Friday, July 31, 2009

Commitment Ceremony Organized in WI State Capitol

Press release from Capitol Pride:
Madison, July 28, 2009 – Same-sex couples from across Wisconsin will take part in a commitment ceremony at the state capitol on August 14th as part of a weekend-long gay pride festival in Madison. Wisconsin Capitol Pride has organized the commitment ceremony to take place in the rotunda of the state capitol building starting at 5:00 pm.

The ceremony will take place less than two weeks after Wisconsin’s new domestic partnership legislation goes into effect. Starting on August 3rd, same-sex couples can register to receive some legal rights; such as hospital visitation rights and the ability to take Family Medical Leave (FMLA) to care for a loved one. Participants in the ceremony are encouraged to register their domestic partnership at the event.

“This is an important moment,” said Scott Willems, Senior Co-Chair of Wisconsin Capitol Pride. “We’re encouraged to see Wisconsin’s government leaders taking steps toward affording basic rights to same-sex couples, and there’s no better place to celebrate that than right in the state capitol.”

A number of clergy from the Madison-area faith community will preside over the ceremony and other faith organizations have committed their support. Supporters include: First Congregational, First Unitarian, Fitchburg Memorial UCC, James Reeb Unitarian, Lake Edge Lutheran, Mc Farland UCC, Plymouth UCC, UW Hillel Integrity/Dignity, Sufi Movement International, First Baptist Church, Spiritual Life Ministries, Madison Jewish Council, St. Francis House, Affirmation, and Coming Out.

“While the ritual itself will be brief, the effects for all of us could be long-ranging,” said Derwin Leigh, organizer of the ceremony. “Justice, denied for so long to those gifted by God with a gay or lesbian orientation, may find cause for renewed hope in the small step forward that the State Registry represents.”

Several restaurants in the capitol square/downtown area are taking reservations for celebratory dinners after the commitment ceremony. See www.wisconsincapitolpride.org for a listing of restaurants. Couples and individuals interested in attending or taking part in the commitment ceremony are asked to contact Derwin Leigh via email at dleigh@wisconsincapitolpride.org.

Albania may legalize same-sex marriages

Here's the story from the Associated Press: Albania plans to legalize gay marriages

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Immigration obstacles for same-sex couples

Tonight we looked at proposed immigration reform to remedy discrimination against same-sex couples. Pamela Hathaway, a longtime Madison resident who is married to Frenchwoman Lucie Ferrari, talked about navigating the U.S. and Canadian immigration systems in an effort to live in the same country as her wife, Lucie Ferrari. And we chatted with Julie Kruse of Immigration Equality about prospects for the Uniting American Families Act, which would enable Americans to sponsor a same-sex spouse or partner for immigration.

Kruse said that Wisconsin senators can play a pivotal role in moving the Uniting American Families Act, since both serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator Russ Feingold has co-sponsored the act, and Kruse asked listeners to contact him to thank him and ask him to become a "champion" of the legislation. Senator Herb Kohl has not co-sponsored the legislation; Kruse asked listeners to call him and ask him to do so.

Gay Muppeteer! A zine reading at Room of One's Own Aug. 2

We missed this one on announcements last night, but a friend of mine just sent me a message that a friend of hers, Jessica Max Stein, will be talking about her book "The Rainbow Connection: Gay Muppeteer Richard Hunt" at Room of One's Own on Sun. Aug. 2, at 2 p.m. I freakin' love the Muppets, so the subject itself is enough to tempt me. My friend Julia describes the reading: "If she does it the same way she did here, it's a mix of talking about the zine and LOTS of clips of vintage muppet stuff. Totally worth seeing!"

Thursday, July 23, 2009

MadKings show on Friday

On last night's show, we talked to Josh Little, Romeo and Sexual Chocolate from The MadKings, Madison's premiere drag king troupe. (Kathryn had a lot of fun saying "Sexual Chocolate" over and over.) They're having a show this Friday at the Neighborhood House, 29 S. Mills St., at 8 p.m., called "Back in the Day." It will be a gender-bending review of memorable songs from the 1950s to 1999 and will include raffles for a date with a MadKing, a spanking, and other unique prizes. Audience members are encouraged to doll up or dude up in era-appropriate dress.

The show is a fundraiser for The MadKings' appearance later this year at the International Drag King Extravaganza in Tucson, Ariz.

You can read The MadKings' very own description of "Back in the Day" here.

