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

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch | 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 earlier.

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

JEFF SPITKO | | Friday, October 25, 2013
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...

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City council appoints Minneapolis’ first female, openly gay police chief

| Monday, December 3, 2012
The Minneapolis city council on Friday confirmed 25-year veteran officer Janee Harteau as the city's new Chief of Police, and in doing so Harteau becomes the first woman and first openly gay officer to serve as police chief.

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LGBT Hmong organization provides visibility, support in Minnesota

| Sunday, November 4, 2012
As with many minority communities, there is pressure to protect the Hmong ethnic identity and culture. Being unable to continue the family name or contribute to one’s clan is seen as a threat to the Hmong’s very survival. For gay Hmong shunned from their clans or families, it can sometimes feel lonely...

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MSP Archbishop John Nienstedt crusades against gay marriage

By Casey Michel| City Pages | Monday, June 25, 2012
Minnesota's "City Pages" takes a closer look at Minneapolis-St. Paul Archbishop John Nienstedt and his crusade against gay marriage -- but increasingly, his flock of Minnesota Catholics isn't following.

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