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Friday, April 24th, 2009
2:57 am - searching....

hey all!!!! just found this comm, and thought id join and post!!! i do live in wisconsin, so im alowwed ot be here...right? haha. im from hancock, i know funny name, its about a half hour south of stevens point. most people know where it is, like right smack dab in the middle of the state!!!! i was just wondering if there are any girls in here single and from the point area. im not necessarily looking to date, just someone to hang out with. being there's like no lesbians around here!!!! or at least theyre hiding...and i cant find them.

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
8:47 pm - Community

Hi - I noticed there hasn't been any activity but I am posting this just hoping that some of you still have this community on your friend's list.

My girlfriend and I are planning on moving from Detroit to the Oshkosh area, in Wisconsin.

We are struggling to find anything online about an LGBT community. We're also unsure about just how conservative the area is. We've always been out with no difficulty in Detroit, but we're not really sure what to expect moving to a less urban area.

Any tips, information... or anything really would be welcome. It is difficult moving in blind to a city we've never even visited before!

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Saturday, December 20th, 2008
12:36 am - Know any queer rural zines? x-post (if this doesn't belong/breaks rules, sorry; tell me&I'll delete)

Sorry if this doesn't belong here, but my friend Jenna (a.k.a. trashcan_chica) needs some help:

"does anyone know of any queer zines about living in rural areas or going to rural areas?

any help/pointing in the right direction would be amazing. i went through the whole Queer Zine Archive and couldn't really find anything.

jenna b

p.s. i just got a wordpress site, sassyfrasscircus.com!"

Her (AIM) away message also says: "is looking for zines about/by members of radical queer ANTI-URBAN communities, so if you know of any..."

So please comment if you can help at all; thanks. :]


current mood: hopeful

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Monday, September 8th, 2008
11:07 pm - Hobo Love Tour: A Travelling Accordion Poetry Cabaret coming to Milwaukee


Come and see the one and only HOBO LOVE TOUR and get ready to be amazed by Waltzing Matilda the One Beer Prophet (formerly known as J. Wilber and Reverend Jess Duggan) and Cindy Emch (aka Emchy) the queerista accordion player of Vagabondage and Rhubarb Whiskey as they embark on the Hobo Love Tour! They'll be spilling drinks and breaking hearts through the rust belt and the south. Whatever you do, don't miss this daring duo! It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you'll never forget!

Sat. Sept 13
Cafe Bremen - 901 E Clarke St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

It is only fitting that these two hard-drinkin' ladies start their tour off in the drunkest city in the country! This show features very special guests Eat the Mystery a postmodern cabaret troupe serving up their songs with whiskey & enchantment!

More about Waltzing MatildaCollapse )

more about EmchyCollapse )

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Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
8:07 pm - What are you doing this weekend? 3 Day Breast Cancer Walk

My girlfriend Julie is participating in the 3 day Breast Cancer Walk, which is a being held in Chicago and thirteen cities across the US this year.

Julie will walk 20 miles on Friday while most of us are working, she will walk 20 miles on Saturday while most of us are running errands or enjoying the day at our leisure, and on Sunday she will walk 20 miles while most of us are relaxing and spending time with loved ones.

I'm proud to say that this weekend, August 8th-10th, my girlfriend Julie will walk 60 miles in 3 days for the women who are fighting for their lives against breast cancer while the rest of us are hoping for a cure.

Please consider donating to this heroic cause for the people in your life who have been affected by breast cancer and for the people who will be affected if this disease isn't cured.

Please visit her donation page by clicking on the image below:
Help me reach my goal for the Chicago Breast Cancer 3-Day!

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Monday, May 26th, 2008
2:08 am - drab door county

I live in door county I was just wondering if anyone under the age of 85, who drives more than 15 MPH and hates fish boils also lives around here. I miss culture and would love to find some. anyone have any ideas, hints or lonely friends strolling down the road needing a ride, please let me know!

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Saturday, May 10th, 2008
1:02 am - Indigo Girls @ House of Blues in Chicago on June 6th.

