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December 7, 2014

'...The Minnesota State High School League allows participation for all students regardless of their gender identity or expression in an environment free from discrimination with an equal opportunity for participation in athletics and fine arts'

In the 2015-2016 school year, Minnesota high school transgender students will be permitted to be on sports teams.

According to local station KARE 11, the Minnesota State High School League voted on the policy this past Thursday (4 December).

The MSHSL is a nonprofit association of public and private schools in the Midwestern US state.

November 28, 2014

Former Minnesota Vikings punter talks to Gay Star News about life after pro football

Chris Kluwe has no doubt that his career in the NFL was cut short because he became an outspoken advocate for marriage equality.

The former punter for the Minnesota Vikings, 32, retired from the game in January after he was released by the Vikings after eight seasons then by the Oakland Raiders during the 2013 pre-season.

November 22, 2014

A Bible quoting Christian who attacked the patrons of a Minneapolis gay bar with a BB gun will spend 6 months in prison and 5 years on probation over the shooting

A Minnesota man who shot at and wounded patrons of a Minneapolis gay bar with a gas powered BB gun has been sentenced to 6 months in prison and will be on probation for 5 years after he gets out.

Wayne Odegard became furious after seeing gay couples being affectionate outside of Minneapolis gay bar Saloon on 25 September and produced the gun and started shooting at patrons, yelling that they were ‘fucking faggots.’

November 10, 2014

'Anyone who would walk alongside and then encourage that person’s values systems and their beliefs and bring that in alignment, that is like blasphemous to the other side'

Marcus Bachmann is defending himself and conversion therapy.

The husband of retiring Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann faced severe criticism a few years back when it was revealed a clinic he ran supported 'ex-gay' therapy.

November 10, 2014

'Anyone who would walk alongside and then encourage that person’s values systems and their beliefs and bring that in alignment, that is like blasphemous to the other side'

Marcus Bachmann is defending himself and conversion therapy.

The husband of retiring Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann faced severe criticism a few years back when it was revealed a clinic he ran supported 'ex-gay' therapy.

October 1, 2014

'He recited a biblical passage -- I think it's a Deuteronomy passage'

A gay couple was shot with a BB gun while they were in front of a gay bar in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In a report by KMSP-TV, a local television station, the attack took place last week (25 September).

Suspect Wayne Steven Odegard was harassing customers of The Saloon, a gay bar in the Midwest US city

September 29, 2014

The Minnesota Star Tribune – the most widely-read newspaper in the state – has been widely criticized by users of social media for publishing a full-page advert on Sunday that many readers consider to be anti-transgender

The full-page advert was placed by the Minnesota Child Protection League. The advert encourages parents to contact Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) officials and ask them to oppose a transgender student policy.

The advert, which many feel plays on trans bigotry and prejudice, depicts the tiled wall of a changing room shower facility. Written over the image, it says, ‘A male wants to shower beside your 14-year-old daughter. Are you OK with that?’

September 24, 2014

John Nienstedt, of St Paul and Minneapolis, has described homosexuality is a ‘result of psychological trauma’ and has donated over $650,000 to anti-gay marriage campaigns

A music director at a Minnesota Catholic Church was forced to resign by Archbishop John Nienstedt after he got married.

The Archbishop of St Paul and Minneapolis was consulted after Jamie Moore, the music director at St Victoria Catholic Church, married his long-time partner over the weeekend.

He 'recommended' the music director's resignation, saying someone employed in the Catholic Church that is also in a same-sex marriage does not 'uphold church teaching'.

September 19, 2014

Sean Hannity: 'You guys want to tell parents what they can and cannot do'

In talking about child abuse allegations against Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, Sean Hannity Fox News personality somehow quickly found a way to make it about gays.

Peterson is accused of beating his 4 year old son with a tree branch and has been taken off the Minnesota Vikings roster.

Here's what Hannity had to say about that: 'This is my problem with liberals. Here's where my fear goes with all of this - you guys want to tell parents what they can and cannot do.

