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5Q: Fruit Fly: The Musical

“5Q” is an online-only column featuring five questions about stage productions in the Metro Area with a special focus on the GLBTQ community’s relationship to the production. Periodically, “5Q” will take the form of an […]

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Q&A: President/CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust, Tom Hoch

The 2015-2016 season at the Hennepin Theatre Trust is definitely one to write home about. Last month, Hennepin Theatre Trust revealed its stellar Broadway season, featuring Broadway’s hottest Tony Award-winning shows, seven Minnesota premieres and returning […]

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New Film, “The Public Domain”, Penetrates the Collective Minneapolis Psyche Post-I35W Bridge Collapse

Minnesota’s Patrick Coyle continues his advance as a major voice in American independent film with an absorbing and magnetic new film, The Public Domain. The writer-director tracks a range of characters affected to some degree by the collapse […]

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CTC’s “Huck Finn” Gets Inside the Indoctrinated Head of a Pro-Slavery Youth

Director Greg Banks’s adaptation of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, is an inventive piece where three actors play multiple roles, male and female, and relate the story. This is a style Banks has effectively employed for […]

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Kikuchi, Venard, and Zellner Give Enchanting Performances in Quirky Film Comedy “Kumiko the Treasure Hunter”

Kumiko works a Tokyo office job and is dominated by her very middle-aged, genuinely patriarchal male boss. She has failed to live up to Japanese conservatism’s demand that a good woman is married and oversees […]

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Our Affairs

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Steve Grand: On a New Album, Being a Sex Symbol, Social Justice, and More!

Not long ago, Steve Grand was a little-known singer-songwriter from a Chicago suburb. But that all changed July 2, 2013, when his self-funded music video, “All-American Boy,” posted to YouTube. It went viral instantly, accumulating […]

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Creating Space: Upper Midwest QIPOC Conference 2015

Marginalized identities lack the space to share their stories. Combine multiple marginalized identities and that space grows even smaller. Jason Jackson and Xay Yang, co-chairs of the Upper Midwest Queer Indigenous and People of Color (QIPOC) […]

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A Word In Edgewise: Pure-D Meanness: The Eighth Deadly Sin?

I can understand anger, jealousy, and some other unsavory emotions, but I have never been able to comprehend what my southern relatives called, “Pure-D Meanness.” It seems to be everywhere today, perhaps because we live […]

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Skirting the Issues: House Tranny

I recently heard from a reader who thought I had unfairly characterized a transgender activist. At the end of the email, the reader stated, “(Y)ou don’t usually deal with any controversial issues, especially those related […]

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Ask Lambda Legal – Keeping the “Affordable” in the Affordable Care Act

            By Scott Schoettes, HIV Project Director for Lambda Legal Q: I was finally able to get health insurance through Obamacare and thankfully I qualified for the federal subsidies to […]

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Recent Stories

Arkansas Senate Passes Religion Bill Called Anti-Gay

The Huffington Post reports that the Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved on Friday a Republican-backed bill whose authors say is intended to protect religious freedoms but critics contend could allow for businesses to refuse service to […]

“Fairness For All Hoosiers Act” – What Indiana Needs

FreedomIndiana.org reports that Freedom Indiana is announcing legislation to fix RFRA and protect GLBT Hoosiers from discrimination. Read the full story from FreedomIndiana.org 

Indiana’s New Law Concerns NCAA

ESPN reports that with the Final Four a week away from shining a spotlight on Indianapolis, NCAA president Mark Emmert said Thursday that the governing body for college sports is concerned about an Indiana law […]

Mike Pucillo Comes Out – College Wrestling Champion Opens Up About His Sexuality In New Interview

The Huffington Post reports that former Ohio State NCAA champion wrestler Mike Pucillo opened up about his sexuality in a new interview with Open Mat’s Jason Bryant. Read the full story from the Huffington Post 

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BigGayNews for Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Today’s Top Headlines Indiana’s Gay Discrimination Is Bad For All Of Us Michael Sam: ‘I Respect The Players Who Had The Courage To Tell Me They Were Also Gay’ Religious Clerk Takes Gay Cake Order […]

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Our Lives

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Steve Grand: On a New Album, Being a Sex Symbol, Social Justice, and More!

Not long ago, Steve Grand was a little-known singer-songwriter from a Chicago suburb. But that all changed July 2, 2013, when his self-funded music video, “All-American Boy,” posted to YouTube. It went viral instantly, accumulating […]

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From the Editor: On Stage: My Chariot Awaits

I’ve been driving for 21 years. I felt another grey hair sprout as I typed that. In my advanced years, I’ve figured out what I like and need in the vehicle I drive. What I […]

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Through These Eyes: Sex Was Sweaty

Remember when you whispered in his ear and kissed his neck, when you ran your finger down his chest and over his stomach and… When you kissed until you couldn’t taste, made love until it […]

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Creating Space: Upper Midwest QIPOC Conference 2015

Marginalized identities lack the space to share their stories. Combine multiple marginalized identities and that space grows even smaller. Jason Jackson and Xay Yang, co-chairs of the Upper Midwest Queer Indigenous and People of Color (QIPOC) […]

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Dateland: I Miss The Whores

Some of you may remember a column I wrote about the brothel across the street from my house. To summarize: about a year ago, my friends rented their house to a couple of single girls […]

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Our Homes

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Ride Review: 2015 Lexus NX

In the state of Minnesota, over 60 percent of all automobiles sales in 2014 were of trucks, SUVs and crossovers. That is actually the highest percentage in the country. Minnesota’s neighboring states were not too […]

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Stephen Rhodes: Out Racing For Equality

With the increasing number of athletes coming out (especially in the past year) you might not have seen this one coming. Stephen Rhodes came out as he was trying to get back into NASCAR’s Camping […]

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Ride Review: 2015 Maserati Quattroporte

It is true what they say about a Maserati. The echo from the exhaust tells a story that is 100 years old. From the first championship racing cars to some of the most alluring road […]

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Identity & the Iron Horse

Kathie: Where are you going when you leave here? Don’t you know? Johnny: [scoffing] Oh man, we just gonna go. Kathie: Just trying to make conversation. It means nothing to me. Johnny: Well, on the weekends, we go […]

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Our Rides, Our Lives: A Brief History of Our Community’s Relationship with The Automobile

The rioters at the Stonewall Inn in the West Village grew tired of the police and their tactics that night. The New York Police Department were paid protection money by establishments catering to GLBT patrons […]

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