OPINION | MN Child Protection League continues its assault on LGBT community

The MN Child Protection League Action PAC [CPLActionPAC] issued an action alert to their current followers concerning the Transgender Athletic Policy coming up for a vote on December 4, 2014. They claim that the Minnesota State High School League [MSHSL] is not listening to “you” and have urged their members to call the MSHSL and regurgitate their tired talking points to oppose the policy.

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'Live Free' flags open public conversation on domestic violence

(Photo by Kristal Leebrick) Liz Richards, executive director of the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, raises the Live Free Without Violence flag to honor people who have been killed due to intimate partner violence.

Liz Richards draped her Live Free Without Violence flag from the brick railings at 97 Langford Park in St. Anthony Park for most of October to honor four people killed in 2014 due to intimate partner violence.

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Minneapolis, St. Paul earn perfect scores on municipal LGBT equality

(Photo via Wikipedia) Minneapolis

Minneapolis and St. Paul are among just 38 cities across the country to receive a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index.

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Women in prison: Visiting author imagines options, honors work of local volunteers

“Imagining a world beyond incarceration” is the theme of Maya Schenwar’s new book, a critique on the nation’s prisons entitled Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better. Schenwar will read from her book and help readers imagine a world beyond incarceration on Saturday, November 22. The reading and discussion, set for 3:00 p.m. at Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Avenue South in Minneapolis, is free and open. Schenwar’s reading is sponsored by the Women’s Prison Book Project (WPBP) which is housed at Boneshaker.

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St. Paul aims to lead in workforce racial equity

Nearly $105 million in St. Paul City contracts was awarded in 2013 to businesses owned by people of color, women-owned, and small businesses, according to Saint Paul’s Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) annual report. That was about 41 percent of the “total business opportunity” of more than $255 million. Approximately 18.6 percent of this “total business opportunity,” or $47.5 million of the contracts awarded last year, went to small businesses; $38.5 million (15 percent of total) went to women-owned businesses; and $18.8 million (7 percent of total) went to businesses owned by people of color.

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2014 Women’s Congress: Girl power goes green for future generations

(Photos by Sarah Ellen Miller)

Despite being a leading environmental policy expert, Carolyn Raffensperger said she’s been excluded from environmental projects because of her gender, and it’s happening to women across the board.

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Keith Edwards: Men can end rape

(Photo by Sabrina Kennelly) Keith Edwards presents at Hamline University during his Men Ending Rape event.

For Hamline University alumni Keith Edwards, rape wasn’t always a concrete definition. While at Hamline as an RA, he kept hearing stories from women of men hurting them. At first he resisted that rape was really a problem, but now Dr. Edwards is a national speaker when it comes to ending it.

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Native women victimized once again by Déjà Vu event, City Pages ad

This morning I opened my e-mail to a string of comments relating to an ad in City Pages, our local Voice Media Group publication.

“Outrageous.”

“Sickening and repulsive.”

“Disgusting.”

Of course, I had to see for myself what was prompting this reaction.

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OutFront to award LGBT community activists at annual gala

OutFront Minnesota, the state’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization, will host its Annual Gala: Fueling A State of Change on Nov. 22 where the organization will honor 5 community activists.

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Brewing success: Deb Loch and Jill Pavlak work fast and furious to keep up with demand at Urban Growler Brewing Co.

(Photo by Sarah Whiting) Business partners Jill Pavlak, right, and Deb Loch of Urban Growler Brewing Co.

What can happen if you put a go-getter together with a careful planner, add hops and let steep? You might get Urban Growler Brewing Co.

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