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In mid-April, the Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Betsy Hodges unanimously enacted a declaration naming June 2017 to be “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month” in the City of Minneapolis.

The city has recognized Pride, either as the month of June or the last weekend of June, for several decades. The first such declaration came in 1975, but for a few years after, conservative factions on the council blocked such declarations. In fact, in 1981, the council fought to prevent a one-hour closure of Hennepin Avenue for a Pride Block Party. The council lost that legal battle (full story here), and the council has since been among the most progressive on LGBTQ issues in the country.

This year, each of the 13 members of the council signed on to the proclamation. The declaration boasts Minneapolis’ role as a LGBTQ equity leader:

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Andy Birkey

Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, Vita.mn and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.

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