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"We're not 'either/or' people": a virtual rally to support the creation of an LGBTQ+ commission

Gary Braden Anderson

The new commission being proposed for Duluth has a long name that could, in fact, be even longer: Non-Binary, Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Intersex, Asexual Commission for the City of

But the point, stresses City Council President Gary Anderson, is not to shorten the list of ways in which people can express who they are, but to broaden the depth of our relationships.

65 people joined the Zoom rally last night to express support of forming the new commission,  something that Anderson says isn't common in Minnesota, and he praised the forward-thinking nature of Duluth for bringing the idea to a vote.

And in addition to providing support to members of the community who may already be discriminated against with regard to services, health care, housing, jobs, or policies and procedures surrounding any of these things, the commission will advise the city council, government and community at large about issues and concerns of the LGBTQ+ community.

The Duluth City Council will hear the ordinance for the first time at the December 14th meeting at 7pm, and vote on it at the December 21st meeting, also at 7pm.

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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