West Bend continues to get national attention

Library fight riles up city, leads to book-burning demand - CNN

The article neglects to mention that the first complaint was against gay-friendly books only.

Big whopping surprise: Wisconsin "Family" Action files legal challenge to domestic partnerships

You can probably already predict what the challenge (Appling v. Doyle) says, but if you want to read it, it's here. You can also read an Associated Press article about the challenge here.

Interestingly and not surprisingly, the main plaintiff, Julaine Appling of Wisconsin "Family" Action, said numerous times during and after her effort to pass a constitutional ban on civil unions and same-sex marriage that it had nothing to do with domestic partnerships. From "Experts: Passage Will Spark Court Battles" by Doug Erickson in the Wisconsin State Journal, Nov 9, 2006:
Gay-rights supporters and unmarried opposite-sex couples fear the amendment could jeopardize all types of domestic-partner benefits, even those offered by private companies.

They said the ban's passage could spur anti-gay activists to fight even small attempts at equality, such as the ability to visit partners in the emergency room.

Julaine Appling, executive director of the Family Research Institute of Wisconsin and president of the Vote Yes for Marriage campaign, dismissed such talk. "I'm not sitting here plotting anything," she said Wednesday.

The amendment was designed to prevent same-sex marriage, not to affect domestic-partner benefits, she said. She expects opponents of the ban to fight it in court.

"They've become professionals at trying to change society through the courts, so what would make you think they'd go quietly into this good night?" Appling said. "They do not want to admit that the people have spoken."

Potential legal strategy Josh Freker, spokesman for the anti-amendment group Fair Wisconsin, predicted Wednesday that anti-gay groups might first attempt to overturn domestic-partner benefits offered by public employers.

From "Collateral Damage" by Judith Davidoff of The Capital Times, Feb. 25, 2005:
Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, lead Senate sponsor of the proposed ban, said in a recent newspaper guest column that "liberal activists" were exaggerating the threat to domestic partner benefits.

He said, "The proposed constitutional amendment would not prohibit state or local governments or a private entity from setting up a legal construct to provide privileges or benefits such as health insurance benefits, pension benefits, joint tax return filing or hospital visitation to same-sex or unmarried couples."

Similarly, Julaine Appling, executive director of the Family Research Institute of Wisconsin, the leading advocacy group promoting the same-sex marriage ban, said domestic partner benefits were not threatened.

She also said that no privately held company or public entity has enough authority to offer benefits that would render the relationship in question "similar to" a marriage.

"That's just an absurd argument," she said.

And from "Domestic Partner Puzzle" by Jason Stein of The Wisconsin State Journal, Feb. 28, 2006:
Amendment supporter Julaine Appling said she's certain courts will uphold domestic partner benefits for couples like O'Donnell and Mache. Health insurance alone isn't similar to the dozens and even hundreds of benefits marriage can provide, said Appling, head of the Coalition for Traditional Marriage.

"I think all of that is a smoke screen that people are using to chip away at the amendment's real intent which is we don't want look-alike marriages and we don't want marriage redefined," said Appling, who sees traditional marriage as a way to better families and a better society.

You're right, Appling. The few benefits offered by domestic partnerships are nowhere near the dozens and even hundreds of legal benefits assocates with marriage. So why are you suing?

What a shock that a good, moral "Christian" like Appling would lie, lie, lie. Associating religion with your lack of integrity, Appling, is not a very good way to win converts to your faith or your cause.

Fond du Lac supervisors try to block domestic partnerships

An article in the Fond du Lac Reporter says that several county supervisors tried to block domestic partnerships from going into effect in their county by refusing to set a fee for the partnership license.

The article wasn't clear on whether the supervisors succeeded in getting their way. We made some calls to find out, but no word yet.

Under the most recent state budget, domestic partnerships for same-sex couples go into effect statewide Aug. 3.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

July 22 announcements

If you need a date and you are interested in helping a queer cause, you can bid on hot male and female dates tomorrow night, July 23rd. The show starts at 10 at the Mediterranean Hookah Lounge, 77 Sirloin Strip in Madison. Money made from bids in this fundraiser supports the ASANA Women’s Softball World Series, here in Madison.

On Saturday, July 25th a Room Of One’s Own Bookstore is hosting another adult spelling bee! They will be registering teams of 1-2 people up until the day of the bee. Admission is free, but they do ask that you consider giving a donation. This event will be a fundraiser for Wisconsin Capitol Pride (wisconsincapitolpride.org). You can sign up by calling 257-7888 or by emailing Sidney at the address: room@chorus.net.

