Posts From Andy Birkey

McCollum, Ellison, Franken lead MN congress members on LGBT legislation

Minnesota’s DFL members of Congress are well represented in bills aimed at addressing LGBT inequities. As of May 21, in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Keith Ellison has attached his name to 12 bills and Rep. Betty McCollum has

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Arts and Culture Calendar for May 20-26

The Lady Martina – Martina Marraccino, played by local Singer/Songwriter Martino Gabriel-Mayotte, hosts this all live singing night of Broadway Madness with the help of some of the Twin Cities finest musical theatre talents!! Martina and her friends perform material

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Documentary to focus on Anoka-Hennepin’s long battle over LGBT inclusion

A documentary film is being planned to document the struggles of LGBT students in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. What Were We Thinking Films is creating “Normal Valid Lives,” an in-depth look at the bullying and harassment in the Anoka-Hennepin School

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Education conference committee rejects anti-transgender language

Lawmakers removed language within a K-12 education omnibus bill that would have prevented schools from adopting transgender-inclusive policies. The “Student Safety and Physical Privacy Act” language was amended to the House version of the K-12 education omnibus bill mid-session. The

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Around the Region: Gay life on the Bakken Oil Fields

North Dakota The Forum of Fargo takes a look at how gay couples fare on the Bakken oil fields: Last month, the state Legislature defeated an anti-discrimination bill for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents and couples. Still, new residents

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MN religious right asks supporters to ‘swarm’ capitol to support anti-transgender legislation

With just days before the end of the 2015 legislative session, the Minnesota Family Council and the Minnesota Child Protection League are organizing support for a provision in a K-12 education omnibus bill that would block transgender-inclusive school policies. On

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Archbishop Nienstedt blocks church from hosting LGBT Catholic youth event

Organizers were planning for more than 100 participants at Minneapolis’ Church of Christ the King on Saturday to talk about the intersection of being LGBT and Catholic and the how to bridge the gap between the LGBT community and the

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East-Central Minnesota Pride to celebrate 11 years in Pine City

Each June, East-Central Minnesota Pride has been creating a safe space for the LGBT community from Rush City to Mora to Braham to Hinckley with a festival at Voyageurs Park in Pine City. This year’s celebration on June 7 will

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MN Radio hosts: LGBT inclusion in schools will lead to sexual assault

On Monday, radio hosts on AM 980 KKMS made the false claim that the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the inclusion of gay, lesbian, and bisexual troops in the military has led to an increase in sexual assaults

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Arts and Culture Calendar for May 13-19

We’re queer as ever and ready to wow you with amazing local artists. This month we are featuring the magical musical stylings of Worth Your While. Doors at 6:30. Show at 7:3. Suggested donation of $5. TENNESSEE WILLIAMS’ ONE ARM

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