It wasn't until 2001 that the state of Minnesota officially decriminalized homosexuality. Minnesota Public Radio has been covering the long-running debate over the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Minnesota for decades. From the end of the 19th century to this day, LGBT Midwesterners have received a warmer reception in the Twin Cities than in other parts of the state, and for this reason Minneapolis is often called “The San Francisco of the Midwest.”
June 12, 1972 - Jack Baker talks about similar goals of the state convention women's caucus and the gay rights caucus. The women's caucus is essentially tearing down and rejecting male chauvinism. So is the gay rights caucus.
June 12, 1972 - MPR reporter Dulcie Lawrence summarizes events at the DFL state convention.
July 28, 1972 - MPR’s Paul Gruchow presents interview about the unfair treatment and racism against Black women working in General Mills and other corporations.
September 7, 1972 - After racial disturbances at several Minneapolis high schools last year, human relations programs are appearing in high schools.
October 6, 1972 - Excerpt of Kate Millett speaking at Macalester College on discrimination against women professionals, and about women academics at Columbia appealing to HEW for fair treatment.
October 18, 1972 - MPR’s Connie Goldman talks with Pat Huss, who discusses the results of Minnesota Public Interest Research Group survey on Twin Cities employment agencies.
February 5, 1973 - Excerpt of debate in Minnesota senate over the state’s ratification of Equal Rights Amendment. Professor Alan Speer of the University of Minnesota, declares his desire to see the Minnesota State Senate put debate and research aside to vote on, and pass, ratification for the Equal Rights Amendment. His view is countered by Senator William Kirchner, who feels that recent research calls for more study.
February 5, 1973 - Debate at Minnesota State Legislature over the Equal Rights Amendment. Includes various male speakers for and against.
March 13, 1973 - Reaction to Supreme Court decision to uphold veterans' preference laws. Veterans' preference, discrimination, and women's rights in the military are discussed.
September 2, 1973 - MPR’s Debbie Gage conducts an interview about a provision to treat women fairly in terms of getting financial credit.