Yesterday morning, the Minnesota State High School League was on the brink of history, ready to vote on the first rules for transgender athletes in the state's history. It's a policy that, as we explained yesterday, shouldn't be controversial. But it's still historic. And yet the MSSHL decided to k ... More >>
Yesterday, the Minnesota State High School League held a hearing on the draft "Participation of Transgender Students" policy board members are set to vote on as soon as today.As we wrote about in the context of an anti-transgender ad the Star Tribune ran last Sunday, the draft policy is controversia ... More >>
The most colorful time of the year is back again, as Minneapolis hosts its annual Pride Parade along Hennepin Avenue on Sunday, June 29. While the parade is fun to watch from the street, restaurants and bars will host events throughout the day so you can stay involved while also boozing and feastin ... 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 >>
-- Updates below jump --The long-awaited day is finally here. This afternoon, the Minnesota House is expected to vote on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.SEE ALSO: Gay marriage opponents waved bizarre signs during yesterday's Capitol rally [PHOTOS]Earlier this week, DFL leaders said they're tota ... More >>
After 42 years, the same-sex marriage debate in Minnesota might finally come to a close
There's a certain bond between music and a listener. We can all relate to it, but everyone has a different way of expressing it. For Matt Latterell and Chuck Terhark, that way of expression is through a massive cover album. Absolutely Cuckoo is a statewide ode to the quick-witted, New York band ... More >>
The 2012 campaigns are in the rear-view mirror, so now what's left for election junkies? Well, if you live in or care about Minneapolis, you can turn your attention to next year's City Council and mayoral races. SEE ALSO:-- Gary Schiff accused of making classist liquor store-brewpub distinctionCity ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Twins' "It Gets Better" video delayed because of Dan Savage controversy, but still in works-- Minnesota Twins plan "It Gets Better" video shoot-- Target Field guard scolded lesbian Twins fans for kissingAfter being in the works for more than a year, the Twins finally released their "It G ... More >>
But increasingly, his flock of Minnesota Catholics isn't following
Rep. Mary Franson -- she of 'food stamp recipients are like wild animals' and Earth Day is a "Pagan holiday" fame -- may have outdone herself today with her reaction to House chaplain Rev. Grady St. Dennis' prayer.In commemoration of the second anniversary of the Gulf oil spill, Dennis prayed "for t ... More >>
When a night at the bar goes horribly wrong
Steve CohenYou don't get to 15,000 RSVPs without making a few enemies.Just as suddenly as it appeared, the "Say NO to the Basilica Block Party" Facebook page has disappeared. The event garnered tons of media attention, had 15,000 RSVPs, and forced the Archdiocese to address the controversy. ... More >>
Eight important local LGBT leaders
Photo by B FRESHWe seriously can't get enough of these summer block party lineups. Keep 'em coming! As part of the longstanding Pride Weekend festivities in Minneapolis, the Bryant-Lake Bowl will celebrate its 7th Uptown Pride Block Party on Friday, June 24 with headliner Maria Isa.
RIP Krissy BatesMany LGBT activists eulogized slain transgender woman Krissy Bates at Minneapolis Community and Technical College on Friday night. Bates, 45, was found dead in her apartment on Jan. 11. She'd been stabbed four times in her torso, once on the left side of her neck. Her boyfriend, ... 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 >>
Chrissie Bates died Monday in Minneapolis as a result of "complex homicidal violence," according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office. She was 45. The Medical Examiner released the victim's name as Christopher Paul Bates and determined him to be a white male. The report did not ... More >>
Chrissie Bates, a transgendered woman living northeast of the Basilica of St. Mary in downtown Minneapolis, is the city's first homicide victim this year. Formerly known as Christopher Bates, Chrissie was found dead Monday in an apartment at 1302 Linden Ave. Police have not officially iden ... More >>
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 >>
Minnesota's controversial Minnesota Sex Offender Program, and 19 others like it around the country, will remain unaffected by yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which allows the federal government to keep people locked up indefinitely if they are considered sexually dangerous, even afte ... More >>
We hate that she's here, but we might as well laugh while we still can.
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The district is paying his family a $25,000 settlement in the case and the student, Alex Merritt, is speaking out in hopes of helping others come forward about harassment in the classroom.
The ordinance allows couples to receive a certificate recognizing their committed relationship.
There were 29 known gay bias-related murders in the United States last year, the highest rate since 1999. Violence increased 48 percent in Minnesota alone, compared to a national increase of 2 percent.
Rep. Dan Severson (R-Sauk Rapids) introduced a bill this week to amend the Minnesota constitution so that marriage between a man and a woman is the only legally recognized domestic union in the state.
GLBT community continues to stare down obstacle
is the MPD's psychologist using a gaydar detector on wanna-be cops?
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