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Paul Ryan asked for federal help as he championed cuts

Written by AP Saturday, 13 October 2012 07:46

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan sought more food stamp benefits, stimulus cash and other government support behind the scenes as a member of Congress.

An Associated Press review of thousands of pages of documents found the Wisconsin Republican voiced support for the types of government assistance he now rails against as Mitt Romney's running mate.

Madison radio DJ comes out on air

Written by WiG Saturday, 13 October 2012 07:25

Aaron Rogers, a popular radio DJ and online content director at Madison’s Z-104, used the occasion of National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11, to announce to listeners that he is a proud gay man.

Katie Kruz, Rogers’ fellow on-air personality at the Clear Channel station, set up the conversation: “It’s been 25 years and I think it’s time you had something to say,” she said.

Gay rights group adds $1 million for marriage equality battles

Written by WiG Friday, 12 October 2012 09:24

The nation's largest LGBT civil rights group on Oct. 12 announced an investment of an additional $1 million for the four-state ballot battles over marriage equality.

Marriage-related ballot measures are being voted on this election in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington.

Nordstrom backs marriage equality in Washington state

Written by WiG Thursday, 11 October 2012 12:40

Nordstrom, Inc. on Oct. 11 became the latest major business to endorse the campaign to retain Washington state’s marriage equality law.

The measure, passed by the legislature earlier this year and signed by the governor, faces a voter referendum vote on Nov. 6.

Washington could become first to legalize pot sales

Written by AP Saturday, 13 October 2012 07:41

Washington state is on the verge of becoming the first in the nation to let adults over 21 buy taxed, inspected marijuana at state-licensed shops.

It might not clear up more than a decade of confusion that resulted from the state’s medical marijuana law, or reverse the proliferation of dispensaries. But supporters say passing Initiative 502 on Nov. 6 could make drug laws more reasonable, prevent thousands of arrests a year, and bring Washington hundreds of millions of dollars to help pay for schools, health care and basic government services.

Gay bashers storm bar in Moscow

Written by WiG Friday, 12 October 2012 20:03

Two dozen masked men stormed one of Moscow’s most popular gay bars early Thursday morning and brutally beat patrons — most of them women — with fists and bottles. More than 10 people were injured, and three women and a man were hospitalized after the attack, which coincided with a “Coming Out Day” party, The New York Times reported.

Russia has been heavily criticized by members of the European Union and other nations for its blatant, institutionalized discrimination toward LGBT citizens.  In the past year, three cities, including St. Petersburg, passed laws criminalizing “homosexual propaganda” – i.e., writing or saying anything about LGBT people that is not condemning. The Russian Orthodox Church is attempting to nationalize the laws.

Billie Jean King rallying for Tammy Baldwin

Written by WiG Friday, 12 October 2012 09:08

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King on Oct. 12 made an appeal for support for Tammy Baldwin's historic campaign for the U.S. Senate in Wisconsin.

In a message on behalf of the campaign, King said in an email fundraising message: “When I started playing tennis, women had no respect. We were playing the same sport as our male counterparts, often drawing the same crowds, and for a tenth of the pay. Since I was 12 years old, I have been fighting for equal rights for men and women. My ‘Battle of the Sexes’ match against Bobby Riggs helped to open the door for the next generation of young women and men to play alongside each other and continue the fight for equality.

Dear Abby joins fight against Minnesota's anti-gay marriage amendment

Written by WiG Thursday, 11 October 2012 06:51

The woman behind  Dear Abby, the widely syndicated advice column, has added her voice to those opposing a discriminatory constitutional amendment that would outlaw marriage equality in Minnesota.

Jeanne Phillips, who writes Dear Abby, sent out a fundraising letter on behalf of the pro-gay group Minnesotans United for All Families. The letter asks Minnesotans to oppose the amendment and give a donation to the group fighting it.

‘Ellen’ gives ousted gay Boy Scout $20,000

Written by AP Saturday, 13 October 2012 07:34

A Northern California Boy Scout who was denied the opportunity to become an Eagle Scout and kicked out of his troop after he came out as gay has secured a considerable consolation prize: a $20,000 check for college and a national television audience.

Ellen DeGeneres hosted 18-year-old Ryan Andresen of Moraga as a guest on her talk show on Oct. 11, which was National Coming Out Day.

A Cook County, Ill., man has filed a lawsuit alleging that his boss fired him after he complained about co-workers leaving gay ads, women’s underwear, a wooden penis and tampons on his desk.

Antonio Melone filed the suit in Cook County, naming the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority as the defendant.

Police department sued for releasing sealed records in gay sex-sting

Written by WiG Friday, 12 October 2012 09:04

Lambda Legal on Oct. 11 filed a federal lawsuit over a police department's release of sealed information associated with a sex sting operation in Westchester County, N.Y.

The suit, filed on behalf of an arrested man, names the Westchester County Department of Public Safety, Commissioner George Longworth and other officers as plaintiffs.

Vice presidential debate is tonight

Written by WiG Thursday, 11 October 2012 05:29

Vice President Joe Biden and Republican VP nominee Paul Ryan debate tonight.

The debate will take place at 9 p.m. EST at Centre College in Danville, Ky., with ABC News chief foreign correspondent Martha Raddatz as the moderator.