Causes

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 […]

A Word In Edgewise: Thoughts on Black History Month

In 1926, Negro History Week, Black History Month’s precursor, was created concurrent with the February birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Co-founder Carter G. Woodson wrote, “If a race has no history, it has […]

Letter To The Editor: 619

On the evening of Jan. 22, I was briefly in attendance at a forum convened by Ward 8 Council member Andrea Jenkins. I was curious about a recent incident at the Blackeye Coffee Shop on […]

Skirting The Issues: A Tough Crowd

Last year, training on human inclusivity across North America put me in front of more than 10,000 people. In November, I encountered what was by far my biggest challenge of the entire year: law enforcement […]

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