Author: Andy Birkey

  • Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis ramps up anti-transgender activity in 2017

    Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis ramps up anti-transgender activity in 2017

    On Monday, December 11, the Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity at the University of St. Thomas will host an anti-transgender symposium for aspiring priests and laypeople. The symposium is part of a larger anti-transgender push within the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis that has been building over the course of 2017. The December […]

  • Around the Region: First ever LGBTQ health survey underway in Iowa

    Around the Region: First ever LGBTQ health survey underway in Iowa

    Iowa A new LGBTQ health survey is underway in Iowa, Little Village Magazine reports: A first of its kind health survey of Iowa’s LGBTQ community is now underway. The Iowa Cancer Consortium, in partnership with One Iowa, the University of Iowa College of Public Health and Des Moines University, is sponsoring the survey. “Basically we […]

  • Rep. Mary Franson criticized for anti-transgender tweet

    Rep. Mary Franson criticized for anti-transgender tweet

    Rep. Mary Franson is taking heat for an anti-transgender tweet she sent out shortly after several transgender candidates won Tuesday night — including the victories of Andrea Jenkins and Philippe Cunningham for the Minneapolis City Council. The tweet was flagged by City Pages’ Mike Mullin on Thursday afternoon and soon Franson was deluged with negative […]

  • Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cunningham make history; elected to Minneapolis City Council

    Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cunningham make history; elected to Minneapolis City Council

    Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cuningham won their bids for Minneapolis City Council on Tuesday, making them the first two transgender people of color elected to a major city’s governing body. Jenkins won the seat occupied by Elizabeth Glidden. Jenkins worked for Glidden as a policy aide and has been a leader on transgender issues at […]

  • MN DFLers urge Supreme Court to reject discrimination

    MN DFLers urge Supreme Court to reject discrimination

    Minnesota’s elected officials — all DFLers — were among hundreds that sent amicus briefs to the United States Supreme Court, urging the court to reject the religious right arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. In 2012, Masterpiece Cakeshop refused to sell a wedding cake to David Mullins and Charlie Craig. The Colorado […]

  • Around the Region: Madison diocese doubles down on discrimination in last rites

    Around the Region: Madison diocese doubles down on discrimination in last rites

    Wisconsin The Madison Diocese is doubling down on its suggestion that priests should not provide last rites to LGBTQ people, Wisconsin State Journal reports: The Madison Catholic Diocese doesn’t have to be worried whether withholding funeral rites for people in same-sex unions offends public opinion, because it’s not inherently wrong to be out of step […]

  • MN Faith leaders ask U.S. Supreme Court to rule against LGBTQ discrimination

    MN Faith leaders ask U.S. Supreme Court to rule against LGBTQ discrimination

    Faith leaders from every corner of Minnesota sent an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court, urging the court to reject the religious right arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. In 2012, a Colorado bakery called Masterpiece Cakeshop refused to sell a wedding cake to David Mullins and Charlie Craig. The […]

  • BECAUSE conference to celebrate 25 years of bisexual visibility, organizing

    BECAUSE conference to celebrate 25 years of bisexual visibility, organizing

    In 1992, a handful of bi+ activists gathered in Minneapolis to network, to build community and power, and to educate others. Twenty-five years later, bi+ activists from around the country will come to Minneapolis to continue to fight for bi+ visibility at the BECAUSE Conference. BECAUSE stands for “Bi+ Empowerment Conference: A Uniting, Supportive Experience,” […]

  • Around the Region: WI bishop suggests people in same-sex relationships shouldn’t receive funeral rites

    Around the Region: WI bishop suggests people in same-sex relationships shouldn’t receive funeral rites

    Wisconsin The Madison Catholic Diocese has stoked outrage after it told priests that they should reconsider providing last rites to people in same-sex relationships, the Wisconsin State Journal reports: A weekly newsletter to priests in the Madison Catholic Diocese by Bishop Robert Morlino’s top aide spelled out a series of “considerations” to use in deciding […]

  • Minneapolis Transgender candidates get boost from BreakThrough PAC

    Minneapolis Transgender candidates get boost from BreakThrough PAC

    A new national political action committee committed to electing transgender people into office is ramping up efforts in two Minneapolis city council races. The Trans United Fund has launched the BreakThrough Fund, a political action committee (PAC) that is partnering with OutFront Minnesota’s political arm to elect two Black transgender candidates to the Minneapolis City […]