Posts From Andy Birkey

Around the Region: Clinton courts LGBT community in Iowa

Wisconsin *Menasha High School, southwest of Green Bay, voted last week to implement a transgender-inclusive school policy, the Post-Crescent reports: School board president Joe Lingnofski said the board members had concerns early in the policy adoption process, but their fears

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McCollum, Ellison cosponsor resolution calling for end to conversion therapy

Reps. Betty McCollum and Keith Ellison are cosponsors of a resolution in the U.S. House that calls on states to ban conversion therapy for minors. The Stop Harming Our Kids Resolution was introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democrat from

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Arts and Culture Calendar for April 15-22

We’re back kiddies. The talented cast of Mad Shaw Menagerie is back at The Saloon MN NEXT WEEK! Performances range from drag entertainers, burlesque performers, comedians, singers, poets, belly dancers, and more. You never know what you’re going to get

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Photographer behind MNCPL image “saddened” by its use as anti-transgender ad

On Saturday, the Minnesota Child Protection League distributed an anti-transgender flier at the Minnesota Republican State Central Committee Meeting, a gathering of GOP activists voting on the party’s business and leadership. That flier purported to depict a transgender person with

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MN Child Protection League distributes anti-transgender flier at GOP convention

A group pushing for an anti-transgender bill at the Minnesota Legislature handed out anti-transgender fliers at the Minnesota Republican Party’s State Central Committee meeting on Saturday. The Minnesota Child Protection League passed out the flier which read, “Do we want

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Around the Region: Nondiscrimination debate continues in North Dakota

North Dakota Two weeks ago, North Dakota lawmakers in the state House voted down a measure that would have banned anti-LGBT discrimination in the state. The fallout from that decision has led to a robust debate about such discrimination. *The

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Check out these LGBT-themed films at the MSP Int’l Film Festival

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival kicks off on Thursday with over 200 films from 70 countries spanning two weeks of showings. The festival has a number of LGBT-themed films being screened. Here are trailers for those films: 52 TUESDAYS

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Arts and Culture Calendar for April 8 to 14

Join Bippy’s Burlesque-o-Rama for a thrilling night of burlesque, cabaret, comedy and more. With beauty, laughs, and acts that words can’t describe, Bippy’s carries on the tradition of dramatic fun. Performances by: Barbara Gordon Pouty Petals Jenna Lynn Wilde Moonshine

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Minnesotans Jae Bates and Dylan Flunker honored among the Trans 100

Two Minnesotans are among the 100 transgender leaders being honored by Trans 100. Celebrating Excellence: The Trans 100 “celebrates excellence within the trans community.” The organization’s mission is to “provide an overview of the breadth and diversity of work being

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Around the Region: Indiana law prompts reactions

Political leaders in Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota reacted to a new law in Indiana that provides a defense for those who discriminate against LGBT people. On Thursday, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed an amendment into law that

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