September 17, 2014

Associate justice says there will only be urgency for high court if a state ban is upheld

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says the US Supreme Court won't be in a big rush to hear a gay marriage case unless the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds state marriage bans.

If that were to happen, 'there will be some urgency,' Ginsberg said during a talk at the University of Minnesota Law School on Tuesday (16 September).

The Sixth Circuit covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee and has marriage equality cases pending.

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 25, 2014

A Minnesota hunting club has reached a legal settlement with young fiancés Cole Frey and Adam Block after it accepted a booking to host their wedding but then refused them when it realized they were a gay couple

Minnesota’s state Department of Human Rights announced a legal settlement on Friday in a dispute between a young gay couple who are getting married and a hunting club that refused to host their wedding.

Cole Frey, 20, and Adam Block, 18 met last October and announced plans to marry in November and the pair contacted LeBlanc’s Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation in February to book its hunting club building as the venue for their wedding.

August 19, 2014

Minnesota Vikings will contribute undisclosed amount of financial support to several LGBT organizations

Former punter Chris Kluwe has reached a legal settlement with the team that fired him after he became an outspoken advocate for same-sex marriage.

August 14, 2014

Nathon Bailey and victim were to be married soon - Phillips' ex is suspect in Minnesota slaying and remains a fugitive

Nathon Bailey expected to be at his wedding to fiance Kelly Phillips later this year.

Instead, he will be attending Phillips' funeral.

A witness said that in the last horrific seconds of Phillips life, he was shot in the back as he tried to flee then in the head as he was on the ground pleading for his life.

The gunman then ran over his body as he drove away from the Minnesota gas station in the city of Arden Hills where the shooting occurred.

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.

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.

August 8, 2014

National Organization for Marriage president: Target 'insinuates' that people against gay marriage are 'akin to segregationists and racial bigots'

The National Organization for Marriage, the largest anti-gay organization in the US, is targeting one of the country's largest retailers with a boycott because of its support of gay marriage.

NOM President Brian Brown announced Thursday (7 August) a boycott against Target, a Minnesota-based chain with 2,000 stores nationwide.

The retailer this week signed on to an amicus brief supporting same-sex marriage in pending cases in Wisconsin and Indiana.

July 26, 2014

'I think they want to abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually'

“abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually - See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/michele-bachmann-gays-want-let-adults-freely-prey-little-children-sexually#sthash.fOFn3TID.dpuf

Representative Michele Bachmann claims the LGBTI community wants laws that allow adults to have sex with children.

This past week, 23 July, the Minnesota Republican was a guest on the conservative radio show Faith & Liberty.

July 26, 2014

'I think they want to abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually'

“abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually - See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/michele-bachmann-gays-want-let-adults-freely-prey-little-children-sexually#sthash.fOFn3TID.dpuf

Representative Michele Bachmann claims the LGBTI community wants laws that allow adults to have sex with children.

This past week, 23 July, the Minnesota Republican was a guest on the conservative radio show Faith & Liberty.

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 21, 2014

Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer suspended for three games - could be reduced to two games with completion of sensitivity training

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe expressed outrage Monday (21 July) that special teams coach Mike Priefer has been suspended for just three games for making a homophobic comment.

Priefer can have his suspension reduced to two games if he completes sensitivity training.

July 16, 2014

Retired NFL player believes he will never play professionally again after he spoke out in favor of same-sex marriage

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is planning to sue the team for failing to release a report of one of its coaches’ alleged anti-gay remarks.

The athlete is accusing Mike Priefer, a Vikings special-teams coordinator, of using homophobic language and discriminating against him.

He also believes his activism for the LGBTI community was the reason he was dismissed from the team in May last year.

July 10, 2014

'...It’s not about the gay agenda but about the science and the financial impact of that agenda. It’s more about sodomy than about pigeonholing a lifestyle'

A Republican candidate for a Minnesota House of Representatives seat is consumed with sodomy and sharing 'scientific' theories that are not connected to actual science.

Bob Frey is running in the Republican primary to represent House District 47A. The MinnPost asked Frey his stance on social issues and he offered the following:

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’.