Posts From Andy Birkey

Around the Region: Des Moines LGBT bar hit with hate crime

Iowa A popular Des Moines LGBT bar has been the target of a hate crime, the Des Moines Register reports: Hate mail with suspicious powder was delivered to the Blazing Saddle, a gay bar in Des Moines, on Friday, the

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MN GOP Majority Leader backs anti-transgender bill

The majority leader in the Minnesota House is among 28 Republicans who have signed on to a bill that would block transgender inclusive school policies. Republican Majority Leader Joyce Peppin signed on to the bill on Monday. She is among

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Arts and Culture Calendar for March 25-31

In 1994, the Walker presented artist Ron Athey’s Four Scenes in a Harsh Life at Patrick’s Cabaret. (Read more here → http://www.flynncenter.org/blog/2014/01/blood-sacrifice/ ) The infamous performance, which involved ritual incision, sparked a national debate on art and censorship leading to

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‘Ex-gay’ billboard placed in Elk River by group founded by GOP lawmaker

A group founded by a Republican lawmaker and his “former homosexual” friend has purchased a billboard in Elk River that urges gay men to seek therapy to change them from gay to straight. The Pro-Family Forum placed the billboard last

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Shame, shock therapy, and Christ: Experiences from inside Minnesota’s ex-gay movement

For at least the last 40 years, the complex religious web that makes up Minnesota’s conversion therapy and “ex-gay” movement has been working to change the sexual orientation and gender identity of the state’s LGBT community members. For just as

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Around the Region: Ban on “ex-gay” conversion therapy passes IA Senate

Iowa *A bill to ban conversion therapy passed the Iowa Senate on Tuesday, the Des Moines Register reports: Iowa mental health professionals would be banned from trying to change the sexual orientation of gay patients younger than 18 under a

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MN Senate committee rejects anti-transgender bill

On Friday morning, Sen. Sean Nienow, a Republican from Cambridge, attempted to insert a bill that would repeal transgender-inclusive policies in Minnesota schools into a larger education omnibus package during a session of the Senate Education Committee. The bill is

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MNCPL: Failure of anti-transgender bill means end of 5,000 years of civilization

Michele Lentz of the Minnesota Child Protection League appeared on the Crosstalk radio program of the Voice of Christian Youth based in Milwaukee, Wis., to talk about legislation her group has introduced that would block Minnesota school districts from implementing

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MN Senate rejects efforts to fast-track anti-transgender bill

A move to fact track a bill that would overturn transgender-inclusive high school policies was rejected by the Minnesota Senate on Thursday afternoon. The bill, SF1543, was introduced by Sen. David Brown, R-Becker. The bill is a conservative Christian reaction

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MN GOPers tout anti-transgender bills in emails to constituents

In emails to constituents, Republicans are seeking to drum up support for a bill that would bar school from adopting transgender inclusive policies and would repeal a policy by the Minnesota State High School League that allows transgender students to

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