Sunday, July 26th, Madison Gay Volleyball is hosting their week 8 Red Day Benefit to raise money for ACT7 riders. Enjoy a day of Volleyball and hot performances by:
Josie Lynn,
Natalia Sapphire,
Hollywood Jack and many more.
Everyone is encouraged to wear red and to tip performers, stuff the donation jars and the bartender. Proceeds are divided amongst riders registered in this amazing 4 day, 300-mile Aids Ride.

This Sunday, July 26th, you can have your car spic and span. Wisconsin Capitol Pride is featuring a ‘wet and messy’ carwash fundraiser. The carwash will be at the future site of Plan B, 924 Williamson St., from noon to 5 pm. You can get a full body rub down for your car or motorcycle and help support Wisconsin Capitol Pride.

From July 30th to August 1st, 7 queer ‘zinesters are reading from their zines in Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison. David Freid, the 29 year old Jewish queer who put forth Black Carrot in 04; Milo Miller, maker of the zine series Mutate and Gendercide; Christopher Wilde, co-founder of the Queer Zine Archive Project and four others will be reading.
On July 30th, you can find them in Chicago at the Uncle Fun Factory, 1337 W. Belmont. On July 31st they will be in Milwaukee, at Cream City Collectives, 732 E. Clark St, and finally, in Madison on August 1st, at Outreach, 600 Williamson St. All three shows will be from 7 pm to 9 pm.

The Madison Gay Hockey Association is currently accepting players for the upcoming Fall season!
The MGHA is an adult developmental ice hockey league for members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and Allied Community. They provide opportunities to learn and teach ice hockey in a safe, supportive and fun environment. They aspire to the highest standards of sportsmanship and promote integration within the LGBTQA and wider Madison Communities. And they're a beginner-friendly league and no experience is necessary.
More details about our season and on how to sign up at madisongayhockey.org

And that’s all for this week’s announcements!
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

This week's announcements

Thursday, July 16th

Shamrock bar will be hosting its 3rd amateur strip night to raise money for ACT7. The Party starts at 10 and you can see all of your familiar favorites from the last 2 strip nights, as well as a few new faces. If you want to get all hot and bothered for a good cause, then tonight is your night! There will be raffle prizes and shotboys floating around to make the evening a little more fun, so come on! You must be 21 or older and there is no cover for this event.

Friday, July 17th-Sunday, July 19th

If you’re a fan of good food, great music and even better bargains, check out our own Maxwell St. Days Summer Sidewalk on State street. This community event showcases state street and the Capitol Square shopping district. Find food, jewelry, clothing gifts and more. There is also a music stage at peace park, featuring music courtesy of the Madison Folk Music Society and the Madison Songwriters Group. Music is scheduled Friday and Saturday 10 to 5 and Sunday, noon to five.

Friday, July 17th- Sunday, July 19th

Room of One’s Own Bookstore annual book sale. This is scheduled from Friday, July 17th at 10 am, to Sunday, July 19th at 8 pm. If you’re looking to make some space on your bookshelf, they will be taking donations of used books and cd's. These donations help them pull through the summer when sales are low and they appreciate anything we have to offer!

Friday, July 17th

Come support WORT at our benefit at Mickey’s Tavern on Williamson St. Come enjoy a few drinks and catch some great local rock. Music will be featured by bands: the Takebacks, United Sons of Toil, and the Suit. The show starts at 10, we hope to see you all there.

Sunday, July 19th

Also, Sunday July 19th, starting at 10 pm, Club 5 will be hosting the first annual Miss Wisconsin Capitol Pride Pageant! Applications are Available at Club 5. This pageant is open to contestants statewide who identify as female, transgender, or female impersonator and contestants must perform two numbers. The winner will be chosen based on collected tips and all tips will be donated to Wisconsin Capitol Pride.If you are not interested in competing, just enjoy the show and a chance to support local performers and Wisconsin Capitol Pride.

Thursday, July 23rd

Looking for a date and to help a good cause? Thursday, July 23rd, from 10 pm to 1 am, the Mediterranean Hookah Lounge is holding a fundraising auction on hot male/female dates! Money raised from this event will be donated to the ASANA Womens Softball World Series in Madison. The Hookah is located at 77 Sirloin Strip. Contact Tommy or Billy if you would like to be in the auction (251-7733). Come out for the fun - bring your friends!

