Our Scene


Lithgow and Molina Illuminate Same Sex Marriage Issues of Older Gay Men in the Must-See Love is Strange at Edina Cinema

It’s refreshing to see a film about love between older, average looking gay men. It’s also a major plus when such a film makes us aware of issues that could emerge should an older male […]


New Opera about Wright Sister Katherine Wright Emphasizes Dance

St. Catherine’s University’s Women of Substance series takes an imaginative leap with a new dance opera composed by Jocelyn Hagen about Katherine, the sister of Orville and Wilbur Wright, inventors of the airplane. Soprano Carrie Henneman […]


2014 Fall Arts & Dining

Theatre Reviews by John Townsend. Restaurant Pairings by Joy Summers. Produced by Andy Lien, Shane Lueck, Linda Raines & Mike Hnida. The Wolf of Wal-Mart Brave New Workshop www.bravenewworkshop.com through November 1, 2014 The shrewd […]


Belly Up To the Barre

We live in a dance hive. The Twin Cities hums with vigorous companies performing modern dance, post-modern dance, post-post, and everything else, from tap to hip-hop, from Afro to flamenco. Soooo, do we need yet […]


Opera Fall Arts Preview 2014

Tip from Dale: Get your tickets now. “Carmen will sell out,” predicts Dale Johnson, artistic director of Minnesota Opera, which will stage Bizet’s eruption of sizzle, steam and gore (and castanets) as season finale, April […]


Our Affairs


Ask Lambda Legal – Transgender Health Care

          By M. Dru Levasseur, Esq., Transgender Rights Project Director for Lambda Legal Dear Ask Lambda Legal, I have put off going to the doctor’s office for a long time out […]


A Word In Edgewise: Leviticus and the Refugee Question

June, 1939. Offshore Florida, within view of the glowing lights of Miami, the 937 passengers of the Hamburg-America Line’s MS St. Louis waited and hoped. Refused entry to Cuba, their future now depended on the […]


Safe Schools: Questions Unanswered

Amongst great excitement over the passing of Minnesota’s more strict anti-bullying legislation this spring, there was also great concern that much was left up to individual school districts. Once the excitement faded away, questions remained […]


Rainbow Resources: Back to School

GLBT-Friendly Back to School Shopping Guide As the school year draws nearer, retailers will stop at nothing to attract back-to-school shoppers. With all of the options, it can be hard to decipher which retailers deserve […]


A Refuge for Homeless Youth

In a rare suburban venture aimed at tackling a growing statewide problem, city officials, churches, civic groups and others are working together in Brooklyn Park to open a shelter for homeless teens. The facility will […]


Recent Stories

California’s Ventura High School Scraps Chick-Fil-A From Fundraiser, Citing Chain’s Gay Marriage Stance

The Huffington Post reports that a California high school has nixed a student-run booster club’s plans to sell Chick-fil-A sandwiches during a back-to-school night because of the restaurant chain’s controversial stance on same-sex marriage. Read […]

Man Who Drank Bailey’s Irish Cream Jailed ‘For Being A Homosexual’: One Case Of How Gay People Are Treated In Cameroon

The Belfast Telegraph reports that a human rights lawyer has described the horrendous treatment experienced by gay people in Cameroon – where drinking a Baileys could put you in prison. Read the full story from […]

Gay Photographer Blinded With Gasoline In UK Hate Crime

Advocate.com reports that a gay 20-year-old photographer in Swansea, Wales was left without vision in his left eye after an attacker in a passing car spat a homophobic slur and threw gasoline in the young […]

Restaurant Takes Down Sign Advertising ‘Straight Ice Cream’ Amid Backlash

The Huffington Post reports that a New York City restaurant has taken down a sign advertising its “big STRAIGHT ice cream” that raised eyebrows over the weekend. Read the full story from the Huffington Post 

Court Puts Indiana Gay Marriages On Hold Until U.S. Supreme Court Acts

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the decision striking down Indiana’s gay marriage ban will not be enforced until the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on the matter, a federal appeals court in Chicago said […]


Our Lives


Obituary: Kelly L. Phillips 1965-2014

These words don’t flow easily. They can’t. In fact, it hurts like hell to write them. On Monday, August 11, 2014, at approximately 8:30 a.m., the world at large lost Kelly L. Phillips to horrific, […]


Through These Eyes: Clark Kent and the Awkward Girl

Corner of Hennepin and 13th, across from the Subway I visit for $5 meatball subs, white bread, hold the cheese. I’m at Café Espresso Royale. It’s a quaint and surprising place; quaint for comfy couches, […]


Dateland: All Wet

I have spent most of this summer in water. I’ve been training for an open-water swim from the tip of Cape Cod to a victory celebration at a gay bar on the shores of Provincetown, […]


Duluth-Superior Pride Offers Awesome Labor Day Weekend Cornucopia

This year, Duluth-Superior Pride marks its 28th anniversary with a five-day cornucopia of events in the Twin Ports of Duluth, Minnesota, and Superior, Wisconsin, over Labor Day Weekend, August 27-31. The theme is “Out Is […]


The Perfect Fit: The Porter Adoption Story

Photos of the Porter family show a happy teen between two tall men with joyous eyes. The smiles of the three men are so heartfelt—and so natural—that one could assume the trio has been smiling […]


Our Homes

2014 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite

Ride Review: 2014 Honda Odyssey

Minivans. I know what you are thinking: Why do we need to talk about them? Are they now dinosaurs in the marketplace. Who really buys these things? First off, minivans are still an essential part […]

2014 Toyota Highlander XLE AWD

Ride Review: 2014 Toyota Highlander

Cue The Muppets! Rather, let’s not cue The Muppets just yet. The marketing tie-in between Disney, Jim Henson’s Muppets, Terry Crews, and Toyota may have helped bring the new 2014 Highlander into our consciousness. It […]

2015 Chrysler 200 Limited

Ride Review: 2015 Chrysler 200

The game has changed. Or, has it? The past Super Bowl gave Chrysler another banner to fly. This one, spoken by Bob Dylan, ensured us that “Imported from Detroit” has transformed into truth. The Sterling […]


New Home Sprinkler Mandate

By Ed Roskowinski, CR On July 28, 2014 Minnesota lawmakers passed requirements for fire sprinklers to be included in the construction of all new homes larger than 4,500 square feet, including unfinished basements. The effective […]


Ride Review: 2014 Mazda3

This could be the best compact car on the market. The fact is, the 2014 Mazda3 was designed for excellence at every turn; most of the automotive media corps walked away with that conclusion. It […]