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April 10, 2014

'Nobody in this state or this nation should have to feel bad about themselves for being who they are'

Today (9 April) Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed an anti-bullying law that specifically includes LGBT students.

The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act requires school districts to train staff on how to recognize and prevent bullying.

Prevention programs are to be implemented, and districts must focus more on changing behavior as opposed to punishment.

March 11, 2014

'And the thing that I think is getting a little tiresome is the gay community have so bullied the American people...'

Representative Michele Bachmann charges gays bully 'the American people' and elected officials.

The Republican, who is not seeking reelection, was interviewed by Lars Larson this past weekend during the Conservative Political Action Conference.

The CPAC is a once a year gathering of conservative activists and politicians.

February 5, 2014

Letter to Ryan Eichenauer states: 'I can't wait for the day that I get to walk over your grave and if you don't put yourself there, I'll be glad to. Just do us all a favor and do it soon. Kill yourself already.'

Minnesota high school student Ryan Eichenauer came out as gay in a video on Facebook six weeks ago.

'I don't like the term "coming out" because I'm not coming out. I am letting the world in,' he said in the video.

Now he's getting death threats.

The teenager found two threatening letters in his desks in two different classrooms at Centennial High School in Circle Pines, Minnesota.

Among the threatening statements in the second letter that came Tuesday (4 January):

January 7, 2014

'It’s not like he’s going to come out and say, "Yes, I said all those things, please end my career now"'

Chris Kluwe, the former NFL punter who has made explosive allegations of homophobia against a former coach, says he's not surprised he's being called a liar.

‘Well, you know, it’s not like he’s going to come out and say, yes, I said all those things, please end my career now,' Kluwe told CNN's Anderson Cooper of Minnesota Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer.

January 5, 2014

CeCe McDonald, who was convinced of manslaughter, is to be released 19 months into a 41 month prison sentence

A trans woman who was imprisoned for manslaughter is to be released early.

CeCe McDonald, who was found guilty of second degree manslaughter, stabbed Dean Schmitz in an apparent case of self defence in June 2011. After pleading guilty, she was sentenced to 41 months in prison.

According to the Minnesota Department Of Corrections, McDonald will be freed on 13 January - just 19 months into her sentence.

Trans activists have always maintained McDonald had acted in self defence.

January 4, 2014

Former punter alleges he was fired for gay activism and accuses assistant coach of homophobic rants

The Minnesota Vikings have hired two-profile attorney's to lead their investigation into former punter Chris Kluwe's explosive allegations this week about why he was fired and the anti-gay behavior of an assistant coach.

The team said Friday (3 January) that it has retained the services of former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson and former US Department of Justice trial attorney Chris Madel.

January 3, 2014

Team will 'thoroughly review' matter but insists Kluwe was released strictly based on his football performance

Chris Kluwe came out swinging Thursday against his former NFL team, the Minnesota Vikings, for firing him from his job as a punter after eight years.

In a column published on Deadspin, he calls special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer a 'bigot' who didn't agree with his increasingly high-profile work for LGBTI equality.

January 3, 2014

Mike Priefer accuses former Viking Chris Kluwe of attacking his character and insulting his professionalism

Minnesota Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer 'vehemently' denies allegations by former punter Chris Kluwe that he is an anti-gay 'bigot.'

Kluwe claimed in a blistering column this week that Priefer did not approve of his activism for marriage equality, began to treat him badly and began to increasingly make homophobic comments.

November 23, 2013

In letter to fellow representative, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney points to figure estimating 20,000 children are being raised by same-sex parents

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has declined to include LGBT parents in her adoption resolution.

Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a gay parent from New York, requested, as reported by the Advocate, the failed presidential candidate 'recognize the contributions of LGBT families with adoptive children.'

November 23, 2013

In letter to fellow representative, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney points to figure estimating 20,000 children are being raised by same-sex parents

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has declined to include LGBT parents in her adoption resolution.

Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a gay parent from New York, requested, as reported by the Advocate, the failed presidential candidate 'recognize the contributions of LGBT families with adoptive children.'

November 16, 2013

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe have become the 8th federally recognized Native American tribal grouping to allow same-sex couples to marry, wedding Arnold and Matthew Dahl-Wooley on their reservation Friday afternoon

8 US federally recognized Native American tribes now allow same-sex marriage, with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe marrying their first same-sex couples on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation on Friday.

Arnold and Matthew Dahl-Wooley have been living on the reservation as a couple for a decade after meeting in Oregon 15 years ago, and had been campaigning for same-sex marriages to be performed on Arnold’s traditional tribal lands for the last two years.

September 13, 2013

Anti-gay Family Research Council urges its followers to go to supermarket and 'think outside the Betty Crocker box'

When same-sex marriage became legal in Minnesota, the Betty Crocker cake brand donated custom wedding cakes to three couples when they tied the knot.

It proudly stated: 'Betty celebrates all families…. We don't want to be old fashioned.'

