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Retailers selling in-home rapid HIV test

Written by WiG Tuesday, 09 October 2012 05:12

The first available in-home HIV test has reached the market. The OraQuick test from OraSure Technologies is available at retail stores and online.

The test is the first rapid infectious disease test to be made available directly to consumers for in-home use.

Anti-gay marriage campaign keeps donors a secret

Written by AP Monday, 08 October 2012 08:51

A national anti-gay-marriage group that has fought to keep its donor list confidential omitted contributors’ names from its campaign disclosure filing in a referendum on gay marriage, earning criticism from gay-marriage supporters who say it refuses to abide by the rules.

The National Organization for Marriage’s quarterly filing with the state ethics commission indicated its political action committee raised about $250,000, which went to a group that will soon launch television ads. NOM also declined to release donors’ names in a 2009 gay-marriage referendum, when it donated $1.9 million.

Lesbian mom accuses Christian right activists of racketeering, kidnaping

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Monday, 08 October 2012 04:49

A Vermont woman says the ex-partner who took their daughter and fled to Nicaragua and the Christian-right activists who aided her are guilty of racketeering and kidnapping.

Janet Jenkins’ lawsuit, filed in August in the U.S. District Court for Vermont, alleges civil rights abuses, conspiracy, money-laundering, kidnapping, mail fraud and violations under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. The act, commonly known as RICO, has been used to go after mobsters, motorcycle gangs, business magnates, anti-abortion activists and, most recently, a Texas health care provider.

Lesbian soldier among those killed in Afghanistan suicide-bomber attack

Written by WiG Saturday, 06 October 2012 05:37

Three soldiers with the North Carolina National Guard were killed in a suicide-bomb attack in Afghanistan earlier this week.

The bodies Sgt. Thomas Butler IV, 25, of Leland, N.C.; Sgt. Jeremy Hardison, 23, of Brown’s Summit, N.C.; and Sgt. Donna Johnson, 29, of Raeford, N.C., were returned to the United States this week.

Gender equity progress stalls in high school sports in 2000s

Written by WiG Tuesday, 09 October 2012 04:41

Progress toward gender equity in high school sports slowed during the 2000s after a decade of increasing athletic opportunities for girls, according to a new study out this week.

The study also shows a spike in the number of high schools eliminating interscholastic sports programs for girls and boys.

Sam Champion, the weather anchor for “Good Morning America,” has announced his plan to marry longtime boyfriend Rubem Robierb later this year.

The weatherman and the Brazilian-born photographer plan to celebrate their nuptials on New Year’s Eve in Miami, Champion told the New York Times. Champion’s wedding announcement was included in a story about MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts’ wedding to Patrick Abner on Sept. 29 in New York.

Brewcity Bruisers screening ‘Derby, Baby’ doc

Written by WiG Sunday, 07 October 2012 19:20

Milwaukee’s Brewcity Bruisers roller derby league hosts a screening of the documentary “Derby, Baby” on Oct. 19.

The screening takes place at Turner Hall Ballroom, 1040 N. Fourth St., Milwaukee.

Gay immigrant faces extradition to Mexico

Written by AP Saturday, 06 October 2012 05:20

A federal appeals court in Denver has refused to block extradition of a gay immigrant who sought protection in the U.S. claiming Mexican authorities persecute gay people.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals said in its decision this week that there is evidence that Mexico supports gay rights, citing developments including Mexico City’s legalization of gay marriage.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force selected Columbus Day for the timing of its latest report – a study into the pervasive discrimination against transgender Native Americans.

The study, Injustice at Every Turn: A Look at American Indian and Alaskan Native Respondents in the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, finds discrimination against these populations at the highest level.

Obama’s lead narrows in Wisconsin

Written by WiG Monday, 08 October 2012 07:17

A new poll on the presidential race in Wisconsin shows President Barack Obama’s lead narrowing from seven points to two points over the last two weeks.

The numbers come from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling.

AIDS Walk Wisconsin proceeds up 23 percent

Written by WiG Sunday, 07 October 2012 09:14

Despite chilly weather yesterday, 2,255 people from throughout the region Wisconsin gathered at Milwaukee’s lakefront for AIDS Walk Wisconsin 20102. According to AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, which presents and benefits from the annual event, walkers this year raised $361,392 – 23 percent more than in 2011.

During the event’s opening ceremonies, Brewers’ all-star Ryan Braun, the honorary chair of this year’s AIDS Walk, offered a heartfelt message about the importance of keeping the fight against AIDS strong.

Controversial anti-gay archbishop jokes about his DUI at ceremony

Written by AP Saturday, 06 October 2012 05:17

San Francisco’s new Roman Catholic archbishop made self-deprecating jokes about his recent drunken-driving arrest during his formal installation ceremony, which came just days after he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.

But Archbishop Salvatore Joseph Cordileone, a strong supporter of California’s ban on same-sex marriage, did not refer to the distress his appointment has aroused in this gay-friendly city and mentioned marriage only obliquely Thursday.