Report: 10.3 million gain health coverage on marketplace during 1st enrollment

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates that 10.3 million uninsured adults gain...

Director of LGBT Community Center abruptly resigns

After just eight months on the job, Colleen Carpenter, executive director of the Milwaukee LGBT Comm...

Federal judge strikes down Colorado's anti-gay marriage amendment

The winning streak continues: A federal judge in Denver has struck down Colorado's voter-approved ba...

Report: Affordable Care Act rule saves consumers $9 billion on health insurance premiums

Consumers saved $9 billion on their health insurance premiums since 2011 because of the Affordable C...

Michigan city sued after rejecting 'reason station' at city hall

A coalition of civil liberties groups has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a ban on an atheist bo...

Election 2014: PFAW endorses Kelly Westlund over Sean Duffy

The national People for the American Way has endorsed Kelly Westlund, the Democrat challenging Repub...

Milwaukee Common Council votes to increase minimum wage for city, contract workers

The Milwaukee Common Council on July 22 adopted an ordinance raising the minimum wage for city emplo...

Dungy clarifies remarks about drafting Michael Sam

Former NFL coach Tony Dungy has issued a statement clarifying his remark about drafting Michael Sam ...

Audubon: Glassy new Vikings stadium poses serious threat to birds

The National Audubon Society says the new Minnesota Vikings stadium poses a serious threat to migrat...

Too darn hot: Ben & Jerry’s, Climate Reality partner on environmental campaign

Nothing says summer heat like a melting ice cream cone. That’s why The Climate Reality Project is te...

Wisconsin urged to reject application for ‘green’ status from frac sand mining company

Conservation voters across Wisconsin are calling on the state Department of Natural Resources to rej...

News of police KKK ties stuns residents of Florida town

Residents of the small town of Fruitland Park, Florida have been stunned by an investigative report ...

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Obama signs executive order against LGBT discrimination

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Applause after the president signed the executive order July 21.

President Barack Obama has signed an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The measure offers protection to about a fifth of the U.S. workforce.

The president, in the ceremony in the East Room of the White House on July 21, also prohibited discrimination based on gender identity in federal employment.

Obama arrived to the East Room shortly after 10:30 a.m. He was joined at the front of a crowd by Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, deputy Labor Secretary Chris Lu and others, including LGBT equality advocates.

"Thanks to your passionate advocacy and the irrefutable rightness of your cause, our government — government of the people, by the people, and for the people — will become just a little bit fairer," the president said.

As the president signed the measure, two blue screens read "Opportunity for All." 

Advocates who have long called on the president to sign the orders in the absence of broader federal legislation heralded the executive actions as profoundly consequential.

The order protects transgender federal employees from workplace discrimination by amending an order issued by President Bill Clinton banning sexual orientation discrimination within the federal workforce.

"America’s federal contracts should not subsidize discrimination against the American people," the president said.

10 must-do Wisconsin summer activities

Kayaking in the Apostle Islands. — Photos: Travel Wisconsin

Summer is here, and except for heat, humidity, mosquitoes, wood ticks and road construction, this is Wisconsin’s best time of year. What would make it better still are these 10 essential Badger State activities:

Kayak the Apostle Islands 

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, a part of the U.S. National Park System, is just north of charming Bayfield on Lake Superior’s southern shore. It is a 21-island chain featuring rocky outcroppings that have been carved by water over thousands of years into ridges, terraces and sea caves. The ideal way to explore this otherworldly setting is by kayak. Rent one or bring your own and create your own tour.

When you’re done kayaking, take the Bayfield ferry to Madeleine Island, the only permanently occupied Apostle island. Rent a bicycle once you land in LaPointe and spend an afternoon exploring the back roads, forests and beaches in one of the state’s most unique destinations.

Hidden gems: Lesser-known state parks for camping, hiking and swimming

Amnicon Falls State Park has nearly 2 miles of hiking trails along the river. Features of the land include stunning geologic formations, mini-pools and waterfalls. — Photo: Travel Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s state park system is so well-known, so well-publicized and so widely admired that it might seem impossible that a few individual parks don’t get the credit they deserve.

Deer ticks, Lyme disease among the hazards of Wisconsin summers

Deer ticks, Lyme disease among the hazards of Wisconsin summers.

Ah, summer in Wisconsin. Backyard barbecues and music festivals. Sidewalk dining on streets festooned with colorful flower baskets. Camping, hiking, mountain biking and fishing.

1st camping trip? It’s gotten easier

Urbanites nostalgic about childhood camping trips — or wanting to try tent camping for the first time — are often daunted by logistical challenges, like figuring out where to go and what to bring, as well as anxieties about diving headlong into the unfamiliar wilderness.

Fear not. For those more accustomed to navigating highways than wooded trails, a wealth of online resources, a new generation of camping equipment and a national network of user-friendly campsites make reserving a place to pitch a tent easier than getting around highway construction closings.

Off the Wall Theatre takes on homoerotic aspects of the classic thriller ‘Rope’

The strangulation that begins Off the Wall Theatre’s production of Rope. - PHOTO: Courtesy

Gay-themed erotic thrillers are rare enough in 2014, so audiences in 1929 must have been shocked at the premiere run of Patrick Hamilton’s play Rope, about two college-age male lovers who murder a fellow student in an attempt to commit the perfect crime.

Out on the town

‘Gypsy’

July 17– Aug. 10

‘Rope’

July 17–27

East Town Market

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 4

Bayfield in Bloom

May 16 through June 15

‘Magical Thinking’ is author Joan Didion’s study of grief

Sarah Day in APT’s production of The Year of Magical Thinking. The production continues in repertory at the Touchstone Theatre through Oct. 4. — Photo: APT

Anyone who has lost a spouse understands there is no bottom to the well of grief. At best, one can only hope to come to terms with the loss and manage the emotional wreckage.

Screaming Tuna offers sustainable seafood

Sushi from Screaming Tuna. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Neither bluefin tuna, a sushi staple, nor the popular hamachi, a Japanese variety of amberjack, is on the menu at Screaming Tuna Sushi & Asian Bistro, 106 W. Seeboth St., in Milwaukee. Their absence is part of the restaurant owners’ effort to keep the two species, which have been severely overfished, from extinction.

National class-action suit filed over deportation hearings for kids

A national class-action lawsuit challenges the federal government for failure to provide thousands of children with legal representation in deportation hearings.

The American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Public Counsel and K&L Gates LLP filed the lawsuit on July 9.

Cronyism underscores Walker’s contempt of government

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Gov. Scott Walker and his tea party acolytes despise government (even though Walker’s worked in it nearly his entire career). They preach that government is inherently tyrannical, wasteful, inefficient and corrupt. Their overriding agenda is to eliminate as many government agencies and regulations as possible and turn public functions — from school systems to prison systems to sewage systems — over to for-profit corporations.

Hope for the future: Climate change is no longer a problem to be solved in some distant future

Hardly a day goes by that we don’t hear about the dire consequences of climate change and the impending doom it will bring on the planet and all of mankind. Heat trapping gases created by our reliance on and addiction to fossil-fuel energy sources are raising the temperatures in our oceans and our atmosphere, melting ice caps throughout the polar regions and causing extreme weather patterns all over the globe.

Civil rights, LGBT groups withdraw support for federal LGBT rights law

Rea Carey of NGLTF. - PHOTO: Courtesy Flickr

A coalition of civil rights and LGBT groups has withdrawn support for the proposed federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban workplace bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity.