Posts From Andy Birkey

Around the Region: SD lawmakers launch assault on LGBT rights

South Dakota A series of anti-LGBT bills are working their way through the South Dakota Legislature. Religious right groups have descended on the state to beef up support for the bills, while Republican lawmakers make controversial anti-LGBT statements to constituents.

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Meet the street preachers harassing “sodomites” in downtown Minneapolis

If you’ve spent any time in downtown Minneapolis, you’ve probably seen — and heard — Pastor Jason Lee Cooley. Cooley and his band of Christian “brothers” (women aren’t allowed since they are to be subservient to men according to his

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Minnesota papers praise Dayton’s pick for Supreme Court

Minnesota newspapers are praising Gov. Mark Dayton for appointing Margaret Chutich to the Minnesota Supreme Court. Chutich became Minnesota’s first appointee from the LGBT community to serve on the state’s high court. The Star Tribune editorial board praised Dayton’s commitment

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Right to discriminate bill introduced in Minnesota House

Republicans in the Minnesota House introduced prefiled a bill that would allow people, organizations, and businesses to refuse service to same-sex couples based on religious belief. The bill was posted to the Minnesota House website on Friday. The bill, HF2462,

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Around the Region: In Iowa, GOP’s anti-LGBT rhetoric increases as caucuses near

Iowa The Iowa caucuses are the top news story around the region as Republicans dial up the anti-LGBT rhetoric, and Democrats tout their pro-LGBT policies. Donald Trump campaigned with an anti-LGBT pastor last week, Right Wing Watch reported: Donald Trump

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MN: Lawsuit alleges gender identity discrimination by HealthPartners, Essentia

A mother in Ada, Minn., just north of the Fargo-Moorhead area, is suing HealthPartners and Essentia Health for violating Title VII, the Minnesota Human Rights Act, and the Affordable Care Act when medically necessary health care was denied for her

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Golden Valley Gay Pride Festival slated for June

Organizers in Golden Valley hope to bring the first Pride Festival to the suburbs in 2016. City resident Peter Knaeble, City Council member Larry Fonnest, and a group of about a dozen have been working since last July to organize

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St. Louis Park schools to consider gender inclusion policy

The St. Louis Park School District is considering a gender inclusive policy similar to ones used by other Minnesota school districts, the St. Louis Park Echo reports. In an interview with The Echo, St. Louis Park High School’s student newspaper,

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Nova Classical Academy approves interim gender inclusion guidance

At its board meeting on Monday evening, Nova Classical Academy board of directors approved guidance to staff on gender inclusion at the public charter school. The guidance, which is an interim measure until the board approves an official policy, states

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Around the Region: Dem. candidates court LGBTs, GOP’s court anti-LGBT as IA caucus nears

Iowa As the Iowa caucuses near, candidates are courting both LGBT rights supporters and the anti-LGBT religious right. Over the weekend, Hillary Clinton spoke with LGBT rights supporters, the Des Moines Register reports: Hillary Clinton vowed Sunday night to protect

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