Author: Andy Birkey

  • Groups to push LGBTQ and anti-LGBTQ resolutions at Tuesday caucuses

    Groups to push LGBTQ and anti-LGBTQ resolutions at Tuesday caucuses

    Anti-LGBTQ groups are encouraging their supporters to offer anti-LGBTQ resolutions at Tuesday’s caucuses. Meanwhile, the state’s largest LGBTQ group is urging supporters to pass a ban on conversion therapy. On Tuesday evening, Minnesota’s Republican and Democratic-Farmer-Labor parties will hold caucuses where party activists endorse candidates for office and conduct party business — including resolutions that […]

  • Around the Region: Anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in WI, SD, and IA

    Around the Region: Anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in WI, SD, and IA

    South Dakota Republican lawmakers in South Dakota have introduced legislation aimed at preventing gender identity and transgender issues from being discussed in the state’s schools, the Argus Leader reports: South Dakota lawmakers are set to consider what students should be taught about gender identity and whether schools should write and make public their transgender bathroom […]

  • Westboro Baptist claims it’s coming to protest Owatonna churches, Super Bowl

    Westboro Baptist claims it’s coming to protest Owatonna churches, Super Bowl

    The virulently anti-LGBTQ Kansas church, Westboro Baptist Church, is threatening to come to Minnesota this weekend to protest four churches and a high school in Owatonna and to protest the Super Bowl in Minneapolis. The group often lobs threats of protest at communities then fails to show up. The group says it will protest in […]

  • MN Supreme Court’s Stras confirmed to Appeal’s Court

    MN Supreme Court’s Stras confirmed to Appeal’s Court

    Minnesota Supreme Court Justice David Stras was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Stras, who was appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court by former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican, in 2010. His appointment by President Donald Trump has come under criticism from LGBTQ advocates. Sharon McGowan, Director […]

  • Around the Region: Sioux Falls mayor joins Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination

    Around the Region: Sioux Falls mayor joins Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination

    South Dakota Sioux Falls Mayor Mike Huether has joined Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination, the Argus Leader reports: Mayor Mike Huether has signed on to a national campaign to bolster anti-discrimination efforts for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. In a news release Thursday, Sioux Falls City Hall announced Huether is among 275 mayors from 48 […]

  • Around the Region: Anti-LGBTQ student group sues University of Iowa

    Around the Region: Anti-LGBTQ student group sues University of Iowa

    Iowa Controversy continues at the University of Iowa as a Christian group sues after the University revoked it’s status as a student group following anti-LGBTQ discrimination. KCRG has reactions from LGBTQ community members on campus: Alex Bare is the Outreach Director for Spectrum UI, the first LGBT university club in the United States. He says […]

  • Around the Region: Trans student receives $800k settlement after school-based discrimination

    Around the Region: Trans student receives $800k settlement after school-based discrimination

    Wisconsin A transgender student who was discriminated against by the Kenosha Unified School District has won a $800,000 settlement from the school, Kenosha News reports: The Kenosha Unified School Board has settled a lawsuit with a transgender former student who said the district discriminated against him, including monitoring trips to the boys restroom. The board […]

  • Around the Region: Data suggests that South Dakota has lowest per capita LGBT population in the nation

    Around the Region: Data suggests that South Dakota has lowest per capita LGBT population in the nation

    Regional Data The Williams Institute is out with the annual estimate of LGBT population by state. In our region, Minnesota had the highest percent of adults identifying as LGBT at 4 percent. Wisconsin had 3.4 and Iowa had 3.2. North Dakota had 2.4 percent, and South Dakota was the nation’s lowest with 2 percent. The […]

  • Around the Region: New LGBTQ bar opening in Fargo-Moorhead

    Around the Region: New LGBTQ bar opening in Fargo-Moorhead

    North Dakota A new LGBTQ bar is opening near Moorhead, WDAY reports: Shane Friesz left North Dakota in his 20s to “go be gay” somewhere more progressive. The native of New Salem, N.D., is back now and recently opened a gay bar—the only one of its kind near Fargo-Moorhead in several years. Friesz and his […]

  • Around the Region: Wis. businesses push for trans-inclusive nondiscrimination laws

    Around the Region: Wis. businesses push for trans-inclusive nondiscrimination laws

    Wisconsin A new group has formed in Wisconsin with the goal of passing transgender-specific nondiscrimination laws, the Wisconsin Gazette reports: The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Fair Wisconsin announced the formation of Wisconsin Businesses for Equality, a coalition committed to updating Wisconsin’s non-discrimination law to protect the transgender community. Founding members include Froedtert Health, […]