Interest group: Politics

Making the World More Just

LGBTQ Pioneer David Clarenbach interviews current candidate for Dane County Circuit Court, Marilyn Townsend, about her judicial and legal career

Food Fights

Bills working their way through the Wisconsin Legislature aim to undo local employee non-discrimination protections, as well as other basic rights, and are backed by several area restaurant owners.

Bills working their way through the Wisconsin Legislature aim to undo local employee non-discrimination protections, as well as other basic rights, and are backed by several area restaurant owners.

Making History

Gary Tipler explains the vital LGBTQ history of the Wuennenberg-Clarenbach House, where some of the city’s and state’s pioneering LGBTQ lawmakers and movements made their home.

Here to Stay

Our Lives Publisher Patrick Farabaugh speaks with Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin about their plans in Wisconsin over the next couple of years.

Fighting for a Different Tomorrow

Randi Hagen recently caught up with Sarah McBride, National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, on behalf of Our Lives—to discuss her new book, working on behalf of transgender rights in everything from health care to faith communities, and more.

Here to Stay

Our Lives Publisher Patrick Farabaugh speaks with Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin about their plans in Wisconsin over the next couple of years.

Pride, Police, and Protest

Controversy around Madison Police’s involvement in the annual Pride Parade highlights divisions within the LGBTQ community. Exactly what happened, and is there a positive way forward?

Why Immigration is an LGBTQ Issue

Recent news stories have highlighted the plight of LGBTQ asylum seekers, who often face persecution and even death in their home countries, only to experience discrimination and abuse in the U.S.

Our Senator

As Republicans pour record amounts of money into the state for the November senate election, incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin faces perhaps her toughest reelection bid ever. The longtime Wisconsin public servant talked with Our Lives Editor Emily Mills about the race and the issues that are shaping it and why she believes it’s more important than ever to stand up and be counted.

Lawful Good

Having experienced discrimination and harassment as a young gay kid in Northern Wisconsin and elsewhere, Jim Chiolino has dedicated much of his career to advocating on behalf of LGBTQ people and other minorities in the workplace.

Write-It-Yourself

An unassuming basement in the Riverwest neighborhood of Milwaukee is home to what’s believed to be the country’s largest independent collection of LGBTQ zines.

Our History, On Tape

Gary Tipler and Scott Seyforth chronicle the life and historical legacy left by David Runyon, tireless recorder and advocate of the LGBTQ community.

Pushing Policy

Madison area native Todd Larson went from the Peace Corps to the United Nations to the Obama Administration, helping pioneer the fight for LGBTQI rights within some of the world’s most complex bureaucracies.

Madison’s Next Mayor?

Former alder Satya Rhodes-Conway is running to change the face, and the overall approach, of the capitol city’s mayor’s office

Queer Eye for the White House

Milwaukee’s Collin Falvey has helped bring holiday queer cheer to the White House for the past four years. He offers some insight into how he got the invite in the first place, and what it’s like to continue the work in the age of Trump.

Bringing Equality Back to the Badger State

Davette Baker gives some insight into the recent strides made by the Human Rights Campaign to get out the vote in Wisconsin, and how to create a more lasting ground game for a pro-equality campaign.

The Gay Agenda

LGBTQ+ candidates in Madison notched several important wins in the spring elections.

Committed to the Long Haul

When he’s not helping manage the Chocolaterian Café, college junior Sean O’Brien is busy fighting for progressive policies and learning the political ropes.

Bursting with Pride

More officials and businesses than ever have recognized LGBTQ Pride, with rainbow flags flying across the state and efforts underway to expand rights and support at both the public and private level.

We’ve Been Here All Along

Dick Wagner’s new two-volume book chronicles early LGBT life in Wisconsin and provides an invaluable resource to future generations.

The Untouchables

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan relates a story that highlights just how much progress the LGBTQ community has made in so little time—and the fight that remains.

Citizen In Limbo… Again

A recent effort by the Trump Administration to deny birthright citizenship to children of same-sex couples has many on edge. Attorneys Michele Perreault and Raluca Vais-Ottosen of DeWitt Ross & Stevens break down what’s at issue and what’s at stake.

Trailblazer

Christopher Walton’s path to becoming the first gay black man to head the Milwaukee County Democratic Party started early, and shows no signs of stopping.