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Wisconsin Gazette — Volume 2, Issue 1 — November 18, 2010

Wisconsin Gazette — Volume 2, Issue 1 — November 18, 2010

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The Voice of Progress for Wisconsin's LGBT Community — Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) News
The Voice of Progress for Wisconsin's LGBT Community — Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) News

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By Louis Weisbeg
Staff writer 
On Nov. 2, Republicanswon the majority over allthree branches of Wisconsingovernment, securing theircontrol of the state’s politicalagenda for at least the nexttwo years – and quite pos-sibly well beyond.In conjunction with the2010 national census, newlegislative maps will be drawnnext year throughout thenation to reect popula-tion changes. With completecontrol over the process of redistricting in Wisconsin,GOP leaders will have lee-way to congure politicalboundaries that maximizethe impact of Republican vot-ers and ensure them a strongpolitical advantage for thecoming decade.Conservative, anti-gayleadership dominates thestate’s GOP, and a number of pro-equality Democrats losttheir seats in the mid-termelection. This scenario doesnot auger well for progresstoward equality in the state.Gov.-elect Scott Walkerpromised during his cam-paign to eliminate the state’sdomestic partner registry aswell as to end domestic part-ner benets for both straightand gay state workers.But if Republicans dochoose to pursue an aggres-sive anti-gay agenda, theyrun the risk of alienat-ing the independents whoswitched in large numbersfrom voting Democratic in2008 to Republican in 2010.The majority of these votersare neither anti-gay nor par-ticularly interested in LGBTissues. Even with gerryman-dering, Republicans cannotshore up a majority by squan-dering their efforts on behalf of the fringe right.Nationally, exit pollson Nov. 2 showed thatRepublicans beneted fromvoter frustration over thelack of jobs, not from a sud-den surge in converts toChristian fundamentalism.“I did more media inter-views about why LGBT rightswere not an issue in thiselection than about LGBTrights themselves,” said KatieBelanger, executive directorof Fair Wisconsin.At the same time thatpro-equality legislators losttheir races in swing districts
By Louis Weisbeg
Staff writer 
Among the questions sur-rounding the suicide of herson, there’s one that tor-ments Darla Barker the most:If she’d come home earlieron Sept. 13, would Cody stillbe alive today?Cody, 17, was nine daysinto his senior year of highschool when he hung himself in the barn on his family’sfarm northwest of Appleton,adding his name to the list of gay youth who’ve taken theirlives this fall – a list that con-tinues to grow. It was Barkerwho discovered Cody’s body.“Cody was passionate,”Barker said, her pale-blueirises swimming in tears. “Hewas involved. He could havebeen anything, done anything.He was like a bright lightthat was extinguished. TheseSeptember sons that died,the world will never knowwhat it lost.”Cody is buried in a cem-etery just down the roadfrom the farm. Barker saidshe visits his gravesite dailyand leaves behind a red rose,his favorite ower.Another question thathaunts Barker is: What hap-pened to Cody that drovehim to commit such a des-perate act that day?When news of the suicidebecame public, the ShioctonSchool District superinten-dent quickly issued a blanketdenial that any bullying hadoccurred at Cody’s school.“Right now every-body’s looking for some-one to be the poster child
Noembe 18, 2010
 
| Vol. 2, No. 1
vALLEYGIrLS
Patty Duke talks about“Valley of the Dolls” andbeyond, page 21
THE vOICE Of PrOGrESS fOr WISCONSIN’S LGBT COMMUNITY
Thisissue
inside and online atwisconsingazette.com
News
WiGWAG ......................2Wisconsin Gaze............4Editorial .......................10Opinion .......................11National Gaze ............12
Features
WiGOUT ....................21Art Gaze .....................22Theater ........................23On the Town ..............32Community Events....35Setback page 6
Cody’s mom: ‘I mustnish what he stated’
GrEEN BAY TABLES AN ANTI-GAY MEASUrE, PAGE 4
Electionsetback
Cody page 14
fIrST ANNIvErSArY ISSUE
PrOUD PICKS
BEST Of LGBT WISCONSINPAGE 17
POLITICAL ANALYSIS
GrAPhiC bY JiM lAUtenbACh
 
