House repasses bill toughening bullying standards

Rep. Jim Davnie answers a member’s question during the April 8 debate to concur with the Senate amendments to HF826. (Photo by Paul Battaglia)

It has been nearly a year since the House passed the proposed Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act after a highly contentious debate.

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Bill to ban anti-gay therapy falls short, supporters plan to push the proposal again next year

University of Minnesota students led an effort to ban licensed therapists from providing sexual orientation change therapy to children, but their attempt this legislative session fell short.

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OPINION | Bridging Y Iskaa Wax Uqabso: A report from the Lyndale Women's Leadership Program

Osman, Khadijo and Hareda speak about the program

In Lyndale, neighbors are from different cultures and speak multiple languages; we do not like to try new things if we can keep our ordinary routines going. The toughest challenge we face, and fear to face, is leaving our comfort zone, speaking a new language, or just putting on others’ shoes for few minutes.

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Safe Schools bill passes Minnesota Senate

The Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act passed the Minnesota Senate on Thursday.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | Why I support Safe Schools

When I was a student teacher at Como Park high school in St Paul, I had a transgender student in one of my classes. On my third or fourth day, I was left alone by my supervising teacher.

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OPINION | Inaction on gender equity perpetuates poverty

Most years, the Meta 5 Displaced Homemaker Program helps nearly 200 central Minnesota women transition into jobs outside their homes.

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Equity is more than just a buzzword

Invoking the word "equity" is a lot like talking about Heaven. Everyone likes to describe it, but nobody seems to do what it takes to get there. Or worse yet, the word gets tossed around with no meaning whatsoever. It's become the trendy thing people have to say they want. And yet I struggle to find any meaningful incorporation of its principles into actual policy. When it does make its way into political decisions, equity seems to be applied only to giant, broad initiatives like raising the minimum wage or anti-bullying legislation. When the word is bandied about at community meetings, it doesn't seem attached to any specific actions at all.

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New Minneapolis NAACP assistant secretary: 'Be part of the sunshine! Change the system!'

Farhio Khalif (Photo courtesy of Farhio Khalif)

Farhio Khalif speaks of her life in terms of a “journey,” and what a journey it has been. Khalif ‘s journey began in Somalia and made stops along the way to Minneapolis in Italy; Birmingham, Alabama; Florida; Washington, D.C.; and Virginia Beach, Virginia. She and her two sons arrived in Minneapolis about five years ago. Khalif decided to make the Twin Cities her ultimate destination in order to join its vibrant Somali community.

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"Ex-gay" therapy ban for minors fails at Minnesota Capitol, activists promise reprise in 2015

Legislation that would ban reparative therapy failed in the Minnesota Legislature in 2014 after pressure from “ex-gay” organizations.

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Who do you think you are? Queer voices: GLBT reading series at Intermedia Arts explores what is lost and found

There is a kind of losing where everything is found. It struck me with some force the other night listening to the writers reading for Intermedia Arts Queer Voices series that many of the authors were writing about loss. Some wrote with humor, some with anger, fatigue, tears and acceptance. One wrote about the loss of his long hair while searching for the haircut that would express who he really felt he was. Another wrote about the loss of a special group of friends who came together as pioneering lesbian parents only to lose that bond as their children grew up, others wrote about the loss of religion and the loss of health to HIV and cancer. But there was also a sense that through that loss some essential things were found and acknowledged. Not only was a sense of self affirmed but also a sense of humanity, as children, parents, loners and lovers.

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