body doesn't recognize it.

Gender testing ruined the athletic career of Spanish runner María José Martínez Patiño, a woman with androgen insensitivity syndrome. Even though she had no hormonal advantage over other female runners, she was kicked off the Spanish national team in 1985 when tests showed she had XY chromosomes. She had all of her international running medals revoked and lost her university scholarship. She was barred from international track competitions until 1988, when the International Association of Athletics Federations reinstated her after considering the medical evidence and concluded that she was, indeed, a woman. She trained for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, but 7 years older and with a gap in her training, Patiño missed the cutoff in the qualifying races by one-tenth of a second.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Didn't get enough of Cleve Jones?: Cleve Jones Talk, Part 1

Our show is just half an hour, while Cleve Jones' talk in Madison was three times that long. Missing from tonight's broadcast was an account of the start of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, Jones' own coming out as a person with HIV, the anti-gay-motivated attempt on his life in 1985, a detailed look at the connections among all human rights struggles, and additional arguments in favor of the National Equality March on October 10 and 11. You can listen here. For more downloading convenience, we've cut the file into two 50-minute segments. The second segment is below.

Thanks to Haymarket Books for coming to the rescue and providing the audio after our own attempt to record the talk failed due to technical issues or operator error - we're not sure which.

The local contact for the National Equality March is LGBTequalityNow(at)

Cleve Jones Talk Part 2

Thanks to Haymarket Books for coming to the rescue and providing the audio after our own attempt to record the talk failed due to technical issues or operator error - we're not sure which.

The local contact for the National Equality March is LGBTequalityNow(at)

This week's announcements: Dancing, lunching, politicking and more

Want to get on the bus for the National Equality Ride in Washington D.C. on October 10th and 11th? To sign up, e-mail LGBTequalityNow(at) Donations are also being accepted to help cover transportation costs for people with low incomes.

Tonight is the premiere of PRIDE, a weekly 18 and older queer dance night at Madison Avenue, 624 University Ave. Featured DJs are OCD Automatic and Vinnie Toma. There is a cover charge.

Tomorrow is a meeting of the Rainbow Connection, a group for LGBT folks with mental health issues. Rainbow connection will meet from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Outreach LGBT Community Center, 600 Williamson Street.

Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. is a meeting of the Madison Transgender Social/Support Group at OutReach. Call 255-8582 for details.

The 16th Annual Iowa Women's Music Festival is just a couple days away, Friday & Saturday, September 11 &12 in Iowa City – which is in Iowa, folks. Performers include Michelle Shocked and Queer Queen of Comedy Poppy Champlin. For more info:

We women have a lot going on this weekend. Women 4 Women, a social group for all women who love women no matter what they label ourselves, gathers from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. For details, call OutReach at 608-255-8582 or email Donna at DW65(at)

This Saturday night is Women Who Want to Dance at Club 5, 5 Applegate Court, in Madison. Open dance floor from 7-9:30 p.m. and free Women Who Want to Dance t-shirts while supplies last.

Retired Older Lesbians Lunch, or ROLLers, is next Tuesday, Sept. 15, 12:30 pm at TALULA, 802 Atlas Ave., north off Cottage Grove Road just east of US51/Stoughton Rd. You may want to take a route that avoids the Monona Drive construction project.

If you missed any details of these announcements, don’t despair. You can find them on our blog at or on our Facebook page.

Iowa Women's Music Festival this weekend

From our friends at the Iowa Women's Music Festival:
The 16th Annual IOWA WOMEN’S MUSIC FESTIVAL is just a few days away. The festival will be completely American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted.


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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 7:30 p.m. (Doors at 6:30 p.m.)
Comedian Poppy Champlin (www.PoppyCockProd. com) with Lojo Russo (www.lojorusso. com)
at Old Brick, 26 E. Market St., Iowa City, www.oldbrick. org.
Tickets (at the door): $8-20 sliding scale general admission; $25 VIP round-table seating available by calling Laurie at 319-335-1486.
This is a fundraiser, so please pay what you can. There will also be a silent auction starting at 6:30 p.m. and a live auction between performers.
The show will be ASL interpreted. For more info, call 319-431-0982.

