Minnpost’s David Brauer reports that someone called Rep. Tim Walz a “f—ing faggot” on a media conference call on Tuesday. No one from the media recognized the voice, and Walz didn’t hear the remark, but it does speak to the need for some work with media professionals around LGBT issues.

Brauer notes that the intive list for the conference call involved traditional journalists, radio hosts and bloggers.

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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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