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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 […]

04.19.18 OutFront Minnesota Lobby Day For LGBTQ Equity Minnesota State Capitol Saint Paul MN

 

A Word In Edgewise: Youth Isn’t Wasted on the Young

History was not driven solely by bearded elders—a fact we tend to forget, looking at portraits of the bewigged and edentulate, that the subjects started in youth and vigor. Benjamin Franklin, born in 1706, had a […]

Skirting The Issues: Idealism Buoyed Hundredfold: Part 2

Last month, I wrote about my plan to travel across the South to speak about hope with the goal of figuring out if my idealism actually means anything. I took that trip. Over the course […]

Skirting The Issues: Idealist or Naïve: Part I

My official biography lists that I’m a “hopeless idealist.” Often when I’m introduced to audiences, the person making the introduction points this out about me, smiling as they do so. I’m never quite sure whether […]

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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 […]

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Books

Books: 605

Hollywood Heyday: 75 Candid Interviews with Golden Age Legends David Fantle & Tom Johnson McFarland & Co. $39.95 The authors, native Minnesotans, were eighteen when they made their first trip to interview Hollywood’s greats, beginning with […]

Books: 603

Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation Robert W. Fieseler Liveright $26.95 32 gay individuals perished in the New Orleans Up Stairs Lounge fire, their existence ignored. […]

Books: 601

Last Rites of the Capacitance Christopher Michael Carter Supposed Crimes LLC $8.99 e-book/Kindle; $17.99 paperback Space adventures usually start with a spectrum of crew members, who meet their various fates along the way. Carter opens with […]

Books: 599

Go the Way Your Blood Beats: On Truth, Bisexuality and Desire Michael Amherst Repeater Books $14.95 Part memoir, part fragmented essays, interleaved with notes to unnamed, un-gendered past partners, Amherst explores the fluidity of sexuality and […]

Books: 597

Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity C. Riley Snorton UMN Press $24.95 Snorton’s divisions of Black on Both Sides, “Blacken,” “Transit,” and “Blackout,” should alert the reader that this book is not simply […]

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Education

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 […]

A Most Colorful Classroom

Minnesota’s 2018 Teacher of the Year Kelly Holstine shares her passion for teaching and life lessons from the GLBT community. A Minnesota native herself, Kelly Holstine grew up in Fairmont before departing for Massachusetts where […]

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 […]

A Word In Edgewise: Youth Isn’t Wasted on the Young

History was not driven solely by bearded elders—a fact we tend to forget, looking at portraits of the bewigged and edentulate, that the subjects started in youth and vigor. Benjamin Franklin, born in 1706, had a […]

Skirting The Issues: Idealist or Naïve: Part I

My official biography lists that I’m a “hopeless idealist.” Often when I’m introduced to audiences, the person making the introduction points this out about me, smiling as they do so. I’m never quite sure whether […]

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Law & Finance

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 […]

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03.15.18 Shannon Miller, Former University of Minnesota Duluth Women’s Hockey Coach Is Awarded 3 Million Dollars for Lost Wages and Emotional Distress

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Skirting the Issues: Gavin Grimm

At this year’s Grammy Awards, transgender icon Laverne Cox interrupted her music star introduction to highlight the case of Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old Virginia high school student who’s become the poster child for transgender rights […]

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Interview with Roxanne Anderson, Honored Trans and Racial Justice Activist on Trump, Bathroom Policy, and the Lavender Community

You know Roxanne Anderson as last year’s Grand Marshal for Twin Cities Pride. That honor signified a culmination of an activist life for queer and racial justice. Known for steering work groups on trans inclusion […]

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Loving and ‘Loving’ in Splendor

“Love is a many-splendored thing,” runs the song lyrics, and often more splendored than people care to embrace. In fact, over decades, marriages between certain consenting adults have been banned, despite the song’s declaration that […]

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