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September 17, 2014

The US retailer appears to be working harder to assert its diversity and LGBTI-friendly credentials

US retail giant Target has not always stuck out its neck in support for LGBTI rights.

In 2010, it emerged that it had previously made financial donations to Republican politicians fiercely opposed to advancing gay rights, prompting a short-lived boycott by some customers.

August 14, 2014

Victim Kelly Phillips and suspect Lyle 'Ty' Hoffman had broken up but remained business partners until recently

A well-known businessman in Minnesota was shot execution style outside a gas station in Minnesota this week (12 August) and police suspect his ex-boyfriend and former business partner is the killer.

Kelly Phillips, 48, was killed after being shot in the back then in the head and the gunman then ran over his body as he drove away from the gas station in the city of Arden Hills.

July 21, 2014

To coincide with Pride season, the baking brand has unveiled a ‘Rainbow desserts’ section on its website

As committed cake-a-holics, we need little encouragement to sing the praises of home baking brand, Betty Crocker. However, were any extra reason needed, then it’s the fact that this most traditional of companies has been quite vocal in its support of gay marriage.

Now owned by General Mills, the company last year provided cakes to same-sex couples that married in Minnesota after the state legalized gay marriage.

July 16, 2014

Announcement comes as MLB also pays tribute to the late Glenn Burke who was out to his teammates in 70s and 80s

Major League Baseball on Tuesday (15 July) announced the appointment of former outfielder Billy Bean as the league's first Ambassador for Inclusion.

The announcement came prior to the league's All-Star Game in Minneapolis at a press conference that also included a tribute to the late Glenn Burke, a player who suffered greatly for being out to his teammates and coaches in the late 70s and early 80s.

Burke was recognized posthumously by the league as the sport's gay pioneer.

July 3, 2014

John Nienstedt, of St Paul and Minneapolis, has described homosexuality as a ‘result of psychological trauma’

A Minnesota archbishop who donated over half a million against gay marriage is now under investigation for sexual misconduct with other priests.

John Nienstedt, of St Paul and Minneapolis, is accused of ‘sexual impropriety’ with several adult male priests and seminarians.

The archdiocese has confirmed the investigation, which was first reported by Catholic magazine Commonweal.

The 67-year-old archbishop authorized the internal investigation, which he claims is ‘independent’.

May 26, 2014

Every remaining state ban on same-sex marriage in America will be tested in court after lawyers announced they would file a case against North Dakota over its ban on gay and lesbian couples marring

North Dakota will officially join 32 other states in having its ban on same-sex couples being allowed to marry challenged in the courts.

April 25, 2014

Nancy Robrahn and Jennie Rosenkranz to marry in Minnesota this weekend then return home and demand their union be recognized

South Dakota's gay marriage ban is poised to become the next such law to be challenged in court.

The plaintiffs will be a lesbian couple who have been together for 27 years.

Nancy Robrahn and Jennie Rosenkranz, who have four children and six grandchildren, will travel of Minneapolis, Minnesota, this weekend to get married.

They will be married by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodge at the Community of Christ Church.

August 9, 2013

Minnesota’s Pilgrim United Church was vandalized four times by a wheelchair bound Christian man over plan to marry same-sex couples

A wheelchair bound Christian in the US state of Minnesota has been charged over defacing a church with anti-gay slogans and throwing eggs at the church.

45-year-old Lonny Lloyd Roseland was arrested after police put a camera on Minneapolis’ Pilgrim United Church of Christ to find out who had repeatedly egged and vandalized the church – leading to his identification.

June 13, 2013

Bill Lunn explains: 'Honest stumble trying to read the word flag. Feel horrible about it'

Bill Lunn, an anchor for the Minneapolis station KSTP-TV, made a slip while introducing a story on Tuesday (11 June) that has found a new life on YouTube.

Lunn was beginning a story on the Pledge of Allegiance when he said: 'I pledge allegiance to the fag ...'

He quickly corrected himself by saying 'flag' and went on with the story but a viewer captured the moment and posted it online.

May 9, 2013

If also passed by the senate,  Minnesota would become first legislature in Midwest to pass marriage equality

The Minnesota House of Representatives on Thursday (9 May) passed a marriage equality bill 75-59 after more than three hours of debate.

The vote was largely split down party lines although four of the House's 61 Republicans voted for the bill while two of its 73 Democrats voted against it.

If also passed by the State Senate then signed into law, Minnesota would become the 12th state in the US to allow gay marriage.

