Issue 374

De Rigueur Stands Above the Crowd

One of the newest fashion stops is up-and-coming De Rigueur (a French term meaning “necessary protocol or fashion”). Started by two local self-certified trendsetters, Kaitlyn Julius and Brandon McCray, it already has snagged a major coup by designing the shirts for Lush Food Bar in Minneapolis. With a vision of putting an edgy twist on classic fashions, and transforming them into notable pieces, De Rigueur mixes form-fitting silhouettes with detailed designs.

To find out more, or to buy some of the newest pieces, visit

Z Wines Brings Sunshine to Twin Cities Oenophiles

The French, known for their love of wine, have a proverb that is one any wine lover should live by: A day without wine is like a day without sunshine. In the Twin Cities, we all know what a day without sunshine is like, and let’s just say, we prefer our sunshine any day of the week. Z Wines USA is here to help us get those rays daily. Read the rest of this entry »

The Affair Entertains More Than Ideas

Combining the creative forces of The Sample Circuit and The Twin Cities Chocolate Extravaganza, The Affair was born. A two-day, 365-degree view of all things home entertaining-related, it has become the most comprehensive such local expo and celebration. This year, it takes place November 7-8. Read the rest of this entry »

Queer as Folks

Bingo A-Go-Go Goes Biker

For the 23rd Bingo A-Go-Go on October 10, Clare Housing and Park House are joining forces to help raise funds for HIV/AIDS organizations. Started seven years ago with the help of Miss Richfield 1981, each bingo event has become more outrageous than the last (in a good way). Guests not only get to play a fabulous game of bingo for charity, but also are treated to a great show from Miss R and her cast, including Barbie “Q” and Gosh Alice Jones. This year’s top prize is a chance to win $1,000 cash, generously donated by long-time supporter Harvey Filister. Be sure to arrive dressed in your best biker attire!

Bingo A-Go-Go
Oct. 10
Doors Open 6 PM
Hyatt Regency
1300 Nicollet Mall, Mpls.
(612) 236-9527

Much Ado About Nothing

Labor Day Weekend 2009

I’d heard it was the Gay Agenda to co-opt the nation’s innocent children, but now heard the villain is President Barack Obama, who intended to Pied-Piper our kids away into some little blue schoolhouse, and—what?

I waited through the weekend with bated breath to see if the Right’s darkest fears would be realized.

In the 1950s, had President Dwight Eisenhower announced he would be speaking to the nation’s children at my grade school in West Hartford, Connecticut (I’m that old!), everyone from the principal to the janitor would have cheered.

In fact, 18 years ago, President George H.W. Bush visited the Alice Deal Middle School in Washington, DC, where teacher Cynthia Mostoller later remembered how her eighth graders “were thrilled at the prospect of seeing him, hearing him, and meeting him.”

Why would all children—particularly children of color—not profit from hearing their President, with two daughters of his own, welcome them to a new year, and encourage them? Why would Florida GOP Chair Jim Greer call this address “an invasive abuse of power?”

Tuesday, September 8

I read a copy of Obama’s address delivered at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia, and available nationwide to all students (whose principals and parents let them listen, that is). The gist? Take responsibility for your education. Ask for help. Don’t let failures define you. Keep trying.

Now, that’s the kind of talk that will bring this country to its knees, and destroy the “nukeulur” family President George W. Bush so cherished.

“And that’s what I want to focus on today,” President Obama said, “the responsibility each of you has for your education. I want to start with the responsibility you have to yourself.

Citing the initial failures of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and hoop wizard Michael Jordan, Obama continued, “These people succeeded because they understand that you can’t let your failures define you—you have to let them teach you.”

Nothing extraordinary, but kids heard the words from their President, who had taken the time to speak to them. I could not help but think of the long and rocky life path of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, as Obama urged youngsters to believe “where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up.”

Call me subverted, but I’ll use his words in my own continuing education.

Pairing Desserts and Wines

Whether you are notorious for your sweet tooth; have a slight love affair with wine; or even better yet, have both—if you haven’t visited Wilde Roast Café lately, it’s about time.

While it offers a variety of satisfying lunch and drink options, the establishment also plates up several delectable desserts, from carrot cake to chocolate cake to everything in between. If you are one of the aforementioned people, then you already know that nothing goes better with a slice of heaven on a plate than a tongue-tingling glass of wine. Read the rest of this entry »

Dancing Ganesha

Now that many of Uptown’s Indian Restaurants have vanished, I was beyond grateful to hear good things about the fare at Dancing Ganesha. If any restaurant deserves to succeed, it is this one. With a top-notch contemporary and traditional Indian menu, plus extraordinary happy hour specials, I hope its favored deity will grant long-term success. Read the rest of this entry »

Winterize Your Vehicle: A Checklist

You probably have noticed something askew in the air around you lately. The winds have an extra amount of bite and vigor; the temperatures, once comfortably sitting in the 80s, have begun to crouch in the 50s and 60s; and the once-lush summer greens have started to deepen and change tones to vibrantly styled shades of red, yellow, and orange. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Gay America with Bradley Traynor

Producing Big Gay News for the last couple years has been a rewarding experience both personally and professionally. I’ve learned a great deal about the diversity of issues facing our community, as well as how the mainstream media characterize (and all too often mischaracterize) us. I’ve come to learn something about the life cycle of a news story in the age of social networking and new media. The echo chamber of the Internet is often a noisy place. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Gay News

National News

DOMA Repeal Legislation Introduced in Congress

Legislation intended to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. Passed in 1996, DOMA bars federal recognition of same-sex unions, including Social Security survivor payments and other government benefits. The new legislation has at least 76 sponsors. Lead sponsor is Representative Jerrold Nadler (Democrat-New York), who chairs a judiciary subcommittee that would consider repeal. No similar legislation has been introduced in the US Senate.

Atlanta Police Chief Calls Gay Bar Raid “Unfortunate”

Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington held a press conference to address a recent raid on the Atlanta Eagle bar. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, 62 patrons were ordered to lie facedown on the bar’s floor during the raid, some for more than an hour. The bar’s co-owner stated that patrons were searched illegally, and some were taunted with antigay slurs by some officers. At the press conference, Pennington said he takes the allegations of police misconduct seriously: “This is very unfortunate this incident occurred. I’m sorry for what happened.” The police raid led to the arrests of eight employees on improper permit charges.

World News

Uruguay Law May Not Allow Gay Adoptions After All

The Associated Press reports that some in Uruguay are questioning whether a new adoption law awaiting President Tabare Vazquez’s signature would allow same-sex couples to adopt after all. The law does not mention specifically the right of same-sex couples to adopt. Some, including the law’s own author, question how the law will be applied. Deputy Margarita Percovich, the law’s author, said that while it doesn’t mention same-sex adoptions directly, it would enable them, because gays and lesbians already legally can form civil unions, and “the law enables couples in civil unions to adopt children without impediment.”

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