Saturday, July 25th

Also, Room Of One’s Own Bookstore is hosting another adult spelling bee! They will be registering teams of 1-2 people up until the day of the bee! Admission is free, but they do ask that you consider giving a donation. This event will be a fundraiser for Wisconsin Capitol Pride (wisconsincapitolpride.org). You can sign up by calling 257-7888 or by emailing Sydne at room@chorus.net.

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And as we’ve discussed, don’t forget your tickets for the Outreach annual Banquet, July 17th at the Monona Terrace Community Center and Convention Center. Beginning at 5:30, this year’s theme is “Our Time Has Come.”

News Round-up: Marriage in Pennsylvania, Challenge to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Church Issues and More

SB 935 Bill

Pennsylvania Senator Jim Ferlo has joined in supporting SB 935, the first bill in Pennsylvania to allow gay marriage. The bill, created by Senator Daylin Leach, now has three Pennsylvania senators backing it.

Sen. Leach held a press conference Wednesday where he announced the Marriage Equality Bill. Keystone Progress, a “a multi-issue progressive advocacy organization that combines cutting edge online organizing and communications with rapid and hard-hitting earned media strategies” according to their website, has been covering the progress of Sen. Leach’s bill.

Sen. Leach debated Pastor Bill Devlin on Philadelphia local station Fox 29 before his news conference. Sen. Leach expressed his desire to extend marriage rights to gay and lesbians living in Pennsylvania. Pastor Devlin argued that the bill is a “train wreck” that would deny rights for children, such as having a mother and a father.

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Senator may introduce bill to stop gay military discharges

Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York may introduce a bill in the Senate this week to put an 18-month moratorium on discharges under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. It would be the first time since the vote on the military ban in 1993 that Senators would be forced to publicly state their stand on gays and lesbians serving in the military. If the amendment were to pass, gay-rights leaders expect it would stand a strong chance of being approved by the House and could be signed into law by President Obama, who has expressed his desire for the ban to be lifted.

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The Episcopal Church’s national convention will take up whether the church will approve religious ceremonies for same-sex couples and whether gay bishops should be consecrated, reports UPI.

“It’s important that we recognize the equal stature of all Christians in the church so that we model that type of inclusivity in civil society,” Bishop Marc Andrus of the Diocese of California said.

This is the first national convention of the Episcopal Church in three years. The Episcopal Church, with 2.1 million members, is the U.S. branch of the global Anglican communion, which has 77 million members, many of them religious conservatives in Africa. The church has been divided over the consecration of gay bishops since the ordination of Rev. Gene Robinson in 2003.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has tried to hold the fragile communion together by getting churches to observe a voluntary moratorium on consecrating another openly gay bishop and developing prayers for same-sex unions. But many fear a split is inevitable.

“If we are not extremely careful at this convention, we could find ourselves outside the Anglican Communion, and that would be a tragedy for all of us,” Bishop William Love of Albany, N.Y., says. “My fear is that the Episcopal Church destroys itself.”

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In Salt Lake City, UT, A gay couple say they were detained by security guards on a plaza owned by the Mormon church and later cited by police, claiming it stemmed from a kiss on the cheek. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said that the men became argumentative and refused to leave after being asked to stop their “inappropriate behavior.” The men say they were targeted because they are gay. Matt Aune said he and his partner, Derek Jones, were walking home from a concert nearby on Thursday night, cutting through the plaza near the Salt Lake City Mormon temple. Aune, 28, said he gave Jones, 25, a hug and kiss and that the two were then approached by a security guard, who asked them to leave, telling them they were being inappropriate and that public displays of affection aren’t allowed on the property. He said other guards arrived and the men were handcuffed. “We asked what we were doing wrong,” Aune told The Associated Press. Church spokeswoman Kim Farah said in a statement Friday that the men were “politely asked to stop engaging in inappropriate behavior - just as any other couple would have been.” “They became argumentative and used profanity and refused to leave the property,” she said. The church did not immediately respond to a request for more comment. Police later arrived and both men were cited with misdemeanor trespassing, Salt Lake City Police Sgt. Robin Snyder said. “It doesn’t matter what they were asked to leave for,” Snyder said. “If they are asked to leave and don’t they are trespassing.” The church has been the target of protests over its support of a ban on gay marriage in California. To protest, gay couples held a kiss in Sunday at Temple Square.