Thought I would post this, just in case anyone want to partake or you can just pass it along.

Indigo Girls @ House of Blues in Chicago on 6/6/08 Tickets $99.99 each or Best Offer - 50% of the sale price will be donated to a participant (my girlfriend) in the 3-day 60 Mile walk for Breast Cancer in Chicago on August 8th-10th. Click on the donate button below to learn more about her journey:

Help me reach my goal for the Chicago Breast Cancer 3-Day!



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Saturday, July 28th, 2007
11:14 pm

hey, I just moved to Madison, looking to find queer girl resources and possibly places to meet ladies.
I'm 23 , femme, love records & good beer.

check out this lovely community if you please.

Start a riot... join dyke_riot 

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Thursday, April 19th, 2007
11:45 pm - Wanna play?


Do it!!

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Friday, November 24th, 2006
7:12 pm - Introduction...

Ok...I'll keep this introduction brief so I don't bore anyone with details unless they really want to find them out.
My name is Stephanie.
I'm 17.
I live in Green Bay, WI.
I'm a person who likes to write and sometimes think deep things.
I am also single and looking for whatever comes my way.
My Myspace is http://www.myspace.com/music_of_dreamers89

(and I'm also a geek if you couldn't tell :-P )

current mood: Numb...

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Thursday, November 2nd, 2006
5:19 am - 20 Effects of the Civil Unions and Marriage Ban

The Wisconsin State Constitutional Amendment on the ballot November 7th to ban civil unions and domestic partnerships is a legislative ploy to get Republican voters to the polls. That is why it is all that more important to VOTE, and to specifically VOTE NO on this blatantly discriminatory amendment to our constitution.

Not only that, the amendment has much more far reaching implications than substantially decreasing the likelihood of same-sex civil unions or the like.

The wording of the amendment may allow for unmarried couples, both gay and straight, to be denied domestic partner benefits, medical/visitation rights, and domestic violence protections in the case of domestic voilence against them.

For example, after Ohio passed a similarly worded ban, several courts ruled that they could not grant domestic violence protections to a woman abused by her boyfriend, because this would qualify as a legal status "substantially similar" to marriage.

To find out more about the effects of the proposed ban go here: http://fairwisconsin.com/20/index.html

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Wednesday, October 11th, 2006
9:10 pm - A Sociological Survey...

As part of my Sociology of Sexuality class, I have constructed a survey to explore how sexual experiences shape desire and identity (if at all). It will also explore the variance of experience in feelings attached to those experiences, and how desires are positively reinforced or hindered by widely accepted notions regarding sexuality. Would you be willing to answer five short multiple-choice questions about this subject?

Go to my journal to participate!


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Wednesday, June 7th, 2006
2:14 pm - Please send these guys thank you notes! (and is anyone going to Milwaukee Pride?)

Milwaukee Pride Fest is the weekend! Hooray! Who's going?

Bless our senators, I got this email from Mike Tate @ Fair Wisconsin and thought I would share. I sent both of them thank you notes for voting against the gay marriage ban:


Today the U.S. Senate voted on the proposed amendment to our U.S. Constitution that would ban marriage for gay and lesbian families.

Both of our own Wisconsin Senators--Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold--rejected this hurtful proposal. Thanks to their vision and courage, this measure was defeated. Twice now, both of our Wisconsin Senators stood up for fairness.

Unwavering leadership like theirs is yet another reason we will defeat Wisconsin's proposed civil unions and marriage ban this November at the ballot box.

Yesterday, Senator Feingold spoke against the federal ban from the Senate floor and shared his thoughts on a widely-read national blog:

Gay and lesbian Americans are our friends, our family members, our neighbors, and our colleagues. They should not be used as pawns in a political exercise.
You can read the entire post from his website: http://progressivepatriotsfund.com/.

At the same time, Senator Kohl voiced his clear opposition to the state ban in an article that ran last weekend in papers around northeastern Wisconsin.


