Category: Sports

  • MNSCU bars athletics-related travel to North Carolina

    MNSCU bars athletics-related travel to North Carolina

    Minnesota State Colleges and Universities have cancelled athletic travel to North Carolina following an order by Gov. Mark Dayton in April that bans nonessential travel to the state, the Pioneer Press reports. “The presidents have concluded that athletics-related travel is nonessential for purposes of this directive,” communications director Doug Anderson told the Pioneer Press. “While […]

  • UMD coaches file lawsuit alleging discrimination against women, Canadians, LGBT people

    UMD coaches file lawsuit alleging discrimination against women, Canadians, LGBT people

    Three former University of Minnesota-Duluth coaches announced a lawsuit on Monday against the Regents of the University of Minnesota claiming discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, and national origin. Former women’s hockey coach Shannon Miller, former women’s softball coach and women’s hockey operations director Jen Banford, and former women’s basketball coach Annette Wiles, all say […]

  • Head of UMD LGBT Services resigns as three lesbian coaches prepare for lawsuit

    Head of UMD LGBT Services resigns as three lesbian coaches prepare for lawsuit

    The head of LGBT Services at the University of Minnesota-Duluth resigned in protest late last week over the school’s treatment of several lesbian staff in the university’s athletics department. Angie Nichols stepped down after 15 years of directing the LGBT Services office. “I’m ashamed to work for UMD,” Nichols said in an interview with the […]

  • Group pulls UMD’s LGBT equality rating after school fires LGBT coaching staff

    Group pulls UMD’s LGBT equality rating after school fires LGBT coaching staff

    Campus Pride, a nonprofit organization that tracks campus climate for LGBT students, has told the University of Minnesota-Duluth that it is suspending the university’s LGBT-friendly rating after the school’s athletics department fired several employees, all of whom identified as LGBT. In December, UMD announced it would not renew contracts for women’s hockey coach Shannon Miller […]

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

    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 in women’s hockey both in the United States and Canada founding and serving at organizations […]

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

    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 include transgender students in athletics and extracurricular activities. Michele Lentz of the Child Protection League […]

  • Minnesotans react to passage of trans-inclusive high school athletics policy

    Minnesotans react to passage of trans-inclusive high school athletics policy

    Both sides of the debate over a policy adopted on Thursday by the Minnesota State High School League which allows transgender youth to participate in high school sports. Rep. Keith Ellison, a Democrat representing Minneapolis in Congress, released a statement: I applaud the Minnesota High School League’s decision to pass a proposal that tells trans […]

  • MN State High School League adopts trans-inclusive policy

    MN State High School League adopts trans-inclusive policy

    The Minnesota State High School League passed a policy on Thursday morning that provides a framework for schools to allow transgender students to participate in high school extracurricular activities including athletics. The board voted to send a fact-sheet on transgender students to all MSHSL member schools in the state, and approved a policy that provides […]

  • Christian radio: Including trans students in high school sports is a ‘sign of the end times’

    Christian radio: Including trans students in high school sports is a ‘sign of the end times’

    Michele Lentz, spokesperson for the anti-LGBT Minnesota Child Protection League, has been on a whirlwind tour of conservative radio over the last few days. She’s been drumming up opposition to a policy proposed by the Minnesota State High School League which would provide schools with a framework for including transgender students in extracurricular activities such […]

  • Support for transgender students grows around the state ahead of policy vote

    Support for transgender students grows around the state ahead of policy vote

    A creative reinterpretation of the Minnesota Child Protection League’s anti-transgender ad (source: Facebook). Just before the Minnesota State High School League’s proposed vote in early October on a trans-inclusive high school athletics policy, support poured in for transgender students. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, council members Barbara Johnson and Elizabeth Glidden, Sen. Scott Dibble, the president […]