Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Wisconsin Becomes First Midwestern State to Legislatively Enact Protections for Same-Sex Couples

From the office of State Representative Mark Pocan:

Madison – Yesterday, Governor Jim Doyle signed into law basic legal protections for same-sex couples, as part of the 2009-11 biennial budget. This makes Wisconsin the first state in the Midwest to legislatively enact basic legal protections for same-sex couples.

“This is a historic development that will make a difference in the lives of thousands of gay and lesbian families across the state. No longer will committed, long-time partners be treated like legal strangers to each other,” said State Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) who, as co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee, was instrumental in crafting and passing the domestic partnership provisions in the state budget. “While this is just one step of many on the way to true equality in Wisconsin, this is a historic moment we should celebrate. I thank all of the legislators who voted for the budget and the Governor for supporting basic fairness for LGBT families.”

Starting Monday, August 3, committed same-sex couples will be able to sign a declaration of domestic partnership at county clerk offices and have the security of over 40 limited, yet critical, legal protections. To qualify for the protections two individuals must be at least 18 years old, members of the same-sex, share a common residence, not be nearer of kin than second cousins, and not be married or in another domestic partnership.

Opponents of the measure claim that it violates the constitutional amendment banning marriage and any status that is “substantially similar” to marriage, despite saying in 2006 that the amendment would not prohibit domestic partnership. However, the nonpartisan Legislative Council found that the domestic partner law is not “substantially similar” to marriage.

“Our hope is that opponents of basic equality will allow LGBT families to live in peace with the security of these new protections. If you’ve shared your life with another person for 20 years, should you be able to take time off work if your partner suddenly learns she is dying of cancer? The vast majority of Wisconsinites would say yes. It’s the fair and decent thing to do,” said Rep. Pocan.

The domestic partnership protections include the following:
  • Family leave for sick or dying partner;
  • Hospital visitation;
  • Ability to admit incapacitated partner to nursing facility;
  • Ability to access partners medical records;
  • Death benefits for partners of police and firefighters killed in the line of duty;
  • Ability to file suit for wrongful death;
  • Crime victim compensation;
  • Crime victim notification;
  • Transfer real estate without paying fee;
  • Presumption of joint tenancy;
  • Immunity from testifying against a domestic partner;
  • Ability to inherit partner’s estate;
  • Rights related to power of attorney for property and finances;
  • Ability to consent to autopsy for deceased partner;
  • Ability to make anatomical donation in the event of partner’s death.
For a full summary of the domestic partnership protections, see the Legislative Fiscal Bureau paper: http://www.legis.wisconsin.gov/lfb/2009-11Budget/Budget%20Papers/391.pdf

Monday, June 29, 2009

Domestic Partnership Protections Signed Into Law; Celebration This Evening

From Fair Wisconsin:

In a tremendous victory for fairness, Governor Doyle signed domestic partnership protections into law this morning!

The bill grants important protections to same-sex couples in caring, committed relationships, including hospital visitation, end-of-life decision making, and the ability to take Family Medical Leave to care for a sick or injured partner. This makes Wisconsin the first state in the Midwest to legislatively enact protections for same-sex couples – putting the state whose motto is “Forward” back on a progressive track towards full equality.

Congratulations and thank you to all who helped make today possible! If you are in Madison, plan on joining Fair Wisconsin tonight at the Shamrock Bar at 5 p.m. to celebrate this historic achievement!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

June 24 announcements

This Friday night at the Nottingham Coop, you can catch local favorite band, Screamin Cyn Cyn and the Pons playing with Best Friends Forever and Matty Pop Chart. Nottingham is located at 146 Langdon St. and the party starts at 8:00pm. There will be a suggested donation at the door.

On Saturday, the 3rd Annual Drag Down Cancer Comedy Benefit will be held at the High Noon Saloon. Drag Queens, Drag Kings, Stand-up Comedians, Live Singers, & More will be featured with ALL monies (cover charge, tips, raffle) being donated to the American Cancer Society! The party is from 7:00pm - 9:00pm. The High Noon Saloon is located at 701 East Washington Ave.

It's iQ resident DJs Diamond's and OCD's birthdays, so I.Q. Discotech is celebrating by bringing up some friends from Chicago to help celebrate! ROB THREEZY vs. BLACK HOLES, TAG TEAM SET with DIAMONDS vs. OCD AUTOMATIC starting and ending the night. PLUS Special Secret Guest! Should be Glamorous...THIS IS AT THE CARDINAL Bar, 418 E Wilson St, ON SATURDAY with DOORS @ 9pm. THIS IS 18+ event with a small cover.

