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New Minnesota Law Prevents Pregnant Inmates From Being Shackled

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  • A new law just went into effect in Minnesota that bans the use of shackles and restraints on pregnant inmates and also allows them access to doulas. [RH Reality Check]
  • Jezebel.com recently announced the hiring of a new young editor who is white, while passing over a promotion of the deputy editor Dodai Stewart, who is Black.  [The Grio; Capital New York]
  • A new law in South Korea would protect young performers, such as K-Pop stars, from being coerced into sexualized portrayals. [The Hollywood Reporter] Keep reading »

So Wrong: Minnesota Catholic School Fires Teacher For Being A Lesbian

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Minnesota teacher Kristen Ostendorf is out of a job right now because she’s a lesbian. After 18 years at Totino-Grace High School, during which she kept her sexuality secret, the 43-year-old teacher came out last month in a workshop with her fellow teachers about how to make one’s mark in Catholic social justice. “I tried to figure out how I could encourage others to ‘make their mark’ if I was willing to be part of a community where I was required to hide and compromise and deny who I am,” she told the Minneapolis Post.

So, Ostendorf told her colleagues: “I’m gay, I’m in a relationship with a woman, and I’m happy.” Keep reading »

Minnesota’s Rep. Peggy Scott Says “My Heart Breaks” Over Marriage Equality Win

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  • Minnesota’s state House has advanced a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage … [Feminist.org]
  • … which has one Minnesota Republican named Rep. Peggy Scott very upset. “My heart breaks for Minnesota,” she said. Deal with it. [Raw Story]
  • Microsoft has named Amy Hood as its first-ever female CFO. [The Daily Beast]
  • Here’s how to participate in a national call-in for Kiera Wilmot, the teen girl in Florida who was expelled, arrested and charged with a felony all for a science project gone wrong. [Crunk Feminist Collective]
  • ABC News producer Dawn Ennis has come out to her colleagues as transgender, asking now to be referred to as “Dawn” instead of “Don,” and henceforth dressing in her gender at the office. [Cosmopolitan] Keep reading »

Minnesota Advances Anti-Abortion Bill

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  • Minnesota’s House of Representatives advanced a bill that would end access state insurance covered abortions unless it was necessary to save the mother’s life, or if the pregnancy was caused by a sexual assault was reported within 48 hours of occurring.  A strange turn for a state that generally protects a women’s right to choose. [RH Reality Check]
  • Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) was one of the women in the House of Representatives who voted against the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which passed the house last week.  Her reasoning, “I didn’t like the way it was expanded to include other different groups.”  Those groups include same-sex couples, undocumented immigrants, and Native American women.  Really? [Think Progress]
  • Speaking of VAWA, at least Rep. Blackburn was honest.  Some GOP members who voted against it are now claiming to be pretty proud of supporting it.  Huh? [Daily Kos] Keep reading »

Awesome Lawyer Bills Client For Time Spent While They Were Having An Affair

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Congratulations, Thomas Lowe! You win the award for d-bag of the day, for charging a client you were having an affair with for time spent during the affair. According to reports, the Minnesota lawyer had sex with the client, who had ironically hired him to handle her divorce — and then billed her for “legal services” for the time. As a result, Lowe (pictured apparently enjoying a lovely day outdoors)  has been barred from practicing law in Minnesota for a minimum of a year and three months. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Politician Trying To Ban Gay Marriage Caught Committing Adultery

  • Anti-gay Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch has stepped down amongst allegations of an affair with a Senate staffer. Hmm, this throws a wrench in plans she and other GOPers in the state had to ban gay marriage, doesn’t it? An “apology” issued by the state’s gay community for breaking up Amy Koch’s traditional marriage is absolutely priceless (emphasis mine): Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Lesbians Told Their Kiss “Violates The 10 Commandments”

  • Remember that commandment that says “Thou shalt not kiss thy girlfriend at a Minnesota Twins game?” Nope, me, neither. But some busybody security guard at Target Field took it upon himself to tell a lesbian couple that they couldn’t kiss at the stadium because “we don’t play grab-ass here” and it was breaking the 10 commandments. A spokesman for the Minnesota Twins said the guard received both a verbal and a written reprimand, but still kept his job. [CityPages.com]
  • Oh, look, scientists have “proved” men are funnier than women. Rolls eyes. [The Mary Sue]
  • A study of black female inmates in North Carolina suggests black women with lighter skin are given shorter prison sentences. [Clutch Magazine]

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The Frisky Guidebook: The Twin Cities

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota may not be the first place you’d consider to vacay — after all, isn’t the cold basically unbearable for most of the year? Yes — but you know what they say about people who are forced to hibernate inside for nine months out of the year — when the sunshine finally starts to melt the snow off the trees, they come out to play and party with the best of them. That’s why the end of August is one of the best times to visit and coincidentally it’s also the time of year when the Minnesota State Fair is in full effect. Because who doesn’t love a pickle on a stick, don’t cha know?
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