Fair Wisconsin cheers Minnesota marriage equality advance

Written by WiG Tuesday, 14 May 2013 05:00

A statewide LGBT group working for equality in Wisconsin is congratulating Minnesotans and celebrating their marriage equality victory.

On May 13, the Minnesota Senate sent a marriage equality bill to the governor, who is expected to sign the measure into law today (May 14) at 5 p.m.

2 arrested in Russia for anti-gay fatal beating

Written by WiG,
AP reports
Monday, 13 May 2013 05:58

Russian investigators say a 23-year-old Russian man was fatally beaten by his companions after he came out as gay.

Authorites have arrested a former schoolmate of the victim and another man in connection with the killing, which happened on May 10.

As head of the anti-gay hate group American Family Association, Bryan Fischer has built his professional life around fighting laws discouraging discrimination against LGBT people and legitimizing same-sex relationships.

But, as reported by the Huffington Post, Fischer became tongue-tied with Fox News radio host Alan Colmes when he asked whether Fischer has ever experienced same-sex urges.

Former college football star and NFL hopeful comes out as gay

Written by WiG Thursday, 09 May 2013 16:46

A former college football star and National Football League hopeful has come out as gay.

Former University of Richmond wide receiver Kevin Grayson told Virginia CBS affiliate WTVR-Channel 6 that he’d kept his sexual orientation secret to avoid the attention that coming out brings.

Minnesota to become 12th marriage equality state

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Monday, 13 May 2013 14:21

UPDATE: The governor will sign the bill at 5 p.m. May 14.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to sign a marriage equality bill as early as May 14, making the state the 12th in the nation to legalize civil marriage for same-sex couples.

Students create homophobic 'hate map' of U.S.

Written by WiG Saturday, 11 May 2013 16:59

Students at Humboldt State University have created a map of the United States that identifies the origins of homophobic hate terms used on Twitter.

The Geography of Hate project also identifies the locations that tweet the most racist messages.

Women to march to D.C. in Mother’s Day campaign

Written by WiG Friday, 10 May 2013 16:18

Women from around the country will join in the Poor People’s March from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., on Mother’s Day weekend.

The 41-mile march is in the tradition of the 1968 Poor People's Campaign and makes demands for jobs, justice and an end to police brutality.

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan's husband receives House Spouse ID

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 09 May 2013 14:34

Openly gay U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan’s husband has received an ID issued only to the spouses of federal lawmakers. It is the first time the House has recognized the same-sex husband of a member with the House Spouse ID.

“We’re very happy that my husband Phil (Frank) was able to get a House Spouse ID,” said Pocan, a Democrat from Madison.

Minnesota senators are expected to pass marriage equality legislation this afternoon (May 13), after debate that was set to begin at about noon CST.

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has promised to sign it, with the ceremony tentatively set for Tuesday (May 14).

Two men arrested for anti-gay assault in NYC early Friday

Written by AP Saturday, 11 May 2013 16:00

Two men were arrested in connection with the beating of two gay men in Manhattan early Friday and police are investigating whether there is a link to an earlier anti-gay attack in the same area near Madison Square Garden.

Friday’s attack happened at 5 a.m. after two gay men tried to enter an after-hours billiard club and were denied entry, said Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Texas troopers arrest gay rights protesters

Written by AP Friday, 10 May 2013 08:02

Texas troopers recently arrested five gay rights protesters in Austin after they blocked traffic in front of the state Capitol to demand equal rights.

The group Get Equal wants Texas to pass a law making it illegal to discriminate in the workplace based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Minnesota House votes for marriage equality

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 09 May 2013 14:06

The Minnesota House voted 75-59 on May 9 for legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage while protecting religious freedoms.

Lawmakers, as they said repeatedly in floor speeches, voted for love, equality, freedom when they hit the green lights.