Human Rights Campaign

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2014

    LGBT Catholics Call on Archbishop John Nienstedt for Inclusion [VIDEO]

    The sun is setting on the Cathedral of St. Paul as the sidewalk across the street begins to fill. A woman with a rainbow satchel joins the crowd in singing "Put a Little Love in Your Heart." She's part of a Thursday night vigil that was organized by the Human Rights Campaign and punctured by honki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2014

    Target finally comes out in support of gay marriage

    Two years ago, Target refused to take an official stance on Minnesota's marriage amendment. The perception was that then-CEO Gregg Steinhafel, who in 2010 created a stink by giving $150,000 of the company's dollars to fund a TV ad supporting Tom Emmer's anti-gay gubernatorial campaign, played a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    Obama following Minnesota and other states in barring GLBT discrimination in workplace

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    Minneapolis, St. Paul both among most LGBT-friendly cities, study says

    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 >>

  • News

    June 26, 2013

    How same-sex couples will celebrate their commitments

    GLBT couples around Minnesota race to plan August weddings

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    St. Paul ranks below Mpls in GLBT Municipal Equality Index

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Target's gay wedding registry ad doesn't signal changed stance on marriage amendment

    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 >>

  • News

    May 30, 2012

    Gay bullying must end

    In wake of suicides, schools face federal scrutiny

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Local musicians rally against gay marriage ban at the Varsity Thursday

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2012

    Al Franken stars in video supporting marriage equality [VIDEO]

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2011

    The most gay-friendly Twin Cities employers

    The Human Rights Campaign assessed companies' GLBT-friendliness​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Target sues Target and gets countersued by Target

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Target's anti-gay-rights lawsuit rejected by judge

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Target sues gay rights group

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Target changes political donation policy

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2011

    Target isn't sponsoring this week's LGBT equality conference. Why not?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Chrissie Bates's photo: murder victim was working as a prostitute

    Chrissie Bates, in a self-portrait posted on​Minneapolis 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Target kept on giving to anti-gay politicians after Emmer fiasco

    mmtzjr69out​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Human Rights Campaign counters Target's Emmer donation

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Target says it will only back Tom Emmer for governor

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Target's gay problem keeps getting worse [UPDATED]

    mmtzjr69outEven less LGBT-friendly than you thought​Target 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Randi Reitan and MoveOn deliver 260,000 petitions to Target

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Target apologizes for funding Tom Emmer ad [UPDATED]

    Tom Emmer benefited from a big Target contribution​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2010

    Human Rights Campaign calls out Target, Best Buy in full-page ad

    Target CEO​When 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    Lady Gaga pays surprisingly not-terrible tribute to John Lennon

    And just like that, I don't hate her anymore.

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2008

    Rage show stopped by cops; march and tear gassing ensues

    The Rage Against the Machine show ended before it began, and morphed into a march, protests and confrontation with police. Andrea Myers reported live from the scene.

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2008
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    June 2, 2008

    Minnesota Republicans out Franken on lesbian jokes

    Minnesota Republicans are taking an unusual stand in their latest effort to sh ... More >>

  • News

    May 3, 2006

    Cross Purposes

    The Catholic Church's right turn touches off battles over dogma and diversity at the University of St. Thomas

  • Arts

    March 16, 2005

    Things Come Together

    What new DVDs by the Roots and Dolly Parton tell us about hip hop and country music's parallel lines

  • News

    June 23, 2004


    How the Twin Cities Pride fest helped turn Minneapolis into the San Francisco of the wheat belt

  • Books

    May 23, 2001

    Rainbow Coalition

    In Minneapolis this year's election features a bumper crop of gay candidates

  • Feature

    December 1, 1998
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    December 1, 1998
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    December 1, 1998

    The National Agenda

    These four Minnesota women are shaping the way the GLBT movement thinks about politics, AIDS, and grassroots organizing. Can they change a nation?

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    November 1, 1998
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    November 1, 1998

    Remembering Matthew

    In the wake of a Wyoming man's murder, the Twin Cities and the nation respond

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    October 1, 1998
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    September 1, 1998
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    June 30, 1998

    Whose Faith?

    The next gay march on Washington could be a boon to the Christian right.

  • Feature

    June 1, 1998

    Out With Clout

    In corporations and churches, in classrooms and capital corridors, these 100 Queers have contributed to the "Good Life" in Minnesota.

  • Feature

    June 1, 1998

    Frontier Battle

    In Rapid City, S.D., one man speaks for a silent community.