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In Washington state a group of AIDS activists was arrested Thursday for unlawfully demonstrating in the Capitol rotunda, a Capitol Police spokeswoman said. Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said 11 men and 15 women each face a charge of unlawful assembly, disorderly conduct and loud and boisterous behavior. Their names and ages were not immediately released. Schneider said the group entered the rotunda, located beneath the Capitol dome, and linked themselves together with a white chain at about 10 a.m. The area is usually crowded with tourists, but police restricted the traffic while they made arrests. The activists carried signs in support of funding for needle exchange, HIV/AIDS housing and programs aimed at fighting AIDS. They chanted, “Fight global AIDS now,” and, “Clean needles save lives.” They marched in a circle before lying down on the floor. Police bound the activists hands together and dragged some of the demonstrators to their feet as they arrested them. The arrests came one day before President Barack Obama is to arrive in Ghana, where 320,000 people are HIV positive, according to the United Nations’ AIDS fighting agency, UNAIDS. The activists were part of a coalition of five AIDS groups from Washington, Philadelphia and New York. They included ACT UP Philadelphia, DC Fights Back, Health GAP, New York City AIDS Network and Housing Works.

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Former president Bill Clinton has expressed his support for gay marriage, a stance he did not hold during his presidency. While speaking at the Campus Progress National Conference in Washington, DC, on July 8, the former president said he is “basically in support” of gay marriage. Back in May at Toronto’s Convention Centre, Clinton said his position on same sex marriage was “evolving.” During his presidency, Clinton passed the Defense of Marriage Act which defines marriage as between one man and one woman. “I personally support people doing what they want to do,” Clinton said on July 8. “I think it’s wrong for someone to stop someone else from doing that [refering to same-sex marriage].” Clinton has said that he doesn’t view the issue as a federal one. When asked about the five states that have passed same sex marriage this past spring, Clinton said, “I think all these states that do it should do it.” He added again that it was not a “federal question.” Other Democrats who have changed their positions recently about marriage equality include former Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean, New York Senator Charles E. Schumer, New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine and Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd.

calling all the DJs

From the folks at indie Queer:

so you think you can DJ? send me a mix, a link, a message, or something proving to me you either have the experience and the passion to DJ queer club nights in Madison OR that you have the desire & the musical taste to become the next big thing in the madcity.

iQ is starting something entirely new in September. THink of it as us getting back to our activist roots. It's a new party called PRIDE every wednesday at the place you'd never think of going dancing: Madison Avenue. Madison Avenue is a 700 person club on University Avenue, in the heart of the UW Campus. I think the town is ready for a little iQ action jacked a bit on gay pride.

It's time my friends, to queer up University Avenue. Starting September 9, every wednesday at Madison Avenue is PRIDE: an 18+ Gay Club Night.

hit me up if you want to be considered for a DJ spot.

see you at the inferno this Saturday!
-iQ Lizzy
indieQueer.com(at)gmail.com

Episcopal church affirms eligibility of gays and lesbians for ministry

The Episcopal Church USA, part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, affirmed Tuesday that embracing one's homosexual orientation or being in a committed same-sex partnership does not disqualify candidates for ordained ministry, and that LGB clergy can serve in "any ordained ministry."

The decision paves the way for dioceses that want to appoint LGB clergy to higher clerical posts, including bishop. Three years ago, the church's General Convention asked dioceses to refrain from making such appointment, a response to threats of a possible schism in the Anglican Communion after the 2003 appointment of New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson, who is openly gay and in a committed relationship with another man.

Archbishop of Canterbury (England) Rowan Williams, the head of the Anglican Communion, has expressed disappointment in the Episcopal Church's decision.

Friday, July 10, 2009

West Bend librarians to speak at American Library Association conference

West Bend librarians Michael Tyree and Kristin Pekoll will be speaking at the American Library Association national conference in Chicago on Monday, July 13, about the recent book challenge that sought to remove two books from library and all books in the young adult "Out of the Closet" collection from the young adult section of the library. The challengers had argued that the books, which featured positive depictions of LGBT people, were sexually explicit and inappropriate for young adults--a charge disputed by library board members and several authors of the books in question.*

The West Bend librarians will be joined by the current chair of the West Bend library board and Mary Reilly-Kliss, who was one of several board members ousted by council members who supported the book challenge. Maria Hanrahan, organizer of West Bend Parents for Free Speech and a former Queery guest, will also participate in the presentation.

