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Monday, June 19, 2006

Twin Cities GLBT Group Sues Newspaper

The Twin Cities Business Journal reports on this "discrimination and breach of contract" lawsuit arising out of the annual Twin Cities Pride event:

The organizer of the Twin Cities Pride Celebration is suing the Star Tribune after the newspaper refused to run advertisements to promote an annual GLBT festival, which showed two men kissing.

GLBT Pride Twin Cities accuses the Star Tribune of discrimination and breach of contract in a lawsuit filed in Hennepin County. The group is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that plans the annual Twin Cities Pride event, which will be held this Saturday and Sunday. Last year 310,000 people attended the event.

The Star Tribune said it chose not to run the Pride advertisements in adhering to a policy on community standards

The GLBT group said the newspaper used different standards because it has printed images of heterosexual couples kissing.

The lawsuit also said the newspaper breached its contract and failed to publish any of its ads, including one that didn't show same-sex couples kissing.

[Meredith R. Miller]

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