This weekend is also PRIDE time in most cities across the country. Chicago and Minneapolis both have major events planned especially as the weekend also marks the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Madison pride events have been moved to August this year, but there are a few events planned this weekend.

Sunday, June 28, 2009 there will be a small film festival to remember and celebrate queer resistance and revolution on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots! Possible films include: Paris Is Burning, Before Stonewall, Tongues Un tied, The Life and Times of Harvey Milk, Priscilla Queen of the Desert The fest will be held at the Wil-Mar Community Center, 953 Jennifer Street from 6:30pm - 11:30pm. There is a small suggested donation for popcorn and non-alcoholic beverages. With most of the money going to the AIDS Network of Madison.

On Sunday the Madison Gay Volleyball league is hosting an Open Social Day: pickup games for everyone that shows up. Everyone that shows up will divide into equal teams to play some games, drink, eat, and have some fun. You do not have to be a registered members of the league to play. The open play is from 4-7pm. The Madison Gay volleyball game field is Badger Bowl at 506 East Badger Road.

And be sure to make plans now for the 2009 National Women's Music Festival, a four-day musical and cultural extravaganza that incorporates all facets of women’s lives! Lots of amazing artists such as Lucie Blue Tremblay, Sarah Bettens, and Alix Olson just to name a few. This is a 4 day fest right here in Madison at Marriott Madison West, 1313 John Q. Hammons Dr. starting on Thursday July 3rd-5th.

And that about does it for tonight’s announcements. You can become a fan of the show at "queery on wort" at Facebook and have access to our news and announcements, links and lots of other cool things.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

June 24 show recap: Domestic partner benefits for federal employees and solidarity with undocumented immigrants

We spoke with Cindy Bruenig, a local queer activist who also works with the civil and labor rights organization Voces de la Frontera (Voices of the Frontier), about the connection between LGBT and immigrant rights. Bruenig has drafted a letter thanking the Wisconsin legislature for its decision to include domestic partnership protections in this year's state budget, and asking state senators who voted for domestic partnership benefits -- but against driving cards and in-state tuition for long-term resident undocumented immigrants -- to reconsider their stance on on the latter issues before the budget is finalized. Bruenig said that both the LGBT and immigrant communities have frequently been exploited as scapegoats by politicians and that we should therefore work to protect each other.

A copy of the letter is posted on the web site of the political action committee One Wisconsin Now. Bruenig invited listeners to sign onto it and contact their representatives.

We also talked with Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of the Family Equality Council, about President Obama's executive memorandum that extends some benefits to some federal employees and their same-sex partners. These include allowing executive branch employees in the civil service to use disability and sick leave to take care of a partner or non-biological childre; providing housing, medical and emergency evacua; and allowing same-sex partners of executive branch employees to opt in on long-term care insurance. Missing, however, were pension or health benefits for same-sex partners.

Chrisler said that the LGBT community must continue to put pressure on Obama and Congress to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars the federal government from recognizing the same-sex marriages that have been legally performed in several states, and the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which has led to the discharge of numerous openly gay service members. She asked listeners to send their personal stories about how current anti-gay policies impact their lives policies to the president via Family Equality's website.

June 24 news

In Racine WI, the social concerns committee at Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church has scheduled a gay rights march through Downtown Racine Sunday, June 28th, the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the Stonewall riots. The event is scheduled from 11:30 to 1 p.m. beginning on the steps of Olympia Brown, 625 College Ave.

Stops are planned at various Downtown locations where speakers such as, Bruce Joffe, executive director of the LGBT Center of Southeast Wisconsin and Norm Cloutier, an economics professor at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, will touch on the economic, political, family and religious implications of gay rights.

Organizers said it’s intended as a general expression of solidarity among gay and heterosexual residents, rather than a push for specific legislation. The Rev. Tony Larsen, minister at Olympia Brown, said it is the first such march in Racine he can remember. The public is invited to attend the march, which will be held rain or shine. For information, call Olympia Brown at (262) 634-0659.

