Posts From Andy Birkey

At vigils, churches, and pride events, region’s LGBTQ community reacts to hate crime in Orlando

LGBTQ communities throughout the region celebrated Pride over the last week, and also mourned the loss of 49 mostly Latinx LGBTQ community members who were killed in a hate crime in Orlando. Also, a Sioux Falls nondiscrimination ordinance has stalled,

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For third year, Christian group to target Twin Cities Pride with anti-LGBTQ message

Trinity Works, a conservative Christian outreach ministry, will target Twin Cities Pride for the third time in three years, according to documents obtained by The Column. The head of the group says they will continue with their plans despite an

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Video: Scenes from Loring Park vigil for victims of Orlando hate crime

On Sunday evening, hundreds gathered in Loring Park to mourn and build community in the wake of a hate crime in Orlando, Fla., that left 49 members of the LGBTQ community dead and more than 50 others injured. Below are

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More than 2,000 attend first annual Golden Valley Pride

The first annual Golden Valley Pride, the state’s first suburban LGBTQ Pride celebration, was held on Sunday, June 12. The Golden Valley event served an unexpected but vital purpose on Sunday. More than 2,000 attended the event held at Brookview

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Updated: MNGOP promotes anti-LGBTQ Franklin Graham’s tour stop in St. Paul on Thursday

The Republican Party of Minnesota suggested again on Tuesday that people attend Franklin Graham’s upcoming rally, this time adding, “The recent tragedy in Orlando gives us even more reason to gather together and pray for our communities, our state, and

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Minnesota leaders react to Orlando shooting

Minnesota elected leaders, political parties, and organizations reacted to the news that 49 people were killed and more than 50 injured at a mass shooting at Pulse, a LGBTQ bar in Orlando, Fla. Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina

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Around the Region: Iowa’s Rep. King wants ban on trans people using Capitol bathrooms

Iowa Iowa Rep. Steve King wants to ban transgender people from using the bathroom at the U.S. Capitol and surrounding buildings, the Washington Blade reports: An Iowa Republican who has a reputation for being vehemently anti-LGBT has proposed a measure

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57A: GOP candidate criticizes opponents LGBT ‘lifestyle,’ family,

A House candidate in Apple Valley used race and sexual orientation to criticize her opponent at a recent GOP convention. Ali Jimenez-Hopper earned the Republican endorsement in House District 57A which encompasses parts of the southern Twin Cities suburbs of

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Minneapolis Airbnb host accused of transphobia, removed as host

A Minneapolis Airbnb host has been removed from the service after the host told a transgender woman she could not stay in her home, Buzzfeed reports. Shadi Petosky tweeted that she told the would-be host, who has not been identified,

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Ban on gay marriage, gender inclusive bathrooms part of 2016 Minnesota GOP platform

The Republican Party of Minnesota released its party platform last week, and it continues to be the most anti-LGBTQ platform in the history of the state party. The party revamped the platform at the state convention in May and while

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