Long before the ‘rainbow wave,’ Tammy Baldwin was blazing a trail

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The midterm elections ushered in a record number of LGBTQ people to elected office. But long before that “rainbow wave” — and before it was even a ripple — Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, an out lesbian, was slowly chipping away at glass ceilings once thought unbreakable. > NBC News

Eau Claire becomes third Wisconsin city to ban conversion therapy

The city of Eau Claire has joined Madison and Milwaukee in banning a controversial religious practice known as conversion therapy. Supporters of the measure say it protects children identifying as gay from abusive attempts to convert them to heterosexuality while opponents say the ban restricts freedom of religion. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Federal judge rules state must cover transgender treatment for workers

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Wisconsin’s Group Insurance Board and the UW System must cover hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery for transgender state workers, on the grounds that refusing transition-related care for state workers is unconstitutional and sex discrimination. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Surgery coverage restored for transgender state workers

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Transgender surgery will be covered for state workers starting Jan. 1 after the board that oversees the benefits narrowly approved the move this week, restoring coverage that existed for a month early last year. > Wisconsin State Journal

Baldwin’s seat isn’t nearly as safe as Democrats seem to think

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One of the U.S. Senate’s most interesting 2018 races is in Wisconsin, where out lesbian Tammy Baldwin is defending her seat. The conventional wisdom in both parties is that Baldwin’s seat is safe, so much so that Democrats have not included her among their top-tier focus races. LGBTQ Nation says, “Big mistake”.

AG Schimel defends his ADF conference trip, saying group is not anti-gay

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Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel on Wednesday defended his appearance at a West Coast conference put on by the Alliance Defending Freedom, saying the conservative Christian law firm is trying to build “better love in the world.” > AP News

Democrats rip Schimel for going to anti-gay group’s forum

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Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel accepted thousands of dollars from an anti-gay organization to appear at the group’s West Coast conference last summer. Democrats pounced on Schimel Tuesday for the appearance, as the Alliance Defending Freedom gathering is listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-LGBQ hate group. > AP News