Laura Ellis http://wfpl.org en Louisville Man Alleges Metro Police Officer Used Anti-Gay Slur at Kentucky Kingdom http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-man-alleges-metro-police-officer-used-anti-gay-slur-kentucky-kingdom <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A gay Louisville man claims a Metro Police officer discriminated against him because of his sexual orientation and used a homophobic slur during a visit last week to Kentucky Kingdom.</span></p><p class="p3">An attorney for the man, Jessie Colter, 32, also alleges that the incident was preceded by the theme park staff's inconsistent enforcement of the dress code at Kentucky Kingdom's water park.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:18:37 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey & Laura Ellis 9753 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Man Alleges Metro Police Officer Used Anti-Gay Slur at Kentucky Kingdom The Louisville Forum Is Adding a Transgender Panelist to the 'Growing Up Transgender' Discussion http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-forum-adding-transgender-panelist-growing-transgender-discussion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Louisville Forum has added a transgender student to its panel discussion on transgender issues.</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:45:23 +0000 Laura Ellis 9690 at http://wfpl.org The Louisville Forum Is Adding a Transgender Panelist to the 'Growing Up Transgender' Discussion Listen: In News Special, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Discusses Downtown Violence, Walmart and More http://wfpl.org/post/listen-news-special-louisville-mayor-greg-fischer-discusses-downtown-violence-walmart-and-more <p>Mayor Greg Fischer joined us &nbsp;Monday afternoon for an hour-long call-in special. He discussed the <a href="http://wfpl.org/term/2014-louisville-budget-proposal">city budget</a>, downtown violence (and the <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/listen-misidentified-4-say-they-have-lost-faith-louisville-metro-police">alleged racial profiling</a> that followed in its wake), and other recent developments in Louisville.</p><p>Listen below:</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:20:20 +0000 Laura Ellis 9675 at http://wfpl.org Listen: In News Special, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Discusses Downtown Violence, Walmart and More Louisville Forum on Transgender Issues Doesn't Include Any Transgender Panelists http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-forum-transgender-issues-doesnt-include-any-transgender-panelists <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Louisville Forum's July discussion will tackle the issue of growing up transgender in Louisville—though none of the four panelists are transgender.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The move has prompted criticism from some&nbsp;</span>LGBTQ<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and transgender activists and writers.</span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:05:45 +0000 Laura Ellis 9670 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Forum on Transgender Issues Doesn't Include Any Transgender Panelists Tony Award Winner Kenny Leon on His Work and the Importance of Preserving African American Classics http://wfpl.org/post/tony-award-winner-kenny-leon-his-work-and-importance-preserving-african-american-classics <p><object height="81" width="100%"><param name="movie" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153719525&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowscriptaccess="always" height="81" src="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153719525&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wi Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 9534 at http://wfpl.org Tony Award Winner Kenny Leon on His Work and the Importance of Preserving African American Classics Strange Fruit: 'The New Black' Film Looks at Marriage Equality in Maryland http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-new-black-film-looks-marriage-equality-maryland <p><object height="81" width="100%"><param name="movie" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152508677&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_playcount=false&amp;show_comments=false" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowscriptaccess="always" height="81" src="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152508677&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_playcount=false&amp;show_comments=false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="100%"></embed></object></p><p></p><p>Last week we were invited by the <a href="http://www.alicenter.org/">Muhammad Ali Center</a> to host a talkback panel after a screening of "The New Black," a film looking at how LGBTQ activism, the black church, homophobia, and queer people of color affected the fight for <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/looks-like-maryland-is-making-a-historic-choice-on-marriage-equality/2012/11/07/ed73f59c-27d8-11e2-b2a0-ae18d6159439_story.html">marriage equality in Maryland</a>.