Agents of Intolerance

Bradlee Dean complained after a petition asked the Minnesota State Fair to deny him a booth next year. BlueStem Prairie has the details.

Speaking of Dean, CityPages reports that Dean’s ministry may be done.

Marriage Equality
Minneapois Mayor RT Rybak has been touring the Midwest, urging gay couples to marry in Minneapolis, and as Minnpost reports, it’s getting a lot of attention.

Radio’s first gay wedding happened despite attempts by Minnesota for Marriage to derail it.

The Red Wing Republican Eagle profiles gay marriage in that city.

A University of Minnesota study shows that for children with same-sex parents, disparities in private health insurance are improved when those parents have access to relationship rights such as domestic partnerships, civil unions, and marriage equality.

Politics

Anti-gay Rep. Michele Bachmann makes CREW’s list of most corrupt politicians.

The Minnesota Chapter of the National Organization for Women is criticizing Minnesotans United for All Families PAC for donating to candidates who voted for marriage equality, but have “a history of voting for anti-choice legislation.”

Faith
Community Presbyterian Church in Rochester installed Laurene Lafontaine, a lesbian, as their new pastor.

Community
The University of Minnesota’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally Programs Office has narrowed its search down to three finalists.

Community Heroes

Barbara Satin has been successful in getting Spirit of the Lakes, a senior living community for LGBT Minnesotans, off the ground. Congrats!

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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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