Posts From Andy Birkey

Ty Hoffman pleads guilty in murder of Kelly Phillips

Ty Hoffman, the man accused in the shooting death of Kelly Phillips, entered a guilty plea on Friday afternoon, according to the Ramsey County Attorneys Office. Hoffman is accused of shooting Phillips at an Arden Hills gas station on Aug.

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St. Paul Public Schools’ gender inclusion policy receives positive first reading

At its first reading on Tuesday evening, St. Paul Public Schools’ proposed gender inclusion policy was well received, despite threats by conservative Christian organizations to oppose the policy. Seven students, staff, and community members spoke in support as the St.

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Spotlight on the Arts: Sarah McPeck

The Column’s Spotlight on the Arts features artists and organizations that have had an impact on the arts in Minnesota. If you are an artist or arts organization and would like to be profiled in our Spotlight, simply fill out

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Arts and Culture Calendar for Jan. 21-27

The 2015 Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival presents LADIES NIGHT featuring queer female comedians Lisa Geduldig & Dana Eagle hosted by Shana Gee-Cohen Funny, nerdy, hot, and gay, LA-based Dana Eagle is someone you need to know. She began her

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Trans Youth Support Network to close at the end of January

The Trans Youth Support Network, founded in 2004 after a series of acts of violence against young transwomen of color, announced on Tuesday that it will close at the end of the month. In an email to community members, TYSN’s

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Religious right leaders announce anti-LGBT legislative priorities for 2015

Groups representing Minnesota’s conservative Christians have released their legislative priorities for the 2015 legislative session. Both Catholics and Protestants have set their sites on Minnesota’s trans-inclusive high school athletics policy, the 2014 Safe and Supportive Schools Act, and “religious freedom.”

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Bill to gut anti-bullying law introduced in MN Senate

A bill offered by Republican Sens. Dave Thompson of Lakeville, David Hann of Eden Prairie, Roger Chamberlain of Lino Lakes, and Nienow of Cambridge would exempt a large number of school districts from the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act,

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Around the Region: Marriage equality advances in South Dakota

South Dakota *A federal judge struck down South Dakota’s ban on same-sex marriage last week. The Associated Press reports that Republican Attorney General Marty Jackley will appeal the decision: A: Attorney General Marty Jackley said the state will appeal the

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St. Paul Public Schools poised to implement inclusive gender policy

The St. Paul Board of Education is considering a policy that would make the districts schools safer for transgender and gender noncomforming students. Board members have made clear they won’t listen to the “fear mongering and misinformation” lodged at LGBT

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Arts and Culture Calendar for Jan. 14-20

The CD release party for my erotic poetry album is here! There will be a little bit of poetry and a little bit of burlesque at the sexiest poetry album release party ever! The doors open at 8pm, and the

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