Program for Mpls National Coming Out Day Luncheon Features Unfortunate Typo [PHOTO]

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Did you know tomorrow is National Coming Out Day?

Well, it is. And in commemoration, Quorum held its 21st annual National Coming Out Day Luncheon earlier today, featuring Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and WCCO meteorologist Matt Brickman.

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SCOTUS Ushers In Marriage Equality in Wisconsin

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Marriage equality became the law of the Land of 10,000 Lakes last year as a result of a bill passed by the DFL-controlled legislature and signed into law by Gov. Mark Dayton.

In the Land of Cheese and Beer, on the other hand, it came from the U.S. Supreme Court's chambers in Washington, D.C., where earlier this week justices decided not to consider any of a number of cases challenging lower court decisions that struck down bans on same-sex marriage in individual states, including Wisconsin.

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MNGOP Candidate Jeff Backer Clarifies Strange Anti-Gay Marriage Argument

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Jeff Backer photo via Google Plus
A DFL source alerted us to the "Issues" page on the website of Jeff Backer, an MNGOP candidate for a House seat in a far western district currently represented by DFLer Jay McNamar.

Under the heading of "Traditional Marriage," Backer makes a strange case that rape and bigamy are illegal because they violate the "sanctity of marriage." But Backer says reading his argument in that way is a misinterpretation.

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Media Ethics Prof on Star Tribune's Anti-Trans Ad: "Readers Deserve An Explanation"

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This ad was paid for by the Minnesota Child Protection League, "A group of veteran religious right and tea party activists."
The Star Tribune created quite a stir by running a full-page anti-transgender ad in Sunday's paper, but when we sought an explanation from Steve Yaeger, Strib VP of marketing and public relations, he wasn't interested in talking about it.

"If you were doing a story on how media of all kinds (broadcast, print, digital) handle campaign and advocacy advertising, I'd consider how we could contribute to the conversation," he wrote in an email. "But I don't think that's what you're doing."

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Minnesota State High School League Delays Vote on Transgender Athlete Policy

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Jana Shortal on Twitter

Yesterday morning, the Minnesota State High School League was on the brink of history, ready to vote on the first rules for transgender athletes in the state's history. It's a policy that, as we explained yesterday, shouldn't be controversial. But it's still historic.

And yet the MSSHL decided to keep teasing out the decision. In its meeting yesterday, the group voted to table their vote on the proposal until December so they could learn a little more in the interim. Despite hearing the stories from transgender students and activists over the course of a few days, the board said it needed time to "get this right."

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"Controversial" MSHSL Draft Transgender Policy Really Shouldn't Be

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Jana Shortal on Twitter
An overflow crowd attended yesterday's hearing.
Yesterday, the Minnesota State High School League held a hearing on the draft "Participation of Transgender Students" policy board members are set to vote on as soon as today.

As we wrote about in the context of an anti-transgender ad the Star Tribune ran last Sunday, the draft policy is controversial. It really shouldn't be, however, if you accept that being transgender is a fact of life that shouldn't result in a person being treated as a second-class citizen.

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Wayne Odegard Allegedly Called Saloon Patrons "Faggots," Shot One with BB Gun

Categories: Crime, GLBT
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Wayne Odegard: Allegedly the gay-unfriendliest man in Minneapolis.
Around 11:15 p.m. last Thursday, Wayne Odegard was walking down the sidewalk outside the Saloon's patio in downtown Minneapolis when he saw a gay couple kissing.

Since the Saloon is one of the city's best-known gay bars, you wouldn't expect anything else, right? But Odegard was so incensed by the gay PDA that he allegedly called the couple "fucking faggots," broke out his BB gun, and started shooting.

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Star Tribune Runs Anti-Transgender Ad [IMAGE]

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Yesterday, the Star Tribune upset many of its LGBT-friendly readers by running an anti-transgender ad paid for by the Minnesota Child Protection League.

The ad urges parents to contact Minnesota State High School League officials ahead of a meeting later this week and ask them not to approve a new policy that would allow transgender students to participate in athletics based on their gender identity.

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Archbishop Nienstedt Forces Out Gay Music Director

Categories: GLBT, Religion
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Jamie Moore picture via Facebook
Jamie Moore, music director at St. Victoria Catholic Church in Victoria, was forced to resign by Archbishop John Nienstedt after he married his longtime partner.

Or at least so says Rev. Bob White, priest at the church.

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Racist, Homophobic Posts Force Wisconsin Republican Jacob Dorsey Out of Race

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Jacob Dorsey screencap via Digital Journal
Think Minnesota Republicans have a hard time with social media? Consider the case of young Wisconsin GOPer Jacob Dorsey.

Dorsey, 19, took a semester off from his studies at Brigham Young University-Idaho to run for a Janesville seat in the state assembly, which is the Wisconsin equivalent to the Minnesota House. But he's headed back to school after screencaps of racist and homophobic online posts he wrote surfaced.

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