Our Scene


“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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Our Affairs

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

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 […]


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 […]


Recent Stories

Portugal’s Parliament Overturns Veto On Gay Adoption

France 24 reports that Portugal’s parliament on Wednesday upheld a bill giving adoption rights to gay couples by overriding a veto handed down in one of the last political moves by the country’s outgoing conservative […]

Michigan House To Remove Unconstitutional Sodomy Provision From Animal Cruelty Bill

Towleroad reports that the Michigan House is expected to remove an unconstitutional provision banning sodomy from an animal cruelty bill before it becomes law, the executive director of the GLBT group Equality Michigan said Tuesday […]

Kim Davis Finally Relents, Allows Deputies To Issue Marriage Licenses To Gay Couples

GayStarNews reports that the Kentucky clerk who tried everything to stop same-sex marriage licenses being issued to same-sex couples in her county has finally relented. Read the full story from GayStarNews 

When University Of Minnesota Football Player Came Out As Gay, His Teammate Said: “That Takes Balls, Man.”

OutSports reports that in 2012, Luke McAvoy said that all he could think about during the locker room discussion about the merits of gay marriage with eleven of his teammates was how had they not […]


BigGayNews for Thursday, February 11, 2016

Today’s Top Headlines   Gay Victim Of Violent Attack Shares Powerful Video Message Gay Men “Under Pressure” To Be Stylish And Witty According To Academics Palm Bay Mayor, Council Reject Human Rights Proposal Gay Rights […]


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


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 […]


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 […]