Madison celebrates LGBT pride with a parade on State Street and around the state Capitol on Aug. 9.
“It should be a really fun time, and we think we’re going to have an even bigger parade this year,” said Steve Starkey, executive director of the Madison-based OutReach LGBT Community Center, which is organizing the event. More than 2,000 marched in 2014.
When a dancer appeared in mid-July on the Belvedere, Bobbi Jo Saxon of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, thought little of it, as the popular Louisville attraction was busy with families and couples enjoying the afternoon.
Saxon was there with her girlfriend, Kara Gilkey, and their son, Tristan, for his 2-year-old birthday photoshoot, when the music began and the dancer distracted the session.
Two conservative groups that sued to stop same-sex weddings earlier this year have urged the Alabama Supreme Court to resist the U.S Supreme Court’s landmark decision that gay and lesbian people have a fundamental right to marry.
Human rights activists hailed the reintroduction of the Global Respect Act, which would direct the U.S. State Department to report gross violations of basic human rights against LGBT people in its annual human rights report to Congress and to ban foreigners who have committed or incited violations from entering the United States.
A coalition of health advocates and civil rights activists is pressing Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign legislation that would protect LGBT youth from the discredited practice of conversion therapy.
The Illinois State Senate, earlier this summer, voted 34-19 to pass the Illinois Youth Mental Health Protection Act. The bill was approved 68-43 by the House in early May.