Taco John's has proven that fast food can be tasteless in more ways than one. Tyler Brandt, an openly gay 16-year-old, was given a name tag reading "Gaytard" during his shift at a Yankton, South Dakota Taco John's franchise in June. His night manager instructed him to wear it for the rest of the ni ... More >>
Cole Frey and his fiance, Adam Block, wanted to have their wedding at LeBlanc's Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation in Little Falls. But when the business owner found out the wedding involved two dudes, they told the couple to look elsewhere.Frey and Block informed officials in the state's Department ... More >>
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 >>
This week, in a rare unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement agencies must obtain a warrant before searching cell phones.The ruling, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, says that just because smartphones now allow people to carry vast quantities of their personal inf ... More >>
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 >>
The city of Red Wing is considering a resolution that would officially change the name of the Columbus Day holiday to First Peoples Day.SEE ALSO: "Geography of Hate" maps show where racist and homophobic tweets come from [IMAGES] The proposal is the work of the city's Human Rights Commission, and es ... More >>
After 42 years, the same-sex marriage debate in Minnesota might finally come to a close
Minnesota parents could be hit hard by a new law in Russia banning American adoptions.SEE ALSO:-- Al Franken doesn't want mobile app companies to sell your location data without permission -- Chuck Grassley, Iowa Senator, compares smoking pot to murder, rape, and child abuse The Land of 10,000 Lakes ... More >>
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 >>
Last night, the Timberwolves hosted Maccabi Haifa B.C., a professional basketball team from Haifa, Israel, for an exhibition game at the Target Center.SEE ALSO: Andrew Zimmern and Sameh Wadi in political Twitter spatMinutes into the game, pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel (or perhaps more accurately, ... More >>
Colin Schumacher and Shona Ramchandani, two recipients of Hamline's prestigious John Wesley Award, have requested the annulment of their honors after school administration decided to remain neutral on the Minnesota marriage amendment.SEE ALSO: Hamline professor Stephen Kellert calls on university ad ... More >>
In 1994, Eagan police questioned Shawn Sullivan, then 24 years old, about allegations that he had exposed himself in front of and groped two 11-year-old girls. But before prosecutors could file charges, Sullivan fled to Europe, never to return.Sullivan, who also allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl in ... More >>
If legal remedies are exhausted, it's time to take to the streets
In wake of suicides, schools face federal scrutiny
National security laws have transformed America's most vulnerable immigrants into terrorists
It certainly seems there's something fishy going on in the Burnsville school district with regard to the Tania Z. Chance controversy -- something district administrators are trying to sweep under the rug.Chance, 39, was the district's human resources director until she accepted a curiosity-piquin ... 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 >>
Torgerson's back for more.Lynn Torgerson dumped all over Rep. Keith Ellison during the 2010 congressional campaign, trashing his Muslim faith as little more than a breeding ground for criminals, and not deserving of free speech protection under the Constitution. Voters in the 5th congression ... 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 >>
Keith Ellison will speak at the Islamic law center's opening.It's been almost 10 years since the 9/11 attacks. We're still stuck in Iraq and Afghanistan. Egypt is in the midst of a bloody revolution whose outcome is uncertain at best. And everyone seems to have an opinion about Muslims--informed ... 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 >>
The Anoka-Hennepin School District can't seem to come to terms with the idea that Champlin Park High School students have voted for two lesbians to be among the "royalty" at its annual Snow Days Pep Fest and Coronation. And instead of just allowing openly gay girls Desiree Shelton and Sarah ... More >>
ACLU-MN.orgFor a minute there, they lost themselves.The ACLU of Minnesota doesn't actually exist. That was one of the more awkward revelations in last week's flurry of filings in the ACLU's ongoing lawsuit against the Tariq ibn Ziyad Academy. The civil liberties group sued the school and the ... More >>
Anoka-Hennepin teacher Walter Filson isn't laughing. Anoka-Hennepin teacher Walter Filson thought it would be funny to taunt a boy in his class about liking to dress in women's clothes, and having a thing for older men. He didn't think it was so funny when his own name was made public, after ... More >>
Horner's been on a quest to criminalize ladies' night for 20 years
Anoka County demanding DNA samples from suspected welfare cheats
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 >>
Only a fraction of Mexicans get U.S. asylum
The perpetual Jordan neighborhood gadfly has filed a complaint with the Minneapolis Department of Human Rights claiming he's being discriminated against for his sexual orientation.
Photo: dave mcmtDiane Cleveland had a right to privacy, a judge says.Anoka-Hennepin teacher Diane Cleveland's privacy rights were violated when her name was made public by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights during its investigation of comments she made about a straight student's perceiv ... More >>
So much for thatMen and women can now get plowed on the cheap equally, or not at all: The Minnesota Department of Human Rights is reinforcing an old rule that "Ladies Night" drink specials amount to illegal gender discrimination. Talk about a buzz kill. The sobering news comes after MDHR c ... More >>
McCollum reminds the Rwandan government of U.S. generosity in foreign aidWill this help? Rep. Betty McCollum has introduced, and Keith Ellison has cosponsored, a U.S. House resolution calling on the Rwandan government to release accused genocide denier William Mitchell law professor Peter Erl ... More >>
On the front line of the U.S. war on drugs, a Mexican city bleeds to death
Uganda's Parliament could outlaw homosexuality and make it a crime punishable by death.
Mee Moua joins the international outcry over the fate of 4,000 Hmong forced to return to Laos.
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.
Twin Cities bagels, revealed, celebrated, or mocked mercilessly, depending on which paragraph you read
They can quote the Constitution and sing "The Star-Spangled Banner." Their ancestors hail from Virginia. Meet the Twin Cities' newest African immigrants.
Bill Clinton's Indonesian connection brought him campaign cash in exchange for influence--and continued inaction on the country's notorious human rights abuses.