News from within the borders of Minnesota, the first Midwestern state to vote down a constitutional gay marriage ban in 2012. Democratic Governor Mark Dayton signd the bill into law in May, which then took effect in August of 2013. Learn more about past and present obstacles toward achieving equality in Minnesota, including hate crimes law, transgender rights, adoption, and other rights denied to same-sex couples and LGBT people. We stay on top of developments so that you can stay informed about this issue.
Meet America's Transphobic 'Bathroom Cops'

Meet America's Newest 'Bathroom Cops'

Trans? Need to use the bathroom? Not if the potty police in these six states have anything to do about it!

Trans Man Behind #WeJustNeedtoPee Isn't Selfie-Centered

Trans Man Behind #WeJustNeedtoPee Isn't Selfie-Centered

Trans man Michael Hughes was perfectly happy living stealth, as a family man in Rochester, Minn. Then lawmakers started targeting his community.

Minnesota Republicans Seek to End Trans-Inclusive Sports Teams

Republicans Want to End Trans-Inclusive Sports in Minnesota

New bills introduced in Minnesota would reverse a trans-affirming policy enacted last year by an overwhelming majority of board members for the state's high school athletic league.

Op-ed: I Stay Closeted to Put Food on the Table

Op-ed: I Stay Closeted to Put Food on the Table

Even with all of the legal advances LGBT Americans have experienced in recent years, those who work in religious education don't necessarily reap the benefits.

Beloved Minn. Teacher, GSA Advisor Shot Dead

Beloved Minnesota Teacher, GSA Adviser Shot Dead

The murder of David Frigaard has shaken a quiet corner near St. Paul.

WATCH: Minn. Passes Much-Debated Trans Student Athlete Policy

WATCH: Minn. Passes Much-Debated Trans Student Athlete Policy

Emotions ran high at this week's meeting of the Minnesota State High School League as the board voted on a trans-inclusive policy that's ignited national debate.

Second Transphobic Ad Hits Press as Minn. Debates Student Athlete Policy

Minn. Paper Publishes Transphobic Ad — Again

The ad is designed to stoke the unfounded fear that transgender athletes will take cisgender (nontrans) girls' places on school teams.

Minnesota: Vote on Transgender Students Playing High School Sports Postponed

Heated Debate in Minnesota Over Trans Kids in Sports Gets More Time

The Minnesota State High School League has postponed a vote to allow transgender students to participate in sports based on their gender identity until December.

WATCH: This Woman Wants to Be Minnesota's First Trans Member of Congress

WATCH: Will This Candidate Be the First Trans Woman in Congress?

Paula Overby, born and raised farming in Minnesota's 2nd District, says it's time for her state's representation to get back to its roots.

Bible-Quoting Man Shoots Gay Couple With BB Gun Outside Popular Minneapolis Gay Bar

Bible-Quoting Man Shoots Couple Outside Gay Bar

A 43-year-old Minneapolis man could face up to seven years in prison for shooting two gay men in the leg with a BB gun following a homophobic tirade.

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