Please take a moment to thank both of our Senators for their courage, leadership, and action.


current mood: relieved

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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006
3:35 pm - Tranny Roadshow

Tranny Roadshow Comes to Milwaukee

The multimedia extravaganza Tranny Roadshow, featuring transgender
poets, rappers, filmmakers, storytellers, breakdancers, rock bands,
comedians, actors, folk singers, photographers, zinesters, and more,
is making a one-night stop in Milwaukee -- 10:00 p.m. on Thursday,
April 6, 2006 -- at the Milwaukee Gay Arts Center, 703 South Second
Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Seven regular and guest artist members of the Tranny Roadshow will be
featured on April 6: AJ Bryce, Dylan Scholinski, Jamez Terry, Kelly
Shortandqueer, Tona Brown, Seeley Quest, and Imani Henry. Although
all are self-identified as transgender, they promise a "raucous
evening of entertainment, open and accessible to people of all
backgrounds." For more details, print our colorful flyer at

Tickets are moving fast, so get your tickets now by ordering online
at www.uncommontheatre.net or calling the ticket order line at
1-800-595-4849. Tickets are only $10 (a small additional online fee
applies). Tickets will also be available at the door, but there is
no guarantee that the show won't already be sold out!

Tranny Roadshow is being co-sponsored by the Milwaukee Gay Arts
Center and FORGE -- a 12-year-old trans-masculine/SOFFA (Significant
Others, Friends, Family and Allies) educational, advocacy and support
organization based in Milwaukee. Additional support for and
promotion of the Tranny Roadshow has been provided by Queer Life News
and The Onion newspaper.

For more information about FORGE, call 414-559-2123, or check us out
at www.forge-forward.org. For directions to the Milwaukee Gay Arts
Center, call 414-383-3727.

current mood: excited

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Monday, December 19th, 2005
8:03 pm - The Grinch Who Stole Gay Marriage - taken from myspace

Every Gay down in Gayville liked Gay Marriage a lot......
But the Grinch, who lived just east of Gayville, did NOT!!

The Grinch hated happy Gays! The whole Marriage season!
Now, please don't ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be his head wasn't screwed on just right.
It could be, perhaps, his Florsheims were too tight.
But I think the most likely reason of all was
His heart and brain were two sizes too small.

"And they're buying their tuxes!" he snarled with a sneer,
"Tomorrow's the first Gay Wedding! It's practically here!"
Then he growled, with his Grinch fingers nervously drumming,
"I MUST find some way to stop Gay Marriage from coming!"

For, tomorrow, he knew... All the Gay girls and boys
would wake bright and early. They'd rush for their vows!
And then! Oh, the Joys! Oh, the Joys!

And THEN they'd do something he liked least of all!
Every Gay down in Gayville the tall and the small,
would stand close together, all happy and blissing.
They'd stand hand-in-hand. And the Gays would start kissing!

"I MUST stop Gay Marriage from coming! ...But HOW?"

Then he got an idea! An awful idea!

"I know what to do!" The Grinch laughed in his throat.
And he went to his closet, grabbed his sheet and his hood.
And he chuckled, and clucked, with a great Grinchy word!
"With this beard and this cross, I look just like our Lord!"

"All I need is a Scripture..." The Grinch looked around.
But, true Scripture is scarce, there was none to be found.
Did that stop the old Grinch...? No! The Grinch simply said,
"With no Scripture on Marriage, I'll fake one instead!"
"It's one man and one woman," the Grinch falsely said.

Then he broke in the courthouse. A rather tight pinch.
But, if Georgie could do it, then so could the Grinch.
The little Gay benefits hung in a row.
"These bennies," he grinned, "are the first things to go!"

Then he slithered and slunk, with a smile most uncanny,
around the whole room, and he took every benny!
Health care for partners! Doctors for kiddies!
Tax rights! Adoptions! Pensions and Wills!
And he stuffed them in bags. Then the Grinch, with a chill,
Stuffed all the bags, one by one, in his bill.

