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Gay activists Hudson, Niedwiecki to continue Fight OUT Loud antidiscrimination group after move to Chicago

BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com

prtnrb04 airport brow jml Oakland Park Vice Mayor Anthony Niedwiecki and his husband, gay activist Waymon Hudson, have announced they're leaving breezy South Florida for the Windy City.

Niedwiecki, a law professor at Nova Southeastern University, will become director of lawyering skills at John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

"I am very fortunate to have received what I consider one of the best jobs in my field so early in my career," Niedwiecki, 43, posted on his Facebook page. "For me, my husband, and our professional growth, we had no choice but to accept this great opportunity."

Niedwiecki will supervise about 80 professors at John Marshall, Hudson said.

He and Niedwiecki became instant local celebrities and activists in 2007 after they returned from a vacation in Chicago and heard a skycap broadcast an anti-gay Bible message over a loudspeaker at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

"We heard over the PA system that a man who lies with a man as he would a woman will be subject to death," Niedwiecki told The Miami Herald shortly after the incident. The skycap, who worked for a private contractor, was fired.

Niedwiecki and Hudson both became well-known activists in the Fort Lauderdale area.

They started a gay-rights group called Fight OUT Loud. "We seek to provide immediate resources, support, education, and assistance for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals who are faced with discrimination and hate," according to the nonprofit's website.

Fight OUT Loud has a strong online presence and will continue to operate online from Chicago, Hudson said.

"We're filling the gap for people who don't know where to go with their issues. Unfortunately, business in booming. I wish that it wasn't," said Hudson, 31, who has become a nationally known blogger, frequently writing for The Bilerico Project website.

Hudson and Niedwiecki married in California two years ago.

In 2009, Niedwiecki won a seat on the Oakland Park commission. He currently is vice mayor and plans to resign effective June 1. A special election to pick a replacement likely will be held on Florida Primary Day, Aug. 24.

Hudson, who will continue blogging and writing after they move to Chicago, says he and Niedwiecki have "come full circle."

"Everything started when we came back from Chicago," he said Thursday. "Now we're going to Chicago for the next stage of life."

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Waymon Hudson and Anthony Niedwiecki talk with Tobias Packer of Equality Florida at Oakland Park City Hall in 2007.

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Thanks for letting people know that Fight OUT Loud will continue to aid the LGBT community around the nation even though Anthony & I are moving to Chicago!

Keeping up the fight against discrimination or hate has always been a top priority in our lives and will continue to be so as we move on to a new chapter in our activism!

It will be a lot safer in Florida for children and families without these two perverts around. Thanks for the good news.

It would be even safer without bigots like fredb around! Best wishes to Anthony & Waymon as you move on to the next chapter of your life. I've enjoyed knowing you both.

LOLOL... yeah, FredB... you sure are safer with ALL of the GLBT people still in Florida, LOLOL. You bigots and uneducated chicken pluckers never fail to keep me in stitches! All the best to Anthony and Waymon!!! (LOLOL...perverts, ROFLMBO!!!) They have more intelligence in their left pinkie than you have in your whole brain.
Dakotahgeo, M.Div. Pastor/Chaplain

What is this world coming to? Lord help us!

I am curious as to the meaning of husband and the actual " roles " of each partner within that gay context.

This world is full of disrespectful people who have nothing else to do but critize people for their personal choices. Wake up and smell the coffee people! The world is full of excellent gay and lesbian people who have made changes and strides in this Country. Congrats on the move to Chicago!

Personal?Not when they are screaming Husband,with the soulful holding of each other for the world to see.GOODBYE GAGGGGGGG

Congratulations you guys, more power to you. Miami will miss you.

Congratulations! This is a wonderful story to see on the front page, online. Thank you MH.

You are great I admire so much you. For sure God is blessing you.

As a straight man just to see the picture of this two gays in the newspaper is disturbing, I'm not against them living their lifes but don't expose them to the public, what is the news here...?, two gays moving to Chicago...?, whatever, I don't care, but please don't mention God in your comments, no gays or lesbian are admmited in God's Kingdom, is biblical, they are condemned to bury in hell.

I could care less about his homosexuality but I love the irony an ACLUer trashes the first amendment and gets a protected minority fired for quoting the Torah.

TO ALL THE "CHRISTIANS" WHO HAVE VENOM TO SPEW:

THE HYPOCRISY OF THE PHARISEES PALES IN COMPARISON TO YOURS. WHY DONT YOU GO TO PRIVATE CLUBS OR LUXURY CAR DEALERS AND TELL THE VISITORS THAT THEY WILL GO TO HELL BECAUSE CHRIST MADE NO SECRET THAT RICH PEOPLE MADE HIM VOMIT, THAT IT IS PRACTICALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR ANY RICH PERSON TO GO TO HEAVEN.

I KNOW YOUR KIND. YOU AND YOUR "EVANGELISTS" AND "PASTORS" SPEND YOUR WHOLE LIVES LUSTING AFTER MONEY. NOTHING WRONG WITH MAKING MONEY. NOTHING WRONG TO SHOW IT OFF.

BELIEVE ME EVEN PROSTITUTES WILL GET INTO HEAVEN BEFORE YOU.

It should be of great concern that we are losing intelligent, talented people to other, more progressive areas. We are stuck on the southern fringes of the bible belt with a bunch of bigots with guns who hate, and legislators that want to get rid of our public schools. What more can one say or do, except move out?

I read that the one husband is going to leave Nova Southeastern and take a job in Chicago, but what will the other husband do when they get there. Start a paper route? Did he graduate from high school yet?

Talk about robbin the cradle, getting to the bottom of the page, WHEW!!!!

Who will they run to when life is over with and they both have to face the Ultimate Judge? "Sorry, we didn't know better," will not get it!


Shakespeare

Why is a self-described gay activist, Rothaus, permitted to cover gay issues for the Herald? Doesn't his activism present a conflict of interest?

And why is the Herald wasting its resources on a gay issues blog when it could use those funds to hire an investigative reporter to work on uncovering government corruption?

To see all these anti-gay comments reminds me once again of why I moved out of South Florida. How will you ever attract the best and the brightest with all these anti-gay folks running amok? The Windy City looks like paradise compared to South Florida--a living hell!

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