A Word In Edgewise: O Tempora, O Mores…

I write on the eve of Inauguration Day. Perhaps upon publication, the Commander in Tweet will be seen in a more sanguine light. Perhaps. But even suspending disbelief, normalizing the lying, misogyny, racial bigotry, and […]

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 […]

A Word In Edgewise: They’ve All Got Little Lists

After two centuries of sequestration, Japan reopened its doors in the 1850s. In 1872, Japonisme (influence of Japanese art and aesthetics) entered the vocabulary of many European artists, and ukiyo-e prints were popularized: Van Gogh […]

A Word In Edgewise: A Tale from the Dark Side

Some time ago, well, several decades now, back in the early 1970s, though it seems like yesterday, I witnessed an event that has remained with me to this day. An acquaintance of mine (I’ll call her […]

Prediction from 1993 Concerning American Politics

“The relatives and former aids [sic] of congressional members together control approximately 20 percent of the seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Within this are many of the important positions of leadership, […]

A Word In Edgewise: Hold These Truths and Keep Holding

As The Parchman Hour plays out on the Guthrie’s McGuire Proscenium Stage, a story from another troubled time unfolds upstairs in the Dowling Studio. Hold These Truths, Jeanne Sakata’s solo play with Joel de la Fuente, […]

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 […]

A Word In Edgewise: In the Long Run II

I recently wrote about Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb who sneaked into the 1966 Boston Marathon after being told that women were not physiologically capable of running the 26.2-mile course (issue 547). She ran it in 3:21:40, […]

Skirting the Issues: Whoops and Cheers for Hope and Compassion

Last month, I had the pleasure to again visit Rochester, Minn. to conduct diversity training and speak on living as a transgender human. As things turned out, I did a total of three events (!) […]

A Word In Edgewise: Keep Reinventing that Wheel

Trouble in Mind recently closed its triumphant run at the Guthrie. Splendidly acted and directed, Alice Childress’ 1955 drama centers around a young, white director (John Catron) rehearsing a mostly black cast of actors through […]

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