“Comedy Night” kicks off the 2009 Iowa Women’s Music Festival with a bang at Old Brick in Iowa City ! Iowa favorite Lojo Russo opens the show with her high-energy brand of folk-and-roll. Comedian Poppy Champlin, one of the Queer Queens of Comedy from TV (Oprah, VH-1), cruise lines, festivals (Dinah Shore Weekend and Provincetown Women’s Week), and top comedy clubs around the nation, will get the audience rolling in the aisles to start a weekend full of fun and surprises!

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, Noon-5:30 p.m.
Michelle Shocked, Carolyn Wonderland with Shelley King, Cosy Sheridan, Tracy Walker, Lynne Rothrock, and emcee Kim-Char Meredith
in Upper City Park, Iowa City.
FREE to attend, family-friendly, wheelchair accessible, everyone welcome, pets too! Food and merchandise vendors will line the festival, and there will be an Iowa Shares silent auction too. ASL interpreted. Bring blankets and chairs for grass seating.
For more info, go to www.prairievoices. net, call 319-335-1486, or e-mail festival@prairievoi In case of severe weather, our rain location is the Mill Restaurant, 120 E. Burlington St . , Iowa City . Call 319-431-0982 for updates.

  • Emcee Kim-Char Meredith (Chicago/Hawaii)
  • Noon Lynne Rothrock & Friends ( Cedar Rapids area)
  • 1 p.m. Tracy Walker ( Cincinnati )
  • 2 p.m. Cosy Sheridan ( Utah )
  • 3 p.m. Carolyn Wonderland with Shelley King ( Austin , TX )
  • 4:15 p.m. MICHELLE SHOCKED (California/ Texas)

This is a most fabulous line-up with award-winning music for everyone, from folk to rock to blues to country to jazz!

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IOWA WOMEN'S MUSIC FESTIVAL "Pop, Hip-Hop and 80's Dance Party!", featuring...
Jodie Foster Connection, Leslie & the LY's, and Kim-Char Meredith
at The Mill Restaurant, 120 E. Burlington St., Iowa City,, 319-351-9529.

For the past 15 years, the Iowa Women's Music Festival has been presenting some of the coolest and most provocative women in music to Iowa and Midwest audiences. The 16th annual IWMF is a one-up on that! After the outdoor show in Upper City Park from Noon to 5:30 p.m., come join us for dinner with the performers and a wild celebration of high-energy pop, the most artistic hip-hop you've ever seen, and the best of the 80's rock you love! Hawaiian/Chicagoan KIM-CHAR MEREDITH (www.kimchar. com), the festival's awesomest pop-rockin' emcee, opens the show at 8 p.m., followed by Ames , Iowa 's own LESLIE & THE LY'S (www.leslieandthelys .com). If you like gem sweaters (closeted or not), gold pantsuits, hip-hop, and the wildest of rides, Leslie is for you! Around 10 p.m., the show blasts into the 80's with the JODIE FOSTER CONNECTION (www.jfconnection. com). Break out your Hi-Tops, tight roll your jeans, and get ready to party to JFC's mix of retro pop, rock, and new wave! Shake it up! The dance floor will be open! If dancing isn't enough for you and you want to play, an all-women's jam starts around midnight! ... The Mill Restaurant offers a full menu and bar and the best listening experience of any concert venue of its kind in Eastern Iowa . 8PM showtime; $5-15 sliding-scale admission (This is a fundraiser, so attendees are asked to pay what they can to keep the IWMF growing stronger!) This show will be ASL interpreted.

Please see for more info.

Tonight's show: Cleve Jones

Cleve Jones, founder of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and an associate of one of the first openly gay government officials in the United States, gave a riveting talk in Madison last week about the current state of the LGBT rights movement and the upcoming National Equality March in Washington, D.C. If you missed the talk, you can hear excerpts on tonight's show at 7 p.m. Central Time, WORT 89.9 FM (

As a teenager, Cleve Jones was mentored in politics by San Francisco city council member Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California. In his talk, Jones spoke about the excitement surrounding Milk's election and the political aftermath of the 1978 double assassination of Milk and Mayor George Moscone by a disgruntled former city supervisor. Jones tied the LGBT movement in with the broader progressive movement and spoke about the integral relationship between LGBT rights and workers' rights, feminism, racial equality and economic justice. Listen tonight.