San Francisco Pride organizers name Chelsea Manning honorary grand marshal

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 15 April 2014 05:36

Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, the whistleblower in prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, is the honorary grand marshal of this year's San Francisco Pride.

Manning, in a statement released through her support network, said, "As a trans* woman, I appreciate the Pride movement’s significant role in bringing together diverse communities and elevating the public profile of the fight for queer rights. I have always enjoyed attending Pride celebrations given the opportunity, and I’m deeply honored to receive this title."

Studies: Lab-grown vaginas, nostrils working well

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 14 April 2014 12:41

Two new studies describe the latest achievements in growing body parts in a lab and transplanting them into people, this time with nostrils and vaginas.

Windpipes, bladders, blood vessels and other structures have previously been created in part from a patient's own cells and then implanted. Eventually, scientists hope to tackle more complicated things like lungs and kidneys with this strategy, which is aimed at avoiding rejection of transplanted organs.

HBO plans at least 2 more seasons of 'Game of Thrones'

Written by WiG Monday, 14 April 2014 08:09

"Game of Thrones" rules.

HBO has renewed the epic fantasy series for two more years. The network promised more "dazzling storytelling" in those fifth and sixth seasons.

Police release woman who threw shoe at Hillary Clinton

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 12 April 2014 14:41

Alison Michelle Ernst was wearing a blonde wig when she allegedly threw a shoe at Hillary Clinton, who ducked it. Unfazed, Clinton made a couple of jokes and continued her speech.

A Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe some 60 feet toward Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared aware during questioning by U.S. Secret Service agents of the allegation against her, authorities said Friday.

Tax Day trouble? LGBT Bar Association offers online help for same-sex couples

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 15 April 2014 05:10

The National LGBT Bar Association, BNY Mellon and White & Case LLP have announced a first of its kind Online LGBT Tax Resource — at — to help same-sex couples and their tax advisors navigate state tax laws.

The resource is a tool for both tax preparers and payers, providing a comprehensive, state-by-state list of reporting regulations for LGBT couples.

General upholds conviction, 35-year sentence in Chelsea Manning case

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Monday, 14 April 2014 12:00

An Army general has upheld the conviction and 35-year prison sentence for Private Chelsea Manning, who turned over classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Maj. Gen. Jeffery S. Buchanan, commander of the Military District of Washington, upheld the conviction according to an announcement from the Army on April 14.

Obama: Voting rights in U.S. under withering attack

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 13 April 2014 14:05

President Barack Obama said the Republican Party is threatening voting rights in America more than at any point since the passage of a historic 1965 law expanding rights at the ballot box to millions of black Americans and other minorities.

Federal judge orders Indiana to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriage

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 11 April 2014 05:53

A federal judge has ordered Indiana to recognize the out-of-state marriage of a gay couple before one of the women dies of cancer. The decision, specific to the couple, doesn't affect other lawsuits challenging Indiana's ban on same-sex marriages.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young in Evansville granted the request by Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler for a temporary restraining order that forces Indiana to recognize "this particular couple's out of state marriage," said Paul Castillo, an attorney for the national gay rights group Lambda Legal, who represented them.

Tax Day spotlights inequality for gay couples

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 03:26

The question pops up on the online tax filing site: Has your relationship situation changed since you filed last year? Did you marry?

The answer is “yes.” You and your partner married in Minneapolis. Or maybe Iowa, Illinois or one of the 14 other states that, along with the District of Columbia, have legalized same-sex marriage.

Ohio ordered to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 14 April 2014 11:50

U.S. District Judge Timothy Black, in a ruling released today, struck down part of a constitutional amendment in Ohio that denies gay couples the freedom to marry and withholds legal respect for gay couples who have gotten married.

The judge, who previewed his ruling earlier this spring, ordered the state to treat couples married elsewhere like any other couples who marry out of state.

Abortion in rape cases exposes rifts in anti-choice movement

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 13 April 2014 07:33

Poll after poll over many years has shown that Americans overwhelmingly support legal access to abortion for women impregnated by rape. Yet the issue remains divisive, as demonstrated by two current rifts — one involving U.S. aid policy overseas, the other highlighting strategy differences within the U.S. anti-abortion movement.

President Obama's remarks at the LBJ Library at the Civil Rights Summit

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 10 April 2014 13:13

President Barack Obama addressed the Civil Rights Summit on April 10 at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. The following is a transcript of his remarks, delivered at about 12:15 p.m. CDT:

Thank you.  Thank you very much. Thank you so much. Please, please, have a seat.  Thank you.