Before the epochal Stonewall Inn raid of 1969 ushered in the modern era of the Gay Rights Movement, accounts of LGBTQ activity in Milwaukee are scattered. Cases of women dressing and living as men (,News Features more

Aug 1, 2017 3:30 PM News Features

How the Trump administration has backtracked on LGBTQ issues. more

Jul 11, 2017 1:22 PM My LGBTQ POV

LGBTQ columnist Paul Masterson suggests an ongoing series of Pride events to keep the community active in a time of political danger. more

Jun 20, 2017 3:02 PM My LGBTQ POV

PrideFest goes big, while several more Milwaukee outdoor events and concert series kick off their 2017 seasons. more

Jun 6, 2017 1:58 PM This Week in Milwaukee

Despite political upsets during the last year, progress on all LGBTQ issues continues. For the third year, the Shepherd Express honors community leaders who have made a difference in the lives of the city’s gay, lesbian and trans residents ... more

Jun 6, 2017 1:02 PM Around MKE

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


Blondie kept the party going with covers of Prince, The Beastie Boys and The Misfits Sunday night. more

Jun 13, 2016 8:00 AM Concert Reviews

Casual Vocals’ Colleen Webb tackles the excitement and anxieties of impending parenthood on her latest record. more

May 31, 2016 4:02 PM Local Music

Wisconsin’s LGBT community should support Justice JoAnne Kloppenburg for the State Supreme Court over incumbent Justice Rebecca Bradley, given the latter’s extreme conservative views and past homophobic writings. more

Mar 22, 2016 4:02 PM Hear Me Out



Milwaukee's PrideFest is one of the nation's more entertainment-minded LGBT festivals, and it has a long history of booking prestigious headliners. This year it can add another one to the books: pop/New Wave/punk icons Blondie will headline the fi.. more

Mar 14, 2016 2:45 PM On Music

Paul Masterson discusses Milwaukee’s under-documented African American LGBT history. more

Feb 16, 2016 5:05 PM Hear Me Out

The Shepherd Express’ LGBT Progress Awards recognize Donna Burkett, Carl Bogner, Tina Owen, Scott Gunkel, Michael Lisowski, Ed Seaberg and Doug Nelson for their work in the LGBT community. more

Jun 3, 2015 5:37 AM A&E Feature

PrideFest and Jazz in the Park announce the official arrival of summer in Milwaukee. more

Jun 2, 2015 9:46 PM This Week in Milwaukee

On June 6, we’ll celebrate our first anniversary of marriage equality in Wisconsin, but we still need to defend it against our bitter, angry and jilted rivals. more

May 5, 2015 10:16 PM Hear Me Out

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


Gigi's Cupcakes

To celebrate the franchise owner's appearance on the CBS show “Undercover Boss,” the local branch of Gigi's Cupcakes at 2751 N. Mayfair Rd. is holding a contest to win several prizes, including free cupcakes for a year to one winner. Fans can r.. more

Feb 5, 2015 5:36 PM Around MKE


Catherine Faux

French vocalist Christine Zufferey (also known by the stage/recording name Mary Zoo) will be performing with Theatre Gigante on their next cabaret concert performance. Zufferey has been performing and recording for quite a few years now. She’s got.. more

Feb 4, 2015 11:00 AM Theater

This week on The Disclaimer, WMSE's half hour of observations with Ryan Schleicher, Milwaukee Record editor Matt Wild and I, we're talking about the influx of good news the city has received this month. From the progress on the streetcar, to Gov. .. more

Jan 29, 2015 5:40 PM On Music

After confounding some listeners with his heavily electronic 2010 album The Age of Adz , Sufjan Stevens returned to his folk roots for his upcoming latest album, Carrie & Lowell , out March 31 on his Asthmatic Kitty label. It's already being haile.. more

Jan 26, 2015 3:30 PM On Music