Tegeder-Berg Society Event Details
Date: Monday October 11th, 2021
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.
Location: VIRTUAL on zoom. (zoom link will be sent to all registrants)
Speaker-SJU Alum Tom Trisko ‘67
How did the LGBTQ rights movement emerge and evolve in Minnesota and the US? Join the Tedeger-Berg Society for a conversation with Tom Trisko, a pioneering participant in the Minnesota movement. Tom and his husband John have advocated for LGBTQ rights since the 1960s and were one of three couples who sued the state of Minnosota in 2008 for the right to marry. Hear Tom’s story and learn how it fits into the broader history of the LGBTQ rights movement.
Thomas Edward Trisko (1945-), a Saint John's graduate (’67) in Economics, has been an engaged leader in the Minnesota GLBTQ community for decades. He has been Treasurer of GAMMA Club, Philanthrofund Foundation, Minnesota [Gay] Philharmonic Orchestra, and Marry Me Minnesota, and a member of the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus Finance Committee.
Tom lives in Minneapolis with his partner, John Rittman. They have been a couple since 1973. They have worked since the 1960s with their friends and the broader GLBT community to build up the Minnesota community's power and institutions from scratch.
Most recently Tom and John were one of three couples who sued the State of Minnesota for the right to marry in 2008. When Minnesota voters defeated an anti-marriage amendment in 2012 and the Legislature approved same-sex marriage in 2013, they happily were able to withdraw their "Marry Me Minnesota" suit. They were married by Bishop Bruce Caldwell at Minnesota’s Episcopal Cathedral Church of Saint Mark in Minneapolis in August, 2013.