Openly gay U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin will serve another two-year term. As will openly LGBT U.S. Reps. Mark Takano of California, Jared Polis of Colorado, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Sean Patrick Maloney of New York and David Cicilline of Rhode Island.
Also, on Election Day, lesbian Maura Healey won her historic race for attorney general in Massachusetts.
Burger King is celebrating LGBT Pride with a message on its Whopper wrappers.
The fast-food chain says it will post a video online today that shows scenes from a San Francisco location where it sold a "Proud Whopper." Customers were not told what is in the burger, which comes wrapped in rainbow paper. Once opened up, a message inside the wrapper states, "We are all the same inside."
Many recognizable brands are showcasing their support for equality through high profile LGBT-centered advertisements and social media promotions as Americans celebrate Pride Month.
In years past, many companies and brands rarely — if ever — used LGBT-specific themes in marketing or advertisements. Today, businesses recognize that a pro-equality stance is a way to entice the millions of fair-minded Americans who champion LGBT civil rights as an important issue, according to a survey by the Human Rights Campaign. The nation’s largest LGBT civil rights group keeps track of corporate policies and positions for a ratings guide that’s released annually.
Eight same-sex couples — with a team of lawyers — committed earlier this year to overturn Wisconsin’s constitutional amendment barring gays and lesbians from the freedom to marry in the state. Their fight continues, but already their pursuit of equality has resulted in the marriages of at least 555 same-sex couples in Wisconsin.
“These families simply want the security and recognition that only marriage provides,” Larry Dupuis, legal director of the ACLU of Wisconsin, had said when he filed the equality case in Madison in February. “They have built their lives and raised children here. It is wrong for the state to treat these loving and committed couples as second-class citizens, and it is cruel to place them in a catch-22 where they can’t even travel elsewhere to obtain federal protections without their marriage being labeled a crime.”
No doubt you know the words to “Go! You Packers! Go” and the name of that guy who wears No. 12 — maybe you know his career passing yards.
And probably you know which Major League Baseball team is No. 1 in the National League’s Central Division and how many games are left until the All-Stars head for Minneapolis.
But how do you score on WiG’s LGBTQuiz?