Causes

Walk The Walk

The 31st annual Minnesota Walk to End HIV returns Saturday, Oct. 12 in Minnehaha Regional Park. This year’s Minnesota Walk to End HIV, previously called the Minnesota AIDS Walk, will take place in the same […]

Skirting The Issues: Authenticity

Hello again dear gentle readers! I’m back from a mini sabbatical that allowed me to pen nearly 50,000 words of varying quality toward my second book, Being Ellen. It was quite wonderful—heaven for this closet […]

A Word In Edgewise: When the Sickness of the Oyster is the Pearl

Professor Temple Grandin is celebrated for her work on humane treatment of livestock and her articulate descriptions of life on the autism spectrum (Emergence: Labelled Autistic, Thinking in Pictures). Diagnosed as “brain damaged,” professionals originally advised the child’s […]

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 […]

FREE Before Stonewall

Each year, our Twin Cities Pride Celebration is a dual commemoration of two monumental events: locally, the founding of FREE (Fight Repression of Erotic Expression), Minnesota’s first gay organization; and nationally, the Stonewall Riot, the […]

Skirting The Issues: Practice

I know it’s Pride Month and a time to celebrate being GLBT. By all means, go out and feel good about being queer. You’ve certainly earned it! However, I’m not in the mood to celebrate […]

A Word In Edgewise: We Will Persist

From Socrates and Sappho and on through the centuries, homosexual men, lesbian women, and a broad spectrum in-between, have lived, loved, written, invented—and been persecuted for existing. Even as the Rainbow Community begins Pride celebrations, there are […]

Leather Life: Stonewall 25 Memories

This June marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion. The Stonewall Inn was a Greenwich Village neighborhood gay bar on Christopher Street in New York City. In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, the […]

A Word In Edgewise: Fluctuat Nec Murgitur – Still

In 1844, Eugène Violette-le-Duc and collaborator Jean Baptiste Lassus won the Commission des Monuments Historiques competition to restore Notre-Dame Cathedral of Paris. Violette-le-Duc was 30, Lassus 37. The Cathedral became a cause célèbre after Victor […]

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