State athletics league mulls transgender inclusion in sports

The Minnesota State High School League is set to vote next week on whether to allow transgender high schools students to participate in athletics based on their gender identity.

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National conversation around Peterson case highlights Black victimizers, yet overlooks victims

Left: (Photo by Steve Floyd) Adrian Peterson; Right: (Photo by Charles Hallman) Kevin Warren

Domestic violence or child abuse isn’t just being done by Black NFL players — it’s a society problem that needs addressing, said the Minnesota Vikings’ highest ranking Black front office executive.

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Reflections of New Minnesotans: Maria Isa

This week's guest MC, singer, songwriter and activist Maria Isa. She discusses the women's movement and other inspirations for her new album, Valley of the Dolls. [Audio below]

Minneapolis tweaks city code to allow gender neutral restrooms

The Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed a resolution and an ordinance change on Friday allowing businesses to have gender neutral, single-use restroom facilities. The issue was raised by the Minneapolis Transgender Issues Work Group.

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Wednesday: SHUT IT DOWN: A night of hip hop, poetry and action to disrupt street harassment

Twin Cities people: hope you can make it to this show. We're raising money for a very good cause, signal-boosting people through an interactive sign-making/photo-booth kinda thing, and showcasing a hell of a lineup of artists. Facebook event page here.

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Family Tree Clinic: Talking about sex? They're making it easier

(Photos by Kayla Song) Top: Korrina Griffith, a former Family Tree KISS student educator, feels empowered by her knowledge about sexual health. Bottom: In its 43 years, Family Tree Clinic has evolved to provide quality, confidential reproductive and sexual health care services to diverse communities.

Sex is an awkward subject.

True, the dreaded “talk” is something neither a parent nor child wants to deal with. But it’s a whole lot easier to discuss with a friend.

Family Tree Clinic’s Keeping It Safe and Sexy (KISS) program does just this.

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Photos: Too young to wed

I’m traveling to Geneva next week along with representatives of the International Oromo Youth Association to meet with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to talk about children’s rights in Ethiopia. We submitted a report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child in July, and the Committee invited us to meet with Committee members in a 2.5 hour, closed-door session next Friday.

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Report: Minneapolis sex trafficking violent, organized

(Graphic by Moira Blodgett)

A new University of Minnesota report examining Minneapolis’ violent sex trafficking business could aid police officers in squashing the trade.

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Changing lives, one mom at a time

Deb Avenido’s 15-year-old client faced big problems. “She was homeless with her mom and her brother through her whole pregnancy. They would stay at a family shelter for a month – that’s as long as they could stay there. Then they’d go to a motel or to a friend, and then back to the shelter.”

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Minneapolis mulls gender neutral restrooms

(Photo by Lisa Jacobs published under Creative Commons License)

An antiquated Minneapolis code relating to the service industry forces many businesses to have gendered restrooms, but a policy change passed by a city committee could change that.

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