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

May 23, 2017 3:13 PM My LGBTQ POV 1 Comments

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

Mar 7, 2017 3:29 PM My LGBTQ POV

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

Sep 6, 2016 3:26 PM My LGBTQ POV

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

Jul 19, 2016 4:17 PM My LGBTQ POV

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

Apr 26, 2016 3:41 PM My LGBTQ POV


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In his third season Viswa Subbaraman again proves the Skylight Music Theatre’s versatility, exploring beyond the tried and true into the realm of modern works that might otherwise remain unheard b,Theater more

Feb 1, 2016 1:54 PM Theater

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

Jan 26, 2016 4:16 PM Hear Me Out

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

Dec 1, 2015 7:14 PM Hear Me Out

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

Aug 11, 2015 7:02 PM Hear Me Out

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

Jul 28, 2015 8:32 PM Hear Me Out

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

Apr 7, 2015 9:45 PM Hear Me Out


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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

Mar 31, 2015 9:16 PM Hear Me Out 15 Comments

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

Mar 24, 2015 9:16 PM Hear Me Out 1 Comments


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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

Mar 17, 2015 8:36 PM Hear Me Out


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

Feb 24, 2015 7:55 PM Hear Me Out

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

Feb 10, 2015 9:19 PM Hear Me Out 1 Comments

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

Feb 3, 2015 9:22 PM Hear Me Out

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

Jan 27, 2015 10:10 PM Hear Me Out 3 Comments


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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

Jan 20, 2015 9:40 PM Short Order



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

Jan 20, 2015 9:13 PM Hear Me Out 1 Comments


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Paul Masterson celebrates black LGBTQ artists of note, citing presidential portraitist Kehinde Wiley, on the national level, and Richard Brasfield, Lex Allen and Elisabeth Brown of Milwaukee. more

Feb 20, 2018 11:11 AM My LGBTQ POV

Paul Masterson lauds recent surges of awareness, advocacy and activism in the LGBTQ community. more

Feb 13, 2018 1:28 PM My LGBTQ POV

Jeffrey Dahmer refuses to die as yet another “Cannibal Tour” tries to capitalize on Milwaukee’s notorious murderer. more

Feb 6, 2018 2:24 PM My LGBTQ POV

An artist to watch, Elias Zananiri creates highly detailed and ornate paintings, which he says touch on “the subconscious of things and the hidden spiritual context behind everything physical.” more

Jan 30, 2018 12:12 PM My LGBTQ POV

Last weekend’s nationwide, second annual Women’s March bore testament to America’s ongoing commitment to causes ranging from women’s rights to LGBTQ rights, voting rights, racial equality in policing and AIDS research. more

Jan 23, 2018 2:17 PM My LGBTQ POV

In light of President Trump’s “shithole countries” remark, Paul Masterson issues a call to speak out against the “New Vulgarity.” more

Jan 16, 2018 2:41 PM My LGBTQ POV

The big news for 2018, thus far, was the announcement of the Milwaukee Brewers’ first Pride Night. Milwaukee joins 18 other Major League Baseball franchises celebrating the LGBTQ Community. more

Jan 9, 2018 1:53 PM My LGBTQ POV

Recommended by the CDC to reduce the spread of HIV, PrEP can lower the rate of infection by nearly 90%, but, while PrEP awareness is well established on the coasts, it is significantly lower in the Midwest—especially among racial minorities. more

Jan 2, 2018 4:23 PM News Features 1 Comments

Paul Masterson reflects on 2017 and makes a New Year’s resolution: “I’ll strive to put the ‘unity’ back in ‘Community’ and to be kind to all … but, if they’re Republicans, to Hell with them!” more

Jan 2, 2018 1:29 PM My LGBTQ POV

Paul Masterson’s LGBTQ year in review, including triumphs such as the election of eight openly trans politicians nationally, and tragedies including the hate crime murders of children Giovanni Melton and Gabriel Fernandez. more

Dec 26, 2017 4:23 PM My LGBTQ POV

Milwaukee's tremendous LGBTQ organizations offer both gifts and opportunities to give to those in need this holiday season. more

Dec 19, 2017 11:27 AM My LGBTQ POV

The Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), has been serving the spiritual needs of the LGBTQ community for almost half a century. more

Dec 12, 2017 2:12 PM My LGBTQ POV

Once upon a time, straight men were perceived as paragons of virtue, while gay men were seen as sexually hyperactive and amoral. Current straight male political figures upend these stereotypes. more

Dec 5, 2017 2:54 PM My LGBTQ POV

Amid the storm of end-of-year giving letters, Paul Masterson recommends readers pay special attention to those from Diverse & Resilient, a premier LGBTQ organization located in the Harambee neighborhood that serves many people of color. more

Nov 28, 2017 3:30 PM My LGBTQ POV

Milwaukee has a long history of LGBTQ poets, including two, Antler and Jeff Poniewaz, who served as the city’s poet laureate. more

Nov 21, 2017 3:40 PM My LGBTQ POV

The recent midterm elections give signs that the anti-transgender trend in American politics is reversing. more

Nov 14, 2017 4:13 PM My LGBTQ POV

Gustave Caillebotte, Milwaukee Art Museum, Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Barnes Foundation more

Nov 7, 2017 5:08 PM My LGBTQ POV

No funerals for LGBTQ Catholics in Madison? more

Oct 31, 2017 4:50 PM My LGBTQ POV


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From its first year in 1990, the AIDS Walk has been a major fundraiser for the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin and a focal point for community organizing around LGBTQ issues. more

Oct 24, 2017 1:36 PM My LGBTQ POV

This October, Milwaukee is home to many LGBTQ-themed Halloween events including bar crawls, story telling, scavenger hunts and costume contests. more

Oct 17, 2017 3:02 PM My LGBTQ POV