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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. 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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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 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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For Transgender Day of Visibility, on March 31, Paul Masterson talks about transgender people and Trump’s campaign of fear. Read more

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Bouguereau, currently exhibited at the Milwaukee Art Museum, was best known for his paintings of the female body, which Paul Masterson sees as the male gaze. Read more

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Following the Jussie Smollett scandal, let’s remember what truly matters. Read more

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Unlike blackface and yellowface, gayface—Hollywood’s casting of LGBTQ characters by non-LGBTQ men and women—has persisted. Read more

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We talk about identity theft, identity politics and personal identity—the latter especially in the realm of gender. In Milwaukee Rep’s production of Things I Know to Be True, for one character, it’s the crux of the matter. Read more

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Despite being a prominent activist against racism, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been erased from the Black History Month Resolution. Read more

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Off the Wall Theatre’s new production, Small Craft Warnings, is one of Tennessee Williams’ more experimental plays about homosexuality. Read more

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50 years after the Stonewall Riots, and 51 years after the Milwaukee racial unrest, things have unfortunately barely moved forward. Read more

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Milwaukee’s Outwords is one of the world’s top LGBTQ bookstores, standing out thanks to its sexuality-specific book clubs. Read more

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The now-closed Milwaukee Gay Arts Center was the first of its kind, celebrating LGBTQ arts and culture for over a decade. Read more

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Last year, the Marcus Center’s Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration was listed on the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center’s calendar. This year, the event’s 35th anniversary, it is not. It’s an unfortunate lapse for many reasons. Read more

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Fifty years after the Stonewall Riots, LGBTQ activism is more needed than ever in the United States. Read more

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2018 saw some very disturbing trends emerge in the nation with regards to the LGBTQ community, its safety and its rights; but there were also some good things, too. Read more

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“Family Pictures,” a special exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum featuring the works of nearly a dozen African American photographers, is of particular LGBTQ relevance for its inclusion of two queer artists: John Edmonds and Lyle Ashton Harris. Read more

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While Pope Francis is blaming all woes on homosexuals, Dignity USA is bringing together the LGBTQ community through faith and acceptance. Read more

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After Baraboo high school students made a Nazi salute on a class photograph, the question of fascism in the US needs to be addressed. Read more

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HIV/AIDS went from a death sentence to a manageable condition, but 9.4 million people live with HIV without knowing it, and the specter of the AIDS pandemic still lingers in the US. Read more

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Milwaukee’s Holiday Invitational Tournament, the “Grand Daddy of Gay Bowling Tournaments”, will celebrate its 40th anniversary this Thanksgiving. Read more

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Based on a true story, Boy Erased is an immersion into religious bigotry and conversion therapy, which are all too common in the U.S. nowadays. Read more

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There isn’t much in the way of LGBTQ theater this season, but Boulevard Theatre is producing Terrance McNally’s acclaimed masterpiece Mothers and Sons. Read more

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