Regional

  • Company donates T-shirts to UW-Whitewater

    American Apparel, the company that makes “legalize gay” T-shirts, donated 500 of them to UW-Whitewater in response to a September hate crime. The company shipped the T-shirts to the student organization IMPACT to give away. In addition, the company bought a full-page ad condemning the attack in the campus’ student newspaper. Freshman Lauren Meyer was wearing the T-shirt near the UW-Whitewate.... Read More
  • Officials deny Cody Barker was bullied

    Officials with the Schiocton school district refute charges that the suicide of Cody J. Barker, 17, was related to anti-gay bullying. Barker was the third gay teen to commit suicide in Outagamie County since May 2009, and his death came amid a spate of national stories about gay youth taking their lives after being harassed. ”Right now everybody’s looking for someone to be the poster child for.... Read More
  • Faculty says U of Ill. prof too easily fired

    A University of Illinois faculty committee says an instructor fired over his explanation of Catholic doctrine on homosexuality wasn’t provided due process. The News-Gazette in Champaign reported the committee believes Ken Howell should have been given the chance to explain his position before a decision was made. Howell lost his job last spring as a religion instructor after a friend of one of H.... Read More
  • Chicago to host 2013 gay travel convention

    Chicago has been chosen to host the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association’s annual convention in 2013. It will mark the first time Chicago has hosted the event. The city was selected at the organization’s board meeting in Florida last week. Travel association board chair Tanya Churchmuch says Chicago is a good fit both because of its “vibrant and diverse” gay community, but als.... Read More
  • Gay suicide reported

    A 19-year-old openly gay Oakland University student took his own life Oct. 19. The Oakland County, Mich., medical examiner’s office confirmed that Corey Jackson’s death was a suicide, but police said that anti-gay bullying did not play a role. His family disagreed. “I believe (it happened) because he recently realized he was a homosexual and he was getting pressured at school by his peers be.... Read More
  • Minn. holds vigil while lawmakers press for anti-bullying law

    Minnesota’s largest gay-rights group held an evening vigil on Oct. 14 in support of young people bullied based on their sexual orientation. OutFront Minnesota’s vigil was held at Loring Park near downtown Minneapolis in response to recent reports of suicides by students in the Anoka-Hennepin school district. The family of some students and advocates said the suicides were prompted by anti-gay .... Read More
  • Michigan assistant AG’s conduct condemned

    The conduct of an assistant state attorney general accused of harassing the openly gay student assembly president at the University of Michigan has been condemned in a resolution unanimously passed by the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. The commission said in a statement that Andrew Shirvell’s “conduct should not be tolerated from anyone, let alone a public official responsible for represent.... Read More
  • Campaign supports Iowa justices targeted by out-of-state attack

    An advocacy group has launched a radio campaign urging voters to retain three Iowa Supreme Court justices who supported the legalization of same-sex marriage. Fair Courts for Us began airing ads on Oct. 15 in seven markets. The group says more markets will be added. The group was formed after gay rights opponents said in August that they would urge voters not to retain the justices who joined last.... Read More
  • Ill. gubernatorial leader trumpets anti-gay record

    Anti-gay Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady told The Associated Press that he stands by his 2004 vote against protecting LGBT people in the state from job and housing discrimination. Brady also said he would veto civil union legislation. In an Oct. 14 interview with AP, Brady defended his vote against including gay people in the state’s anti-discrimination law, calling it “.... Read More
  • Ind. LGBT group sues over license plates

    An Indiana group that provides programs for LGBT teenagers who are struggling with their identities is suing the state over its refusal to issue it a specialty license plate. The Indiana Youth Group says the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles uses arbitrary and unconstitutional standards in deciding whether to approve plates for nonprofit groups. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a.... Read More