Issue 333

Gay 90’s Sale Finalizing: New Ownership Caps Three-Decade Bloom Era

Just as this issue went to press, in an exclusive to Lavender—he wanted the story to break first in the gay media—Gay 90’s owner Mike Bloom announced that he is in the process of finalizing sale of the bar. It’s the latest in a series of events that have transformed the Twin Cities gay bar scene markedly since 2006. Although many details of the sale—most notably, the new ownership—cannot be made public immediately for legal reasons, it’s clear that the Gay 90’s is about to change hands for the first time in nearly three decades.

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Minnesota Queers Ponder Politics in ’08

Odd as it may seem, our current—and unfathomably lengthy—2008 election cycle is entering one of its later stages. While Minnesota’s March 4 caucuses come relatively late in the game, in a wide-open presidential race, our historical status as an electoral swing state—though, granted, one that hasn’t voted Republican for President since 1972—portends to bring home lots of candidate attention.

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Letters

MCIL Thanks Lavender

I am writing to thank Lavender for your coverage of the GLBT support group here at the Metropolitan Center for Independent Living (MCIL), and for covering the broader issues of GLBT individuals who also happen to identify as disabled, in Bill Burleson’s article [“Independently GLBT,” Lavender, Feb. 15].

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Q Solution: “Out, That Is”

1-800-GOT-JUNK Clears Clutter

Home & Yard Blvd. Section

“The junk marines are here!” This was the hue and cry of one client when 1-800-GOT-JUNK arrived at the scene of a particularly dire urban jettison.

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BigGayNews.com

National & World News

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Ask What You Can Do for Your Country

So, Super Tuesday is over, and nothing is any more settled for us GLBT Democratic voters than it was the Monday before. Talk to any of us poll-watchers, and we would have said that on Wednesday, February 6, everything would be over but the shoutin’. Conventional wisdom figured a clear Democratic nominee would be in place after Super Tuesday. Suffice it to say, nothing’s conventional about this campaign season, and wisdom only works as a tool of hindsight.

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Lou Sullivan

Louis Graydon Sullivan was a pioneer of the transgender movement—not just as an organizer, but also as perhaps the first female-to-male (FTM) transsexual to identify publicly as a gay man. Born in 1951, and named Sheila Jean, Sullivan grew up in a working-class family in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Though he had enjoyed “playing boys” as a child, his issues around gender and sexuality came to the fore when he was a teenager, and he began to crossdress.

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On the Townsend

The Syringa Tree
Through Mar. 9
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale S., Mpls.
(612) 822-7063
www.jungletheater.com

If you caught Sarah Agnew in lead roles last year in the Guthrie’s Major Barbara and The Home Place, you probably were quite impressed. But she has outdone herself with Pamela Gien’s one-woman play The Syringa Tree at the Jungle, in which she plays 22 different characters during the South African white-police-state era known as Apartheid. Though not a political statement per se, it’s a consummate vision, marvelously acted, of how government policy insinuates itself into the very fabric of ordinary daily life of children. Director-designer Joel Sass has the entire upstage area covered by what looks like aged earth-toned parchment. Through it and downstage emanates Barry Browning’s soulful lighting. The effect is that this solo piece has an epic, transcendent feel.
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The Page Boy

Legacies of Love: A Heritage of Queer Bonding
Winston Wilde
The Haworth Press
$19.95

Legacies of Love is a fascinating and useful compendium of queer couples. More than the (inevitable) “Oh, look at that!,” Wilde has produced a versatile source book, with photos, dates, and individual brief bibliographies for each couple (or triad). More than 100 such units are presented: Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed; Cary Grant and Randolph Scott; James Baldwin and Lucien Happersberger; Aidi and Dong Xian. The book is broken down into “Patterns”—“Interethnic Love, Peer Love, Intergenerational Love,” etc.—which makes for ease of navigation. A great volume for reading, for browsing, or to have handy as a resource.

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