Issue 359

Sex Talk: Cruising Online

Sure, where hard penises are concerned, many men are more-or-less unrepentant pigs. There have always been queer guys who’ve had recreational sex—sometimes lots of it. But the advent of the Internet has transformed the way many of us get laid…or at least increased the frequency thereof. Boys in the boondocks can more efficiently find buddies, and urban queers can get laid damn near as easily as they’d order a pizza. Paradoxically, that can make promiscuity even more problematic. Read the rest of this entry »

Standing Up to Obama: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Can’t Be Allowed to Fester

I threw reasonable out the window the day I heard about Amy Brian. The Iraq veteran was forced out of the Kansas Army National Guard because someone decided he or she didn’t like Brian.

Last summer, this anonymous soul launched a campaign to railroad Brian, sending e-mails outing her to as many as 12 officers in Brian’s chain of command, The Kansas City Star reported. In August, a civilian co-worker claimed she saw Brian kissing a woman in a Wal-Mart checkout line, an incident that Brian says she doesn’t remember. Read the rest of this entry »

A Time to Every Purpose

Coming up in California on March 5 will be oral arguments in the Proposition 8 legal challenge, which the California Supreme Court agreed to hear back on November 19.

According to Brian Boyd of Gay Rights Watch, 43 amicus curiae, or friend of the court, briefs have been filed urging the court to invalidate Prop 8, arguing that it “drastically alters the equal protection guarantee in California’s Constitution, and that rights of a minority cannot be eliminated by a simple majority vote.” Read the rest of this entry »

Letters

Love Your Enemy

I agree 100 percent with your statement [“A Word in Edgewise,” Lavender, Jan. 30] on President Barack Obama’s choice concerning the (ir)Reverend Rick Warren—someone I do consider an “enemy” of sorts. Read the rest of this entry »

Minnesota Home and Garden Show Sports a Twist of Green

Going green is an initiative as unavoidable, undeniable, and unstoppable as the Internet explosion. Some call it bogus, others a phase. I call it a revolution. It seems as though everywhere you look, “going green” is as effervescent as ever. The Minnesota Home and Garden Show, March 4-8, is no exception. Read the rest of this entry »

Paint Primer: Embracing Color

The old design proverb is true: Painting your walls a lighter color can make your room look larger. Dark colors tend to make a room feel smaller. Brandi Hagen, Principal Designer at Eminent Interior Design, asks, “But what’s wrong with that? It’s not really making your room smaller, and what’s wrong with a really comfortable, cozy room?” Read the rest of this entry »

Plants & Pets: How To Cohabitate Without Complete Chaos

As Minnesota’s Mother Nature thaws, it’s important to remember we are not the only ones who will be indulging in our blooming lawns.

Let’s face it: The montage shot of Spot harmoniously gallivanting in a lush garden, while monarchs and robins frolic above, is simply one thing, and one thing only: a complete farce. Hell, I should have added a unicorn playing Cat’s Cradle with Dick, Spot’s owner. Read the rest of this entry »

From Chaos to Tidiness: Easy Solutions To Help Everyone

For some, the idea of being messy is despicable—even the slightest crumb of spilled food will cause them to break out the sanitizing bucket (neatly placed just around the corner on the shelf next to the 50 cleaning products).

For the other 99.9 percent of us, awaiting us are a dirty cleaning bucket under the sink that smells like something just died in it, along with cleaning products we aren’t quite sure are still good to use. Ironic that these cleaners themselves should be dirty, isn’t it? Read the rest of this entry »

Passings

Joseph P. Miller
1941-2009

Joseph P. Miller, 67, passed away of cardiac failure February 5 in Palm Springs, California. He was born September 27, 1941, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He suffered from heart issues since birth, but lived a full and joyous life. Read the rest of this entry »

Queer as Folks

OutFront Minnesota Hosts Welcoming Party for New Executive Director Amy Johnson

On January 29, OutFront Minnesota hosted a welcoming party for its new Executive Director, Amy Johnson, at Azia Restaurant’s Caterpillar Lounge. She spent the past 25 years working in GLBT community service and advocacy prior to taking the top spot at the organization. A main goal for Johnson at OutFront is marriage equality in Minnesota. Read the rest of this entry »

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