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Registration is now open for northeast Wisconsin's first-ever gay themed run/walk. The Pride Alive 5, a 5K run and 2-mile walk will take place at Joannes Park in Green Bay Park prior to the opening of the 2009 Pride Alive festival Saturday, July 11. Participants will receive a Pride Alive 5 inaugural run T-shirt and a "goodie bag" filled with bagel bites, bottled water, prizes and other treats. The run also benefits three local charities serving the NE Wisconsin LGBT community: the GLBT Partnership of the Harmony Café, Golden House & Wisconsin League Of Conservation Voters Institute. For more information visit their website at www.newpride.org.

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The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) released a report Wednesday showing that LGBT students in Illinois face an alarming level of harassment, both physical and verbal, at school.

Inside Illinois Schools: The Experiences of LGBT Students surveyed 206 Illinois students about the level of harassment they receive in school, how much they skip school for being harassed, and how their grades are affected by this harassment.

The report showed that 89 percent of Illinois LGBT students experienced verbal harassment based on sexual orientation in the past year, 43 percent said they had been physically harassed and 21 percent said they had been physically assaulted.

GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard said: “While we applaud Illinois for being one of only 11 states to pass a law that explicitly protects students from bullying and harassment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression, Inside Illinois Schools shows just how much work still needs to be done to make sure LGBT students in Illinois are safe in school. GLSEN is hopeful Illinois will continue to address this pervasive problem.”

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Gay couples traveling overseas can now show passports that feature their married names, letting them take advantage of a little-noticed revision to State Department regulations that critics had feared would undermine the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

The notice of the change says that it does not mean the State Department is recognizing the validity of same-sex marriages and civil unions, but that it was to comply with an amendment to the Code of Federal Regulations that took effect in February 2008.

The name-change revision took effect May 27 in an addition to the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Manual. It allows same-sex couples to obtain passports under the names recognized by their state through their marriages or civil unions.

The move is separate from steps Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton took this week to grant some of the same benefits to the partners of gay diplomats as those available to spouses in heterosexual marriages.

Still, groups opposed to gay marriage criticized the name-change provision, saying it erodes the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits federal recognition of any same-sex partnerships.

Obama said he wants to see the Defense of Marriage Act repealed. But he’s been heavily criticized by gay rights groups for not moving quickly enough on his campaign promises to expand gay rights.

Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, a New York-based group that campaigns nationally for gay marriage rights, said the change in passport regulations is a “very small step in the right direction,” but falls “far short of the work that needs to happen to keep the federal government from discriminating against gay couples across the country.”

The separate changes instituted this week by the State Department include the right of domestic partners to hold diplomatic passports, government-paid travel to and from foreign posts, the use of U.S. medical facilities abroad, eligibility for U.S. government emergency evacuations, and training at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute.

Clinton announced the measures after Obama’s decision on Wednesday to grant some benefits to the same-sex partners of gay federal employees.

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The White House said Friday it is working to ensure the 2010 census produces a better count of same-sex couples, last week’s second policy announcement aimed at dampening rising anger in the gay community toward President Barack Obama.

“The president and the administration are committed to a fair and accurate count of all Americans,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said. “We’re in the midst of determining the best way to ensure that gay and lesbian couples are accurately counted.” It is too late to change the language for the 2010 census survey, which does not include a specific box for same-sex marriages, civil unions or gay partnerships. That survey has already gone to Congress, with only boxes for “husband,” “wife” and “unmarried partner,” White House spokesman Ben LaBolt said.

So the administration is changing the census’ tabulation software to make needed changes in how the incoming data is analyzed and summarized. Formerly, if two people in one household checked “husband,” the data would be rejected. That will change, LaBolt said.

That means the count of same-sex couples won’t be comprehensive - but it will be better than before, he said. The Census Bureau has previously collected data on same-sex marriages, but not released it when it gives out all the other detailed demographic information from the decennial count, he said. Now it will be released.

On Wednesday, Obama signed a memorandum extending some of the benefits of married couples to the same-sex partners of gay federal employees. They include hospital visitation rights and the ability to take leave to care for a sick partner.

But the move to expand the rights of gays - a reliable Democratic voting bloc - was seen by many activists as too incremental and coming too late in Obama’s presidency. Health insurance and survivor benefits, among other things, were not part of Obama’s action, as they are forbidden by the 1993 Defense of Marriage Act.

