BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com
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."
Waymon Hudson and Anthony Niedwiecki talk with Tobias Packer of Equality Florida at Oakland Park City Hall in 2007.