For more history on the West Bend controversy, click "West Bend" in the "Labels" sidebar on the right side of this Web page, or click here.

*The challengers later told the media that they wanted to add some non-LGBT-related books to the challenge and subtract some of the LGBT ones, but they have not, as of this writing, submitted a revision of their challenge or a new challenge to the library. Challenges are official procedures that involve filling out paperwork and submitting it to the library for consideration and possible action.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Massachusetts initiates lawsuit against Defense of Marriage Act

Massachusetts filed a lawsuit today against the federal government, saying that the latter overstepped its bounds in authorizing and enforcing the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies federal recognition of same-sex marriages legally performed in the states that allow them.

DOMA "directly interferes with Massachusetts' long-standing sovereign authority to define and regulate the marital status of its residents," said Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley. "Massachusetts has a single category of married persons, and we view all married persons equally and identically."

You can read more about the lawsuit here.

This week's announcements

Thursday, July 9, 2009 A Room of One’s Own Bookstore is featuring an open forum chat to discuss women’s reproductive rights in Wisconsin and beyond. The evening will be hosted by NARAL and is going to be an excellent opportunity to become thoroughly informed on the current debate and where it's headed. You'll also get to share personal opinions and experiences and discover the many ways to be involved with NARAL. This event is planned from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at A Room of One’s Own, 307 W. Johnson st.

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Thursday, July 9, 2009, Join Miss Natalia Saffire and her friends for the third annual country HO down to benefit Brian's ACT 7 AIDS ride. This is his third year riding over 300 miles for a common goal; to educate the community, raise awareness, and teach tolerance about HIV/AIDS. This a cause near and dear to many of our hearts, so stop in to the Hookah Lounge, 77 Sirloin Strip, to show your community some support!! Show starts at 9:30! 50/50 Raffle! $5 Cover.

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Saturday, July 12th: Pride Alive, a Northeast Wisconsin Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride celebration, will take place this summer to celebrate the LGBT community and to connect with the larger Northeast Wisconsin community. The celebration also aims to promote a positive LGBT presence in the community and to bring together the various groups that fall under the LGBT rainbow.

Pride Alive will be a FREE, day-long celebration featuring Live entertainment, food and drinks, Derby Girls, Karaoke, Prize Raffles and the 1st annual “Pride Alive Five”- a 5k run/walk.

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Sunday, July 12th: 2nd 1st Annual Shamrock-WOOF'S .8K WALK: Walk begins at 3PM at Shamrock/WOOF'S. Registration opens at 2PM. Registration costs $20 per person and participants are encouraged to stop by either Shamrock or WOOF'S to sign up and get a pledge form to collect donations (all donations need to be turned in at registration). Registration with $20 is also acceptable the day of the event. Participants will receive a commemorative cup good for one dollar off all your drinks at Shamrock and WOOF'S until 8PM. Upon completing two stops at each bar, participants may receive a commemorative t-shirt too. Prizes will be given to individuals and teams that collect the most money. All money raised from this event will go towards the ASANA Softball World Series!

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Friday July 17th: in The Monona Terrace Grand Ballroom, OutReach Annual Awards Banquet Dinner. Reception and cash bar begin at 5:30 pm, followed by dinner at 6:30. The program is then schedule from 7:00 to 9:00,with plenty of awards and emcee, Representative Mark Pocan of Madison, special guest Richard Wagner and social hour with Matthew Miller on Piano and the Raging Grannies singing group. Reservations must be received by Friday, July 10, 2009

Regular Admission is 60.00 ($110.00 for couples). Limited Income Admission: $30.00 (sliding scale also available) For more general info and reservations, please call 255-8582 and ask for Steve or Harry. Also e-mail at harrys@lgbtoutreach.org.

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Friday, July 17th- Sunday, July 19th: Maxwell Street Days Summer Sidewalk Sale. More than 100 shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants-many locally owned-offering terrific bargains on goods, food and drinks. Plus music at the Peace Park stage, courtesy of the Madison Folk Music Society and the Songwriters group. Music is featured 10-5, Fri and Sat, and noon-5 on Sunday.In addition, the regularly scheduled "Folk on State" performance will be Saturday, July 18 in Francis Street Park (at State St. and Francis St.), with Carrie Elkin from 1 - 2 pm and John Statz from 2 - 3pm.