Gay activists are angry that the president has not moved on legislation to overturn that law, which allows states to reject another state’s legalized gay marriages and blocks federal Washington from recognizing those state-based unions.

Another sore point is Obama’s inaction so far toward a repeal of the 1996 “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

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Patricia and Alexander Harrison have been ordered by a British Columbia supreme court justice to pay approximately 13,000 U.S. dollars for harassing and tormenting a gay couple who lives next door to them.

Rod Boggs and Bill Hart, who have lived in the four unit condo since 2006, said the Harrisons and their 17-year-old son have done everything from report false accusations to the police, attempt to instigate fist fights, hurled slurs, let the air out of the couple’s car tires, threatened to kill their cat and more.

Though Mr. Harrison denied the claims that he and his wife told the couple that “gays weren’t welcome at Brighouse,” he was not believed.

Justice Halfyard did not award greater damages to the men because he said that to some extent they had provoked the Harrisons.

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New York Gov. David Patterson revealed Sunday night he plans to have the State Senate vote on same-sex marriage before it breaks for the summer, according to the New York Times. He made this announcement after receiving pressure from gay rights groups because he and his administration had refused to commit to forcing a vote on the issue.

During the same press conference, Patterson announced plans to call the Senate to a special session on Tuesday, after trying unsuccessfully for two weeks to broker a compromise in a leadership battle that has deadlocked the chamber.

Paterson, who has been a supporter of gay rights in the past and will be serving as one of the Grand Marshals in this year’s New York Pride Parade, received criticism and concern from gay rights groups Sunday after his staff would not say whether same-sex marriage would continue to be a priority.

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Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin introduced the Ending Health Disparities for LGBT Americans Act on Tuesday, the first comprehensive approach to improving all areas of the health care system where lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans face inequality and discrimination.

In a statement, Baldwin explained that the federal government lacks even the most basic data regarding the correlation between sexual orientation and gender identity and health care-related mistreatment.

In addition to investing in data collection and research, the bill establishes non-discrimination policies for all federal health programs, provides funding for cultural competence training for health care providers, extends Medicare benefits to same-sex domestic partners, creates a new office of LGBT Health within in the Department of Health and Human Services, and provides funding for community health centers who serve the LGBT community.

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President Barack Obama has invited several activists to the White House next week for the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

The invitation comes a week after Obama extended benefits to same-sex couples who work for the federal government, a move some advocates said was an important step toward full equality for gays and lesbians. At the same time, a growing number of activists are complaining that Obama, who ran for president on a gay-friendly agenda, has fallen short on his promises, delivering symbolism rather than the sweeping reforms they had expected.

Last week, Obama acknowledged that extending benefits was only one step for gays and lesbians, with many more to go. He also said he wants to repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, declaring that he will work with Congress to overturn it.

However, the pledge was small comfort to disappointed gays and lesbians who are frustrated by Obama's reluctance to act more forcefully concerning gay marriage and the military’s "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Don't Ask Don't Tell and the Supreme Court

Join Queery on Wednesday when we discuss the Supreme Court's decision to not hear a case involving the White House policy of Don't Ask Don't Tell. Just what is the Obama administration up to? We'll find out when we talk with folks from HRC about the court's decision and the Whitehouse plans. 7:00pm CST on 89.9FM in Madison or on www.wort-fm.org online.

American Civil Liberties Union : Fresno Hospital Bars Lesbian From Visiting Partner And Giving Advice About Her Treatment

American Civil Liberties Union : Fresno Hospital Bars Lesbian From Visiting Partner And Giving Advice About Her Treatment

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

June 10 News Round-Up

Last Wednesday, New Hampshire Governor John Lynch signed the state’s equal marriage bill, making New Hampshire the sixth state to allow gay marriage. The law will take effect on January 1, 2010.
And in Wisconsin, provisions in the state budget that would allow same sex couples who live together to form domestic partnerships and receive some of the same benefits as married couples, continues to work its way through the state assembly. These benefits include joint property ownership, and inheritance and hospital visitation rights. Domestic partners of state employees could receive the same state retirement and health insurance benefits as spouses.

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This school year, Case High School in Mt. Pleasant, Wis., implemented a program called “Expect Respect” that encourages students to use less offensive and profane language.
The rules are simple — no profanity, no language that puts people down or harasses them and no writing such language on school property or book bags. The initiative also asked students to refrain from using words like gay or retarded.
After three months of the initiative, teachers and students say they have noticed a difference.
A student committee has helped oversee the program, creating posters and a respect jingle contest.
Several students report their language has changed because of the awareness generated by the program.

