Posts From Andy Birkey

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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Around the Region: South Dakota marriage equality suit advances

South Dakota *A South Dakota judge refused the state’s request to dismiss a marriage equality suit. U.S. Judge Karen Schreier wrote: “Given the subsequent developments recognized almost uniformly by federal courts following the Supreme Court’s decision in Windsor, Baker is

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Arts and Culture Calendar for Nov. 12

There are great LGBT arts and culture events happening over the next week across the state! Delta Mu Productions in partnership with The Saloon MN is bringing something big, something shiny, something the twin cities has never seen before. 8

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Marcus Bachmann: The Left ‘misunderstands’ the Bachmanns’ anti-LGBT activism

In a candid interview on religious right radio program, Olive Tree Ministries on AM 980 KKMS, Marcus Bachmann claimed the public, the media, and the Left misunderstand his clinic’s work with gays and lesbians who want to be straight. Bachmann

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OutFront to award LGBT community activists at annual gala

OutFront Minnesota, the state’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization, will host its Annual Gala: Fueling A State of Change on Nov. 22 where the organization will honor 5 community activists. Each year, OutFront Minnesota honors community activists who work to advance

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