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“Amish Project” — Masterful, Moving, and Problematic

Writer-performer Jessica Dickey uses the Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania horror of 10 years ago as a springboard for her solo performance, The Amish Project. Playing multiple characters she masterfully and movingly imagines what might have been […]

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Mercurial Performances Grace “Bright Half Life” at Pillsbury House

Jasmine Hughes and Sarah Agnew embody romance and longevity in a lesbian relationship in Bright Half Life at Pillsbury House Theatre. Tanya Barfield’s play spans the years 1985 to 2031. The actresses have created a […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Our Affairs

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"No House To Call My Home"

01.30.16 “No House To Call My Home” by Ryan Berg: A Reading and Community Discussion Ending LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Minneapolis MN

Ask Lambda Legal, February 2016 – Can My Boss Legally Ban My Transgender Coworker from Using the Restroom?

By Peter Renn, Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Q: A transgender work colleague of mine is transitioning to living openly as a woman. After using the women’s restroom without incident for some time, she was suddenly […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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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Recent Stories

Italy’s Renzi Rejects Church Interference in Gay Civil Unions Debate

Reuters reports Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi rejected the Roman Catholic Church’s interference in a parliamentary debate on legislation that offers homosexual couples legal recognition and limited adoption rights. Italy is the only major Western […]

Malawi’s Anti-Gay Law is Back in Force Again

PinkNews reports a court in Malawi has ordered the country’s anti-gay law back into force. Read the full story from PinkNews. 

Indonesia Is Asking Facebook and WhatsApp to Block Gay Emojis

Time magazine reports Indonesian authorities said they would ask Facebook and its popular messaging service WhatsApp, to block subscribers from using emojis and stickers with LGBT themes. Read the full story from Time magazine. 

Anti-LGBT Bullying Has Long-Term Mental Health Consequences, Study Finds

ThinkProgress reports a new study from Northwestern University finds that there are severe long-term consequences that result from it. In particular, LGBT youth face mental health concerns like major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) […]

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BigGayNews for Friday, February 12, 2016

Today’s Top Headlines   When University Of Minnesota Football Player Came Out As Gay, His Teammate Said: “That Takes Balls, Man.” Kim Davis Finally Relents, Allows Deputies To Issue Marriage Licenses To Gay Couples Michigan […]

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Our Lives

Ryan Berg, Author
"No House To Call My Home"

01.30.16 “No House To Call My Home” by Ryan Berg: A Reading and Community Discussion Ending LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Minneapolis MN

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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