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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.

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

Thursday, January 2, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
Archbishop John Nienstedt

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

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

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

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. [ Read more → ]
R.T. Rybak

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

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak is hitting the road to promote the state's new marriage equality law. [ Read more → ]
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 mayor plans to officiate city’s first same-sex weddings

Thursday, June 27, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Shannon T.L. Kearns

LGBT-friendly Catholic denomination to ordain transgender priest

Friday, January 18, 2013
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... [ Read more → ]

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. [ Read more → ]

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... [ Read more → ]

MSP Archbishop John Nienstedt crusades against gay marriage

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. [ Read more → ]
Brian Johnson

Judge bans Wisconsin man from distributing Bibles inside Twin Cities pride festival

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- A federal judge ruled this week that an anti-gay activist could not distribute Bibles at Twin Cities Pride this month. [ Read more → ]
CeCe McDonald

Transgender woman pleads guilty to lesser charge in murder case

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- A transgender woman has pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the killing of a man who witnesses claimed incited the attack using racist and transphobic slurs. [ Read more → ]

School official condemns Rolling Stone article on bullying, teen suicide

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS — Anoka-Hennepin School District Superintendent Dennis Carlson has angrily denounced an article published last week by Rolling Stone, in which the magazine highlighted the rash of teen suicides that occurred within the school district over the past three years, and the links some of those deaths had to anti-gay bullying. [ Read more → ]
John Nienstedt

Minnesota Archbishop wants Catholics to recite prayer opposing gay marriage

Friday, December 16, 2011
The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., is calling on Catholics in his diocese to recite a special prayer during mass to promote passage of an anti-gay marriage amendment to the Minnesota state constitution. [ Read more → ]
John Nienstedt

Twin Cities’ Catholic Churches instructed to form anti-gay marriage committees

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
MINNEAPOLIS -- John Nienstedt, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Minneapolis and St. Paul, has urged church priests to form committees to help pass a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota. [ Read more → ]

MN’s largest daily newspaper calls Anoka-Hennepin policy on LGBT issues ‘gutless’

Saturday, August 6, 2011
In a sharply worded editorial, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune this week criticized the Anoka-Hennepin School District, calling the state's largest schools district "gutless" for it's neutrality policy on LGBT issues. [ Read more → ]

Minnesota students sue school district over neutrality policy on sexual orientation

Thursday, July 21, 2011
The Anoka-Hennepin school district in Minneapolis -- Minnesota's largest school district -- is being sued in federal court by five gay and lesbian students over its policy regarding the teaching and discussion of sexual orientation in the classroom. [ Read more → ]

Police investigating homicide of transgender person in Minneapolis

Friday, January 14, 2011
Minneapolis police are investigating the homicide of a 45-year-old transgender person was found stabbed to death Tuesday in her apartment. The medical examiner has identified the victim as Christopher P. Bates, whom friends and neighbors knew as Chrissy. [ Read more → ]

Minnesota Archbishop denies Communion to gay, lesbian students

Tuesday, October 5, 2010
About 25 students from St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict say they were turned away from communion because they were wearing rainbow buttons that indication membership in, or solidarity with a gay and lesbian student group. Archbishop John Nienstedt of the Roman... [ Read more → ]
Archbishop John Nienstedt

MN Archdiocese sending anti-gay marriage DVD to 800,000 parishioners

Monday, September 20, 2010
Archbishop John Nienstedt of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, announced Monday that every Catholic in the state will be mailed a DVD defending marriage as between one man and one woman. [caption id="attachment_10743" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Nienstedt"][/caption] It's the latest effort to... [ Read more → ]

Target rejects HRC call for ‘make it right’ donation to gay causes

Monday, August 16, 2010
Target Corp. said Monday it has no plans to donate money to gay-friendly causes to quiet the protests over a $150,000 donation that helped support a Minnesota governor candidate who opposes gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
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