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Laura Ellis 9496 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: 'The New Black' Film Looks at Marriage Equality in Maryland Strange Fruit: Donald Sterling and Racism in the NBA http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-donald-sterling-and-racism-nba-0 <p><object height="81" width="100%"><param name="movie" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148215182&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowscriptaccess="always" height="81" src="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148215182&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="100%"></embed></object><br /><br />Donald Sterling's racism and punishment were all anyone was talking about last week - so we did too! And to supplement our, shall we say, spotty familiarity with athletic endeavors, we enlisted the help of friend-to-the-show Brian Lee West.<br /><br />Brian has spoken to us before about <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-top-dogunderdog-explores-black-masculinity-who-can-use-gay-slurs">his theater work</a>, but this time he joined us in his capacity as our favorite basketball superfan.<br /><br />In case you were under a rock (or completely overwhelmed by <a href="http://www.kentuckyderby.com/">a little horse race</a>), here's what happened: Donald Sterling, owner of the L.A. Clippers, <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2014/04/26/donald-sterling-clippers-owner-black-people-racist-audio-magic-johnson/">was recorded</a> telling his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/27/sports/basketball/nba-clippers-owner-donald-sterling.html?hpw&amp;rref=sports&amp;_r=0">not to post pictures of herself with black people</a> on social media, and not to bring black people to his games. Not only is this obviously racist, it's also pretty irrational; Donald Sterling's girlfriend is half African American, half Latina, and the overwhelming majority of NBA players are black. Including all but two of the players on his own team's <a href="http://www.nba.com/clippers/roster/2013">roster</a>. And their <a href="http://www.nba.com/coachfile/doc_rivers/index.html?nav=page">coach</a>. Tue, 06 May 2014 18:20:32 +0000 Laura Ellis 9292 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: Donald Sterling and Racism in the NBA Strange Fruit: Cirque du Soleil Brings Michael Jackson’s Work to Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-cirque-du-soleil-brings-michael-jackson-s-work-louisville <p><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" height="81" width="100%"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144695150&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" /><embed allowscriptaccess="always" height="81" src="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144695150&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="100%"></embed></object><br />&nbsp;</p><p>For most of us, Michael Jackson's death is one of those where-were-you moments.<br /><br />"When I found out MJ died, Jai was with me in the car, and I pulled the car over at a gas station and I started bawling, crying. And he thought my dad had died," Dr. Story says. "Michael Jackson was very symbolic to me of my childhood - listening to his music with my dad when I was a little girl, and I just didn't expect him to die like that."<br /><br />When we heard Cirque du Soleil had put together a stage production based on the King of Pop's music and dance, we wanted to find out more. So this week we spoke to Laura Silverman who does publicity for the group about how the show came together, and the challenges of bringing such a legendary life to the stage. The show will be <a href="http://www.kfcyumcenter.com/events/detail/michael-jackson-the-immortal-world-tour-by-cirque-du-soleil">at the KFC Yum Center</a> on April 25th and 26th.<br /> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:35:21 +0000 Laura Ellis 9142 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: Cirque du Soleil Brings Michael Jackson’s Work to Louisville University of Kentucky Explains Purpose of Study Asking Whether Being Gay is a Mental Illness http://wfpl.org/post/university-kentucky-explains-purpose-study-asking-whether-being-gay-mental-illness <p>Yesterday we reported that the University of Kentucky <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/university-kentucky-asked-students-if-homosexuality-mental-illness">administered a survey</a> asking students whether they agree or disagree with statements about LGBTQ people—including whether being gay is a mental illness.</p><p>UK has issued a statement explaining the survey's purpose:</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:31:53 +0000 Laura Ellis 9108 at http://wfpl.org University of Kentucky Explains Purpose of Study Asking Whether Being Gay is a Mental Illness The University of Kentucky Asked Students If Homosexuality is a Mental Illness http://wfpl.org/post/university-kentucky-asked-students-if-homosexuality-mental-illness <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Conservative watchdog group Campus Reform is reporting that t</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">he University of Kentucky </span><a href="http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=5531" style="line-height: 1.5;">conducted a survey</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> focusing on attitudes about </span>LGBTQ<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> students.</span></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:48:55 +0000 Laura Ellis 9102 at http://wfpl.org The University of Kentucky Asked Students If Homosexuality is a Mental Illness