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Man sentenced to 6 months for shooting couple with BB gun outside gay bar

Friday, November 28, 2014
Wayne Steven Odegard
MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota man who harassed customers outside a popular Minneapolis gay bar in September, and after yelling gay slurs, pulled out a CO2 powered BB gun and shot at a same-sex couple, has been sentenced to six months in the Hennepin County adult detention center. [...]

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Gay couple shot by BB gun-wielding homophobe outside Minneapolis gay bar

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Wayne Steven Odegard
MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minnesota man is facing charges after harassing customers outside a popular Minneapolis gay bar, and after yelling gay slurs, allegedly pulled out a CO2 powered BB gun and fired at a same-sex couple. [...]

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Minn. newspaper under fire for running full-page anti-transgender ad

Monday, September 29, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota's largest daily newspaper is under fire for running an anti-transgender advertisement in Sunday's edition that claimed boys may soon be allowed to shower with girls. The full page ad, paid for by the Minnesota Child Protection League, is in response to a proposed policy change by the [...]

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Anti-gay Archbishop under investigation for sexual misconduct with other men

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Archbishop John Nienstedt
John Nienstedt, the Catholic archbishop who championed the failed effort to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota, is facing a church investigation over allegations of inappropriate sexual relationships with other men, including priests and seminary students. “I believe that the investigators have received about ten sworn statements alleging sexual impropriety ... [...]

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At Minnesota’s Spirit on Lake, LGBT seniors find safe haven

Thursday, January 2, 2014
Ann Heisenfelt, APBarbara Satin (left), a 79-year-old transgender activist described by building residents as "the matriarch of Spirit on Lake," with resident Lucretia Kirby in her unit at Spirit on Lake in Minneapolis.
MINNEAPOLIS — Lucretia Kirby was on her own for the first time in years after her partner's death. She felt stranded in a church-affiliated assisted living facility, where she said bigotry and even physical threats were ignored by building managers. [...]

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Anti-gay Catholic bishop steps aside under allegations of sexual abuse

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Archbishop John Nienstedt
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Twin Cities Catholic Archbishop John Nienstedt, who in 2010 advised a parishioner to reject her gay son or suffer eternal damnation, has stepped down from public ministry due to allegations that he inappropriately touched a young boy on the buttocks during a photo session a year [...]

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Victory Fund announces ‘Ten Races to Watch’ featuring LGBT candidates

Friday, October 25, 2013
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The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund has announced its annual “Races to Watch” list featuring openly LGBT candidates, naming 10 candidates involved in groundbreaking runs for political office this year. Victory has endorsed a total of 85 out candidates for 2013, an all-time high for an odd numbered year. [...]

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Minneapolis mayor goes on the road to promote marriage equality in Minn.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
R.T. Rybak
MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak is hitting the road to promote the state's new marriage equality law. [...]

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Minneapolis mayor plans to officiate city’s first same-sex weddings

Thursday, June 27, 2013
Jerry Holt, Star-Tribune/APMinneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak introduces the first two same-sex couples that will be married at City Hall this summer, Jeff Isaacson left and his partner Al Giraud, and Cathy Ten Broeke and her partner Margaret Miles.
MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak plans to marry same-sex couples at City Hall the minute it becomes legal this summer, he said Thursday. [...]

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LGBT-friendly Catholic denomination to ordain transgender priest

Friday, January 18, 2013
Shannon T.L. Kearns
MINNEAPOLIS — The North American Old Catholic Church, one of the largest Old Catholic bodies in the United States, announced it will ordain a transgender man into the priesthood on Saturday. Shannon T.L. Kearns will be tasked with starting a new Minneapolis parish, the House of the Transfiguration, following his [...]

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