LGBTQ http://wfpl.org en 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 Federal Judge Tells Indiana to Recognize Couple's Same-Sex Marriage http://wfpl.org/post/federal-judge-tells-indiana-recognize-couples-same-sex-marriage <p>EVANSVILLE — A federal judge has ruled that the state must recognize the marriage of a gay couple before one of the women, who has cancer, dies.</p><p>The Indiana attorney general's office says U.S. District Court Judge Richard L. Young granted the couple's request for a temporary restraining order Thursday to keep the state from enforcing its ban on same-sex marriages against the couple.</p><p>Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler wanted Indiana to recognize their 2013 marriage in Massachusetts, one of 17 states where same-sex marriage is legal.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:37:01 +0000 Associated Press 9112 at http://wfpl.org Federal Judge Tells Indiana to Recognize Couple's Same-Sex Marriage 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 Strange Fruit: Jalin Roze on Hip Hop & Social Change; Fly Young Red Brings Visibility to Queer Rap http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-jalin-roze-hip-hop-social-change-fly-young-red-brings-visibility-queer-rap <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/143556643&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/143556643 Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:35:40 +0000 Laura Ellis 9084 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: Jalin Roze on Hip Hop & Social Change; Fly Young Red Brings Visibility to Queer Rap Strange Fruit: Former Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent on Coming Out; Violence in Downtown Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-former-miss-kentucky-djuan-trent-coming-out-violence-downtown-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/142361323&amp;color=6d0b68&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/142361323 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:22:37 +0000 Laura Ellis 9020 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: Former Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent on Coming Out; Violence in Downtown Louisville Partners in Law Firm Appealing Same-Sex Marriage Order for Kentucky Gave Thousands to Beshear http://wfpl.org/post/partners-law-firm-appealing-same-sex-marriage-order-kentucky-gave-thousands-beshear <p>Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has gotten thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from partners in his choice of a law firm to appeal a federal order to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages.</p><p>Attorneys from VanAntwerp, Monge, Jones, Edwards &amp; McCann gave $11,250 to Beshear in the last several election cycles, according to campaign finance data from the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.</p> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8877 at http://wfpl.org Partners in Law Firm Appealing Same-Sex Marriage Order for Kentucky Gave Thousands to Beshear Strange Fruit: Longtime LGBTQ and Feminist Activist Urvashi Vaid to Speak in Louisville http://wfpl.org/post/strange-fruit-longtime-lgbtq-and-feminist-activist-urvashi-vaid-speak-louisville <p><object height="81" width="100%"><param name="movie" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/137913491&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/137913491&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" Tue, 04 Mar 2014 19:32:20 +0000 Laura Ellis 8773 at http://wfpl.org Strange Fruit: Longtime LGBTQ and Feminist Activist Urvashi Vaid to Speak in Louisville Idea to Allow Others to Challenge Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Order Unnecessary, Speaker Says http://wfpl.org/post/idea-allow-others-challenge-kentucky-same-sex-marriage-order-unnecessary-speaker-says <p>House Speaker Greg Stumbo says a Republican lawmaker's idea to allow third-parties to appeal a federal judge's order on same-sex marriage wouldn’t require a change in state law.</p><p>Sen. Dan Seum, of Louisville, told Kentucky Public Radio that he plans to file a bill that would allow other groups to appeal a decision by U.S. District Judge John Heyburn that the state must recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages if Attorney General Jack Conway decides not to.</p><p>But Stumbo says that there’s no precedent for such an idea, and that such a bill likely wouldn’t be necessary.</p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 12:34:56 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8743 at http://wfpl.org Idea to Allow Others to Challenge Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Order Unnecessary, Speaker Says Federal Judge Stays Kentucky Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Until March 20 http://wfpl.org/post/federal-judge-stays-kentucky-out-state-same-sex-marriage-recognition-until-march-20 <p><strong>Update 5:10 p.m.: 'Ball ... in Jack Conway's Court'</strong></p><p>U.S. District Judge John Heyburn's&nbsp;order on Thursday effectively meant that legally married same-sex couples were recognized in Kentucky.</p><p>The stay Heyburn&nbsp;ordered on Friday means that that's no longer the case—at least until March 20, said Joe Dunman, an attorney for the plaintiffs.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:43:41 +0000 Joseph Lord 8741 at http://wfpl.org Federal Judge Stays Kentucky Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Until March 20