LGBT Candidate Winners in Mid-Terms

Let’s celebrate this return to the Cafe with a highlight of the LGBT winners in this mid-term election cycle.

At the National level:

Colorado has it’s first openly gay governor in Jared Polis.
Kansas elected it’s first Lesbian and Native American to congress in Sharice Davids.
New Hampshire has it’s first gay member of Congress in Chris Pappas.
Another Lesbian was elected to Congress representing Minnesota, Angie Craig.

At the state level:

New Hampshire has a pair of transgender women elected to its House of Representatives – Gerri Canon and Lisa Bunker
Kansas also has Susan Ruiz and Brandon Woodard added to its state legislature.
Malcolm Kenyatta is the first black gay man elected to Pennsylvania’s legislature.
Teri Johnston is Key West, FL’s first lesbian mayor.

And finally, though he is not gay himself, Zach Wahls – who you may recall defended his two moms in 2011 to the Iowa House of Representatives now represents Iowa Senate District 37.

We also saw Massachusettes vote to protect transgender rights.

So not only did the Democrats take back the House of Representatives, both LGBT candidates as well as women in general, won BIG across the country.

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Gay Man to Challenge Kim Davis in Election

If a transgender woman can win an office in Virginia (state level) and Minnesota (city level), I say this man should go for it with all the gusto he can manage. People full of hate like Kim Davis will soon learn. Of course Alabama is proof that criminal actions or spending time behind bars isn’t a hindrance for thousands of voters.

A man refused a license to marry his fiancé by Kim Davis is preparing to stand against her in next year’s election.

Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis is set to re-run for election in 2018, despite her extreme opposition to LGBT rights and being put behind bars for contempt of court.

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State Department’s ‘Evil’ Gay Agenda

It’s really sad that politicians can’t seem to let go of the lime light even when their constituents have clearly told them to go away. I’m quite sure the perceived Gay Agenda would go away if you’d only take YOUR religion our of your politics.

Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said the State Department has been pushing an “evil” gay agenda on other countries. And that, she added, could come to an end during Donald Trump’s presidency.

Speaking to Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on his “Washington Watch” radio show last week, Bachmann claimed the United States under President Barack Obama had used government money to push a pro-LGBTQ agenda.

“We’ve seen such evil come out of our State Department, unfortunately, where financial incentives are withheld from countries unless they advance, for instance, the gay agenda,” Bachmann said in comments posted online by Right Wing Watch.

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Xtian Filmmakers File Suit Against MN Anti-Discrimination Law

No one has yet put this couple in the position of having to accept or reject the filming of any weddings, yet they feel the need to sue the state of Minnesota because they’re afraid they might be asked to film a gay wedding. Never mind that they don’t even advertise wedding filming of ANY kind on their website. Still, apparently the mere thought makes them quake in their Christian boots. I’m sure if they keep advertising their hate loud enough, though, smart LGBT folks will steer very widely around them. Maybe they’ll survive on that hate, maybe they won’t.

A heterosexual Christian couple is suing the state of Minnesota because they’re scared they will have to film a gay wedding… even though no one has asked them to.

Carl and Angel Larsen run St Cloud video production company Telescope Media Group, and claim that their production company carries out filming work to bring “glory to God”.

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MN Republican Attacks Her Democratic Opponent For Being ‘LGBT’ and ‘Half Black’

Racism is still alive and well among the Republicans. And we’re all too aware already of their hatred of LGBT people.

During a Republican district convention in the suburban Twin Cities last month, Ali Jimenez-Hopper helped seal her endorsement as a state House candidate with a speech that attacked her Democratic opponent on the basis of her sexual orientation and race.

Referring to Erin Maye Quade, a staffer for Keith Ellison who has a black dad and is married to a woman, Jimenez-Hopper said “she is really far left [in] her values.”

“She brings up that she is half black and she uses that as a strength. She brings up that she is in support of LGBT and that lifestyle and puts out pictures on Twitter of her and her wife,” Jimenez-Hopper continued. “I believe in the traditional marriage in the sense that it’s between a husband and wife and God and that family is important. We need to have these values so we can go forth and think about your community.”

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Anti-Gay Rights Catholic Bishop Accused of Same-Sex ‘Misconduct’

Y’know, if the Catholic Church would just let go of their vice-like grip on the sexual lives of priests and nuns alike, things might be far different.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Archbishop John Nienstedt is well-known for his outspoken statements against gay people and marriage equality. And now, the Catholic leader is under investigation by a law firm hired by the Archdiocese, based on “multiple allegations” that Nienstedt had relations with multiple men, including priests and seminarians. Although he authorized the investigation himself, the Archbishop denies the allegations are true. His archdiocese confirmed that the investigation was underway, according to the Religion News Service.

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Michele Bachmann Claims Gay People Have ‘Bullied The American People’

Okay if standing up for my rights as laid out in the US Constitution is bullying, then yes I am a bully. The Constitution applies to all of us or none of us.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is still not pleased with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s (R) decision to veto SB 1062 late last month.

In an interview with conservative radio host Lars Larson during last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference, Bachmann said the downfall of the bill, which would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gay individuals on religious grounds, illustrated how LGBT activists have “bullied” voters and politicians.

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The 25 Best Colleges And Universities For LGBT Students

Just going to punch out the list here and you can read the details on the BuzzFeed article. Each school listed on BuzzFeed has info about their LGBT group.

  1. Southern Oregon University
  2. University of Southern California
  3. Ithica College (NY)
  4. University of Illinois at Chicago
  5. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  6. University of Washington (Seattle)
  7. University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
  8. University of Maryland, College Park
  9. Washington State University
  10. Carleton College (MN)
  11. Case Western Reserve University (OH)
  12. Connecticut College
  13. Macalester College (MN)
  14. Oberlin College (OH)
  15. Stanford University (CA)
  16. Princeton University
  17. The Ohio State University
  18. University of California, Riverside
  19. University of California, Santa Cruz
  20. University of Michigan
  21. University of Minnesota – Duluth
  22. University of Oregon
  23. University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
  24. Rutgers University (NJ)
  25. Portland State University (OR)

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CeCe McDonald Released

CeCe McDonald, a Minnesota transgender woman who was sentenced to 41 months in a men’s prison for fatally stabbing a man who attacked her during a hate crime, was released Monday, a Minnesota prison official confirmed with BuzzFeed.

McDonald will continue to be under the supervision of the Minnesota Department of Corrections until the completion of her 41 month sentence, according to Michael Friedman, executive director of the Legal Rights Center, which represented McDonald in court last year.

She was released from the Minnesota Correctional Facility – St. Cloud around 8:30 a.m. CT, an official at the prison said.

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Michelle Bachmann was Right!!!

So sorry for your defeat, Miss Bachmann. Clearly you don’t know what your constituents really want.

As for state Senator Scott Dibble, congratulations! I’m sure it feels rewarding to be at the helm of such a monumental decision for you and your husband. May you have many long and beautiful years together.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has been telling Minnesotans for years that gay marriage could find its way into the state if they didn’t act to stop it. On Tuesday, Bachmann’s prediction came true: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) signed a bill that had been passed by the state Legislature, including by lawmakers who had worked alongside then-state Sen. Bachmann.