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Leather Life: Flagging Black and White Checked in 2017

Rethinking the “Safer Sex” Hankie It was a perfect summer evening, and I was spending it most enjoyably on the recently expanded patio of the eagleBolt Bar in Minneapolis. The occasion was a cigar smoking […]

Celebrating 30 Years of Care from Clare

Imagine being sick because of a virus that has no cure, a virus that has opened the door to infections that are slowly killing you. Now imagine the medical professionals who are supposed to care […]

07.16.17 15th Anniversary Red Ribbon Ride 2017 Closing Ceremony Minnesota State Capitol Saint Paul MN

 

Chemsex Fueling Sexual Compulsivity

By Terrence Post, LADC An increasing number of men who have sex with men (MSM) are taking part in a combination of drug use and sexual behavior. Recently termed Chemsex, the use of chemicals to […]

Pride Season: Watch for Alcohol Poisoning

By Steph Sianko, MA, LADC Alcohol poisoning, also known as alcohol overdose is caused by high amounts of alcohol being consumed in a short amount of time. The risk of alcohol poisoning varies by gender, ethnicity, […]

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Family & Friends

A Word In Edgewise: Ringing the Bells of Heaven

In a broad stroke, mankind can be divided into two types, the helpers and the harmers; those who help turtles to the other side of the road and those who swerve to crush them. Those […]

A Day In The Life: Letia Blade

Name: Letia V. Blade Age: 53 Where did you grow up? I grew up in the heart of Detroit. Where do you live? I live in Brooklyn Park. Who do you live with? I live […]

A Word in Edgewise: Living on the Archipelago

How does one process sudden death? The sudden, violent death of a friend? It is a mere five days since I learned that Beverly Cory, working on a sunny Saturday morning in her office in […]

Skirting the Issues: Lemonade

“Grossly misinformed.” That’s the most generous phrase I could muster as I read my friend John Townsend’s piece, “When GLBT Nonprofits Lose Their Bearings” in the July 6 edition of this magazine. Take your pick—“transgenderism” […]

Learn to Play, Play to Learn

Museums are often accompanied by signs reading, “Do not touch,” “No photography,” “No sitting or standing on sculpture,” and others of the sort. At the Minnesota Children’s Museum, these signs are replaced by one necessary […]

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Pets

Bet Your Life: Local Heroes Give Animals a Second Chance at Companionship…and at Life

“Single male, four legs and a tail, enjoys long walks around fire hydrants, chasing postal workers, and smelling scat; seeks two-legged, tail-less M or F for lifelong friendship. Serious inquiries only.” This personal ad has […]

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Pets

Anyone who owns a pet knows that they are just as much a part of the family as any human; which means they get pampered and probably have one or two gifts under the tree […]

Downtown Dogs: A Pup’s Home Away From Home

Ralph Bernstein was a banker. He came to Minnesota in 1996 to work for a big company and, by the time he left, he was running a multimillion dollar business for them. “I had a pretty […]

Pets with Pride

We asked our Facebook followers to send in photos of their pets showing Pride. Keep a lookout for these Pride-ful pets this season! Penelope Starr sent in by Molly Gosh. Armani Vuitton Lueck sent in by […]

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Nell Gelhaus

I am the worst gift-receiver. I hate being the center of attention, even for those few seconds of gift unwrapping. All eyes staring at me, anticipation building, expectant smiles as I squirm, sweat, blush… agh… […]

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Lifestyles & Communities

From the Editor: A Road to Cope

We’ve got a variety of fall getaway angles for you in this issue, from near to far, for younger and older, with other people in the rainbow community or not, featuring adventure and relaxation. I […]

Moving Up and Coming Out

Today, a stroll through the many neighborhoods of Minneapolis will take you past a plethora of gay bars, gay clubs, and other popular hangout spots. However, that walk would have been a lot different—and a […]

From the Editor: The Reality of Art

When I was in high school, I was into all the performing arts. Well, not dancing, because I still refer to my hometown as the setting for the movie Footloose, where dancing wasn’t to be […]

Skirting The Issues: Dating Revisited

The last time I wrote about dating—in 2013, I believe—I lamented how exceedingly difficult it was to snag a date, let alone forge a real romantic relationship. Given that others told me I was relatively […]

Leather Life: Flagging Black and White Checked in 2017

Rethinking the “Safer Sex” Hankie It was a perfect summer evening, and I was spending it most enjoyably on the recently expanded patio of the eagleBolt Bar in Minneapolis. The occasion was a cigar smoking […]

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Faith

Skirting the Issues: Moose Lake

There is no Them. There are only facets of Us. — John Green, American author I’m standing in a room—a gymnasium, actually—posing for a picture with several GLBT- identifying humans in Moose Lake, Minnesota. Only, […]

Leather Life: My Mother Mary

The GLBT and PFLAG communities recently lost a trailblazing author, activist, and advocate. My mother, Mary Virginia Borhek, age 94, of Pennswood Village in Newtown, Pennsylvania, departed this life on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. I […]

05.07.16 2016 LGBTQ+ Catholic Youth Summit Minneapolis MN

Faith: It’s My Life, Not a Lifestyle

By Thomas Ehnert One of my favorite T-shirts has in huge black letters, “It’s my LIFE, not a lifestyle.” I was talking recently to someone who says he is becoming disenchanted with the “gay lifestyle.” […]

Conscience Equality

By Thomas Ehnert A part of me feels sorry for Josh Duggar and Kim Davis. Let me explain. Josh Duggar is the oldest of the famous 19 kids of the TLC channel’s reality show 19 […]

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