Then he slunk to the kitchen, and stole Wedding Cake.
He cleaned out that icebox and made it look straight.
He took the Gay-bar keys! He took the Gay Flag.
Why, that Grinch even took their last Gay birdseed bag!

"And NOW!" grinned the Grinch, "I will pocket their Rings."
And the Grinch grabbed the Rings, and he started to shove
when he heard a small sound like the coo of a dove.
He turned around fast, and off flew his hood.
Little Lisa-Bi Gay behind him sadly stood.
The Grinch had been caught by small Lisa-Bi.
She stared at the Grinch and said, "My, oh, my, why?"
"Why are you taking our Wedding Rings? WHY?"

But, you know, that old Grinch was so smart and so slick
He thought up a lie, and he thought it up quick!
"Why, my sweet little tot," the fake Shepherd sneered,
"The judges are evil, the other states weird."
"I'll fix the rings there and I'll bring them back here."

It was quarter past dawn... All the Gays, still a-bed,
all the Gays still a-snooze when he packed up and fled.
"Pooh-Pooh to the Gays!" he was grinch-ish-ly humming.
"They're finding out now no Gay Marriage is coming!"
"Their mouths will hang open a minute or two
then the Gays down in Gayville will all cry Boo-Hoo!"

He stared down at Gayville! The Grinch popped his eyes!
Then he shook! What he saw was a shocking surprise!
Every Gay down in Gayville, the tall and the small,
was kissing! Without any bennies at all!
He HADN'T stopped Marriage from coming! IT CAME!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!

And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling: "How could it be so?"
"It came without lawyers, no papers to sort!"
"It came without licenses, came without courts!"
And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!

"Maybe Marriage," he thought, "doesn't come from the court.
Maybe Marriage...perhaps... comes right from the heart.
Maybe Marriage comes from all the words the Gays say.
Words like Husband, like Wedding, and Spouse who is Gay."
And what happened then...? Well...in Gayville they say
that the Grinch's small brain grew three sizes that day!

And the Gays had their Weddings. They promised for life.
They swore to be faithful, to Wife and her Wife.
The Husbands were happy, to each other they vowed
To be Out and be Honest, be Gay and be Proud.
They told all their neighbors and friends of their Spouse,
They told of their Marriage and sharing their house.
They said "We got Married." They shouted it loud.
Their marital status was "Married and Proud."

And the minute his heart didn't feel quite so tight,
He whizzed with his load through the bright morning light.
And he brought back the rings, cake and Gay birdseed bags!
And he... ...HE HIMSELF... hung the Gay Rainbow Flag!
The Lord looked down, at the proud and the tall,
and said "These are my children, and I love them all."

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Monday, December 12th, 2005
10:09 pm

Hey, I was wondering if anyone on here watches In The Life on MPTV.

If you wanna check it out, it's on tonight at 11:00 on channel 10.

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Tuesday, November 29th, 2005
9:48 pm - Senate Judiciary Committee Meeting on the Constitutional Ban on Civil Unions and Gay Marriage

Today was a very long day. We left from the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center at 7am and drove to the Capitol in Madison. It was a pretty good turn out. There were over 300 people who wanted to speak. I was on that list. It was split about 50/50 for/against.

Here's the wording of the amendment:

Wisconsin's Constitual Amendment is also known as AJR 66 SJR 63.

Here's the ban's full wording:
SECTION 1. Section 13 of article XIII of the constitution is created to read: [Article XIII] Section 13. Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state.

There were many things said for either side, including many things which are just nonsense, such as the slippery slope theory that if we legalize gay marriage, people are going to want to marry their dogs, siblings etc...

The two best quotes of the day:
"Homosexuals in power positions are sexual terrorists."
and the kicker
(someone had been talking about some gay rights groups' agenda)
"I don't have a copy of the homosexual agenda but I've been looking for it. If you do have a copy of it could you please forward it to my office." Tim Carpenter (I love that man!)