Now Tony Perkins, president of the anti-gay organization Family Research Council, wants his followers to take their collective sweet tooth elsewhere, Right Wing Watch reports.

August 22, 2013

Lambda Legal claims when charges were brought against HIV defendant James Rick the state misapplied  its communicable disease law

The Supreme Court in the Midwestern US state Minnesota upheld a lower court's decision overturning the conviction of an HIV positive man charged with criminal transmission of a communicable disease.

In 2009 May, Daniel James Rick started a sexual relationship with a man whose HIV status was unknown. Both agreed not to use condoms.

In 2009 October the unidentified partner, known as DB, discovered he too was HIV positive. The two men had their final sexual encounter in 2009 November.

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.

August 1, 2013

Approximately 42 gay couples were prepared to be married by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak

Gay and lesbian couples can now be married in the US states Minnesota and Rhode Island.

In mid-May Mark Dayton, Minnesota's governor, signed a same-sex marriage bill. Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee did the same, but earlier in the month. Both laws turned official at midnight on 1 August.

August 1, 2013

Approximately 42 gay couples were prepared to be married by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak

Gay and lesbian couples can now be married in the US states Minnesota and Rhode Island.

In mid-May Mark Dayton, Minnesota's governor, signed a same-sex marriage bill. Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee did the same, but earlier in the month. Both laws turned official at midnight on 1 August.

July 31, 2013

As Minnesotans get ready to marry on 1 August, 42 years ago the first gay couple in the United States deigned to challenge the Supreme Court on gay rights

We all love a wedding video, but the problem with gay weddings in the US is they are all too recent. Where’s the questionable hair? The odd outfits?

Back in Minnesota 1971, a gay couple was believed to have been the first to be legally wed in the United States.

While Jack Baker and Michael McConnell received a marriage license and were legally wed, state courts soon declared their union illegal.

The couple took their case to the Minnesota Supreme Court for recognition of their marriage, but eventually lost.

July 5, 2013

William Hudson: 'I need to be truthful about my life'

It seems there was nothing wrong with William Hudson's performance as president of Totino-Grace High School in Fridley Minnesota.

But it's a Catholic High School and Hudson has decided to stop hiding the fact that he is gay.

So, he has resigned.

'I love the Totino-Grace community, however I need to be truthful about my life,' Hudson in a statement this week. 'I am in a committed same-sex relationship, and I felt the best course of action was to inform the school.'

July 5, 2013

William Hudson: 'I need to be truthful about my life'

It seems there was nothing wrong with William Hudson's performance as president of Totino-Grace High School in Fridley Minnesota.

But it's a Catholic High School and Hudson has decided to stop hiding the fact that he is gay.

So, he has resigned.

'I love the Totino-Grace community, however I need to be truthful about my life,' Hudson in a statement this week. 'I am in a committed same-sex relationship, and I felt the best course of action was to inform the school.'

July 3, 2013

America’s far-right Family Research Council has declared July ‘Ex-Gay Pride Month’ and will end the month with a $150 a head dinner at which retiring Republican Senator Michele Bachmann will speak

The Family Research Council has declared this July to be ‘Ex-Gay Pride Month’ and will end the month with a lavish dinner where political marriage equality foes will speak.

To push the notion that homosexuality is a curable condition, the Family Research Council has launched two groups, Voice of the Voiceless, which describes itself as ‘the only anti-defamation league for former homosexuals, individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions, and their families,’ and Equality and Justice for All.

June 27, 2013

Michele Bachmann, Pat Robertson, Chris Christie and Chick-fil-A chairman among those speaking out

As LGBT people and their allies celebrate the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, several socially conservative public figures are slamming the ruling.

Over the past two days, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachman, televangelist Pat Robertson, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy have made their displeasure known.

June 4, 2013

Gay-friendly US church was the victim of vandals as Minnesota readies to officially legalize same-sex marriage '

A pro-gay marriage church in the US was vandalized, egged, with ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’ scrawled on the walls.

The congregation of Pilgrims United Church of Christ in Maple Grove, Minnesota were flocking to attend the small community church, but was greeted with anti-gay graffiti.

Church staff believes it was a backlash after they backed the Minnesota same-sex marriage bill, which will be made officially law on 1 August.

June 4, 2013

But Minnesota Vikings running back would 'pat them on the butt when he's doing good'

Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings running back who is the NFL's MVP, says he will be 'uncomfortable' in the showers with an openly gay player.

Peterson tells The Oklahoman: 'Simple things, as far as showers and things like that, you know, of course, anyone would be uncomfortable.'

June 3, 2013

'I'm sure I could make a late supper if an F35 were to pick me up at the field right after practice. Just saying'

Chris Kluwe, the NFL punter who in the past year has become a famous LGBT activist, is making clear that his new job with the Oakland Raiders comes first right now - even before visiting The White House.

Kluwe was among those invited to a 15 June reception celebrating LGBT Pride Month but he has training with the Raiders, the the team that signed him last month after he was let go by the Minnesota Vikings.