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Full-Page Advertisement In Minnesota Newspaper Paints Transgender Teens As Locker Room Predators: VIDEO

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A full-page advertisement in Sunday's issue of the Minnesota Star Tribune had a deeply transphobic and infuriatingly close-minded message to put across to readers. Depicting two shower heads in a locker room, the ad asks: "A male wants to shower beside your 14-year-old daughter. Are YOU ok with that?" The image is in reference to a policy to be discussed this week by the Minnesota State High School League which would allow transgender students to join sports teams based on their gender identity. 

Not only does the ad completely deny transgender students' gender identification (by referring to a person who identifies as female as "male"), it was also paid for by an entity titled the Minnesota Child Protection League, casting a sinister light on an already maligned minority group. 

My Fox 9 Twin Cities reports:

It remains unknown if any transgender athletes have been barred from sports in Minnesota, but the state's high school league believes it's only a matter of time. In fact, ever since Dr. Renee Richards decided to play women's tennis nearly 40 years ago, the sports world has wrestled with transgender issues. The International Olympic Committee and NCAA both have similar policies in place...

Those like Autumn Leva, of the Minnesota Family Council, say they share the concerns about locker rooms, privacy, and the "fundamental fairness" cited in the [Minnesota] draft.

"We segregate teams for a reason -- for safety reasons, for privacy reasons," she said. "Now, you have a biological male to female taking the place of a female student. That becomes really problematic."

Yet, the MSHSL says that's why they need a policy -- to be ahead of the ball for when schools encounter such a scenario. The draft aims to provide schools a framework for identifying trans athletes and guidelines for working with doctors who may be administering hormone therapy that would equalize the playing field.

Many Minnesotans were outraged by the transphobic advertisement. CityPages.com reported about several subscribers' tweets on the issue, including "Well that's the end of me buying the Star Tribune" and "Why did @StarTribune publishers amplify that hate?" The paper has reportedly stated that the advertisement "met all the requirements of [their] ad policy."

A disturbing story to say the least. We will keep our fingers crossed for a vote in favor of the policy this Thursday.

Check out news coverage of the story, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Christian Shoots Gay Couple With BB Gun In Minneapolis Bar: VIDEO

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A gay couple visiting Minneapolis from Brooklyn and Philadelphia were targeted and shot with a BB gun by a homophobic Christian man in a popular local gay, KMSP-TV reports. The man, 43-year-old Wayne Steven Odegard, harassed customers at the Saloon, hurling expletives and making disparaging remarks “towards a couple that was holding hands”, a public display of affection that Odegard “obviously didn't appreciate": 

EricksonShortly after his expletives, Odegard's sheer disregard for the establishment, or humanity, then escalated. After yelling gay slurs, he allegedly pulled out a CO2 powered BB gun.

“I ran after him and then it ended up he shot a different gay couple in the leg, with that gun and it went through his jeans and drew blood,” [said Tyler Erickson (pictured right), a security guard at the Saloon.]

Before Odegard could run even 30 feet, Erickson nabbed him, arrested him and called police.

“He told me multiple times that I'm going to go to hell and he's going to bring me with him,” Erickson said. “He recited a biblical passage -- I think it's a deuteronomy passage.”

Being that they were from out of town, the couple "joked that they came to progressive Minneapolis and got shot for being gay,” according to Erickson. Though neither was seriously injured, Erickson pointed out, “Even if the guy was shot with the same CO2 powered bb gun in the face it would've gone right through his cheek." Odegard now faces second-degree assault and gun possession charges.

Watch a news report on the attack, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Minnesota's First Openly Transgender Candidate Paula Overby Releases Campaign Video - WATCH

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Paula Overby, who is believed to be the first openly transgender person to run for Congress from Minnesota, has released a Western-themed campaign video “This Is Paula Country.”

A quality assurance analyst from Eagan, Minnesota, Overby ran uncontested for the Independence nomination in the primary on August 12, 2014.

Pulling no punches, Overby, who is running for 2nd District Minnesota, says:

“People are fed up….We need to bring back freedom, individual liberties and individual responsibilities. We need representation that represents the people.  We have one of those representatives who really is not doing very much in Washington. [Republican incumbent John Kline has] forgotten what its like to live in our district.  I think it’s time to send that Representative back to Texas.”

