Minnesota Pride celebrates and continues the momentum of the Stonewall Riots

Fifty years ago the LGBTQIA movement pushed forward with the Stonewall Riots. On June 28, 1969, the riots began when patrons of a gay bar revolted against a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York. The police persecuted patrons for non-gender conforming attire and homosexual behavior. It is considered the start of liberation. This year, we celebrate the heroes of Stonewall and recognize that the liberation is not complete and we need to keep fighting to ensure progress, especially in today’s political climate.

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Great news on the Equal Rights Amendment. HF71 will go to the MN House floor for a vote this Friday . HF71 would memorialize Congress to remove the deadline of 1982 to get 38 states to agree to ratify the ERA. Thirty-five states did sign on by that original date. The removal of the deadline will allow the ratifications of the final three states needed to secure the ERA into the U.S. Constitution.

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Minnesota Legislative Session is Nearing an End

In less than two weeks the 2019 legislative session will  end. The Conference Committees are underway, but the Senate, House and Governor cannot agree on high level budget targets. It’s getting stressful.

Big roadblocks

  • Sunset of the provider tax | This will put a $700M hole in the Health and Human Services budget. Governor Walz wants to keep this tax, the GOP want to let it expire without a plan to replace it.

  • Education | The GOP budget doesn't keep up with inflation and barely funds schools. Despite bipartisan support of education across the state, their budget gives schools no new dollars.

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Mama's Day Bail out

Some mothers will be celebrating Mother's Day without their families this year. The cash bail system unjustly separated them. These women are in custody because they can't afford to pay the bond that would release them to carry on with their life, family, and work while their case advances.

Minnesota Freedom Fund is working to change that with the Momma's Day Bail Out.

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Update on Conversion Therapy Ban

There are some Senators who support the ban but are unwilling to break with their party, so continue to call or write them and remind them that this proposed ban is overwhelmingly supported by the voters, the medical field, and that the founder of conversion therapy, Dr. Robert Spitzer, apologized to the LGBTQ community for all the harm he caused.

Banning what many consider to be the torture of kids shouldn’t be controversial in 2019, but this battle is yet to be won here in Minnesota.

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