Strange Fruit
5:35 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Strange Fruit: Cirque du Soleil Brings Michael Jackson’s Work to Louisville

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For most of us, Michael Jackson's death is one of those where-were-you moments.

"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."

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 at the KFC Yum Center on April 25th and 26th.

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Local News
1:37 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Federal Judge Tells Indiana to Recognize Couple's Same-Sex Marriage


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.

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.

Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler wanted Indiana to recognize their 2013 marriage in Massachusetts, one of 17 states where same-sex marriage is legal.

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Local News
12:31 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

University of Kentucky Explains Purpose of Study Asking Whether Being Gay is a Mental Illness

The main building on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington.
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Yesterday we reported that the University of Kentucky administered a survey asking students whether they agree or disagree with statements about LGBTQ people—including whether being gay is a mental illness.

UK has issued a statement explaining the survey's purpose:

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Local News
4:48 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

The University of Kentucky Asked Students If Homosexuality is a Mental Illness

The main building at the University of Kentucky.
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Conservative watchdog group Campus Reform is reporting that the University of Kentucky conducted a survey focusing on attitudes about LGBTQ students.

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Strange Fruit
1:22 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Strange Fruit: Former Miss Kentucky Djuan Trent on Coming Out; Violence in Downtown Louisville

Djuan Trent as Miss Kentucky in 2010 & Today
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Local News
7:00 am
Sun March 16, 2014

Partners in Law Firm Appealing Same-Sex Marriage Order for Kentucky Gave Thousands to Beshear

Steve Beshear
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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.

Attorneys from VanAntwerp, Monge, Jones, Edwards & McCann gave $11,250 to Beshear in the last several election cycles, according to campaign finance data from the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance.

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Strange Fruit
2:32 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Strange Fruit: Longtime LGBTQ and Feminist Activist Urvashi Vaid to Speak in Louisville

Urvashi Vaid
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7:34 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Idea to Allow Others to Challenge Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Order Unnecessary, Speaker Says

Greg Stumbo
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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.

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.

But Stumbo says that there’s no precedent for such an idea, and that such a bill likely wouldn’t be necessary.

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Local News
3:43 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Federal Judge Stays Kentucky Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Until March 20

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Update 5:10 p.m.: 'Ball ... in Jack Conway's Court'

U.S. District Judge John Heyburn's order on Thursday effectively meant that legally married same-sex couples were recognized in Kentucky.

The stay Heyburn ordered on Friday means that that's no longer the case—at least until March 20, said Joe Dunman, an attorney for the plaintiffs.

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