Joan Jett urges Rhode Island to protect elephants from abuse

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:13

Rock star Joan Jett today is asking lawmakers in Rhode Island to ban inhumane elephant training devices and to take steps to protect the animals from abuse.

Jett, already in the spotlight this month after performing with Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the band, wrote to lawmakers who were set to hold a hearing on the issue today (April 15).

Wisconsin Humane Society offering discounts on pit bull adoptions

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:34

The Wisconsin Humane Society is offering discounts to those who want to adopt pit bulls or pit bull mixes.

The Humane Society has an influx of pit bulls and the dogs are typically harder to place because of restrictions by landlords or insurance requirements.

Tax Day trouble? LGBT Bar Association offers online help for same-sex couples

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 15 April 2014 05:10

The National LGBT Bar Association, BNY Mellon and White & Case LLP have announced a first of its kind Online LGBT Tax Resource — at — to help same-sex couples and their tax advisors navigate state tax laws.

The resource is a tool for both tax preparers and payers, providing a comprehensive, state-by-state list of reporting regulations for LGBT couples.

General upholds conviction, 35-year sentence in Chelsea Manning case

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Monday, 14 April 2014 12:00

An Army general has upheld the conviction and 35-year prison sentence for Private Chelsea Manning, who turned over classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Maj. Gen. Jeffery S. Buchanan, commander of the Military District of Washington, upheld the conviction according to an announcement from the Army on April 14.

For the record: Walker kicks off re-election campaign

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:01

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker kicked off his re-election campaign on April 15 with Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.

Walker, in a news release from the campaign, said four years ago the state "was in bad shape and it seemed like our best days were behind us. Taxpayers were strapped with a $3.6 billion deficit after years of double-digit tax increases and runaway government spending and over 130,000 Wisconsinites lost their jobs and some 27,000 businesses turned out their lights."

Feds to probe hate crime links in shootings at Jewish sites in Kansas

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 15 April 2014 06:24

Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered a Justice Department investigation into whether federal hate crimes were committed in shootings at two Jewish facilities in Kansas that killed three people.

In a statement, Holder said he has instructed the department to provide all available support to state and local authorities to determine whether the shootings outside Kansas City over the weekend broke federal hate crimes law.

Tax Day spotlights inequality for gay couples

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 03:26

The question pops up on the online tax filing site: Has your relationship situation changed since you filed last year? Did you marry?

The answer is “yes.” You and your partner married in Minneapolis. Or maybe Iowa, Illinois or one of the 14 other states that, along with the District of Columbia, have legalized same-sex marriage.

Ohio ordered to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 14 April 2014 11:50

U.S. District Judge Timothy Black, in a ruling released today, struck down part of a constitutional amendment in Ohio that denies gay couples the freedom to marry and withholds legal respect for gay couples who have gotten married.

The judge, who previewed his ruling earlier this spring, ordered the state to treat couples married elsewhere like any other couples who marry out of state.

U.S. anti-gay activist 'Porno Pete' arrested in Canada for mischief

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:04

Peter LaBarbera, a U.S. anti-gay activist in the Christian right movement, was arrested on April 14 in Canada for "mischief."

LaBarbera, known to LGBT civil rights advocates as "Porno Pete" in part for his infatuation with the details of same-sex sex, and activist Bill Whatcott were arrested on the campus of the University of Regina at about 2 p.m. after being asked to leave several times.

San Francisco Pride organizers name Chelsea Manning honorary grand marshal

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 15 April 2014 05:36

Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, the whistleblower in prison at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, is the honorary grand marshal of this year's San Francisco Pride.

Manning, in a statement released through her support network, said, "As a trans* woman, I appreciate the Pride movement’s significant role in bringing together diverse communities and elevating the public profile of the fight for queer rights. I have always enjoyed attending Pride celebrations given the opportunity, and I’m deeply honored to receive this title."

Studies: Lab-grown vaginas, nostrils working well

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 14 April 2014 12:41

Two new studies describe the latest achievements in growing body parts in a lab and transplanting them into people, this time with nostrils and vaginas.

Windpipes, bladders, blood vessels and other structures have previously been created in part from a patient's own cells and then implanted. Eventually, scientists hope to tackle more complicated things like lungs and kidneys with this strategy, which is aimed at avoiding rejection of transplanted organs.

Jennifer Lopez, Laverne Cox win GLAAD Media Awards

Written by The AP Monday, 14 April 2014 11:18

Jennifer Lopez has added a couple of more trophies to her block.

The pop star and "American Idol" judge was honored Saturday night at the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards with the Vanguard Award, which lauds efforts to increase visibility and understanding of the gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender community. In addition to being an outspoken advocate for gay rights, Lopez serves as executive producer of the ABC Family series "The Fosters," which centers on a lesbian couple raising their children. "The Fosters" also won the award for outstanding drama series.