I often think that our founding fathers were a whole lot smarter than those who govern us now. The United States Constitution includes the following language, which was added as part of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution in 1868: “No State shall . . . deny to any person... More »
Celebrating Madison's LGBT & Allied Community
As a kid, my life was dictated by logic and family. My family was often run by logic known as “because I said so,” a command most typically uttered by older authority figures. In my case, that meant six authority figures in the form of three brothers, a sister, and... More »
Candy Everybody Wants by Josh Killmer-Purcell Josh Killmer-Urcell’s first novel is a treat to read. Known for his New York Times-bestselling memoir, I Am Not Myself These Days, Candy Everybody Wants is a rags-to-riches roller coaster. The central character, Jayson Blocher, was convinced from an early age of both his... More »
Proselytizing from a queer perspective, academic Michael Sweet, ponders the draw to Buddhist principals that LGBT people feel when searching for serenity and a spiritual path. So, how did a nice Jewish gay boy become a Buddhist of all things?” This is a question that new friends and acquaintances have... More »
Family planning necessitates a lot of time and consideration. Michele Perreault suggests beginning with learning about who you’ll hire to help. More than most groups, LGBT individuals benefit greatly from seeking out and receiving competent legal services. Unfortunately, until we achieve full legal equality, in many circumstances we have to... More »
A trip to their birthplace in Hawaii helped Marcelle Richards find a more whole self, and to at last feel at home in their surroundingsStoryteller
Isthmus editor Judith Davidoff takes the not-so-straight-and-narrow path to journalism.Conscious Caffeination
It’s all in the family, as Vivienne Andersen profiles the new Café Social and its owners Omar Lopez and Doug Swenson, who strive to bring Madison a truly sublime
cup of joe.
Historian Dick Wagner looks at the early history of HIV/AIDS in Wisconsin and some of the people who sounded the early alarm about its deadly reachFrom Dream to Reality
Marge Anderson tracks her upbringing during the heyday of Wisconsin’s manufacturing industry to her current work in sustainability, and how she sees hope for a better world even amid life’s many ups and downs.Legacy House
Renee L. Herber & Tamara B. Packard on preserving the history of their east side home and renovating with community support and outreach in mind.A Different American Dream
Rodney Lucas, aka F. Stokes, talks about his new documentary Ain’t No Babies in the City and why he felt compelled to tell the story of his sister and her partner’s decision to start a family in the face of massive societal prejudice.Universal Dance
Madison’s first queer tango community aims to bring a timeless tradition to new heights and a more supportive space.Ride for Life
Simone Justice found her life’s drive in cycling and is determined to see the sport better reflect and reach out to minority communities.