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Madison Pride 2006

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A July 2006 trip to Madison by MCJ graduate

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Quote: Madison Pride 2006 was another pride celebration for the LGBT community. This 2-day event consisted of a parade, a rally, and entertainment.

Madison Pride 2006

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Singer-Songwriter, Tret Fure Photo, Madison, Wisconsin
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It was another LGBT pride celebration in Madison, Wisconsin. The lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, trans-gender and gay-friendly people celebrated this event on July 8th and 9th. Although excitement ran rapid through the streets of Madison this week-end for the LGBT people, this year’s theme for this celebration was on their families. As a result of this, this week-end celebration was toned down some. The floats at the parade were fewer and the participants on them wore less gaudy and scandalous costumes, but the marchers in the parade were many. And the events at the pride picnic celebration were more centered around activities for the LGBT’s children and more entertainment was provided for women. But th...Read More

Madison Pride's Parade

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Marchers at the Madison Pride Parade. Photo, Madison, Wisconsin
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This year the parade had a different parade route. It was shortened. The procession was not down State Street this year. As an alternative, the parade followed Proudfit St. North to W. Main St. , Right on W. Main to N. Bedford St., Left on N. Bedford to W. Washington Ave., and Left on W. Washington to Brittingham Park. This is because in the past, the LGBT community marching had trouble keeping the parade together. And people complained it was too long of a route, and thus weren’t marching. In addition, the political rally was not held on the steps of the Capital building. Instead, it was held at Brittingham Park. It was done this way for two reasons. One was because this pride celebration had to be m...Read More

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Madison Pride's Parade, Part II

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Marchers at the Madison Pride Parade. Photo, Madison, Wisconsin
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After the LGBT families headed the parade, numerous groups of marchers with their banners and signs filled the streets. There was the PFLAG group (Parents and Friends of Lesbian and Gay) in support of this community. They gleefully marched and showed off their banner. Besides this group, there were the numerous churches in support of the LGBT community who marched and carried their signs/banners. Some of these are the following: delegations from many United Church of Christ and Unitarian-Universalist congregations, First Baptist Church, Unity of Madison, Shaarei Shamayim Jewish congregation, etc. Lastly, there was lesbian congresswoman, Tammy Baldwin whom also marched to offer support against the prop...Read More

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Madison Pride's Political Rally

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The political rally this year was not held on the historical Capital Building’s steps like last year. However, it didn’t take away from the spirit and the excitement that the LGBT community and its speakers had. There were six speakers that spoke at this event. These people were the following: Mark Pocan, 78th District State Representative, Kathleen Falk, Dane County Executive, Lucia Nunez, Director of EOC, Barbara Lawton, Lieutenant Governor, Peg Lautenschlager, WI Attorney General and Tammy Baldwin, WI, U.S. Congresswoman.Each of the speakers echoed the same theme, “Be visible in the community and vote "NO" to the November ballot .” Although this was the focal theme of the rally, each spe...Read More

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Madison Pride's Political Rally, Part II

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Barbara Lawton, Lieutenant Governor, delivered one of the best speeches that day. She rallied the LGBT community by commenting it was not just a political force to be reckon with but also an economic one. She also talk about how Governor Doyle and her are poised to have leadership for gay marriages/civil rights…and would be there with this community and lead the way.Peg Lautenschlager, WI Attorney General , whom I consider a little more boisterous and radical, received her fifteen-minutes of fame when she said, “If you’re a lesbian and you marry Osama bib Laden, tomorrow he will qualify for health insurance right away as your partner”. This is response to that same-sex partners often do not...Read More

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Suzanne Westenhoefer

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 Suzanne Westenhoefer Photo, Madison, Wisconsin
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This lesbian comic will make you laugh until the cows come home, at least if you are at the dairy land state of Wisconsin. Ms. Westenhoefer is a well-known lesbian comic who has worked various venues such as theatres, clubs, colleges, large fundraisers and social events in the United States and Canada. Along with this, she currently performs over 100 live comedy shows a year.Besides performing at various venues, she has also appeared on programs like Evening at the Improv, Caroline’s Comedy Hour, Comedy Central and Politically Incorrect. She also did a HBO comedy special which was considered to be the first done by an openly gay comic. For this, she was nominated for a Cable Ace award. A cou...Read More

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Suzanne Westenhoefer, Part II

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Lesbian Comic, Suzanne Westenhoefer, at Madison Pride in Madison, WI. Photo, Madison, Wisconsin
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As aforementioned, some of Ms. Westenhoefer’s comedy is comedy that is made up as she goes. This was evident with the comedy she did at Madison Pride. It was based on her experience that day at this pride event. For instance, she poked fun at the protesters at this celebration because only two were present. She said on stage something like, “What was up with that? A guy must have woke up this morning and said to his brother lets go protest and you hold the protest sign.” She also mentioned that the Dykes on Bikes always open the LGBT Pride Parades because they are there to scare the protesters off with their a--less leather chaps, their big leather jackets, their Harley Davidson Bikes, etc. And she a...Read More

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Suzanne Westenhoefer, Part III

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MCJ, Suzanne Westenhoefer and Sharon Photo, Madison, Wisconsin
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This comic also sarcastically spoke about the lesbian drama TV show on cable called “L Word”. It is about a group of lesbian friends who live in Los Angles. This show has some odd characters on it. Westenhoefer said that the characters in it such as a woman who is a cutter (a person who cuts herself/himself) and the woman whom wants a sex change so she can sleep with men really mirrors her life! And the character who is the cutter, named Jenny, is a psychotic freak and when she is on this show that is when it is the pee break at her house... She said this character makes you miss Anne Heche (who was Ellen Degeneres's unique partner at one time). She said she rather have ten Anne Heche than one Jenny....Read More

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Tret Fure

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Singer-songwriter, Tret Fure, at Madison Pride in Madison, WI. Photo, Madison, Wisconsin
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Ms. Fure is a singer-songwriter, music producer, instrumentalist and engineer. She has made it big nationally. She has played numerous venues which includes the National Women’s Festival and Olivia Cruise Lines. Her music consists of folk, jazz and blues. She hails from the Midwest. Ms. Fure made her first self-titled solo album in 1973 on MCA records. However, later she became the first staff producer and engineer for Olivia Records which was a women’s music label. She also assisted Chris Williamson (her lover at that time) by engineering a children’s record for her. Together these ladies had both a business and personal relationship. They recorded a few records and did a lot of concerts to...Read More

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Tret Fure, Part II

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Singer-songwriter, Tret Fure, at Madison Pride in Madison, WI. Photo, Madison, Wisconsin
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She sang numerous songs that were in the contemporary circle. Many addressed to what was going on around us. One was in her own words, “ A rant against George W. Bush” and it was entitled, “Eyes of God”. Part of the lyrics of this song is the following: “So we march in boot and loud commandThat this country could demand the fate of allThat a president could dictate What is absolute and wrongThat everything is fixableAnd everyone is strong”What seemed to be one of Fure’s favorite song among the lesbian crowd (probably because many whom attended this event was over 40 years of age) was the song entitled “Anytime, Anywhere”. Fure wrote this song because a young enterta...Read More

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