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