Posts From Andy Birkey

Special Report: Trans voices still missing from Minnesota news reporting

The Minnesota State High School League’s vote in early December to include transgender students in high school athletics made news throughout the state. For the first time in recent memory, a transgender issue was thoroughly covered through television, newspaper, radio,

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Arts and Culture Calendar for Dec. 17

Featuring: Andrea Jenkins – poetry Scotty Gunderson, Ashleigh Penrod, & Jason Zabel – multimedia movement/projection Steven Hobert – music-driven multimedia Francisco-Javier Benavides – physical humor Eric Larson – queer performance Abe Shriner – multimedia lecture performance Theatre director and visual

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Community outraged after UMD cuts women’s hockey staff, popular coach

The University of Minnesota-Duluth athletics department announced on Monday evening that it was not renewing a contract with head coach Shannon Miller and was letting go two assistant coaches and a part-time director of operations. Miller has been a leader

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Ty Hoffman to stand trial in February

Ty Hoffman will stand trial on Feb. 17 for the murder of Kelly Phillips. His initial hearing will be on Jan. 21. Phillips was the owner of Lush Food Bar, and a LGBT community leader who worked to defeat an

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Papers praise passing of trans-inclusive policy, slam GOP criticism

Newspapers around the state are praising the Minnesota State High School League for passing a transgender-inclusive high school athletics policy, and criticizing Republican leaders for hinting that the Legislature may try to reverse the policy. City College News, the student

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Rep. Ellison among lawmakers urging end to ban on blood donation by gay men

Rep. Keith Ellison, a Democrat representing Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs, is one of 80 members of Congress appealing to the Department of Health and Human Services to end the ban on blood donations by gay and bisexual men. The letter,

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Around the Region: Iowa lawmaker calls Westboro Baptist Church ‘domestic terrorists’

Iowa *The saga of a University of Iowa’s women’s field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum continues as the university reassigned her partner after Griesbaum sued for discrimination, ESPN reports: The University of Iowa is reassigning senior associate athletic director Jane Meyer,

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Child Protection League, GOP suggest lawsuit against trans-inclusive policy

A group opposed to LGBT rights, as well as a group of Republican lawmakers, told a conservative Christian radio host that a lawsuit may be filed against the Minnesota State High School League over a policy that allows schools to

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Arts and Culture Calendar for Dec. 10

Brazen Theater presents the professional world premier of Uncle Walt, a new dark comedy by Andrew Rosdail. Able and Cain had nothing on Clint and Ron in this modern day allegory on two brothers at war. When Clint is fired

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Minneapolitan wins spot on RuPaul’s Drag Race

Minneapolis fashionista Max Malanaphy will be a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7 which debuts in January. Malanaphy has been a part of Minneapolis’ fashion and theater scene, and performs as a drag queen under the same name. Here’s

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