News of the week

Man Convicted in Anti-Gay Killing Released from Prison One Year After Sentencing; Victims Mother Notified by Automated Message


The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today condemned the early release of Stephen Andrew Moller, who was convicted in June of 2008 in the death of 20-year-old Sean Kennedy, who has now been released only one year after sentencing. Sean’s mother, Elke Kennedy, was informed of the release by automated message a few nights ago. Witnesses testified at trial that Kennedy’s attacker shouted anti-gay slurs while punching Kennedy outside a Greenville, SC bar in May of 2007. Joe Solmonese, the Human Rights Campaign President says “Sean Kennedy was violently attacked for no other reason than his sexual orientation. This is a text book case of why we need to pass federal legislation that would bring stiffer penalties and provide local authorities with the full resources of the U.S. Justice Department to address vicious hate crimes.”

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Out-of-state gay marriages now recognized in D.C

As of July 7th gays and lesbians who are married in Iowa, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine or Vermont now also have their marriages recognized in Washington, D.C. The D.C. City Council approved the measure last month, but it was subject to a 30-day Congressional review period. Since Congress took no action, gay and lesbian marriages performed legally in other states are now legal in D.C. as well. No same-sex marriages, however, are recognized by the Federal government. The law will affect everything from tax filing, employer health care benefits, inheritance and hospital visitation rights to mundane activities, such as gym memberships and car rentals. Recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions strengthens many rights that were already in place with the District’s Health Benefits Expansion Act of 1992. The U.S. Census Bureau lists 3,839 same-sex couples as residing in the District, according to 2005-2007 data. And the nearly 33,000 gay, lesbian and bisexual people — single and coupled — living in the District made up approximately 8.1 percent of the city’s total adult population in 2005.

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Man hospitalized after gay bar raid released

A man hospitalized after a raid at a Fort Worth, Texas, gay bar says he’s still nursing injuries from the incident now that he’s home. Chad Gibson had bruises, muscle strain and bleeding in his brain after his arrest more than a week ago on suspicion of public intoxication at the Rainbow Lounge.

Police have said the 26-year-old injured himself when he fell and hit his head. Witnesses say officers slammed him into the wall and floor and tackled other patrons who were arrested that night.

Police say some of the bar patrons made sexual gestures toward the officers and allege Gibson grabbed a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission officer’s groin. In interviews after his release from the hospital Sunday, Gibson denied groping the officer.

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Experimental HIV vaccine awaits approval for human testing

In Canada, An Ontario professor has developed an experimental HIV vaccine that may be soon brought state-side for human testing. Dr. Chil-Yong Kang, a University of Western Ontario professor, developed the vaccine, called SAV001-H. Sumagen Canada Inc, who supports the professor, says that the vaccine has been tested on animals without any identified adverse effects or safety risks. The makers of the vaccine are waiting for approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before they can begin testing the vaccine on humans. Seventy countries around the world have already patented the vaccine.

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THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR LESBIAN RIGHTS URGES NAVAL INVESTIGATION
INTO GAY SAILOR'S DEATH

On July 1, 2009, a Camp Pendleton sailor was found murdered on the base in San Diego. The 29-year-old African American sailor, August Provost, was bisexual and had recently experienced anti-gay harassment. Various organizations, including the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) are urging the Naval Criminal Investigative Service to conduct a thorough investigation into the murder in order to determine if Provost's sexual orientation was a factor and to determine whether or not the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy of the military is putting the safety of its employees at risk. The military has a Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy that requires lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) members of the military to hide their sexual orientation or risk losing their jobs.

District of Columbia recognizes same-sex marriages

The District of Columbia now recognizes same-sex marriages performed in other states, although they will not be performed in the district itself. The bill passed in May, but did not go into effect until yesterday. The U.S. Congress, which has final say over D.C. legislation, declined to block the bill.

Tonight's show: Riot Acts commemorate Stonewall

On tonight's show, we'll be talking with artists involved in Riot Acts, an original production commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Stone Wall riots, which marked the beginning of the gay liberation movement. The production is a collaborative effort between the LGBTA arts groups StageQ, Perfect Harmony Men's Chorus and Proud Theater.

Riot Acts will be performed July 16 through 18 on the Drury Stage of the Bartell Theatre, 113 East Mifflin Street, Madison. For more information, go to the Riot Acts web page.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Out Entertainment Complex closed

The Capital Times reports that Out, the new LGBTQA entertainment complex on Madison's far west side, has shuttered its doors.