Issue 358

Too Little Knowledge Is a Dangerous Thing

“Now’s the time to end Black History Month.”

“End Black History Month? I Beg to Differ.”

The first headline is from Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley; the second from Madison J. Gray of the Associated Press. Read the rest of this entry »

Queer as Folks

Project 515, in its never-ending struggle for equality, proposed the Final Wishes Bill on January 22 during a news conference, explaining what the bill is intended to do for committed same-sex couples.
The legislation would honor the final wishes of partners; preserve their homes for their families; and seek justice after a wrongful death. In essence, it would give same-sex couples the same rights as married couples at the time of death. Read the rest of this entry »

Minnesota Businesses Prove Equality Is Possible: It’s Time for the State To Follow

As the old adage goes: Never mix business and family. Even the State of Minnesota recognizes that when business and family mix, disaster ensues. More than 30 Minnesota statutes regulate when and how organizations, businesses, and nonprofits can enter into business deals with family members. Left out of the discussion is what happens when business and same-sex couples mix. Read the rest of this entry »

Passing: David D. Irwin 1920-2009

David D. Irwin, 89, died January 13. He was born January 1, 1920. He was a special education teacher for many years. Read the rest of this entry »

Minnesota AIDS Project and DIVAMN Host Oscar Night® Minnesota

Turn off your boob tube—the red carpet’s in town! With the 81st annual Academy Awards only a week away, and increasing buzz surrounding the broadcast, for this year’s viewing, we at Lavender urge you to ditch the fuzzy rabbit slippers, trade in your oversized pajama tee, and remove the long johns (or at least wear them under your red carpet attire). Head to Oscar Night® Minnesota, a fund-raiser for HIV/AIDS education, advocacy, and prevention. Read the rest of this entry »

Milk’s Not the Only Queer Oscar Game in Tinseltown

Given all the hoopla, you’d think Milk was the only queer Oscar game in Tinseltown. However, other films had queer themes and subplots, too.

The most obvious is Doubt, in which Oscar-worthy Meryl Streep plays a nun who suspects a priest, portrayed brilliantly by Philip Seymour Hoffman (Best Supporting Actor nominee), of molesting a black boy. This landmark film about the intersection of homophobia and race has a character felt throughout, but not actually seen: the boy’s homophobic father. We learn this from the boy’s mother, played by Viola Davis (Best Supporting Actress nominee). Read the rest of this entry »

Big Gay News

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On the Townsend

Siren / Feb. 20-21 / The Films of Derek Jarman Through Feb. 26 / Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Mpls. (612) 375-7600.

UK’s avant-garde, past and present, reverberates in February throughout Walker Art Center, with sound artist Ray Lee’s Siren and a film retrospective on gay iconoclast Derek Jarman. Read the rest of this entry »

On the Record

The Annie Lennox Collection
Annie Lennox

For those of us of a certain age, Annie Lennox always will be the fist-pumping, dapper-suit-wearing front woman in the Eurythmics. However, she has had a fine solo career over the last two decades, one that often has outstripped her work with Dave Stewart. Collection brings together the highlights of Lennox’s solo career. It’s an engaging ride from beginning to end, featuring an artist who hasn’t lost any of her strengths, even as she explores new sounds and styles along the way. In addition, to close out the collection, she has recorded a pair of covers (by British rockers Ash and Keane, no less) that connect her to the latest generation of artists. Read the rest of this entry »

Brass Rail Closes Temporarily

The Brass Rail bar at 422 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, closed—for the time being—at 2 AM on January 27. A sign on the door reads: “Temporarily Closed For Remodeling”—which is the spin circulating through the bar-going community. But the real reason for the seemingly abrupt demise of the club in its former incarnation is more complex. Read the rest of this entry »

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