Gov. Walz signs gender affirming healthcare bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KVRR) — Governor Tim Walz signs an executive action to protect access to gender affirming healthcare in Minnesota. It refers to all medical, surgical, counseling, or referral services, including telehealth services, that an individual may receive to support and affirm that individual’s gender identity or gender expression. Walz says you will not be punished for seeking or…

NDSU Professor Receives Grant Money From NCAA For Research

The Five Research Teams That Received Grants Will Present Their Findings In January 2021 At The NCAA National Convention In Washington, D.C.

FARGO, N.D. — A NDSU Professor is getting a large sum of cash from the NCAA for her research. Professor of Human Development and Family Science Christi McGeorge received 20 thousand dollars for her work to reduce prejudice against L-G-B-T-Q people in sports. The project is called “Standing Up, Speaking Out: Reducing L-G-B-T-Q Prejudice in Sports.” It will provide training…

Concordia College Students Talks LGBTQ Issues At Gender Matters Expo

The topics ranged from sexual violence, discrimination and LGBTQ issues.

MOORHEAD, Minn. — Students and staff packed into Firda Nilsen Lounge to talk about gender issues in the community. The topics ranged from sexual violence, discrimination and LGBTQ issues. “The issues that are very real gender affects our material lives and to help identify and continue to make people’s lives better,” Co-director, Women’s & Gender Studies Karla Knutson said. Allie…

Minnesota Offers “X” Gender Option on Driver’s Licenses

The "X" means someone doesn't identify as a man or woman

MINNESOTA — You’ve been able to check the “male” or “female” box when applying for a Minnesota Driver’s License. But now you can also check a box with an “X” next to it. It means you’re non–binary, or don’t identify as a man or a woman. To say years of hiding her true identity took its toll on Katrina Koesterman…

Not Just a Boys Club: Boy Scouts of America Allowing Girls to Join

The board of directors for the organization met at their headquarters in Texas and unanimously voted to allow the change

  NATIONAL — The Boy Scouts of America are now allowing girls to join Cub Scouts starting next year. The board of directors for the organization met at their headquarters in Texas and unanimously voted to allow the change. They hope to establish a new program by next year for older girls, using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts,…

Minneapolis Spending Nearly $20,000 to Add Gender Neutral Restrooms in Government Buildings

The buildings affected also include police and fire stations

  MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The city of Minneapolis is spending nearly $20,000 to add gender neutral restrooms to its government buildings. Officials say at least 62 bathrooms in 44 government buildings will be built, including adding locks and signage. The buildings affected also include police and fire stations. Officials say anyone is allowed to use the bathroom and gender specific restrooms…

British Parliament Debates Banning Mandatory Workplace High Heels for Women

Women were told female workers had to regularly re-apply their makeup, have no visible colored roots when it came to their hair, wear non-opaque tights and always wear shoes with a heel between two inches and four inches only

  LONDON — When Nicola Thorp was sent home for wearing flat shoes to her job as a receptionist in London’s financial district, she realized it was her fingers that needed to do the walking. Thorp started an online campaign to put an end to what she called an “outdated” and “sexist” dress code for women in the corporate world….

The LGBTQ Community Rallies for Support in the F-M Area

The rally was held in response to Trump's comments on gender identity bathrooms

MOORHEAD, Minn. — President Trump’s latest reversal on the guidelines for transgender bathrooms has sparked outrage in the LGBTQ community throughout the nation. Stories were shared, tears were shed and laughter was heavy as people showed up to support the Transgender Youth Rally at Pride & Collective. This was in light of President Trump’s revisions to Title Nine, saying the…

Fargo Diocese Joins Lawsuit Against Federal Health Care Regulations

The Fargo Diocese Says The Requirements Pose a Threat to Religious Freedom

Bishop John FoldaThe Diocese of Fargo has joined with a number of North Dakota Catholic employers in filing a federal lawsuit against health care coverage requirements that are in conflict with the Church. Bishop John Folda says while the Church does not discriminate based on sexual orientation, it should have the rights to make faith-based coverage decisions, even for its…