According to ontheissues.org, Kline has voted against gay employment protections, was twice in favor of amending the constitution with a gay marriage ban and has a 0 percent rating on gay issues from the Human Rights Campaign.

Earlier this month, Bill Maher announced that he will personally target Kline for defeat this November because he has voted to repeal Obamacare fifty-four times and is against - among other things - raising the minimum wage, stem cell research, same-sex marriage and funding for climate change studies.

Watch Overby’s campaign video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Catholic Church Music Director Fired For Same-Sex Nuptials Speaks Out: VIDEO

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After getting married to his partner, Minnesotan church music director Jamie Manzi-Moore [top right] was forced to resign from his congregation in St. Victoria, MN. He's on his honeymoon, and hasn't commented on the firing — until now.

Speaking with CBS Minnesota, Manzi-Moore is unequivocal that "Archbishop Nienstedt was the person requesting [his] resignation."

Archbishop NienstedtThe Archbishop has claimed that the church reached out to him for advice, but Manzi-Moore tells another story. He says that after coming out to his community, his church's Father White reached out to the Archbishop, telling him the church wanted to keep Manzi-Moore on staff, regardless of his sexuality. Manzi-Moore says Archbishop Nienstedt never responded to this request.

While Manzi-Moore says he felt "heartbroken" when he heard the news of his firing from the church, and he does not have another job lined up, he was not exactly surprised by the news — his comments sound more resigned than angry:

I have known ever since going to work for the Catholic Church that this could be a possibility at some point in time [...] It might take me a while to quote unquote, ‘come back.’ But I was born and raised Catholic and I love the Catholic faith.

Watch a CBS Minnesota report on the story, AFTER THE JUMP...

It bears repeating that Archbishop Nienstedt has a history of anti-gay remarks and recently refused to leave his post despite allegations of sexual misconduct and covering up the sexual abuse of children. 

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Gay Minnesotan Church Employee Forced to Resign for Getting Married

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Jamie Moore, music director for St. Victoria Catholic Church in Victoria, MN (pictured) was forced to resign from his post. 

Over the weekend, Moore married his male partner, and as a response, the archdiocese told the church it would be best if Moore resigns. Via CBS Minnesota, Archbishop John Nienstedt said that he was contacted by the church for advice on the situation. Said Nienstadt in a statement:

The … conduct of church employees can inspire and motivate people, but it can also scandalize and undermine their faith. Church employees must … recognize and accept the responsibilities that accompany their ministry.

Nienstadt has a history of anti-gay remarks and recently refused to leave his post despite allegations of sexual misconduct and covering up the sexual abuse of children. 

Moore, meanwhile, is on his honeymoon, and has yet to be heard from on this matter. 

Dan Carroll, who has been a church member for 45 years, provided a quote to CBS: "I think he’s a real friendly person. He seems like he gets along with everybody and fits in quite well." And yet, his attitude was more resigned than up-in-arms: “Whatever they [the church] choose for us, that’s what we have to put up with.” 

The church's Father White, who the Archbishop spoke with directly, says he plans to address this issue in a sermon this weekend.


Anti-gay Vikings Coach Mike Priefer Says He's 'A Better Man' After Undergoing Sensitivity Training

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Priefer, who was suspended for two games and required to attend sensitivity classes following allegations earlier this year that he was active in promoting locker room homophobia and anti-LGBT hostility, is speaking out about his time away from the team while at sensitivity training.

PrieferThe AP reports:

"It was very positive," Priefer told reporters at team headquarters Thursday in his first public comments since the suspension was lifted on Sunday night. "It was very professionally done. Like anything else in life, if you put a lot into it, you're going to get a lot out of it. I tell my kids that. I tell our players that. So I went into it with a great attitude and I got a lot out of it, to be honest with you."

When asked if he's changed in any way after being deluged with criticism for making the comments and taking the subsequent training, Priefer said, "I don't know if I've changed, but I think I have more awareness of my surroundings and other people around me. I think I'm a better man because of it."

Considering that this is the guy who allegedly said "We should round up all the gays, send them to an island, and then nuke it until it glows," the fact that Priefer isn't sure if he's had a change of heart is disturbing to say the least. 


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