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San Angelo, Texas residents were surprised this past week when Mayor J.W. Lown resigned from his office to be with his partner in Mexico. Lown, who was re-elected for a fourth term by a landslide vote, is helping his partner, a non-U.S. citizen, get a visa.
“I made the final decision when I knew it was the right decision to make for me and my partner and our future - and for the community,” Lown said. “I love the people of San Angelo. I know the timing wasn’t good, but the timing couldn’t be helped.”
Lown was re-elected to the position of mayor with 89 percent of the vote. Lown, who has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Mexico, hopes to return to San Angelo with his partner if “the people of San Angelo will welcome me back.”

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The West Bend, Wis., Library Board last week unanimously rejected efforts by a local citizen group to restrict access of young adults to books depicting sex among teenagers or those describing teenage homosexual relationships.
Some of the books targeted books by the citizen group included "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" and "The Geography Club."
The nine-member board listened for 2½ hours as nearly 60 people discussed the appropriateness of the library providing such books to the public before the board voted to maintain current policies. Approximately 200 citizens attended the meeting.
In rejecting the initiative, the library board cited that such books already are separated from children's books in a young adults section.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review Pentagon policy barring gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
The court said it will not hear an appeal from former Army Capt. James Pietrangelo II, who was dismissed under the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.
The federal appeals court in Boston earlier threw out a lawsuit filed by Pietrangelo and 11 other veterans. Pietrangelo asked the high court to rule that the Clinton-era policy is unconstitutional.
During last year’s campaign, President Barack Obama indicated he supported the eventual repeal of the policy, but he has made no specific move to do so since taking office in January. Meanwhile, the administration said the appeals court ruled correctly in this case when it found that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is “rationally related to the government’s legitimate interest in military discipline and cohesion.”

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Sacramento, Calif. - Bank of America, Verizon, Chipotle and other companies have pulled advertising from a Sacramento radio station after two talk show hosts referred to transgender people as “freaks” with mental disorders.
During a May 28 show, one of the three hosts on KRXQ’s “Rob, Arnie & Dawn” show said he would hit his son with his shoe if he put on high heels. Another said he would tell a boy he was “a little idiot” if he asked to wear a dress.
Representatives of Verizon Communications Inc., Nissan Motor Co. and Carl’s Jr. restaurants also said they stopped advertising.
The comments in question came from Arnie States and Rob Williams. The third host, Dawn Rossi, defended transgender people on the show. The remarks came in the wake of a discussion over the California Supreme Court’s recent ruling upholding Proposition 8, an initiative that banned same-sex marriage.

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A man is in jail in San Diego after allegedly slapping Ron DeHarte, who was carrying a gay-rights banner during the Equality Torch Relay event.
Kenyatta Mitchell, 23, is said to have yelled, "There's no place for that here!" and slapped DeHarte twice. Mitchell was arrested moments later hiding in a store. He is charged with assault and violation of civil rights through force, both misdemeanors.
The Equality Torch Relay is a daylong march through numerous cities in San Diego County to promote equal rights for gays.
Mitchell is being held without bail on three outstanding warrants for trespassing, violation of a restraining order and weapons possession.

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Knoxville, TN - The superintendent of Knox County schools in Knoxville, Tenn., says a glitch has been fixed, allowing access to educational Web sites on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.
Superintendent Jim McIntyre told the county school board last week the school system was already working on the matter before a lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union for denying access.
The Knoxville News Sentinel quoted McIntyre saying blocking the sites was not in compliance with Knox County’s policy and the system worked with the school’s internet service provider to allow access to the sites from school computers

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Utah’s gay community is honoring Governor Jon Huntsman with the Utah Pride Center’s 2009 Pete Suazo Political Action Award.
Huntsman this year said he supports civil unions and came out in favor of a package of legislation called the Common Ground Initiative that would have extended some benefits to same-sex and other nontraditional couples.
The award was established in 2002 and honors late state Senator Pete Suazo for his work on hate crimes legislation. The Pride Center’s executive director says Huntsman, a Mormon and a Republican, has been fair-minded on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues over the years.

