Posts From Andy Birkey

MN Rep. Abigail Whelan: ‘Evil’ gender fluidity is ‘one of the biggest problems’

In an interview on Friday, Apr. 22, with religious right broadcaster AM 980 KKMS, Rep. Abigail Whelan, a Republican from Anoka, and Sen. Warren Limmer, a Republican from Maple Grove, defended both North Carolina’s anti-LGBTQ laws as well as a

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MN GOP assails Dayton’s travel ban to North Carolina, Mississippi

The Republican Party of Minnesota along with many elected Republicans and Republican-aligned groups are attacking a travel ban instituted by Gov. Mark Dayton. Dayton ordered a ban on all nonessential state travel to North Carolina on Apr. 2 and Mississippi

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Around the Region: Madison bans travel to North Carolina

Wisconsin Madison and Dane County have banned nonessential travel to North Carolina, Wisconsin Public Radio reports: Madison city employees and Dane County employees have been prohibited from travelling to North Carolina for work in response to the state’s new law

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Target says stores are gender inclusive

In blog post on the company’s corporate blog, A Bullseye View, Minneapolis-based retailer Target announced that customers and employees can “use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.” Target alluded to the massive boycotts of

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Around the Region: Sioux Falls voters approve nondiscrimination ordinance

Add Sioux Falls to the list of cities with nondiscrimination ordinances, the debate in Iowa continues over conversion therapy, Wisconsin leaders cancel travel to Mississippi and North Carolina, and a Manitoba mom is facing harassment over her fight for inclusive

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Thirty-five MN Republicans send letter in support of North Carolina’s anti-LGBTQ law

Thirty-five Republican members of the Minnesota Legislature sent a letter to North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Thursday offering him praise and support for that state’s new law that bars transgender people from using the restroom and outlaws any efforts

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Community urges lawmakers to drop religious right-backed anti-trans bill

Transgender Minnesotans, their parents, friends, and allies spoke out at a hearing on Tuesday over a bill that would — opponents said — effectively bar transgender people from using bathrooms in public, schools, and the workplace. The bill was authored

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MN papers pan MN GOP’s anti-transgender bill

Newspapers around the state have been sharply critical of efforts by Minnesota Republicans to move a bill that would force transgender Minnesotans to use restrooms opposite their gender. At the heart of the debate is Republican notions of transgender people

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Parents of transgender student file discrimination complaint against Nova Classical Academy

Parents of a transgender child have filed a discrimination complaint against Nova Classical Academy, a St. Paul charter school. The complaint, filed by David and Hannah Edwards with the City of Saint Paul Department of Human Rights, alleges that the

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Around the Region: IA medical board weighs dangers of ‘ex-gay’ therapy

Iowa Iowa’s medical board has voted to study the dangerous effects of conversion therapy, the Gazette reports: Members of the Iowa Board of Medicine rejected a request Friday to ban so-called conversion therapy for minors by licensed medical practitioners. But,

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