Posts From Andy Birkey

MN ex-gay pastor: Demonic element at play in gay lifestyle

In an interview with conservative Christian host Paul Ridgeway on AM 980 KKMS, Outpost Ministries’ Nate Oyloe claimed that a “demonic element” is behind being gay or lesbian, and that men also become gay because they reject gender roles and

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Around the Region: SD’s transgender-inclusive high school policy threatened by lawmakers

South Dakota Republican Rep. Roger Hunt, who represents the are just north of Sioux Falls, introduced a bill last week that would require school administrators to inspect transgender athlete’s genitals before they can compete in high school athletics, Think Progress

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MNCPL taps anti-LGBT Kinsey critic and Tea Party wife swap contestant for October fundraiser

The Minnesota Child Protection League’s political arm is hosting a fundraiser on Oct. 30 with two anti-LGBT activists, Dr. Judith Reisman and Dr. Gina Loudon. The duo are well-known in anti-LGBT and conservative Christian circles. The event, titled, Sexual Radicalism:

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Arts and Culture Calendar: Mock the Garden, Brewprov at Sidhe, Toast of the Townhouse, and more

Improvised comedy that is completely made up on the spot based on audience suggestions! The show is free admission. Come buy a beer and watch some comedy! Improv groups performing are: Speedgoat (Drew Kersten, Dan Jaquette, Molly Chase) DallHaus (Michael

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Out and About along the Minnehaha Mile

In late 2014, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges dubbed the stretch of Minnehaha Avenue running from Lake Street to the Minnehaha Falls the “Minnehaha Mile” to highlight the unique cadre of businesses that have popped up over the last few years.

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Around the Region: At Iowa State Fair, Ellen Page grills anti-LGBT Ted Cruz

Iowa Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz was in Iowa at the Rally for Religious Liberty where he highlighted businesses that discriminate against same-sex couples, the New York Times reports: When Senator Ted Cruz speaks to as many as 2,000 conservatives

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Two Minnesota schools make LGBT-friendly list

Macalester College and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities are among the top 25 LGBT-friendly schools, according to a list released by Campus Pride on Monday. The rankings are based on Campus Pride’s Campus Pride Index in which colleges and universities

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‘Ex-gay’ group founded by GOP lawmaker plans radio ads for MN State Fair

The Pro-Family Forum, an anti-LGBT group co-founded by Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, a Republican from Glencoe, is seeking funds to place radio ads around Minnesota in support of conversion therapy. The group was successful in raising funds for a billboard near

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St. Olaf alum becomes first transgender woman hired by White House

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan made history on Tuesday when she became the first transgender woman to be hired by the White House. Freedman-Gurspan, a 2009 graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, was appointed to a senior position in the White House

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Arts and Culture Calendar: Pleasure Rebel, Dragged Out, Play Party, and more

Friday, August 21 Guest curated and hosted by Venus de Mars FEATURING: Venus de Mars Karen Townsend Javier Carrasco Jeffrey Skemp Patrick’s Cabaret music programming has grown considerably over the past five years, specifically the Singer/Songwriter Series and the Eclectic

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