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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.

A trans girl was assaulted at a Minnesota high school. Her family is demanding justice (exclusive)

The mother of a transgender girl who was viciously attacked at Hopkins High School in Minnesota tells The Advocate about the response from both the school and local community.

A local NBC anchor came out as gay on live TV. Now, he shares how the moment has changed his life

”I hope that people continue to talk to their LGBTQ family members and try to get to know them better, try to get to a level of acceptance and love,” Jason Hackett told The Advocate.

It's now illegal for Minnesota  libraries to ban LGBTQ+ books under this new law

The North Star State has officially banned book bans.

Alleged Minneapolis mass shooters charged after killing one at LGBTQ+ punk rock show

The teenagers who allegedly targeted queer people at a punk rock show in Minneapolis are facing seven felony charges.

This Minnesota thrift store is providing refuge for LGBTQ+ southerners

A growing number of LGBTQ+ southerners and other transgender refugees are seeking resources at a new shop in Minneapolis, which provides its items for free.

Couples from Hulu Documentary ‘We Live Here: The Midwest’ Discuss Life After Filming

Discover the poignant journeys of LGBTQ+ families in this Hulu documentary, showcasing resilience, love, and the quest for acceptance in the Midwest.

Minnesota Investigators Weigh Whether Killing of Transgender Woman Was a Hate Crime

Savannah Williams was shot in the head shortly after a sexual encounter with the suspect, according to authorities.

Friends Remember Minnesota Trans Woman Who Was Shot and Killed Last Month

Savannah Ryan Williams was shot to death November 29 in Minneapolis.

Man Fatally Shot Transgender Women in the Head Moments After Sex Act, Police Say

The man reportedly said he “knew he was not god” but that he “had to do it.”

Black Trans Woman Andrea Jenkins Reelected to Minneapolis City Council

Andrea Jenkins won a third term in a close race.

Democrats Introduce Bills to Create National LGBTQ+ History and Culture Museum

Legislation was introduced to establish a dedicated museum within the Smithsonian Institution, which garnered broad support from the Congressional Equality Caucus.

Lauren Boebert Under Fire for Horrifying Transphobic Comments About Pentagon Official

Boebert's Democratic colleagues were quick to come to the official's defense.

Minneapolis Mass Shooting Leaves Transgender Community Fearful

One person was killed and six injured in a mass shooting at a venue popular among transgender patrons.

Man Who Pulled Gun At Historic Gay Bar Gets 5 Years Behind Bars

The man grew upset when he was carded.

Minnesota Mayor Told to Resign by LGBTQ+ Group Over ‘Sin and Brokenness’ Comments

He asked the community to pray in advance of a July 8 Pride celebration.

Democratic Governors ‘Rise Up’ to Join in Support of LGBTQ+ Youth

Together, local and state leaders are expressing the urgency to care for LGBTQ+ young people in all communities.

Democrats Introduce Bill to Make PrEP Available to More Americans

White Republicans have targeted PrEP access in an attempt to limit what insurance companies cover, Democrats are trying to expand access to the life saving drugs.

Minnesota Senator Blames Pride for Mankind’s Impending Fiery Apocalypse

It’s not the first time State Sen. Eric Lucero courted controversy.

Trans Woman Inmate Reaches Landmark Settlement with Minnesota Prison System

The settlement guarantees appropriate housing and treatment for all trans inmates in the state.

Minnesota Culver's Sued for Antigay, Racist, and Sexist Harassment

The federal agency filed two lawsuits against the franchise holder Tuesday.