U.S. bill would ban animal testing for cosmetics

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 15 November 2014 16:07

Rabbits are held in stockades and harsh chemicals are put into their eyes until they burn them out. Then the animals are killed.

Hoping to build off recent bans in Europe and India, opponents of animal testing for cosmetics plan to make a big push for a similar prohibition in the United States. The effort could be a tough sell in a Republican-controlled Congress.

Madison earns perfect score on LGBT equality index

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 14 November 2014 11:51

The city of Madison earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index, which looks at cities and efforts to ensure equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The average score for cities in Wisconsin is 76 out of 100 points, which falls above the national average of 59, according to the HRC Foundation, which released the study this week.

Explosion in wealth inequality around world

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 13 November 2014 16:58

The 85 richest people in the world now have the same wealth as the poorest half of the world, according to anti-poverty organization Oxfam. In a report released in late October, the charitable group said the number of billionaires in the world has doubled since the financial crisis, but prosperity hasn’t — and won’t — trickle down.

Those 85 people at the top of the pyramid saw their collective wealth increase $668 million per day from 2013 to 2014 — almost $500,000 a minute, according to the report Even it Up: Time to End Extreme Inequality.

5 years on the beat: Wisconsin Gazette celebrates an anniversary

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 13 November 2014 16:30

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— Photo: Dave Lauersdorf

The Wisconsin Gazette was conceived over dinner at a sushi restaurant in Kenosha in June 2009. Present were photographer Jason Smith, journalist Lisa Neff and Louis Weisberg, who’d worked in both journalism and marketing. The three, who had worked together at weekly LGBT newspapers in Chicago, presented Milwaukee businessman Leonard Sobczak with a terrible idea: to start a new LGBT publication at the depth of the worst recession in memory.

House votes for Keystone pipeline, sends bill to Senate

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 14 November 2014 15:04

The GOP-controlled House approved the controversial Keystone XL pipeline on Nov. 14, sending the bill on to the U.S. Senate to take up during the lame-duck session.

The Senate, currently under a Democratic majority, is expected to vote on a measure on Nov. 18, but the timeline could change.

New York farm pays fine for refusing same-sex wedding

Written by The AP Friday, 14 November 2014 07:35

A rural New York wedding venue whose owners were fined $13,000 for refusing to host a wedding for a lesbian couple has stopped booking ceremonies.

Liberty Ridge Farm's owners, citing constitutional rights to free speech and religious freedom, have appealed the August ruling by the Division of Human Rights that they violated state anti-discrimination law.

World on track to close gender gap — in 81 years

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 13 November 2014 16:55

The world has seen only a small improvement in equality for women in the workplace in nine years of measuring the global gender gap. And, with all else remaining equal, it will take 81 years for the world to close the equality gap, according to a report by the World Economic Forum.

“Much of the progress on gender equality over the last 10 years has come from more women entering politics and the workforce,” said Saadia Zahidi, head of the gender parity program at the Geneva-based nonprofit and the lead author of the report. “While more women and more men have joined the workforce over the last decade, more women than men entered the labor force in 49 countries.”

How does this little piggy get to market?
What producers don’t want you to know

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 13 November 2014 16:10

At any given moment at Reichardt Duck Farm in Petaluma, California, about 200,000 ducks are living in tightly cramped pens, suffering disease, injury and starvation until they join the ranks of the million ducks the farm slaughters in a year for the food industry.

GLSEN: 90 percent of LGBT students in Wisconsin hear homophobic remarks

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 14 November 2014 12:21

At least nine in 10 LGBT students in Wisconsin say they regularly hear "gay" used in a negative way and almost as many hear other homophobic remarks at school on a regular basis.

These are two findings in the biennial National School Climate Survey released by the Gay, Straight Education Network this week.

Gay couples marry in Kansas, despite legal fight

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 14 November 2014 07:27

Gay couples across Kansas headed to county offices on Nov. 13 where judges granted marriage licenses and waived waiting periods after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for same-sex unions over the objections of the state's attorney general.

Despite a legal tangle involving the state Supreme Court, gay partners moved ahead with wedding plans. One couple married in front of the courthouse in Manhattan, Kansas.

Pride at the polls: LGBT candidates win

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 13 November 2014 16:41

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.

America elects ‘the greatest Congress the Kochs ever bought’

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 13 November 2014 15:36

Mitch McConnell of Kentucky waits to cast his ballot.
— PHOTO: AP/J. Scott Applewhite

The moon was nearly full and a red tide washed across the United States on Nov. 4. Did you hear the wolves howling?