Special Report: Trans voices still missing from Minnesota news reporting

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The Minnesota State High School League’s vote in early December to include transgender students in high school athletics made news throughout the state. For the first time in recent memory, a transgender issue was thoroughly covered through television, newspaper, radio, and the web. For many media outlets, it was one of the few times transgender issues were reported on. In some cases, that inexperience showed.

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Students challenge who defines U of M diversity, President declines invite to meet off-campus

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Whose Diversity? is a diverse “collective” of University of Minnesota undergraduate and graduate students who came together at the beginning of the year to argue against what they call a “cosmetic” commitment to diversity at the school. After they presented a list of “diversity demands” to President Eric Kaler, the group was featured in an MSR June front page story (“Student group presents ‘diversity demands’ to U of M officials: ‘Whose Diversity?’ resists cooptation, wants more than ‘sprinkling a few faces of color in catalogues,’” June 12, 2014),

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Princess talk

I am sick of talking about princesses. I am sick of my daughter talking about how much she loves princesses, but I’m also sick of hearing and reading about parents hating princesses. So when a review copy of The Princess Problemlanded on my desk at work, I rolled my eyes and ignored it for a while.

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Erica Gerrity and Isis Rising: Coalition-building to support incarcerated pregnant women and new mothers

(Photo by Kristin McCarthy Photography) Erica Gerrity

When the Minnesota Women's Press first reported on the work of Isis Rising: A Prison Doula Project, Erica Gerrity had a lofty goal. As program director, she hoped that by 2020, all pregnant incarcerated women in Minnesota would have access to the informational and emotional support offered by doulas during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period.

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Reflections of New Minnesotans: #16daysofactivism against gender-based violence

This episode covers a wide range of current affairs, from police brutality and the pulse of the country to the United Nations' '16 Day of Activism against Gender-based Violence.'

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Students seek bathroom equality for University community

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Sarah Klyman searched the University of Minnesota campus to find bathrooms that weren’t designated for men or women.

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Gender-open housing moves forward at University of Minnesota

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The University of Minnesota is making progress on a gender-based housing initiative it announced about a year ago.

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Same-sex conversion therapy: What is it? Where is the movement to ban it in Minnesota?

The movement to ban same-sex conversion therapy in Minnesota picked up the support of GLAAD (formerly the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and other key GLBT organizations.

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Bridging the generations: Hmong families come together in St. Paul

Two organizations, Hnub Tshiab (New Day) Hmong Women Achieving Together, and Koom Tes (Cooperation) hosted a two day intergenerational retreat for Hmong families in St. Paul on Oct. 11-12, 2014, at Wilder Foundation Center for Social Healing.

“I can be the role model that I’m searching for.”

That was the comment of one participant at the “Intergenerational Retreat,” a two day event that brought Hmong men and women together to discuss gender issues within the family system and in the community to learn to be more intentional about addressing intergenerational conflict.

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Minnesota State High School League adopts trans-inclusive policy

The Minnesota State High School League passed a policy on Thursday morning that provide a framework for schools to allow transgender students to participate in high school extracurricular activities including athletics.

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