April 15, 2013

'You buy a new necklace for every hanging, a bottle of Merlot for each overdose'

Poet Sierra DeMulder eviscerates anti-gay Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann during her performance in the Women of the World Poetry Slam.

DeMulder, a finalist in the competition, delivered a powerful spoken word performance that focused on the congresswoman's anti-gay rhetoric and the work of her husband, Marcus Bachmann, with an 'ex-gay' clinic in Minnesota.

February 14, 2013

Supporters of marriage equality in Minnesota are holding a Valentine's Day rally at the Capitol calling for its legalization

A Valetine's Day rally is to be launched this afternoon (14 February) calling for legalizing gay marriage in Minnesota.

Organizers of the 'Freedom to Marry' rally say they expect 1,500 to 2,000 supporters in the Capitol rotunda, Minneapolis, later this afternoon.

Minnesota's governor, Mark Dayton came out in support of marriage equality during his State of the State speech yesterday (13 February): 'I support the right of any Minnesotan to marry the person he or she loves'.

January 23, 2013

The North American Old Catholic Church, one of the largest Old Catholic bodies in the United States, will ordain Shannon Kearns

A progressive US Catholic Church ordained its first transgender male priest this week.

Shannon Kearns was tasked with starting a new parish in Minneapolis by The North American Old Catholic Church (NAOCC) on 19 January.

Kearns says he hopes he will lead his flock by aiming to combine traditional Catholic beliefs with embracing all people.

He said: ‘I am honoured and humbled to have my calling to ministry affirmed by the North American Old Catholic Church.

‘I look forward to many years serving as a priest.’

January 9, 2013

The North American Old Catholic Church, one of the largest Old Catholic bodies in the United States, will ordain Shannon Kearns

A progressive US Catholic Church has announced it will ordain a transgender man on 19 January.

Shannon Kearns will be tasked with starting a new parish in Minneapolis by The North American Old Catholic Church (NAOCC), aiming to combine traditional Catholic beliefs with embracing all people.

Kearns transitioned while he was studying for his Master of Divinity in New York.

He said: ‘I am honoured and humbled to have my calling to ministry affirmed by the North American Old Catholic Church.

‘I look forward to many years serving as a priest.’

December 30, 2012

The city of Minneapolis has appointed its first woman chief of police and its first police chief in a same-sex relationship

The largest city in the US state of Minnesota has appointed its first woman police chief who is also its first police chief in a same-sex relationship.

Janeé Harteau was approved in a unanimous vote by the Minneapolis City Council to be the city’s next police chief on November 30, having previously served as the city’s assistant chief of police.

Harteau takes over from former boss, police chief Tim Dolan, who had not sought a third term.

December 30, 2012

The city of Minneapolis has appointed its first woman chief of police and its first police chief in a same-sex relationship

The largest city in the US state of Minnesota has appointed its first woman police chief who is also its first police chief in a same-sex relationship.

Janeé Harteau was approved in a unanimous vote by the Minneapolis City Council to be the city’s next police chief on November 30, having previously served as the city’s assistant chief of police.

Harteau takes over from former boss, police chief Tim Dolan, who had not sought a third term.

August 12, 2012

The US Democrats have added marriage equality to their party’s national platform and have pledged to give the same federal benefits to married same-sex couples as married heterosexuals

The United States’ Democratic Party has added marriage equality to its national platform after it was endorsed by the party’s platform committee on Saturday and has called for the federal government to provide the same benefits to married same-sex couples as it does opposite sex married couples.

The committee was meeting in Detroit and endorsed a draft of the platform which had been put together by a working group two weeks ago in Minneapolis.

August 5, 2012

Former senator Larry Craig faces a suit over alleged misuse of campaign funds

Former Idaho Senator Larry Craig can't escape his bathroom troubles. He's being sued by the Federal Election Commission for alleged misuse of campaign funds.

In 2007, Craig was arrested in the restroom of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, charged with soliciting sex from an undercover police officer. The FEC claims the Republican used $217,000 of his campaign chest to defend himself against the charges. This is not permissible under US election laws because the arrest was not related to his job or campaign.

March 16, 2012

The international running club is going from strength to strength - we talk to Frontrunners from around the world about what this unique club means to them

When American author Patricia Nell Warren had her novel The Front Runner first published in 1974, it would have been beyond her wildest expectations that it would sell more than 10 million copies. But what’s even more impressive is that the novel has been the inspiration for an international grass-roots movement.

Warren’s novel tells the story of the relationship between an ex-Marine track coach and his Olympic athlete. It’s been translated into 10 languages and is widely acclaimed as one of the most popular gay love stories of all time.