President Obama announced Monday that he plans to draft new rules barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity -- a standard of employment that has been on the Minnesota books for 21 years. Back in 1993, our state legislature added sexual or ... More >>
After being outside the top 10 last year, Minneapolis and St. Paul both crack NerdWallet's 2014 list of America's most LGBT-friendly cities.Asked to explain why Minnesota's two largest cities rose up the ranks, study author Sreekar Jasthi tells us it had to do, in part, with a marriage equality law ... More >>
GLBT couples around Minnesota race to plan August weddings
The Human Rights Campaign's newly released GLBT Municipal Equality Index gives high marks to Minneapolis and middling marks to St. Paul.SEE ALSO: Minneapolis 3rd most literate city; St. Paul slipping back into stone ageHuman Rights Campaign's study ranks 137 cities according to categories including ... More >>
SEE ALSO:- Target tries to atone for anti-gay missteps with new pro-marriage equality promotion- Target won't stock gay R&B star Frank Ocean's Channel Orange, cites "guest demand"- Target's gay problem keeps getting worseTarget may be running an ad for its online wedding registry featuring two g ... More >>
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People often don't want their favorite artists to talk about politics: Look at the Dixie Chicks. Despite this, Shayna Melgaard, the house manager at the Varsity Theater, and local singer-songwriter David Booth came up with the idea to hold an event to rally against the proposed gay marriage ban, whi ... More >>
Not that there was much doubt about his stance to begin with, but Senator Franken has made it clear that he supports marriage equality.In a video released yesterday by the Human Rights Campaign, Franken points out that he's been married to his wife, Franni, for 36 years -- "many of them happy." H ... More >>
The Human Rights Campaign assessed companies' GLBT-friendlinessThe Human Rights Campaign Foundation has released a study measuring hundreds of companies' friendliness to gay employees. If their survey is any indication, Minnesota companies tend to do well by their GLBT employees. Thirteen Mi ... More >>
Mr. T in DCThere can be only one Target. In Canada.Target is suing Target over who Target is, and Target is suing Target right back. In a legal act of recursive solipsism unparalleled since Kramer vs. Kramer, our hometown corporate behemoth is suing a Canadian company of the same name over w ... More >>
j.reedSeriously, who's running public relations for these guys?It's not that Target's executive leadership has a problem with the gays -- they just wish they wouldn't stand so close to them. Unfortunately for the retail giant, its lawsuit to get gay-rights activists to stop standing on the s ... More >>
Mr. T in DCTarget's gay-rights public-relations meltdown just keeps on going.The Target Corporation just can't seem to make nice to gay folks. After months of terrible publicity over its funding of anti-gay-marriage political candidates, its subsequent sorry-if-you-took-that-the-wrong-way ap ... More >>
Mr T. In DCThe all-seeing eye of Target has registered your concerns and is forming a committee.In the aftermath of the public relations train-wreck that was Target's donation to MNForward, the corporation has revised its policy on how it sets about influencing our elections. Target CEO Greg ... More >>
mmtzjr69outBankroll the haters and the hated will think twice about taking your money.The National Conference on LGBT Equality is in town this week at the Minneapolis Hilton, running a series of lectures and workshops for equality activists. All the big local corporations have hopped on boar ... More >>
Chrissie Bates, in a self-portrait posted on Backpage.comMinneapolis Police are still investigating the murder of Chrissie Bates, the transgender woman who was found dead in her downtown apartment Monday.Before she died, Chrissie was working as a prostitute. In an advertisement posted Dec. 17 on ... More >>
mmtzjr69outThe dust has settled in the wake of the 2010 elections, and the hot white glare on Target's controversial support for anti-gay Republican Tom Emmer's gubernatorial campaign has faded. But FEC records show that the Target political action committee kept up its donations to anti-ga ... More >>
mmtzjr69outNew campaign cash aims to counteract Target's Emmer donation.Target set off a good-sized ruckus this summer when it dropped $150,000 on a political fund backing GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. Gay rights advocates were incensed, arguing that by backing such a nakedly homophobic ... More >>
Target won't balance it's contribution to Tom Emmer's campaign for governor.Target Corp. feels really, really bad about upsetting GLBT folks by backing an anti-gay man for governor of Minnesota. But yesterday it officially said it has no intention of actually putting its money where its mouth ... More >>
mmtzjr69outEven less LGBT-friendly than you thoughtTarget CEO Gregg Steinhafel wants us to believe that when his company threw money into Tom Emmer's campaign for governor last month, it wasn't because Emmer's a raging homophobe, but because he's a raging pro-business tax-cutter.But Steinhafel's ... More >>
For Target, saying sorry isn't enough.Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel admitted yesterday in a letter to employees that he seriously underestimated the flak the company would get for its apparent hypocrisy in backing an anti-gay candidate for Minnesota governor. If the mea culpa was meant to calm ... More >>
Tom Emmer benefited from a big Target contributionThe bad press, viral videos and boycot calls appear to have grabbed Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel's attention. He has apologized to his employees for funding a TV ad that backed anti-gay Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, and has prom ... More >>
Target CEOWhen Minnesota's big-box behemoths Target and Best Buy contributed six-figure donations this month to a committee called MN Forward, they likely had no idea what kind of controversy would follow. Now they're dealing with boycotts by nice grandmas, bad press nationwide and most recently, ... More >>
And just like that, I don't hate her anymore.
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