June 10 Announcements

Tonight at club 5, Nashville recording artist, Sarah peacock and Grammy nominated singer / songwriter, Jessi Lynn!! Will perform at 10pm.

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Tomorrow night at Woofs, the fabulous Josie Lynn will be guest hosting karaoke - or better termed, Bearaoke. You can enjoy some fun, drink specials and Jell-O shots squirted by Madd Dawgs World Series softball team.
Josie is also vying for a spot on Rupaul’s Dragrace, so you can vote for her at rupaulcasting.com

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It’s pride time in Milwaukee this weekend and the lineup includes Cyndi Lauper on Friday, Brandy on Saturday, and the legendary Etta James on Sunday. Pridefest will once again be held at the Henry Maier festival grounds and is one of the largest LGBT celebrations of pride in the nation!

Madison queers can take advantage of a Pridefest bus trip that’s being planned as a fundraiser for the Wisconsin Capitol Pride and the ASANA World Series.

A bus leaves Club 5 Friday night at 4:30 pm and Shamrock at 4:45 pm. You can see Cyndi Lauper perform and the bus returns to Madison in time for last-call at Shamrock and Club 5! A single fee includes ticket to pride and drinks on the bus! Pay and register with your favorite bartenders at Shamrock and Club 5.

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Saturday is the World Naked Bike Ride in cities across the nation. Madison Critical Mass folks are planning on going to Chicago to participate, where over 700 people participated last year. To find out more about the event or to organize your own ride go to www.wiki.worldnakedbikeride.org .

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You can find these and many other announcements with links to the events on our blog,
Queery-wort.blogspot.com. Or on our Facebook page – Queery at WORT-FM. We’re reaching for 300 fans on our Queery Facebook page, so become a fan tonight and tell your friends about us……………and that’s all for tonight’s announcements…….

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Associated Press: New Hampshire governor signs gay marriage law

The Associated Press: New Hampshire governor signs gay marriage law

Jury: Wisconsin man guilty of hate crimes for attack on lesbian

Dustin Warren of Hudson in western Wisconsin's St. Croix County has been found guilty of four hate crime felonies in an attack on a lesbian acquaintance last Thanksgiving. You can read more here.

HIV infections increase among Wisconsin women

Although the number of new HIV infections decreased slightly last year to 391 from a 10-year annual average of 400, the percentage of women who contracted HIV has risen significantly. Women account for 21% of new infections. In the 1990s, they made up 16% and in the 1980s, just 6% of new cases were among women.

You can read more here.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Senate to convene first-ever hearing on gay immigration equality | News Story on 365gay.com

Senate to convene first-ever hearing on gay immigration equality | News Story on 365gay.com: "Separated, or torn apart, because current U.S. law does not allow for th"

Minotaurs beat Nashville Grizzlies

And in belated news, Madison's own gay rugby team beat Nashville 33-0 on Memorial Day weekend. The view from Tennessee: Grizzlies play, fall hard in Wisconsin, Out & About Newspaper.

Madison Pride Festival moves to Alliant Center

The festival is scheduled for the weekend of August 15-16, with $5 admission on Saturday and free admission, plus a downtown parade, on Sunday. You can read more in the article Attempts under way to re-energize Madison's Pride Festival by Tom Alesia, Wisconsin State Journal.

Cheney on gay marriage: 'Freedom for everyone'

Cheney on gay marriage: 'Freedom for everyone' - Associated Press

Monday, June 1, 2009

Domestic partnerships to become reality in Nevada

A domestic partner will be equivalent to a spouse under Nevada state law after the state legislature overrode the governor's veto of domestic parternship legislation.

Nevada Partnership Bill Now Law - New York Times

Public hearing on book restrictions in West Bend

As those of you who have been keeping up with the West Bend Community Library drama know, the heat over the library having books with LGBT content in the youth section has not let up at all (it has intensified). The library has been a target with four library board members ousted by the West Bend Common Council. One of the alder people from the council referred to the library as being like "a porn shop."

On Tuesday, June 2nd at 6:00 p.m. the library board will meet at McLane Elementary School in West Bend to listen to arguments for and against the books. People can sign-up to speak to the board from 5:30 - 6 PM only. Each person who registers will be given two minutes to address the board.

The four board members who have been denied by the City Council are still on the board until replacements are appointed.

The capacity in the gym will be limited by the fire marshall. For information about transportation from Madison, call GSAFE at 608-661-4141.