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.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

More legal aspects of domestic partnerships

And on a more depressing note, the State Bar of Wisconsin has an article on how domestic partners can plan ahead for a possible break up. Divorce laws regarding property distribution and other matters only apply to marriages that end, not domestic partnerships.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Estate planning and Wisconsin domestic partnerships

The Wisconsin Law Journal recently published an article about how domestic partnerships affect (and don't affect) estate planning, taxation and parental rights. Click here to read it.

Cleve Jones in Madison

Cleve Jones, founder of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and pioneering LGBT rights activist, spoke yesterday about his experience working with San Francisco's first openly gay city council member Harvey Milk, the aftermath of Milk's assassination, the early days of the AIDS epidemic and the challenges facing the LGBT community today. The only way to get any rights eventually, he said, is to "demand everything immediately," and argued that we should not settle for a patchwork of gay rights laws in various states and municipalities and instead demand "equal protection in all matters governed by civil law in all 50 states."

Listen to Queery in upcoming weeks for excerpts from the talk.

World Series open in Milwaukee and Madison

The North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance's World Series for recreational and semi-professional men's and mixed teams just kicked off in Milwaukee, and you can watch some of the opening events here on Milwaukee's FOX station.

Tonight, the Amateur Sports Alliance of North America's World Series for women's teams kicks off here in Madison on Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center. ASANA started as a lesbian amateur sports league, but is expanding to include men, as well.