Madison Pride parade and rally on Aug. 9

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Friday, 31 July 2015 19:35

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.

LoveWins Flash mob: Proposal takes Kentucky woman by surprise

Written by GINA CLEAR,
The News-Enterprise
Monday, 27 July 2015 13:47

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.

Anti-gay groups cite anti-slavery case in Alabama argument against marriage equality

Written by KIM CHANDLER,
AP writer
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 05:55

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.

Global Respect Act to further LGBT rights reintroduced

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 17 July 2015 08:05

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.

Illinois governor pressed to sign ex-gay therapy ban

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 16 July 2015 21:11

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.