Posts From Andy Birkey

Arts and Culture Calendar for Feb. 25 – Mar. 3

Get ready once again MINNESOTA! He’s baaack! Arriving at St. Paul’s Camp Bar for a 3-show limited engagement, Leslie Jordan returns to Twin Cities territory with his latest show, “Say Cheese, My Life In Front of the Camera,” one man

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Ban on “ex-gay” conversion therapy introduced in Minnesota Senate

On Thursday, lawmakers in the Minnesota Senate introduced a bill to prohibit therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of minor clients or vulnerable adults. The bill would also bar the state from reimbursing clinics for services

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Barb Anderson: Gay-Straight Alliances are used by LGBTs to recruit heterosexuals

At a meeting of the Anoka-Hennepin School Board on Monday evening, Barb Anderson, a leader in Minnesota’s anti-LGBT movement, told the board that Gay-Straight Alliances are recruiting centers for the homosexual lifestyle, that they are dangerous to students, and that

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Anoka-Hennepin’s conservative parents want God not gays in school anti-bullying policies

Conservative Christian parents showed up in droves at Monday night’s meeting of the Anoka-Hennepin School Board to protest a recommendation by the district’s anti-bullying task force to increase LGBT-inclusion in the learning environment. Anoka-Hennepin is no stranger to controversy over

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Religious right petition asks MN lawmakers to repeal trans-inclusive athletics policy

An anti-LGBT group has launched a petition urging legislators to repeal a transgender-inclusive high school athletics policy adopted by the Minnesota State High School League in December. The Minnesota Child Protection League, a group of conservative Christians who are opposed

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Group pulls UMD’s LGBT equality rating after school fires LGBT coaching staff

Campus Pride, a nonprofit organization that tracks campus climate for LGBT students, has told the University of Minnesota-Duluth that it is suspending the university’s LGBT-friendly rating after the school’s athletics department fired several employees, all of whom identified as LGBT.

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Minneapolis vigil planned to shed light on anti-transgender violence

Loring Park in downtown Minneapolis will be the setting for a vigil on Thursday evening to bring attention to an epidemic of violence against transgender women in the United States. As many as eight transgender women have been murdered in

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Around the Region: Non-discrimination act advances in North Dakota

North Dakota The North Dakota Senate passed a bill that would bar discrimination based on sexual orientation and egnder identity, the Bismarck Tribune reports: Senate Bill 2279 passed by a 25-22 vote despite receiving a do-not-pass recommendation in committee. SB2279

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St. Paul Board of Education hears support for gender inclusion policy

St. Paul Public Schools announced earlier this year that the board was considering a gender inclusion policy that aims to make schools safer for transgender and gender nonconforming students. Last month, the board heard testimony from staff, students, and parents

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Arts and Culture Calendar for February 18-24

Tonight is the night to have a whole lot of fun! Madshaw Menagerie is the place to be February 19th. We have a fantastically talented group of performers for you all. There will be burlesque ladies and gents, drag kings/queens/things

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