Our Scene


At-Large: What Does Your Valentine’s Day Sound Like?

The notorious holiday approaches. While some romantics enjoy the opportunity to make excessive displays of love without judgment, others rediscover their hapless solitude. Singles will write empowered Facebook posts about taking the day to love […]

Carol. Photo courtesy of Weinstein Company LLC

Arts Spotlight: 540

Bright Half Life Through Feb. 21 Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis 612-825-1459 www.pillsburyhousetheatre.com Director Ellen Fenster says that Tanya Barfield’s play “is a love story that spans decades and jumps and turns […]


Interview with the New Jungle Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” — Sarah Rasmussen Speaks on the Magical Nature of Cross-Gender Casting

The Jungle Theater’s new artistic director, Sarah Rasmussen, is launching her first season with an all-female cast version of William Shakespeare’s early romantic comedy, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. She has succeeded Jungle Founder-Artistic Director Bain Boehlke after his 25 […]


Eat the Menu: Scena Tavern

Does the Twin Cities really need another take on crudo and craft cocktails? If we’re talking about Uptown’s new Scena Tavern, you’ll be happy to learn the answer is undoubtedly yes. Right on the corner […]

Ingrid Bergman, Photographer Unknown. Courtesy: Rialto Pictures/Mantaray Film/Wesleyan Cinema Archives

Beguiling Remembrances: “Ingrid Bergman — In Her Own Words”

Ingrid Bergman (1915–1982) was the quintessential international film star. The Swede won three Oscars and starred in one of the most iconic of films, Casablanca. Within a decade of that she was scorned by the U.S. media as a […]


Our Affairs


A Word In Edgewise: Origins of Oratory: American Incoherent

“Two thousand. Come on, get some money in that treasury. We need it. Come on, please get it. I can’t tell you to. That is not what you have in the book. Oh, please warden. […]

Eli Coleman. Photo courtesy of PHS

45 Years With PHS

Research. Education. Clinical practice. Public policy and advocacy. All four components of the Program in Human Sexuality (PHS) at the University of Minnesota have earned PHS its current level of national and international acclaim. Nearing […]


Assume the Ecosexual Position: Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle

Attendees of Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle’s upcoming presentation, titled “Ecosexual Revolution,” had better be prepared. That is, be prepared for an eye opening night of candid discussion and a glimpse of the world seen through the […]

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A Word In Edgewise: There Are Words For It

It was clear as day in April 2014 when an armed Cliven Bundy and gang faced down federal agents after years of grazing their cattle illegally on federal lands free from fines or punishment. Now […]


Books: 539

The Other Paris Luc Sante Farrar, Straus and Giroux $28 By “Other,” Sante is referring to the dark underbelly of the “City of Light” beloved of the casual tourist. (An earlier work, Low Life: Lures […]


Recent Stories

Mattel Reveals Barbie Doll of Lesbian Soccer Star Abby Wambach

Gay Star News reports after outraging some conservatives last November by featuring a boy in one of their adverts for Barbie, toy makers Mattel may face further backlash with the news that they’ve created a […]

UK’s National LGBT Domestic Violence Charity Faces Closure

The Guardian reports the UK’s only national domestic violence charity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people is facing closure due to a lack of funding. Read the full story from The Guardian. 

New UN Stamp Supports Gay Rights

ABC News reports the United Nations Postal Administration released six new postage stamps promoting equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Read the full story from ABC News. 

Gay Man Sues Brooklyn Hospital for Discrimination, Claims He Was Ignored and Ridiculed by Homophobic Employees

The New York Daily News reports a gay man seeking emergency medical treatment at Brooklyn’s Methodist Hospital claims he was ignored and ridiculed by homophobic employees who wrongly assumed he was a junkie afflicted with […]


BigGayNews for Friday, February 5, 2016

Today’s Top Headlines   Why Indiana Lawmakers Killed The Gay Rights Debate For This Year Study: One In Three Gay Men Have Experienced ‘Anti-Fat Bias’ Nashville Council Asks State To Oppose Anti-Gay Marriage Bills New […]


Our Lives


Talking Health and Leather with Kevin Murphy, Mr. Leather Ireland 2015

Kevin Murphy is an international celebrity in the leather world. He’ll be in town in mid-February for the Twin Cities Leather Weekend 2016 as one of the judges for the Mr. Twin Cities Leather contest and […]

Woman Airplane

Dateland: Go USA!

I’m writing this on a plane. I’m flying home from Europe. Next to me is a big-boned gal from Wisconsin farm country. As I saw her bounding down the aisle like an over-eager golden retriever, […]


Preparing For Pregnancy: A Quick Guide for Queer Parents-To-Be

By Erin Wilkins If you or someone you love is thinking about becoming pregnant, congratulations! Planning a pregnancy can be exciting, confusing, and fun all at once. Whether you’re a single person, or planning a […]


What’s Your Gender?

by Dianne Berg, Ph.D., LMFT and Katie Spencer, Ph.D., LMFT Gender is all around us; simply walk into any toy store. Boy or girl? One is directed to a specific aisle with the understanding that no […]


At-Large: What Does Your Valentine’s Day Sound Like?

The notorious holiday approaches. While some romantics enjoy the opportunity to make excessive displays of love without judgment, others rediscover their hapless solitude. Singles will write empowered Facebook posts about taking the day to love […]


Our Homes


Ride Review: 2016 Chevrolet Equinox

Here is an interesting fact: the Chevrolet Equinox became the brand’s second best-selling vehicle in 2015, right behind the Silverado pickup truck. This is one fact that no one saw coming. Actually, the Equinox’s success […]


Ride Review: 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

Last April, Mitsubishi made a big deal about their 2016 Outlander. In its third year in its current body, the folks at Mitsubishi told us that they made about 100 or so improvements to this […]


2016 Winter What To Do

Wells Fargo Winter Skate St. Paul Through February 7 $4 skate rental (free with Wells Fargo check card or credit card) www.wellsfargowinterskate.com The historic Landmark Center creates a beautiful backdrop for the outdoor rink in […]


Ride Review: 2016 Nissan Maxima

In 1988, Nissan introduced what they called the “Four-Door Sports Car.” That car (the 1989 Nissan Maxima SE) changed Nissan’s fortunes at a time when they were known for reliable cars and trucks with lackluster […]


The Best Ride Reviews of 2015

During the course of 2015, I had the privilege of bringing you some of the finest automobiles available in our readership area. They range from luxurious performance flagship sedans to some of the most popular […]