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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Ex-Viking Husain Abdullah Penalized for Praying After Touchdown [VIDEO]

Categories: Religion, Sports
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Abdullah with the Vikings back in 2008
Somewhere, Michele Bachmann nods her head in approval.
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controversial month for the NFL is concluding on a fitting note, as the league finds itself taking heat this morning after Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah was penalized for celebrating his Monday Night Football pick-six on Tom Brady with a prayer in the end zone.

Abdullah, a Viking from 2008 through 2011, is a devout Muslim who actually sat out last season to make a pilgrimage to Mecca. After the game, he downplayed the controversy, but others weren't so charitable to the NFL.

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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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When a Native American sports logo isn't racist

Categories: Sports

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Warroad Warriors logo via Warroad Public Schools website

Offensive sports names and logos aren't going away anytime soon. There's the Washington Redskins' derogatory name. There's Chief Wahoo, the racist caricature logo of the Cleveland Indians. All clearly racist, all defended by owners and fans.

Changing those images is a noble cause, but sometimes, it can be a slippery slope, leading to shouting matches and more frustration. Which is exactly what happened earlier this week when the Minneapolis-based National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media took on the name and Native American logo of the Warroad Warriors, based in Warroad, Minnesota.

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Betty McCollum calls on Zygi Wilf to publicly condemn Redskins nickname

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McCollum to Wilf: "The time for debate has ended -- the name of the Washington franchise is clearly an offensive racial slur."
One surprising revelation in Chris Kluwe's nuclear account of alleged homophobia within the Vikings organization is that Zygi Wilf is actually a staunch supporter of gay rights.

Kluwe wrote that before a September 2012 game, right as the marriage amendment he was so outspoken in opposing was becoming a huge political issue in Minnesota, Wilf approached him and said, "Chris, I'm proud of what you've done. Please feel free to keep speaking out. I just came from my son's best friend's wedding to his partner in New York, and it was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen." (The results of the Vikings' investigation into Kluwe's allegations are set to be revealed next week, so stay tuned for more on that story soon.)

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St. Paul Saints delete yucky tweet of dead bird [PHOTO]

Categories: Media, Sports
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In the midst of their last season in the classic confines of Midway Stadium, the St. Paul Saints are currently in first place.

But one of their social media people got gross in trying to convey his or her excitement to the team's Twitter followers.

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The Twins once had a racist owner too, and his statue stands outside Target Field

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Rick Prescott
Calvin Griffith is immortalized with this statue outside Target Field.
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In light of the furor Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling generated with racist remarks he made during a recent phone conversation with his girlfriend (listen to the audio here), it's worth noting that the Minnesota Twins once had a racist owner as well.

In 1978, Calvin Griffith, owner of the Twins from the franchise's inception until 1984, told members of the Waseca Lions Club that he moved the team from Washington, D.C. to Minnesota because there are relatively few black people here.

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#LadyInPink Alyssa Nelson is the sexy star of the Wild's huge Game 6 win [VIDEO, PHOTOS]

Categories: Sports, Wild
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In the span of one Vine video, Nelson became everyone's favorite Wild fan.
Late in the second period of last night's do-or-die Game 6, the Wild needed a lift. The hometown team had already blown a two-goal lead and weren't dominating play like they had for much of the series. It felt like they were on the ropes.

Then, the #LadyInPink happened.

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Betty McCollum blasts Redskins owner for not changing team name

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McCollum: "Snyder wants to keep profiting from his team's racist brand and use those profits to attempt to buy the silence of Native Americans."
Rep. Betty McCollum is co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus, and in that role, she's led the push to get Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change the team's name, which she characterizes as a "derogatory slur akin to the 'N-word' among African Americans or the 'W-word' among Latinos."

Though NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested last fall he's open to a change, Snyder announced last night he's sticking with Redskins.

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