Posts From Andy Birkey

Advocates call on Dayton to convene task force on transgender youth

More than forty organizations serving or advocating for transgender youth are calling on Gov. Mark Dayton to establish a task force to address trends of increasing threats to the safety of transgender and gender diverse students, and rising levels self-harm

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Around the Region: Openly gay white nationalist’s Midwest tour hits a few snags

North Dakota Anti-immigrant white nationalist, professional misogynist, and openly gay anti-transgender activist Milo Yiannopoulos was planned to “perform” his “alt-right” provocateur act at North Dakota State University next week, but the event was cancelled after organizers couldn’t pay the security

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Around the Region: Anti-LGBTQ groups want anti-transgender initiative on the South Dakota ballot in 2017

South Dakota Anti-LGBTQ groups plan to put an anti-transgender measure on the ballot in 2017, the Argus Leader reports: South Dakota voters could decide whether to ban transgender students from certain bathrooms and locker rooms on the 2018 ballot. Attorney

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Minneapolis City Council names November to be Transgender Awareness Month

At Friday’s Minneapolis City Council meeting on Friday, the council passed a resolution declaring November to be Transgender Awareness Month in Minneapolis. All 13 Minneapolis City Council members authored the resolution. City Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden introduced the resolution

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Around the Region: Iowa church faces anti-LGBTQ vandalism for the second time this year

Iowa A Mason City church was vandalized with anti-LGBTQ graffiti for the second time this year, the Globe Gazette reports: A sign posted by a Mason City church as a reminder of God’s unconditional love after a contentious election has

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Religious right helps MN mom sue to halt transgender daughter’s transition-related health care

Anmarie Calgaro is suing her child after her 17-year old daughter sought transgender-related health care. The St. Louis County mom, with the help of several anti-transgender groups, filed suit against her child as well as several county services, healthcare networks,

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Judge: Minnesota’s ban on gender affirming medical care is unconstitutional

A judge in Minnesota Second Judicial District (Ramsey County) on Tuesday stuck down a ban on transgender medical care for those accessing public health programs. Minnesota law specifically forbade the state’s Medicaid program from covering gender confirmation surgical care for

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Though they lost, queer women won the vote in Congressional District Two

Republican Jason Lewis is the Representative-elect in Minnesota’s Second Congressional District, replacing retiring Rep. John Kline. Though Lewis won the district with a plurality of votes, the majority of votes cast in the district were for the two LGBTQ women

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Around the Region: IA Supreme Court justices reelected despite anti-LGBTQ campaign

Iowa A campaign to unseat three Iowa Supreme Court justices who issued a decision overturning that state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unsuccessful, the Des Moines Register reports: A trio of Iowa Supreme Court justices appeared poised to remain on

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Around the Region: National LGBTQ group lends support to Standing Rock protesters in North Dakota

North Dakota The National LGBTQ Task Force, one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ organizations, lent its support of the protesters at Standing Rock, according to a press release last week: “We proudly join LGBTQ advocates across the country in celebrating

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