Posts From Andy Birkey

MN news site uses gays, 7-year old video to paint Somali community as dangerous

Alpha News, a secretive news outlet with ties to wealthy conservatives, is peddling a 7-year old video in what appears to be an attempt to generate fear against Minnesota’s Somali community in Minnesota’s LGBTQ community. “While Governor Mark Dayton preaches

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MN conservative Christians want transgender people to “ask them first” before using the bathroom

Minnesotans are the face of a new campaign by a national network of anti-LGBTQ organizations. The campaign, #askmefirst, features Christians imploring schools, businesses, and “transgender activists” to ask them for permission before allowing transgender people to use the bathroom. A

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Around the Region: Court tells Wisconsin it must allow both same-sex parents on birth certificates

Wisconsin A federal court has ruled that Wisconsin must list both same-sex parents on birth certificates, according to a press release from Lambda Legal: Today, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin ruled that the state of

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Around the Region: ISU students balk at possible inclusion of anti-LGBTQ BYU in Big 12 conference

Iowa Student government at ISU is opposing the inclusion of Brigham Young University in the Big 12 due to its opposition to LGBTQ people, the Ames Tribune reports: The Iowa State student government has added its voice to the opposition

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Religious Right sues small northern MN school for being transgender inclusive

The Alliance Defending Freedom is suing Virginia Minnesota Public Schools (Independent School District Number 706) in federal court alleging a privacy violation after the school allowed a transgender young woman to use bathrooms and changing facilities. The conservative Christian legal

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Around the Region: Conservative Christian school assembly causes stir in Iowa schools

Iowa A conservative Christian group has caused a stir in a southwest Iowa school after the group pulled a bait-and-switch school assembly that targeted LGBTQ people and Mormons, the Des Moines Register reports: The ACLU of Iowa is warning school

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Two MN higher ed schools rated among the worst for LGBTQ students

Two Minnesota schools have been added to the “Shame List” of Campus Pride, an organization for LGBTQ college students and campus LGBTQ organizations. Crown College in St. Bonifacius and the University of Northwestern in St. Paul are schools the group

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Around the Region: Limbaugh’s ‘lesbian farmers’ comment inspires Iowa t-shirts

Iowa A Des Moines business has created t-shirts for America’s lesbian farmers after incendiary statements by Rush Limbaugh, the Des Moines Register reports: Around noon today, RAYGUN released its latest topical shirt design on its Facebook page. The “America needs

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Family Council, Catholic Church: State Fair-goers should support GOP poll on banning on transgender people using the bathroom

The Minnesota Catholic Conference and the Minnesota Family Council are urging their supporters to head to the Minnesota State Fair to take a poll developed by the Minnesota House of Representatives that asks if transgender people should be banned from

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MN House Republicans to ask State Fair-goers about anti-transgender laws

The Republican majority of the Minnesota House wants to know if attendees at the Minnesota State Fair support laws barring transgender Minnesotans from using the bathroom, according to reports from KTOE and WNAX. Each year for decades, the House conducts

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