Our Scene

“Cold Case Hammarskjold”: Africa, AIDS & Colonial Shadows

Danish documentary filmmaker Mads Brugger has delved into the irregularities behind the plane crash that killed a United Nations Secretary-General and his entourage. However, in Cold Case Hammarskjold, his research also leads into chilling undercurrents about […]

10 Tips For Your Trip To The Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair, which once again commences Aug. 22 thru Sept. 2, 2019, is a big deal. When you look at gross sales, you could say it is the biggest restaurant in the world. […]

Quebec’s Stellar Sisters

Montreal, the second-largest French-speaking city in the world (following—duh—Paris), blossomed along the banks of the St. Lawrence River, where French voyageur Jacques Cartier first beached his boat in 1535. His home still anchors the waterfront, […]

A Word In Edgewise: Once Upon A Time Is Now

There’s some flap about Disney’s decision to cast Halle Bailey as Ariel in its live-action version of The Little Mermaid. Bailey is black, and some insist Ariel has always been a red-headed white gal… or fish, but […]

Arts Spotlight: 632

Arden of Faversham in Repertory with Much Ado About Nothing Sept. 6-22 LAB Theater, 700 N. 1st St., Minneapolis 651-321-4024 www.classicalactorsensemble.org Classical Actors Ensemble, the Twin Cities theater company dedicated to plays of the English […]

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Our Affairs

Books: 631

The Darwin Affair Tim Mason Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill $27.95 Who so wants to deny Charles Darwin a knighthood, that an attempted assassination of Queen Victoria’s, attacks on Prince Albert, and multiple grisly murders are […]

A Word In Edgewise: ‘Pon My Word

“A man’s word is his bond,” is a statement repeated in one form or another through centuries (and applies to women, though seldom recognized in patriarchal societies). Numbers 30:2 declares, “If a man vow a vow unto […]

Skirting The Issues: Two Things

A few years ago, I received an email from a woman in Christiansburg, West Virginia (yes, it’s a real town) who shared about the death of the relationship between her twenty-something transgender daughter and husband. […]

A Word In Edgewise: Too Close To Home

There are so many disturbing news bytes spewing forth daily from the myriad devices that often one simply eye-rolls, mutters an expletive and scrolls on. Another red face demanding punishment be meted out to those who think/look/act/differently […]

Books: 629

These Truths: A History of the United States Jill Lepore Norton $39.95 Lepore, whom many have read in the pages of The New Yorker, has written a prodigious, one-volume history of the United States, carefully explaining […]

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Recent Stories

“Cold Case Hammarskjold”: Africa, AIDS & Colonial Shadows

Danish documentary filmmaker Mads Brugger has delved into the irregularities behind the plane crash that killed a United Nations Secretary-General and his entourage. However, in Cold Case Hammarskjold, his research also leads into chilling undercurrents about […]

BigGayNews for Friday, August 16, 2019

Today’s Top Headlines Gentrification Is Changing California’s Iconic Gay Communities Meet The New Lesbian Deputy Mayor Of Tel Aviv Advocacy Groups Slam New Trump Rule Allowing Government Contractors To Bar LGBT Workers

Advocacy Groups Slam New Trump Rule Allowing Government Contractors To Bar LGBT Workers

CBS News reports that in its latest rollback of key safeguards for LGBTQ civil rights, the Trump administration intends to remove nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people by adding religious exemptions to an Obama-era 2014 executive […]

Meet The New Lesbian Deputy Mayor Of Tel Aviv

Advocate.com reports that before becoming the deputy mayor of Tel Aviv, Israel — the first openly gay person to hold the post and one of only a few women — Chen Arieli was an activist, […]

Gentrification Is Changing California’s Iconic Gay Communities

CAL Matters reports that experts say neighborhoods that emerged as havens for gay Californians are now feeling the effects of rising home prices, shifting cultural norms and new ways of connecting. Read the full story […]

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Our Lives

Guide to Grand Avenue: Pet-Friendly Businesses

Let’s face it, there are very few places we go where we don’t want to bring our pets. Thanks to these Grand Avenue businesses, we no longer have to leave our furry friends at home while gallivanting […]

Happy Hour Hounds

Tito’s Vodka offers “Vodka For Dog People” philanthropy program for lovers of vodka and, of course, pups. If heaven is real, it must include two things: vodka and dogs. And thanks to Tito’s Vodka, we now […]

Isn’t That Grand?

On its own, it’s just an avenue; it’s the businesses that make it grand. The owners of four Grand Avenue businesses share why it’s worth your while to stop in. Walking down Grand Avenue, there […]

Duluth Superior Pride 2019

Once again, the Duluth Superior region in Northern Minnesota will be breaking out the rainbows for its annual Pride celebration. Through Sept. 1, enjoy a wide array of fun events at Duluth-Superior Pride: Mayors Reception […]

From The Editor: Fur And Fancy Free

“Animals are such agreeable friends: they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.”– George Eliot Sometimes, in this crazy, unpredictable world, pets are the key to turning that frown upside down. Never judgey, and always […]

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Our Homes

Our Rides: 2020 Hyundai Palisade Preview

What do Rainbow Families want in a vehicle? Space for kids, pets, and everything they’ll take on a vacation, for starters. They also want to be comfortable driving a vehicle that is not too big […]

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Our Rides: Mercedes-Benz…at The Mall of America?

Sometimes, automotive consumers really want a space to look and, possibly, shop for their next vehicle. While most dealerships offer a hassle-free, no-pressure environment, some customers hate the process of car shopping altogether. They are […]

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Garage Doors and Showroom Floors

Jewelry By Johan has come a long way from its garage days. If you look at the products sold by Jewelry By Johan, one word would come to mind: glamour. Which is why you might […]

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Un Appétit Pour La Vie

Twin Cities chef extraordinaire Bret Bannon discusses life in the kitchen and being his authentic self. “I try to inspire people to have joy in their lives,” Bret Bannon smiles across the table. We are […]

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Our Rides: Riding Along With Metro Transit

Every week, Metro Transit’s buses and trains welcome over 264,000 riders on average. That comes out to more than 80 million riders a year. It serves as the core of our transportation system here in […]

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