The Minneapolis Star Tribune's Shannon Prather reports in After same-sex marriage victory, OutFront Minnesota pivots to transgender rights:
Same-sex marriage was a landmark victory for staffers and volunteers of OutFront Minnesota, the nonprofit organization that fought for marriage equality for decades and in 2012 beat back a proposed constitutional amendment to ban it in Minnesota.
Since then, the public spotlight on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy group may have dimmed a bit. But OutFront’s executive director said it’s pivoting to focus on the safety and rights of transgender individuals.
Prather turns next to a review of legislation related to transgender issues, then reports:
OutFront is conducting grass-roots campaigns in outstate Minnesota to build support for the LGBT community, teaching in dozens of schools about bullying prevention. Meyer said the antibullying laws passed in 2014 have made principals and teachers more comfortable about inviting OutFront into their schools.
OutFront offers legal resources to people who believe their rights are being violated. For instance, an OutFront representative sits in the Hennepin County Domestic Abuse service center, which helped 800 LGBT people last year get restraining orders and other services including emergency shelter and counseling.
And the group has trained thousands of LGBT people to share their stories with co-workers, neighbors, fellow church members and other acquaintances, on the basis that personal stories rather than wonky policy talks finally change hearts and minds.
Such stories and connections helped to defeat the proposed amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2012, and OutFront officials believe the same strategy will play a critical role in securing transgender rights and protections. . . .
The group will have its work cut out for it. One example? In the Owatonna People's Press, William Morris reports in Republicans approve delegates, resolutions at county convention:
As local Republicans gear up for what could be a challenging year at the polls, the Steele County party is sticking to the basics of conservative politics, including banning abortion, lower taxes and no accommodations for transgender students. . . .
Attendees voted unanimously in favor of resolutions . . . to oppose policies permitting transgender students to use bathrooms, locker rooms and other facilities corresponding to their gender identity, or compelling students to use pronouns or other language corresponding with gender identity as opposed to biological sex.
In February, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Minnesota study suggests far more transgender teens than previously thought.
Photo: Transgender teens gained visibility in Minnesota when the Minnesota State High School League adopted inclusive rules on transgender student athletes.
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