Issue 361

The Perfect Fit: Wedding Ring Advice from JB Hudson Jewelers

A wedding ring is one of the most enduring and evocative symbols in our culture. Its lasting legacy is likely because of its faithful representation of the ideals of human love: a circular ring carries with it a message of eternity. Furthermore, it is worn on the third finger of the left hand, which once was believed to host a vein leading directly to the heart. This ring is made to be worn every day, to weather the passage of time, to become scratched and worn, and to be a lasting reminder of a sacred commitment to another human being.

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The Good Don’t Always Die Young

Giovanna D’Agostino (Mama D), legendary restaurateur, author, and friend to all, died March 17 at 94. Raised in Northeast Minneapolis, she moved to Chicago after marrying Eugene D’Agostino. She lived there a quarter-century, learning to cook, working in a bakery, and raising three sons. Read the rest of this entry »

The Art of Framing

Art is a means of self-expression, a form of entertainment, and an inspirational outlet. It requires proper care, along with appropriate preservation and placement. The artistic world is a multifaceted community, and to display art proudly is to become a member of this ever-expanding society. Choosing the right frame for a piece of art can be a daunting process, but with a certain attention to detail, the results can be spectacular.
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Queer As Folks

Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity Tackles New Challenges

For the past 21 years, the Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity has been educating employers and employees on the different ways people live their lives. With the ever-increasing openness of the GLBT community, the forum has been right on board with education.

This year’s event featured a multitude of speakers, including Nat Irvin, diversity futurist from the University of Louisville; Luke Visconti, partner and cofounder of DiversityInc; and Jamison Green, who spoke on “Transgender Awareness: Gender Diversity in the Workplace.”

The University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business and the National Black MBA Association Twin Cities Chapter cohosted the forum.

AIDS Action Day Increases HIV/AIDS Visibility Among Elected Officials

Coordinated by the Minnesota AIDS Project (MAP), AIDS Action Day took place March 12 at the Minnesota State Capitol. Along with representatives from MAP, anyone who participated was allowed to meet with his or her elected officials, sharing stories and concerns with those in the position to make changes concerning HIV/AIDS.

With a state budget deficit, HIV-service and -prevention programs could be on the chopping block, which made this year’s event all the more important. To find out who your elected official is, visit <>. Write that person to let him or her know HIV/AIDS budget cuts should not be an option.

Recession-Proofing the Big Day

It’s a challenge for anyone to stay starry-eyed about that special day in today’s tattered economy, but a tight budget needn’t mean watering down the “you” in your wedding, or settling for a less-fabulous event. I will show you how to ensure that your caviar and champagne dreams are not merely illusions in a Wonder Bread and Tab reality.
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Your New Living Space

What was once an 1895 single-family Victorian home was converted to multioccupant, and now has been restored thoughtfully by a Minneapolis professional couple.
It all started with the garage.

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Family Reunion: Rainbow Families Conference Centers on Life, Love, and Laughter

Abby Riskin’s duties as Family Outreach and Education Manager of Rainbow Families require her to blend popular perception with popular reality.

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Cryogenics Laboratories Incorporated: More Than 30 Percent of Its Clientele is Gay, Lesbian, or Transgender

Choosing to become biological parents through donor insemination and surrogacy, many GLBT parents are partnering with a resource that works with individuals to nourish our changing definition.

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Big Gay News

United States To Sign United Nations Gay Rights Declaration
The Obama Administration will endorse a United Nations declaration that calls for the worldwide decriminalization of homosexuality, official sources told The Associated Press. The declaration aims to counter antigay discrimination around the world. The Bush Administration refused to sign the declaration, which has the support of the entire European Union and more than 40 other countries. Currently, 70 UN member nations outlaw homosexuality, which in several cases is punishable by death.

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Food, Glorious Food! Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus Serves Musical Feast

If music be the food of love, play on;|Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.|That strain again! it had a dying fall:|O, it came o’er my ear like the sweet sound|That breathes upon a bank of violets,| Stealing and giving odour!

—William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

If you wish to spoil your soul as well as your stomach at the same time, check out the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus (TCGMC) spring concert, Food, Glorious Food!, March 27-28 at the University of Minnesota’s Ted Mann Concert Hall.

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