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Paul Masterson

Since returning to Milwaukee in the early 1990s, Paul Masterson has been a contributing writer to Milwaukee’s LGBTQ and mainstream press. His beat spans the spectrum from athletics to the arts (culinary, visual and performing) and from heath, politics and history to religion. His work includes theater and visual arts previews and reviews, lifestyle features and interviews with a broad range of local and national personalities. He has also published fiction and poetry. His OpEd pieces with a focus on social justice make up a good portion of his current work.

Masterson’s inspiration draws on his long community engagement as a volunteer (ARCW, LGBT Community Center) , member on various boards of directors (Milwaukee Pride, GAMMA, the Milwaukee Gay Arts Center) and team participant (SSBL, Monday Night Irregulars Bowling League, MGVA) and as communications director of the 2009 NAGAAAfest, Gay Softball World Series committee.

He spent his formative years in Connecticut in an Irish Catholic family of storytellers. After graduating Marquette University with an MA in German, he moved to Germany, working for the next two decades globetrotting as a flight attendant for Lufthansa German Airlines and Air Zimbabwe. Over the years he pursued another Master’s Degree (in History) at UWM, took up cultural studies in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary and culinary training in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Trump administration has inspired comedy and creative resistance, including the work of Randy Rainbow. more

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As part of a nationwide show of support for the current regime, Gays for Trump planned to rally in D.C. last Saturday. Appropriately enough, LGBTs were to congregate around our national paragon of obe,My LGBT POV more

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Th Skylight Theater is putting on a host of LGBT related productions in the near future. more

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There was a collective Log Cabin Republican (LCR) clutching of pearls heard round the nation last week. The occasion was the release of the 2016 Republican Party Platform. more

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Paul Masterson muses on recent legislation affecting LGBT rights, particularly the Trans bathroom issue; a bill to watch in Wisconsin is AB 469. more

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Following International Holocaust Memorial Day, Wednesday, Jan. 27, Paul Masterson reflects on the Nazi persecution of homosexuals. more

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In light of World AIDS Awareness Day (Dec. 1) Paul Masterson explores the current state of mindfulness and prejudice in U.S. society. more

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Paul Masterson compares the first Republican primary debate to the reality show, “Big Brother.” more

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Paul Masterson discusses ageism within the gay community and U.S. culture in general. more

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Paul Masterson explores the history of “rugged gays,” touching on beard culture among gay and straight men, and its current incarnations among metrosexual and “lumber-sexual” men. more

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Paul Masterson discusses the upcoming Easter holiday and Christian ethics in light of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, recently signed into law by Governor Mike Pence. The law allows discrimination by business owners of faith ag... more

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PrideFest Milwaukee is working on a solution to its binary bathroom problem, which discriminates against transgender persons. Universal-access facilities as well as private individual bathrooms may be made available. more

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LGBT people have a duty to maintain a certain dignity and respect. Allowing our compassion to fail in an effort to prove ourselves as insensitive and crass as those who oppress us is not art. more

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We should not dismiss the LGBT struggle as “over and done with.” more

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Paul Masterson discusses the Guerrilla Gay Bar movement. Begun in San Francisco in 2000 and expanded to Milwaukee in 2007, it is a moving-the-mountain strategy to bring LGBT and straight people together. more

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In light of Black History Month, Paul Masterson discusses the contributions made by African Americans to Milwaukee’s LGBT historical narrative. more

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I recently attended a meeting during which someone raised the subject of diversity. The presenter concocted an ungainly acronym I’d never seen before: LGBTTQQIAAP. A seemingly logical extension of the familiar “LGBT,” it includes more ri... more

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If you crave Indian home-style and street food, visit Indian Bazaar (5254 S. 27th St.). The all-vegetarian selections span the subcontinent’s cuisine, ranging from southern dishes to the Indo-Chinese fusion found along the northeastern bord... more

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Paul Masterson explores the concept of heteronormativity, rebellion against it in gay art and the implications of attitudes taken toward the subject. more

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Andrew Reid and Jamie Beauchamp-Reid decorate their Halloween House every year, following a different theme, to attract tourists and raise money for charity. more

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It’s October. For the LGBTQ community, that means celebrating National Coming Out Day on Thursday, Oct. 11. more

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With just weeks to go before we vote, it is time to wake up. We need to actively protect our hard-fought rights starting right now! This time, the LGBTQ vote is essential, and our leaders had better get on the ramparts and lead. more

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While it is true that anyone is susceptible to illegal drug abuse and addiction, studies show LGBTQs are proportionately more likely to abuse drugs than others. more

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Bi+ Pride Milwaukee’s strategy is to provide an umbrella for those who identify as bi, pan, queer, non-monosexual, or, frankly, anyone—labeled or otherwise. more

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Lost in the daily news of ever more mayhem in our era of the New Vulgarity was the story of the closure of St. John Kanty Roman Catholic Church. Located on Milwaukee’s Southside, its final mass was celebrated last Sunday. more

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Last week, representatives of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) came to Milwaukee for an on-site inspection to determine if the city met its requirements for its 2020 National Convention. From what I’ve heard, they were impressed. more

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LGBTQ motorcycle groups have long existed and have been instrumental in bringing about positive changes in the perception of LGBTQs among their straight peers. more

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It’s high summer and that means “Big Brother” is well underway. A Los Angeles-based TV reality show, “Big Brother” sequesters 15 pieces of 20-something eye candy 99 days in a well product-placed house. more

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The Madison Pride Parade takes place this weekend on Sunday, Aug. 19. As it happens, the date falls in the shadow of the one-year anniversary of the Neo-Nazi rally inCharlottesville, Va. more

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Paul Masterson reflects on the accomplishments of this year’s Shepherd Express LGBTQ Progress Awards recipients. more

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Paul Masterson reflects on the pervading sense of fear in our country in light of a recent traumatic encounter he and one of his friends had with Milwaukee police. more

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Paul Masterson surveys the 2018-19 Milwaukee theater season for LGBTQ-relevant works. more

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Paul Masterson offers summer reading suggestions with LGBTQ relevance. Of great interest: Brice D. Smith’s Lou Sullivan Daring to be a Man Among Men, a rare biography of an impactful gay trans Milwaukee activist and a must-read. more

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Paul Masterson examines the field of Republican candidates for Paul Ryan’s soon-to-be-vacated congressional seat, and Democratic seats for the office of Wisconsin governor. more

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Paul Masterson offers a tribute to departing LGBTQ advocate, Eric Peterson, who brought significant advancement to the Cream City Foundation, Saturday Softball Beer League and Milwaukee Gay Sports Network. more

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This year’s celebration of Pride Month created some noteworthy historic moments to add to Milwaukee chronicle of LGBTQ life. PrideFest and the Pride Parade set new attendance records and the Brewers hosted their first Pride Night. more

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In the midst of Pride Month, Paul Masterson reflects on the importance of this celebration of community amid a still pervading tone of heteronormativity, straight-washing and straight-’splaining. more

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For same-sex couples the options for establishing a family are always more complicated and certainly much more expensive than for what Republicans call “traditional families.” more

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Each year the Shepherd Express’ LGBTQ Progress Awards honors people and organizations that have worked and taken risks to improve conditions for LGBTQ people in Wisconsin. more

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