Posts From Andy Birkey

Around the Region: Wisconsin sues feds over transgender inclusive schools

Wisconsin is the only state in the region that is among the dozen nationally that have sued the federal government over guidance issued to public schools about gender inclusion. While North Dakota hasn’t joined the Wisconsin suit, the state’s governor

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Kline only MN Congress member to vote against LGBT nondiscrimination, again

During a series of controversial votes in the House in the last two weeks, Republican Rep. John Kline is the only member of the Minnesota congressional delegation to vote against protections for LGBTQ workers. Last week, Rep. John Kline was

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Minneapolis moves to make transgender equity permanent city business

On Wednesday, the Minneapolis City Council took steps toward making transgender equity a permanent part of the city’s business. In a unanimous vote, the council passed a resolution in support of the city’s Transgender Issues Work Group and voiced support

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Meet the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life at the University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota GLBTA Programs Office is now the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life. In an announcement last week, the office debuted the name change. The name change process begin in early 2015, according to

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Around the Region: IA, WI, SD, ND governors balk at Obama’s transgender inclusion guidance

North Dakota Valley News Live checked on with schools in eastern North Dakota to see how they are responding to Obama’s directive: Barnes County North: “As of right now, we do not have any students who this impacts. This is

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Mayor Hodges calls out transphobia, islamophobia in State of City Address

In the State of the City address last Tuesday, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges addressed the city’s continued racial disparities, distrust between communities and the police department, and gun violence. She also said she is “disgusted” by the anti-transgender policies popping

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All MN Congress members except Kline vote to strip discrimination from defense bill

A House vote descended into shouts of “shame!” on Thursday as an amendment that would have barred discrimination in defense contracting failed by one vote after at least seven Republicans switched their vote after time had run out. The amendment

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Minnesota LGBTQ advocate, Barbara Satin, named to Obama’s faith advisory council

Barbara Satin, a Twin Cities advocate on LGBTQ aging and faith issues, has been appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Satin is the first transgender person to be appointed to

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After MN billboard companies refuse anti-trans ad, group rents a truck

The Child Protection League, a group that opposes LGBTQ rights, rented a truck with LifeSiteNews, a propaganda website for ultra-traditionalist Catholic theology, after Minnesota billboard companies refused to sell the duo an anti-transgender billboard for their Flush Target campaign. Claire

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Religious Right browbeats western Minnesota school into tabling gender-inclusion policy

The religious right successfully derailed a proposed gender-inclusive policy at New London-Spicer Schools last Monday. Aided by the anti-LGBTQ Minnesota Child Protection League, a group of conservative Christian parents organized opposition to a policy that was poised to pass. Through

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