Author Archives: Callen Harty

About Callen Harty

Originally from Shullsburg, Wisconsin Callen Harty is the author of My Queer Life, a compilation of over 30 years worth of writings on living life as a queer man. It includes essays, poems, speeches, monologues, and more. It is available on Amazon.com, on Kindle, and through his own website, www.callenharty.com. He is currently working on a second book, Empty Playground: A Survivor's Story. He has written almost two dozen plays and 50 monologues that have been produced. Most of them have been produced at Broom Street Theater in Madison, Wisconsin where he has been an actor, writer, and director since 1983. He served as the Artistic Director of the theater from 2005-2010. Monologues that he wrote for the Wisconsin Veterans’ Museum won him awards from the Wisconsin Historical Society and the American Association of State and Local History. He has also had essays, poems, and articles published in newspapers and magazines around the country and has taken the top prize in several photo contests. His writing has appeared in Out!, James White Review, Scott Stamp Monthly, Wisconsin State Journal, and elsewhere. He has had several essays published online for Forward Seeking, Life After Hate, and The Progressive. Callen has also been a community activist for many years. He was the co-founder of Young People Caring, UW-Madison’s 10% Society, and Proud Theater. He served as the first President of Young People Caring and as the Artistic Director for Proud Theater for its first five years. He is still an adult mentor for the group. In 2003 he won OutReach’s Man of the Year award for his queer community activism. OutReach is Madison, Wisconsin’s lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community center. He has been invited to speak before many community groups, at a roundtable on queer community theater in New York City, and has emceed several events.

The NCAA and Lifting of Sanctions

Two years ago the NCAA handed down harsh sanctions against Penn State for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky case. Some fans of Penn State and of college football complained that it was too harsh, that it penalized players for … Continue reading

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Open Letter to the Wisconsin Attorney General

Dear Attorney General Van Hollen, Please tell me that after Tuesday’s judicial schooling of your Assistant Attorney General Timothy Samuelson that you will finally consider dropping your defense of Wisconsin’s clearly unconstitutional ban on marriage equality. While the 7th U. … Continue reading

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As Michael Brown is Laid to Rest . . .

As Michael Brown is laid to rest the unrest stops for a moment. It appears that people are honoring his father’s plea for a day of silence and peace. As Michael Brown is laid to rest my mind does not. … Continue reading

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I Am White

I am white. It is the circumstance of my birth. It is who I am and who I have always been. It is what it is. But it brings certain advantages for no reason other than the fact that my … Continue reading

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This moment

This moment These messages of death come tumbling across social media as swift as wind-swept leaves. Robin Williams killed himself, Lauren Bacall is gone, a teen killed in Missouri, children in Gaza. We are all connected in our mourning. I … Continue reading

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One Weekend

One of the things I regularly do is look at news online. This morning I saw that a man had been shot and killed in a hotel parking lot in my city of Madison, Wisconsin. It doesn’t happen often here, … Continue reading

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Bobby Lee and Me

Bobby Lee McClung has been on my mind a lot lately. I have been thinking about race and racism a lot lately. Bobby Lee came to visit my home town in southwestern Wisconsin when I was a kid and an … Continue reading

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