Causes

Skirting the Issues: Erasure

Have you heard about the referendum in Massachusetts to strip people of color of the right to use public accommodations without fearing discrimination—places such as restaurants, libraries, hotels, malls, public transportation services, and bathrooms and […]

A Word In Edgewise: Too Much With Us—Still

Wordsworth lamented: The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;– Too much with me, too; seeking a simpler time, I read Hendrik van Loon’s 1930 […]

Skirting The Issues: Attention To Detail

The woman behind the front desk at the gastroenterologist office seemed friendly enough. I had detected an east coast accent; “Let me guess, New York?” I said. “Close,” she answered. “Connecticut.” As I fished for […]

A Word In Edgewise: Still Star-Crossed, After All These Years

I saw West Side Story in 1957. I still have my Playbill. Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the drama of star-crossed lovers that opened the Guthrie’s 2017-2018 season. Their season’s finale, fittingly, is West Side Story, Montagues […]

A Word In Edgewise: Why Gay Pride? (Again)

It’s that time when querulous voices ask, “Why do gays need a special Pride day/week/month/parade?” Standard retorts are generally permutations of, “When were you last attacked or bullied for being straight?” While not written as a specific […]

Skirting The Issues: Canary In A Coal Mine

A couple months ago, I spoke at a national conference for government clerks and finance officers in a mid-Atlantic coastal city. My topic was Gray Area Thinking®, a training on human inclusivity and on how […]

A Truly Open House

As a member of the GLBT community, it’s always comforting to know you have an advocate in your corner. And in a climate where housing discrimination is still a reality for plenty of Americans, it’s […]

Meet Zaylore Stout: Your Pride 2018 Cover Star

Raised a stone’s throw from Disneyland in Anaheim, CA,, Lavender Pride Cover Contest winner, Zaylore Stout, made his way to the Twin Cities via the University St. Thomas School of Law in 2015. Today he heads his […]

Skirting the Issues: Two Humans

In the last couple weeks, I’ve had two conversations that have impacted me greatly. In each instance, the person I spoke with was a black man. One conversation followed a talk I gave at a […]

A Word In Edgewise: Going Home Again. And Again.

Like wine pairings, a theater’s juxtaposition of plays presented can enhance enjoyment and understanding of both works. Here, I look at what the Guthrie Theater has on stage. Familiar (through April 14) was written by Danai […]

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