So time ran on and on and they were still taking Testimony as of 4:15. Talia told us we had to leave at about 20 to. I still really wanted to speak so I approached a page and she said she'd see what she could do. So I did get to speak at around 4:30.
Here is what I said (and what they received copies of.):

"To the Senate Judiciary Committee:
My name is Z Kowal. I am a transgender identified lesbian. I am here today to speak against this constitutional ban on civil unions and gay marriage.

This amendment has nothing to do with protecting the sanctity of marriage. It has everything to do with discrimination.

Do we really want to have our founding fathers turn over in their graves? This country was founded on the idea of freedom from persecution. In the Declaration of Independence it states that we are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Who has the right to judge that my pursuit of happiness is not valid? I want the same thing as everyone else. I want to have the same protection of the law. I want the same rights as everyone else. I want the person I love to have the right to make decisions regarding my well-being. I want that person to have rights to our children if something were to happen to me. A power of attorney will not cover these things. My wishes will be denied because legally my partner has no rights.

My sexuality has nothing to do with my ability to raise children. I will raise my children in a household where love will be abundant and gender stereotypes will not be present. Just because my partner does not have sperm and we cannot conceive naturally it does not make having children any less sacred. My children are entitled to the same rights as all children.

I have already experienced discrimination for not being a "married couple" even though it was a committed monagmous relationship. I was in the hospital overnight for back surgery and one nurse came in and because my partner and I weren't married, my partner could not spend the night, although he already had been there all day and through half the night.

In response to the subject of domestic violence. I have been in an abusive relationship. I have been demeaned emotionally, beaten time and time again. I have been threatened. She stated "You don't know me well enough to trust me not to kill you in your sleep," while she held a butcher knife to my throat. I could not call anyone for help. My parents disapproved of the relationship and if I had called the police they would not have helped me. They would have seen my complaints as invalid becasue we were not married. I deserve to not have to worry that the police will let me be brutalized and beaten to death by the woman I am dating. I we use this amendment to condone discrimination, no one will be safe.

The constitution is not meant to be a tool for discrimination. Wisconsin was the first state to have sexual orientation as a protected class. Why should we go back on our progressive roots? Why should we openly and adamantly discriminate against a group of people?

I have the same blood, organs, bones, cells, genes as each and every person in this room. I am not a second class citizen. I deserve the same rights as each and every person in this room and just because I am not heterosexual this should not change. I am against this amendment because this country was founded based on equality and we need to preserve that."

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Tuesday, October 25th, 2005
10:14 am - Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to Meet with LGBT Community

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to Meet with LGBT Community
Thursday November 3, 6:30pm - 7:30pm at Milwaukee LGBT Community Center
315 W. Court Street, Milwaukee
(four blocks north of Juneau, 2 blocks south of Walnut/Pleasant; just
off of Third Street/Martin Luther King Drive)

Milwaukee: Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will attend a townhall meeting
for members of the city’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
communities on Thursday, November 3, from 6:30pm – 7:30pm. The event
is sponsored by the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center and will be held in
its Community Room at 315 W. Court Street, on the north edge of
Milwaukee’s downtown.

The event will be an opportunity for LGBT community members to ask the
Mayor questions and hear his vision for the city. “Mayor Barrett has a
long history of supporting our community. As the bar is raised on what
makes a city stand out as an LGBT-friendly community, we’re confident
that Mayor Barrett’s leadership on equality will continue to excel,”
said Center Executive Director James Pennington.

For more information, call Patrick Flaherty, Center Director of
Community Relations at (414) 271-2656 x112.

current mood: curious

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Thursday, September 22nd, 2005
4:49 pm - Cool, activist job in Brookfield, WI


I think of queer or LGBT spaces as political, since we are the targets of so many bad laws.  Anyway, there is an interesting activist job opening in Brookfield, so I thought I would share with this group. 

So, if you are interested in working in politics and shaking things up….  Read more...Collapse )

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Monday, September 5th, 2005
2:27 pm - please tell this man what you think of him...

drew heiss

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