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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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  • CDC confirms resurgent HIV epidemic among black Milwaukee youth

    Federal health officials presented findings March 2 from an investigation into Milwaukee’s rising HIV-infection rate among young African-American men who have sex with other men. Representatives of local HIV/AIDS service organizations who attended the ...
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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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  • 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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  • ‘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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • ‘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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Home Depot stands firm against anti-gay group

    Despite its political giving to right-wing political leaders, Home Depot says it will not cave in to a boycott by the anti-gay American Family Association and change its pro-equality workplace policies. AFA executive vice president Buddy Smith traveled t...
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  • CDC to present findings on soaring youth HIV rate in Milwaukee

    Officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will return to Milwaukee March 2 to present findings from their investigation into the soaring  rate of HIV infection among Wisconsin youth. The presentation begins at 5:30 p.m. at the M...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • State, M&I Bank workers receive partner benefits

    Two of the state’s largest employers began offering domestic partner benefits Jan. 1. The State of Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds, which handles benefits for most employees of state government and the University of Wisconsin system, now p...
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