Omar rallies support for bill banning gay conversion therapy

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) | Rep. Ilhan Omar has rallied LGBTQ youth in support of a Minnesota bill to ban gay conversion therapy for minors or vulnerable adults.

Omar spoke March 21 on the state Capitol steps to a crowd that marched from OutFront Minnesota’s seventh annual Youth Summit at Saint Paul College.

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Some summer camps try to better support transgender campers

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Inclusion is a core value shared by many summer camps, and in recent years there’s been a lot of discussion in the camp community about how to help transgender and gender-nonconforming youth succeed.

Tom Rosenberg, president and chief executive officer of the American Camp Association, says the group is doing more every year to support camps that want to be more welcoming to kids of all identities. “Our goal is to offer expert educational support for camps that wish to welcome transgender kids, and also to really learn more and develop the culture of their camp to be more inclusive,” he says.

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Lesbian Angie Craig unseats anti-LGBT House lawmaker in Minnesota

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A lesbian candidate running for a U.S. House seat in Minnesota has unseated an anti-LGBT lawmaker from the U.S. House, making her poised to become the first openly gay mother in Congress.

At a around 8:15 local time on Nov 6, major media outlets declared Angie Craig, a business executive who’s also mother, the winner in her bid to unseat Rep. Jason Lewis (R-Minn.) and represent Minnesota’s 2nd congressional district.

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Openly lesbian candidate sees path for success in Minnesota Congressional race

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EAGAN, Minn. (AP) | Angie Craig came so close to winning a seat in Congress that she wasn’t ready to give up.

The former medical technology executive turned Democratic politician lost by less than 2 points in 2016 to Jason Lewis, a conservative former talk radio host who styled himself on the air as “Mr. Right” and whose past on-air remarks continue to be an issue. Within a few months, she filed for a rematch.

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Pastor rejects gay musicians from Minnesota Catholic Church

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TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Members of a rural Catholic parish in eastern Minnesota are at odds over the dismissal of three gay men from a church musical ensemble after the new pastor learned they are in same-sex marriages.

The Pioneer Press reports that Bob Bernard, one of the dismissed men, said he has no plans to leave the church and that none of them wants the pastor’s decision to lead to protests against the Catholic Church.

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FBI statistics show hate crimes rise in Minnesota in 2016

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Hate crimes in Minnesota rose for the second straight year in 2016, with the bulk of crimes motivated by the victim’s race or ethnicity. Crimes were also committed against victims because of their religion or sexual orientation.

The FBI released its 2016 hate crime statistics report Nov. 13.

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Judge rejects couple’s argument for refusing LGBTQ customers

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A federal judge has dismissed a legal challenge by the owners of a Minnesota video company who want to shoot weddings for heterosexual couples only.

Carl and Angel Larsen own Telescope Media Group and filed a lawsuit in December against the state’s human rights commissioner and attorney general contesting a Minnesota law that bans businesses from denying wedding services to same-sex couples. The St. Cloud couple’s lawsuit was a pre-emptive effort to avoid penalties for turning away same-sex customers.

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Minnesota mom sues teenage child over transgender treatment

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Minnesota mother is suing her teenage child for transitioning from male to female without her permission.

Anmarie Calgaro is also suing the 17-year-old’s doctors and public health and school officials in the lawsuit filed in Minneapolis federal court Nov. 16.

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Republican Minnesota lawmakers want to undo transgender athletics rule

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – More than 20 Republican legislators want to stop transgender students born as male from playing on girls’ sports teams, undoing a state high school league vote that drew fervent support and opposition last year.

Minnesota State High School League member schools must allow transgender students born male to play on female teams starting with the 2015-2016 school year, though religiously affiliated private schools will be exempt. Girls are already allowed on boys’ teams under state law.

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Transgender guidelines for Minnesota prep sports considered

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota High School League will vote on establishing guidelines for transgender student-athlete participation.

The guidelines would be the first in the state for transgender student athletes. The proposal describes how schools should accommodate locker room privacy and outlines the medical documentation that students must have to identify themselves as transgender.

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Kluwe says homophobia played a part in his dismissal from the Vikings

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In a column on Deadspin.com, former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe on Jan. 2 admits that he doesn’t know if his activism for marriage equality was the reason the team’s ownership and coaches dismissed him.

“However, I’m pretty confident it was,” he said.

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Race to marriage equality in Minnesota

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St. Paul (AP) – Same-sex couples received nearly 1 in 3 marriage licenses issued in Minnesota since they were allowed to wed, The Associated Press (AP) found in a statewide survey of the first month’s impact of the new gay marriage law.

Since Minnesota became the 12th U.S. state to legalize gay marriage, at least 1,640 same-sex couples applied to be married. Counties aren’t required to report such data to the state, so the AP built a database through calls to all 87 counties.

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