Posts From Andy Birkey

Arts and Culture Calendar: Thanksgiving edition

Join Princess Royal XXII Amber Alert as she spins the Wheel. What it lands on is the song you do!!! A Fundraiser for C..H.U.M. CHUM is people of faith working together to provide basic necessities, foster stable lives, and organize

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Religious Right, Catholic Church continue fight against trans-inclusive athletics policy

The political arm of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, as well as the Minnesota Family Council and the Minnesota Child Protection League, have ramped up efforts to oppose a policy aimed at increasing inclusion for transgender high school

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LGBT groups release statements in solidarity with Ferguson

On Monday evening, a grand jury in Missouri failed to indict a police officer that shot and killed a black teenager in Ferguson sparking protests and demonstrations across the country. National LGBT groups on Monday night released statements in solidarity

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Around the Region: Region’s companies score high on equality

Iowa *Two Iowa companies scored a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index: Principal Financial Group and Rockwell Collins Inc. *A West Des Moines Methodist minister is under fire for marrying a same-sex couple in violation of

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Minnesota companies score high on LGBT employment policies

The Human Rights Campaign released its annual ratings of large companies and their policies regarding LGBT employees. Seventeen Minnesota-based companies earned 100 percent on the list. That an increase from 16 companies last year and 14 three years ago. Here’s

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Arts and Culture Calendar for Nov. 19

Please join Freedom to Marry and Outfront Minnesota for the Minneapolis launch of Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits–and Won by Marc Solomon. (This is a free event, but please RSVP

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MN Child Protection League: Trans-inclusive policy will result in ‘rape’

The religious right is ramping up anti-transgender rhetoric ahead of high school league vote to include transgender students in extra-curricular activities. The Child Protection League, an anti-LGBT group which took out a full-page ad in the Star Tribune that critics

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MN Family Council criticizes Rep. Tom Emmer over chief of staff pick

Representative-elect, Tom Emmer, has chosen former state Rep. David Fitzsimmons to be his chief of staff as Emmer heads to Washington to replace the retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann. Emmer’s choice of Fitzsimmons to run his office has raised the ire

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GLSEN releases MN school climate report for LGBT students

The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network released findings from a 2013 survey of LGBT students last week. The report shows that in 2013, before the passage of the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, LGBT students faced a hostile environment

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Minneapolis, St. Paul earn perfect scores on municipal LGBT equality

Minneapolis and St. Paul are among just 38 cities across the country to receive a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index. HRC’s index scored four Minnesota cities, Duluth, Minneapolis, Rochester, and St. Paul, on a range

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