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.

One week after a waitress posted her encounter with a customer on Facebook, her story has made headlines worldwide and helped children and parents better understand what it means to be transgender.

September 26 2015 9:49 AM

John Nienstedt resigned today from the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, after the archdiocese was charged with failing to protect children from sexual abuse by priests.

June 15 2015 4:03 PM

Thirteen-year-old Emma Meents recently met with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to shoot the breeze about her gay dads, marriage equality, and Pride parades.

May 29 2015 4:00 AM

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

April 02 2015 5:30 AM

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

March 17 2015 6:15 AM

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.

March 12 2015 3:32 PM

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.

February 23 2015 7:00 AM

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

January 26 2015 2:56 PM

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.

December 06 2014 1:20 PM

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

December 01 2014 7:04 PM