Host: Dixie Treichel
Guests: Rev. Rebecca Voelkel, Representative Susan Allen, Matthew Everett, Jefferson Fietek
Rev. Rebecca Voelkel, Institute for Welcoming Resources and Faith Work Director
Representative Susan Allen, (DFL) District: 61B
Susan is Lakota, Dakota and Anishinabe. She is an experienced tax and tribal law attorney. As an American Indian woman and a lesbian, Susan has faced barriers and overcome discrimination throughout her life. She is the first Native American lesbian to serve on a state legislature and is a strong advocate for Marriage Equality. Susan is working to get out the vote on November 6, 2012 concerning the Marriage Amendment and the Voter ID Amendment by going door-to-door in her district, working with the Ellison campaign and MN United for All Families.
Matthew Everett, playwright
"But Not For Love”, a comedy about marriage - gay & straight, directed by Richard Jackson
Workhouse Theatre and the Flower Shop Project
October 12-28, 2012 at The Warren
Jefferson Fietek, Justin's Gift co-Founder and Vice President
Justin's Gift, a group for LGBTQ youth and their friends, was recently informed they won't be allowed to walk in the annual Anoka Halloween parade because "there were too many people already walking in the parade” but the real reason is yet to be determined and questions of bias are coming to the front.
Justin’s Gift was created to provide safe environments where young people can be themselves in a bully-free zone, achieve self-confidence and be proud of who they are. It was created in the memory of Justin Aaberg a 15-year-old Anoka High School student who took his life after he was verbally and physically harassed because he was gay.