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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.

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For the holidays, consider supporting pro- LGBTQ charitable organizations like Cream City Foundation, the Gay/Lesbian Community Fund or Milwaukee GAMMA. Read more

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In Milwaukee, the LGBTQ community rose up to the challenge of the HIV/AIDS crisis while the government did nothing. Read more

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The Admirals’ Pride Night offers both reluctant and avid fans a midwinter night’s respite from the doldrums of the season. Read more

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In the LGBTQ community, participation in the political fray, by seeking elected office and by voting, is our civic responsibility. Read more

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As its members have aged, GAMMA’s mission and dynamics have changed, too. Today, its activities are less physically vigorous, but there’s a great deal more philanthropy. Read more

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Brilliance is inherent regardless of the packaging, as evidenced by this staged reading of Stephan Sachs’ ‘Bakersfield Mist.’ Read more

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As LGBTQ History Month wanes, let’s reflect on 2019’s events that have become part of our history; it’s a mix of good and bad, of course. Read more

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The lesbian, trans-exclusionary, radical feminist group Daughters of the Earth maintains a farmland sanctuary for women. Read more

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Social media lit up with accusations of racism against the city’s LGBTQ dance club, LaCage Niteclub, following accusations by drag queen Broderick Pearson. Read more

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Pete Buttigieg taught us all a lesson about coming out: it is about accepting one’s worthiness of love in order to achieve one’s wholeness as a human being. Read more

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Changing the conversation about HIV/AIDS from stigma and fear to information and consequence is crucial. Read more

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The Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival struggles to remain afloat due to the Milwaukee International Film Festival, but it remains a staple of the city’s LGBTQ community. Read more

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Queer street artist Jeremy Novy, known for his signature Koi, is back in town, bringing much-needed LGBTQ art to our city’s walls. Read more

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Here in Milwaukee, local activists Amy Luettgen and Sarah Wallisch have created Bi+ Pride with a mission to create a “social community for non-monosexual individuals, their partners and allies.” Read more

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Two Broadway musicals, The Rep’s ‘West Side Story’ and Skylight’s ‘Oklahoma!’ Read more

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The naïve agenda of the Log Cabin GOP continues despite the current administration’s policies. Read more

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Milwaukee’s Irish Fest celebrates Ireland’s move forward on LGBTQ issues. Read more

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The police and the LGBTQ community have a closer relationship now than ever before, but a decision concerning Madison’s pride event seems to be a step backward. Read more

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Veteran cyclists of AIDS Ride Wisconsin gathered for a three-day ride from Madison to Waukesha and back again. Read more

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Racine’s city council recently voted 11-3 to ban conversion therapy for minors, but a statewide ban seems unlikely. Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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