November 29, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A video posted to Facebook is going viral as it appears to show a Twin Cities transgender teen being confronted in a bathroom by school staff, who at one point open a stall door as she’s sitting on the toilet.

November 29, 2018

“I’ve had many days of my life when I wanted to just die.”

Wil Sampson-Bernstrom was a teenager in Alabama in 2007 when he attended a conference run by Exodus International – the largest “ex-gay” Christian organization at the time. That was one of his first experiences with conversion therapy.

Now an ordained minister who lives in south Minneapolis with his husband, he remembers being separated from his parents and forced to sit through hours and hours of classes. He doesn’t remember clearly what all the instructors told him. Some said the reason he thought he liked boys was because of some grave error his parents made raising him – that they were going to make him right again. Some tried to cure him of being gay by making him act and talk a certain way – to sit without crossing his legs, to speak with a certain voice.

November 16, 2018

“Conversion therapy is a so-called mental health treatment that aims to change a person because of their sexuality or gender expression,” said Cat Salonek, policy director for OutFront Minnesota.

The American Psychiatric Association has said it opposes any treatment based on the assumption that homosexuality is a mental disorder.

Salonek says an official ban on conversion therapy would help prevent issues LGBTQ youth face, including depression, substance abuse and suicide.

“Having a young person medicalized, institutionalized just for being who they are is traumatizing,” Salonek said.

November 14, 2018

A newly elected member of the Minnesota House has announced that he is going to work toward the state banning so-called conversion therapy for gay people.

State Rep.-elect Hunter Cantrell said successful legislative action would make Minnesota the 15th state to prohibit the practice, which aims to change the sexual orientation of gays and lesbians but has been discredited by mainstream mental health experts.

October 3, 2018

A third gender option is available for Minnesotans applying for driver's licenses.

In addition to "M" and "F," "X" can now be checked by any applicant who does not want to identify as male or female.
The change puts Minnesota in the company of Maine, Oregon, California, Washington and the District of Columbia. A statement issued by the Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) division said it "was a business decision to offer a third option to better serve all Minnesotans."

October 2, 2018

The new option to identify as non-binary, a term used by people who choose to not identify as male or female, came with the rollout of new driver’s license software on Monday allowing people to register for Real IDs — the state’s new-strength ID that meets federal standards for citizens to fly and enter some federal sites.

October 1, 2018

(KMSP) - The gender box on our driver's license is something many of us take for granted, but for one Minnesotan, this is the day they've been waiting for.

August 10, 2018

For a trio of Minnesotans who have spent the last 12 years as elected politicians, the main candidates in the DFL primary for governor talk about their previous occupations a lot.

Being an elected official, it seems, is not how they want to be known to potential voters.

July 25, 2018

TW: suicide, bullying

Starting in 1998, the Minnesota Student Survey, conducted among the state’s ninth and 12th-graders, included questions about sexual activity. Was it with the opposite sex? Same sex? Both?

In 1998, students who’d had same-sex relationships suffered more depression, more stress, and felt “hopeless” at far higher rates than straight peers, according to a new paper in the Journal of School Health. They were twice as likely to think about killing themselves, and two and a half times as likely to have tried it.

June 22, 2018

Pride is a time for us to come together to celebrate and honor the hard won fights over the past 50 years. It is a time for us to reflect on our heroes and those who inspire us from Marsha P. to Harvey Milk, from Bell Hooks to Bayard Rustin, from Jose Sarria to Brian Coyle. It is a time for us to have fun and recommit to the next 50 years of winning truly intersectional LGBTQ equity.