• Focus on the Family lays off more people

    The anti-gay hate group Focus on the Family announced Sept. 16 that it’s eliminating 49 jobs in the latest of several rounds of layoffs, reports Denver Post. The Colorado Springs group had a $105 million budget this fiscal year ending Sept. 30, but of...
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  • Dahmer case changed police relations

    On July 22, 1991, a terrified man wearing a handcuff waved down a Milwaukee police car and led two officers to the Oxford Apartments, 924 N. 25th St. Tracy Edwards said a “weird dude” in Apt. 213 had drugged him and tried to force him with a butcher ...
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  • Tina Fey, Jason Bateman have off-screen chemistry, too

    In the new big-screen adaption of the best-selling Jonathan Topper novel “This Is Where I Leave You,” Tina Fey and Jason Bateman portray siblings with tight ties that bind. Just minutes after sitting down with the actors recently as they promoted the...
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  • Iowa teen called 'faggot,' beaten to death

    A teen who was beaten to death over the weekend in Iowa was taunted by his attackers with anti-gay slurs, WCF Courier reported today. Nineteen-year-old Marcellus Richard Andrews of Waterloo was left unconscious with severe head injuries after a brawl e...
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  • Conservative Republicans bankroll gay marriage push in N.Y.

    Some of the wealthiest financial donors to the Republican Party are bankrolling the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, the New York Times reported on May 13. According to the newspaper, two-thirds of the funds raised by the campaign s...
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  • ‘Gay Bar’ offers 1950s snapshot

    “I own a homosexual bar,” Helen Branson declared. “In the nomenclature of the homosexual, it is called a Gay Bar.” Vivacious, unconventional, candid and straight, Helen Branson operated a gay bar in Hollywood in the 1950s. After years of fending...
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  • Carthage College students protest anti-gay speaker

    Students at Carthage College staged a rally Feb. 19 to protest the appearance of a speaker who condemns homosexuality as in conflict with “God’s design.” The action, unusual for the liberal arts college in Kenosha, was organized after students le...
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  • Lesbian sex: under the covers

    I finally saw “The Kids are All Right” and have mixed feelings about it. The movie, which has gotten great critical reviews, revolves around a lesbian couple (played by Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) and their teenage kids who are thrown into ...
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  • Gingrich to Iowa Dem: Vote for Obama

    When an Iowa Democrat this week asked Newt Gingrich for his thoughts on gays and lesbians, the presidential hopeful instructed him to vote for Barack Obama. Scott Arnold, a professor at William Penn University and Oskaloosa resident, caught up with Gingr...
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  • Probe finds anti-gay climate at Marquette

    Marquette University appears to have few LGBT students, and those who are out on campus face ongoing harassment in classrooms and residence halls, according to an investigation commissioned by university officials. LGBT faculty members also face a hos...
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  • Gay soldier booed during GOP presidential debate speaks out

    Army Capt. Stephen Hill told The Associated Press he was thinking about his husband Joshua Snyder when he asked the GOP presidential candidates via YouTube if they would reinstate the ban on gays serving openly in the U.S. military. The question became a...
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  • Eerie HBO drama 'The Leftovers' probes a post-rapture world

    Not long ago, 2 per cent of the world’s population vanished. Quietly, instantly, with no provocation. This unfathomable loss continues to haunt all those left behind, including residents of the small New York town that serves as the setting for The Lef...
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  • ‘Ethical Slut’ launches second YouTube season

    Why is it OK, and even complimentary, to refer to a man with many sexual conquests as a “stud,” while promiscuous women are labeled “slut”? The question has long interested Madison-born actor and filmmaker Ben Fritz. It drives the philosophy and ...
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  • ‘OPEN’ for business
    Madison group for LGBT professionals grows

    Out professionals in Madison now have an in. The establishment of the Out Professional and Executive Network offers the infrastructure and visibility for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied professionals to make connections and build support ...
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  • Court candidate Carolina Stark has a compelling story to tell

    Carolina Stark's life would make a good story for a feature film. It would be a feel-good movie, the kind that makes you proud to be an American. Stark's father, a small-town Wisconsinite, met her mother while serving in the Armed Forces in Colombia. She...
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  • Violent thunderstorm aborts Pope's anti-gay speech

    An anti-gay speech by Pope Benedict XVI had to be cut short when a sudden, violent thunderstorm whipped off the pontiff’s skullcap and shook the stage on which he was appearing in Madrid. Agence France Presse reported that the storm struck as the pope...
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  • Right-wing judge is wrong for court

    Wisconsin just came out of a very high-profile and contentious election cycle. The public may have some election fatigue, but we should not lose sight of the important races this spring, including the race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Th...
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  • War of words imperils license for Janesville’s only gay-friendly bar

    The heated battle over a liquor license in Janesville has brought allegations of homophobia and unleashed a torrent of charges and countercharges between those seeking to maintain an LGBT-friendly bar in the city and those with an apparent vendetta aga...
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  • En pointe
    Michael Pink creates stories that dance

    As far as Michael Pink is concerned, comparisons between him and Billy Elliott, the fictional lad from northern England who gave up boxing to pursue ballet, are purely coincidental. But as artistic director of the Milwaukee Ballet, Pink has created a one-...
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  • Man confesses to slaying of Desiree Harrell

    A man has confessed to the fatal shooting of Desiree Marie Harrell, a popular and beloved member of Milwaukee’s LGBT community.  Raymond Earl Baker, 35, told police that he shot Harrell, who was romantically involved with his wife, in the early mornin...
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