Posts From Andy Birkey

Macalester, U of MN among top 30 LGBTQ-friendly schools

Macalester College and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities are among the top 30 LGBTQ-friendly schools, according to Campus Pride, a national organization for LGBTQ college students. “Prospective students and their families today expect colleges to be LGBTQ-friendly. They want to

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Around the Region: Iowa’s first annual rural LGBTQ summit attacked by right-wingers

Iowa The Rural Pride Summit was held in Iowa last week. Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Foundation co-sponsored the event and Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack was the headliner. The Sioux City Journal has details: U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told participants

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Country artist Steve Grand, olympic hopeful Simon Dunn to headline Game Sports Bar grand opening

This weekend, Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood will be getting its first LGBTQ bar, and Minnesota will have its first gay sports bar when Game Sports Bar opens its doors for the first time at a block party on Friday. Game has

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Second annual Minnesota People of Color Pride kicks off this weekend

The second annual Minnesota People of Color Pride will be held over the weekend with a Pride Festival in the Park on Saturday and a Mondo Queer Beach Party on Sunday. Saturday will feature POC Pride’s Festival in the Park

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Around the region: Iowa boards mull conversion therapy ban

Iowa Two Iowa boards have been considering a ban on “ex-gay” conversion therapy, and one of them decided against such a ban this week, KCCI reports: The Iowa Board of Psychology has decided against adopting a policy that bans Iowa-licensed

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MN Child Protection League is giving away its anti-LGBTQ DVD just in time for back to school

The Minnesota Child Protection League, an anti-LGBTQ group, spent the spring bringing an anti-transgender speech to communities that were considering gender-inclusive school policies. They’ve made a video of that presentation and as of Thursday are offering it on their website

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Upcoming conference will teach Minnesota’s conservative Christians how to convert LGBTQ youth

An upcoming conference by ex-gay group Outpost Ministries and Transform Minnesota, a regional network of evangelical churches, will teach youth pastors, youth leaders, and parents about how to connect LGBTQ youth to counseling and religious resources that attempt to change

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Around the Region: Iowa hosts LGBTQ elders summit, conference on LGBTQ aging

Iowa Iowa State University has mapped the school’s gender-inclusive restrooms on campus, the Ames Tribune reports: Iowa State has created a map for students that shows the location of the 30 gender-inclusive restrooms on campus. The bathrooms have been in

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Around the Region: Iowa to get new LGBTQ publication

Iowa Iowa City will be host to Iowa’s only LGBTQ publication, Press Pass Q reports: GoGUIDE, a free LGBT publication based in Iowa City, will launch in September. The new publication will cover topics such as local and national news,

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Around the Region: Suit alleges transgender students at WI school forced to wear green wristbands

Wisconsin A lawsuit against a Wisconsin school district alleges that the school forced transgender students to wear green wristbands, the Wisconsin Gazette reports: A transgender student filed a federal lawsuit alleging the Kenosha school district won’t let him use the

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