Our Scene

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02.22.15 CAST PARTY: Celebrates the Oscars at Mattie’s on Main! Minneapolis MN



Last Call for “Oliver!” at the Pantages = Broadway Re-Imagined in Top Form

The annual Broadway Re-Imagined series by Hennepin Theatre Trust and conjoined with Theater Latte Da has revived Oliver!, the Lionel Bart musical based on Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist. This boisterous production uses steampunk design motifs (set design […]


The Sublime “Gertrude Stein and a Companion” at the Jungle Should be Required Viewing for All GLBT People and Straight Allies

Count ‘em. This is the eighth production of one of the greatest lesbian love stories ever dramatized, remounted by the same director and actresses who gave us the previous seven. To celebrate the Jungle Theater’s 25th […]

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02.21.15 VELVET Queer Women Lounge & Dance Night Minneapolis MN



Smash London Hit Gets Mesmerizing Local Premiere With Two Guthrie Greats: “The Woman in Black” at Yellow Tree

JC Cutler and Nathaniel Fuller are beloved by audiences who have seen them at major local theaters over the years. They’ve both actually played Scrooge in the Guthrie’s perennial smash hit, A Christmas Carol. So maybe it’s good […]


Our Affairs


A Word In Edgewise: Are There No Prisons? Are There No Workhouses?

A recent article by Scott Rodd for ThinkProgram profiled impoverished Campti, Louisiana, a town by no means unique in our country. The residents quoted were articulate and aware of their situation. Leon moved away to […]


Books: 515

Killed in Escrow: A Lauren Vellequette Mystery Jennifer L. Jordan Clover Valley Press $15.95 Lauren Vellequette is a lively and knowledgeable protagonist for Jennifer L. Jordan’s second mystery series (Jordan’s a two-time Lambda Literary Awards […]


Skirting the Issues: The Real Tipping Point

This column-writing business is tricky: the lead for submitting a proposed piece is about five weeks, which means that if I’m trying to write something timely, there’s always a chance that superseding events will come […]

Boystown Feature

From Dickens to Boystown

We’re all guilty of Netflix binges and getting wrapped up in the latest TV drama. Jake Biondi is no different. His love of dramas like Dynasty, Dallas, 90210, and Revenge have propelled his novel series, Boystown, written in intallments […]


The People’s Brief

The Human Rights Campaign has launched an unprecedented “People’s Brief” to the U.S. Supreme Court. Roberta Kaplan, the leading civil rights litigator who won a landmark Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Windsor striking […]


Recent Stories

Alabama High Court Orders Halt To Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Reuters reports that the Alabama Supreme Court ordered probate judges on Tuesday to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in apparent defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court, underscoring the depth of opposition to gay […]

Russia Trying To Stop Equal Partner Benefits For Gay UN Employees All Around The World

GayStarNews reports that the Russian government has warned it may intervene at the United Nations to stop gay and lesbian employees of the UN from receiving equal partner benefits regardless of the laws of the […]

Lawyer In California Proposes Killing Gays With ‘Sodomite Suppression Act’

The Huffington Post reports that a lawyer in California has submitted a ballot initiative with the state Department of Justice calling for the death of anyone who engages in sodomy in the state, the San […]

Gay Rights Activist Faked Abduction

USA Today reports that a gay rights activist has been charged with making false claims on social media that he was abducted and put into the trunk of his car after leaving his job at […]


BigGayNews for Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Today’s Top Headlines Couple’s Gay Pride Flag Burned, Neighbor Charged Two Young Women Savagely Beaten In Homophobic Attack Tasteless Texas Lawmakers Celebrate 10 Years Of Marriage Ban – With Cake New York City Mayor Marches […]


Our Lives

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02.18.15 Laverne Cox, “Ain’t I a Woman?” Minnesota State University Mankato MN



From the Editor: The Monster on My Bed

Eight years ago, as I was about to turn 30, I gave myself permission to get a dog. I went through a rescue organization and got my compact bundle of love who’d been a runner […]


Skirting the Issues: The Real Tipping Point

This column-writing business is tricky: the lead for submitting a proposed piece is about five weeks, which means that if I’m trying to write something timely, there’s always a chance that superseding events will come […]

Artwork by Jeana Lidfors.

Through These Eyes: Boy Diary

At the suggestion of a school counselor, I started journaling when I was 16. “First,” Ms. Liz told me during our introductory session, “write about normal, everyday things. Like what you do at school, what […]


Leather Life: Leather and Education

There’s nothing like spending time in an academic setting to make a person appreciate the leather/BDSM/fetish community’s emphasis on education. If you’ve wondered why you haven’t been seeing your humble columnist out and about as […]


Our Homes


Down on the Farm with the Beekman Boys

Who are the Fabulous Beekman Boys? Short answer: Two city guys who bought a farm. They’ve got a herd of goats, a llama, and a whole lotta drama. Farming isn’t easy, but they make farming […]


Kitchen Remods: The Cost of Kitchen Renovation

If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen, what’s the first thing that crosses your mind? I’d bet that the majority of folks wonder about the cost. I checked in with Jolynn Johnson over at Crystal […]


MidModMen: From Pop-Up to Mainstay

“You know what would look great right here?” Regardless of the answer to that question, it can probably be found at MidModMen+friends. The store, founded in 2012, offers a “classic/modern mix” with an emphasis on […]

Courtesy of Christopher Strom.

How to Add an Accessory Dwelling Unit to your Property in 7 Steps

By Christopher Strom If you’re old enough to remember watching TV’s Happy Days, Arthur Fonzarelli’s bachelor pad above the Cunningham’s garage defined “cool.” The Fonz had his share of independence yet was still part of […]


Ride Review: 2015 Dodge Charger

I will now stand corrected. In our year-end issue (issue 510), I mentioned a question posed by a friend on Facebook asking whether I found the car I wanted to buy. This was the same […]