Issue 371

Queer as Folks

Ms. Behavior Wins Jane Chambers Award

Nationally syndicated author and lesbian advice columnist Meryl Cohn, AKA Ms. Behavior—whose popular column appears in Lavender—has won the Jane Chambers Award. She captured it for her play The Siegels of Montauk, which focuses on three adult Jewish sisters who—together with their mother—close out the family’s Montauk beach house in the wake of their father’s death. Read the rest of this entry »

Being True to Oneself—Guilt-Free

Just this past week, at the group’s annual meeting in Toronto, the American Psychological Association (APA) released a 138-page report concluding that scant evidence exists for the effectiveness of so-called “ex-gay” reparative programs aimed at changing an individual’s sexual orientation from gay or lesbian to straight. The report further asserts that such programs may be harmful to the client. Read the rest of this entry »

Passing: Scott R. Kyle 1961-2009

Scott R. Kyle, 48, passed away unexpectedly on July 27 at his apartment in Minneapolis. He was born June 25, 1961, in New Richmond, Wisconsin. Read the rest of this entry »

Gayborhood of the Year: North Minneapolis

The revitalization of North Minneapolis, once a neck of the woods considered sketchy and possibly dangerous, has made it a community on the rise, with fresh neighbors and new locally owned businesses. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Gay News

National News

Wisconsin Domestic Partner Registry Takes Effect

Same-sex couples in Wisconsin now can sign up for the state’s new domestic partnership registry. It provides 40-some legal protections to same-sex couples. Some critics say the law doesn’t mean much in the way of equality, while others criticize it as unconstitutional, because the state passed a constitutional ban on gay marriage. Wisconsin is the first Midwestern state to provide statewide protections for same-sex couples through legislation. Read the rest of this entry »

On the Townsend

Disordered (Thy Name is Teenager) / Aug. 23 / First Baptist Church, 499 Wacouta St., St. Paul / (612) 481-2234 / www.blankslatetheatre.org

Don’t stereotype this teen-created collaboration’s First Baptist venue as reason to dismiss it. That would be a mistake. This work addresses the limiting and dehumanizing aspects that come from labeling personality and behavior in terms of such things as depression, anxiety, and body-image disorders, not to mention queer identity. Read the rest of this entry »

The Page Boy

Blue Jesus
Tom Edwards
Academy Chicago Publishers
$16.95

A neat mix of the obvious—people who are “different” often are treated badly; the facts—there are blue people (ethemoglobinemia); and a predictably odd rural Southern community in the 1960s. After his mother’s death, 11-year-old (gay) Buddy Dean moves to Comfort Corners in North Georgia to live with his grandmother. He becomes friends with Early Finch, a boy from a local blue-skinned, “blue trash” family. Read the rest of this entry »

Male/Male Romance Novels Flourish Transgressions and False Colors Are Recent Examples

Male/Male (M/M) romance novels are not all that strange a niche, particularly to the GLBT reader. But when you have a straight woman writing them, and the books are geared toward other straight women, you reach a whole new dimension. Read the rest of this entry »

Gay 90’s: Enjoy The New Happy Hour Bar!

Enjoy The New Happy Hour Bar! Read the rest of this entry »

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