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Milwaukee County Approves LGBT Nondiscrimination Ordinance

Milwaukee County's Board has approved an LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance, the Journal Sentinel reports:

MilwaukeeThe board voted 12-6 in favor of adding sexual orientation and gender identity and expression to the county's anti-discrimination ordinance...

The change was sought by Fair Wisconsin, an advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Right-wing activists tried to derail the protections by calling supervisors in order to spread false, fearmongering talking points:

Supervisor Deanna Alexander said while she backs the discrimination protection, she wanted to ensure that it would not be used by male pedophiles or sex criminals cross-dressing as a way to get inside women's public restrooms.

"I want to be very inclusive of the LGBT community," but she doesn't want the protection to be used by someone to commit a crime, she said.

An amendment by Alexander aimed at making that exception was voted down and drew denunciations from County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, the author of the anti-discrimination proposal, and other supervisors...

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Supervisor David Bowen said references to pedophiles and sex criminals was fear mongering by opponents, many of whom called supervisors this week.

"I understand there are people in the community who have been misdirected intentionally by right-wing sources," Bowen said.


Documents Show Cardinal Dolan Moved Millions in Church Assets to Hide Them from Sexual Abuse Victims

NYC's Cardinal Timothy Dolan moved millions in funds to protect them from sexual abuse victims seeking claims against the Catholic Church, according to newly-revealed documents:

DolanFiles released by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee on Monday reveal that in 2007, Cardinal Timothy F. Dolan, then the archbishop there, requested permission from the Vatican to move nearly $57 million into a cemetery trust fund to protect the assets from victims of clergy sexual abuse who were demanding compensation.

Cardinal Dolan, now the archbishop of New York, has emphatically denied seeking to shield church funds as the archbishop of Milwaukee from 2002 to 2009. He reiterated in a statement Monday that these were “old and discredited attacks.”

However, the files contain a 2007 letter to the Vatican in which he explains that by transferring the assets, “I foresee an improved protection of these funds from any legal claim and liability.” The Vatican approved the request in five weeks, the files show.

UPDATE: David Mixner weighs in.

Cardinal Dolan has long ago lost the ability to understand the concept of 'truth'.He should immediately resigned from being Cardinal. The 'truth' demands it.


Wisconsin State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa Comes Out as Bisexual

Wisconsin State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa came out as bisexual in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Gay Politics reports:

ZamarippaThe only Hispanic member of the Wisconsin legislature, Zamarripa becomes its third openly LGBT member currently serving.

Zamarippa admitted dodging rumors about her sexual orientation when her opponents brought it up:

“It has always been my goal in office to be transparent and honest with my constituents. But before the primary in 2010, I didn’t have the valor and courage to come out. I feel remiss that I didn’t come out then."

Zamarippa said that she came out because she felt a need to be a role model for young people:

She said as a young woman in her 20s, she didn’t even feel safe enough to write about her bisexuality in her personal journal. “When Ellen (DeGeneres) came out that was when I felt I could write in my journal about it,” she said.

It’s also more difficult to come out as the “B” in the LGBT acronym, which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, she said.

“It’s tough for people to wrap their minds around that, but it is a reality and the truth,” she said.

At 36, Zamarripa said she remains single and secure in her identity. “It’s part of my life, like being a south sider and the only Hispanic in the Legislature, and I’m happy to share it with my constituents.”


Groupon Cancels Offer for Tour of Milwaukee 'Hunting Grounds' Where Jeffrey Dahmer Met His Victims

Dahmer

Groupon has canceled a grotesque deal offering a deep discount on a walking tour of the Milwaukee "hunting grounds" where Jeffrey Dahmer met his victims, the AP reports:

Groupon offered two tickets for $25, instead of the normal $60, and called the 1-mile, 90-minute tour a “spine-chilling glimpse” into Dahmer’s life. But only 15 tickets sold before the daily-deal website closed the promotion. Spokesman Nicholas Halliwell said in an emailed statement that it was never Groupon’s intention to offend anyone.

The company behind the tours is still offering them, however, despite protests from the neighborhood, where many of the victims' families still live:

Dahmer, a chocolate factory worker, would frequent gay bars in the area. He was arrested in 1991 and admitted to killing 17 young men, some of whom he mutilated and cannibalized. He was serving life prison sentences when a fellow inmate beat him to death in 1994.

His apartment building — where he stored body parts — was eventually razed. There’s been talk over the years about putting a memorial there, but the idea has received mixed reactions.

(via ddm)


News: Ne-Yo, The Red Sea, Malta, DADT, Rachel Maddow

 road Ne-Yo wants you to stop calling him gay.

Red road A view from space had the parting of the Red Sea actually occurred.

 road Retired NFL Player Marcellus Wiley: "It would really be tough for a gay guy in the NFL, for the locker room to understand him as a homosexual -- I'm not saying it's impossible to pull off, but I'm saying right now the fear of coming out of the closet and more so coming out in the locker room would really be too tremendous to overcome. It's unfortunate because it shouldn't be that way. I understand that the locker room is pretty intimate. I do understand that there are 53 guys walking around nude at times and I do understand how guys may feel uncomfortable, but I don't think that it should impair someone's decision to live their life, have their freedoms and express themselves."

 road CNN lists the 10 best movie dance scenes.

 road Decrease in hate crimes? Probably not: "A national anti-violence coalition released a report this week that shows declines in the reported number of hate crime victims and survivors, incidents and offenders in 2009. However, those reported drops since 2008 are likely due to many programs facing budget cuts and staff layoffs, rather than an actual decrease in violence, according to the report."

Malta

 road 250 attend gay pride march in Valletta, Malta.

 road Paris Hilton can't stay away form pot.

 road After Argentina's introduction of marriage equality, could Paraguay be next?

 road Milwaukee city worker in trouble for sending a gay man hateful messages on Facebook: "You know you are living in sin and will burn in hell if you don't change your life around. I'm sorry to hear you married another man. God made Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve."

 road Former Air Force Michael Almy testifies that he never admitted to being gay though he was discharged under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" anyway.

 road A Skarsgard sandwich sounds delicious.

 road Senator David Vitter is sorry he implied that Rachel Maddow does not look like a woman.

 road Get ready for Skins season 5.

 road Staten Islanders meet to discuss hate crimes.


Heroics in Milwaukee

Heroics

This amateur video of a group of bystanders (some of them off-duty firefighters) who went into action following a car accident in suburban Milwaukee, rescuing a woman and her two children, is gripping, frightening, emotional, and reassuring — that in moments of distress people will rise to the occasion.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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