Issue 336


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Senator Larry Craig Adopts Local Attorney’s Defense

In a written interview, Minneapolis attorney Jeff Dean answered Lavender’s questions about the recent acquittal of his client, a gay man caught up in last summer’s sting operation at Minneapolis-St. Paul’s Lindbergh Airport that brought Idaho Senator Larry Craig such unwanted national and worldwide notoriety. Read the rest of this entry »

On the Townsend

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival
Through Apr. 16
Various Venues

Now in its 23rd year, the M-SP International Film Fest’s big queer flick this year is the Ron Davis-Stewart Halpern film Pageant, an inside look at the Miss Gay America Pageant, which first screened March 24. Though more drag or trans than gay, hormones or surgical body enhancements are no-no’s for contestants. The film also looks at family members and friends of the contestants.Other GLBT-themed screenings are The World Unseen, The Yacoubian Building, and The Edge of Heaven. Read the rest of this entry »

Superb Thomasina Petrus Is Lady Day

Park Square Theatre swoons to the rhythm of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, by Lanie Robertson. Set in Philadelphia, this solo piece about “Lady Day”—Billie Holiday (1915-1959), the iconic jazz singer addicted to heroin who was abused by men, racism, and show biz—has garnered raves wherever it has played. You may remember Robertson as the one who penned Woman Before a Glass, produced by Minnesota Jewish Theatre last year, for which Sally Wingert won an Ivey Award. Read the rest of this entry »

D’Lo on Gayness, Hip Hop, and Hin duism

Pangea World Theater’s first queer-oriented production, Ramble-Ations: A One D’Lo Show at Intermedia Arts, reflects on being born gay in a Hindu family and raised on Hip Hop. Bicoastal performer D’Lo, a Tamil-SriLankin, prefers “gay” to “lesbian,” because, as she explains, “‘gay’ is the word that encompassed and empowered everyone who wasn’t hetero under one umbrella, much in the same way ‘queer’ is being used today. Who I am is also about gender. I would still be super ‘dude’ and carrying masculine energy even if I were to be stripped of clothes, or if I were to be celibate for the rest of my life.” Read the rest of this entry »

Camp Hosts Barbra Streisand Impersonator Steven Brinberg

On April 25-26, Camp bar in St. Paul is hosting famed Barbra Steisand impersonator Steven Brinberg in his sensational Simply Barbra! The premier Streisand impressionist, Brinberg has performed his incredible show to international acclaim both on stage and television (twice with none other than composer Marvin Hamlisch). It pays homage to all that is Streisand. Brinberg does not lip-synch, but accurately portrays Streisand with his own voice. Read the rest of this entry »

An Interview with Mikel Gerle, International Mr. Leather 2007

It has been 10 months since Mike Gerle became International Mr. Leather (IML) 2007. I recently interviewed him by telephone from his office in West Hollywood, California. (Although he likes the way his given name, “Mikel,” is written, he prefers to be called “Mike.”) Read the rest of this entry »

Charlotte von Mahlsdorf

In the early 1990s, the GLBT community hailed East German transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf as a queer hero, but she was revealed to be a more complex figure who made unsavory compromises to survive under two repressive regimes. Read the rest of this entry »

Sex, Lies, and Press Conferences

The other day, I came back to my office to find a note left by Hawk Stone, a nationally known FTM trans activist—his psychotherapy office just happens to be down the hall from mine. He thought perhaps we should hold a press conference to say that we’re not sleeping together. I howled. Read the rest of this entry »

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