Students rallying for a national Day of Silence

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 04 April 2014 19:34

The Day of Silence will be observed in schools across the country.

Students are expected to unite on April 11 in a nationwide protest of LGBT harassment and bullying on campus. Their goal is to show solidarity in silence and strength in numbers.

Vernita Gray, left, and Patricia Ewert were married in Chicago on Nov. 27, 2013. - PHOTO: AP

When Vernita Gray died in her home in Chicago on March 18, family members knew no traditional memorial service could accommodate all those who’d want to share their love, express their thanks and honor the legendary gay rights activist.

Pot hole pain: Street repairs jeopardized by fuzzy political road-building math

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 04 April 2014 19:13

Winter weary Wisconsin goes bumping, banging into spring while transportation dollars go to unneeded road projects.

The most vicious winter in decades has left urban streets in Wisconsin so scarred with potholes that some look like they belong in developing nations.

Sex offender set fire to lesbians' trailer in South Florida

Written by The AP
and WiG reports
Friday, 04 April 2014 12:35

A registered sex offender who lives at a South Florida trailer park has been charged with setting fire to another trailer, where a lesbian couple and eight children live, according to The Miami Herald.

Miami-Dade police say video footage shows 73-year-old Braulio Valenzuela-Villanueva setting fire to a mattress that was leaning against his neighbors' home early Saturday morning at the River Park Trailer Court.

Fighting for family: Dreamers, gays seek end to deportations

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 04 April 2014 19:25

Immigration Equality activists rally. - PHOTO: IE

Out of the shadows, into the streets. They are dreamers, and as they call for comprehensive immigration reform, they urge the Obama administration to halt the deportation of their mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, friends and neighbors.

Tallying 2013: Wins outnumber losses

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 04 April 2014 19:19

Chad Griffin of HRC. - PHOTO: Courtesy

Most advances in the LGBT civil rights movement in 2013 were on the marriage front, with victories in statehouses in Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota and Rhode Island, as well as courts in New Jersey, New Mexico, Utah, Oklahoma and, most significantly, the U.S. Supreme Court.

News with a twist

Written by Louis Weisberg
and Lisa Neff
Friday, 04 April 2014 19:07

Ted Nugent. - PHOTO: Wikipedia

Pay to not play

Federal judge rules against Ohio ban on recognizing same-sex marriage

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 04 April 2014 11:51

A federal judge has ruled against Ohio's gay marriage ban.

A federal judge said on April 4 that he will strike down the voter-approved ban against recognizing same-sex marriage in Ohio.

Pledging resistance: KXL opponents prep for decision

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 04 April 2014 19:23

A demonstrator is arrested outside the White House. – Photo:

Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline are making plans for a massive act of non-violent civil disobedience, but they hope they can throw a nationwide victory party instead.

Hapless stray rehabilitates the Brewers’ image

Written by Graeme Zielinski,
Special to WiG
Friday, 04 April 2014 19:17

Milwaukee Brewers mascot, Hank. - PHOTO: AP/Rick Scuteri

On a recent day before the season started, in the bunkered Milwaukee Brewers interview room deep within Miller Park, Hank the Dog was splayed by handlers on a table before a smartly-dressed team executive, surrounded by a small guard of gaudy bobblehead dolls.

Far-right sets sights on European Parliament

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 04 April 2014 17:35

France's far-right National Front, coming off a historic electoral victory at home, is marching toward a new target: the European Parliament.

Party chief Marine Le Pen is leading the charge for continent-wide elections next month like the general of a conquering army, and hoping to attract kindred parties around Europe in a broad alliance.

Shorewood's Sandy Pasch won't seek re-election

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 04 April 2014 11:25

Assistant Assembly Democratic Leader Sandy Pasch (D-Shorewood) has announced she will not seek re-election in the 10th Assembly District in 2014.