BACK AT YA
By a margin of 55 per-cent to 45 percent, votersin El Paso, Texas, passed aninitiative saying, “The cityof El Paso endorses tradi-tional family values by mak-ing health benets avail-able only to city employeesand their legal spouse anddependent children.” As aresult, the city attorney’sofce announced the citywould have to eliminatehealth coverage for chil-dren such as foster kidswho are not dependentsunder the federal tax code,along with the grandchil-dren of city employees,retirees and others whoare currently receiving ben-ets. The initiative’s backerssay that’s not what theyintended.
rEGrETS OvErLESBIAN SCENE
Actress Natalie Portmanreportedly fears that a les-bian sex scene she shareswith actress Mila Kunisin Darren Aronofsky’sthriller feature lm “Black Swan” will eclipse the lmas a whole. The TorontoSun also reported thatPortman’s father, Dr. AvnerHershlag, is so upset by theexplicit lovemaking scenethat it has caused a riftbetween the two. He issaid to feel that the sceneexploits her.
POPE vIEWSSMOOCH
About 100 gay and les-bian couples greeted thePope with a “collectivekiss” in Barcelona on Nov.7 to protest the Vatican’sopposition to sexual free-dom, divorce and condomuse. “This is a peaceful actof protest to demonstratethat love is the same inthe hearts of everyone,”Catalonian activist JordiPetit told The Independent.
ATTACK Of THESEx TOY
A Gurnee woman facesaggravated assault chargesafter allegedly assaulting apolice ofcer with a “a rigidfeminine pleasure device.”Police were notiedafter Carolee Bildsten, 56,ran out on her tab at Joe’sCrab Shack. Ofcers foundher lying drunk on thegrass down the street andapproached her, accord-ing to NBC Chicago. Sheled police to her hometo retrieve the money, butpulled a sex toy insteadof cash from her dresserdrawer and tried to knock an ofcer over the headwith it. Bildsten was arrest-ed and booked.
GLAMOUr’S GAL
Constance McMillen,who challenged herMississippi school dis-trict over a ban againstsame-sex dates at herprom, is Glamour maga-zine’s 2010 Woman of the Year. Others to holdthat title include Fergie, Julia Roberts, DonatellaVersace and Queen Raniaof Jordan. The panel thatselected McMillen includ-ed past honorees JenniferLopez and Katie Couric. Ina photo on the Glamourwebsite, McMillen wears atux and a tiara.
POrNPrODUCTIONrESUMES
Action. California’s pornindustry, which turned off the cameras for a while thisfall, has resumed operations.The temporary and volun-tary suspension of lmingwas prompted by a pornactor’s HIV-positive testresult. Vivid Entertainment,a major maker of adultlms, stopped productionafter the actor, known onlyto the public as PatientZeta, tested positive somore actors in the indus-try could be tested. Severalother porn companies fol-lowed suit, but are nowback in business.
fOLLOW THEMONEY
MSNBC temporar-ily suspended liberalcommentator KeithOlbermann after learn-ing that its “Countdown”host contributed $2,400 toKentucky Senate candidate Jack Conway and ArizonaReps. Raul Grivalva andGabrielle Giffords. NBCNews prohibits employeesfrom working on or donat-ing to political campaignsunless they have a specialexception.Meanwhile, ipping chan-nels to focus on Fox News,conservative host SeanHannity contributed $2,400to a John Gomez’ congres-sional campaign in NewYork and $5,000 to ManyIndividual ConservativesHelping Elect LeadersEverywhere, a PAC asso-ciated with Minnesota’sMichele Bachmann.But that’s nickels anddimes compared to the$1 million Fox poppaNews Corp gave to theRepublican Governor’sAssociation for the mid-term election.Olbermann later apolo-gized for what’s consid-ered a breach of journal-ism ethics.No apologies fromHannity or Fox – and wedon’t expect any.
ALL POINTSBULLETIN
Police in Jackson, Wyo.,are searching for a lostlocked box that containsabout an ounce of meth-amphetamine. How willpeople recognize the box?Besides being black, whitelettering on the box says“METH.” A sergeant wasusing the locked box totrain a police dog. At somepoint during the exercise,he left the box on thebumper of his car and thendrove off.
Thank you for reading WiG!
WiGWAG
By Lisa Neff & Louis Weisberg 
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