Issue 375

Queer as Folks

Open Arms Reaches Home Stretch

With more than $8 million needed for its new building, Open Arms of Minnesota has managed to raise all but about $500,000 in a few short months. What began as a groundbreaking ceremony last November has grown into a new home for this organization that helps people living with HIV/AIDS and other debilitating diseases. On November 7, a benefit dance at the new building, 25th Street and Bloomington Avenue, Minneapolis, which isn’t completed yet, will give guests a unique experience of the presently raw construction space. On November 9, at First Congregational Church, 500 Eighth Street SE, Minneapolis, a group of area artists will present a night of music and readings about food to benefit Open Arms. For more information, visit Read the rest of this entry »

Holidays Arrive Early with Make the Yuletide Gay

Lavender’s OUT at the Movies on October 15 is looking to usher in the holiday season early with a little gay yule celebration. According to tradition, the holidays should be about sugar, spice, and everything nice. So, the new movie Make The Yuletide Gay certainly is going to spice up things nicely. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Gay News

Iowa Voters Evenly Divided on Gay Marriage Ban

Iowans are just about evenly divided on whether they would support a constitutional amendment to end same-sex marriage in the state. According to the Des Moines Register’s recent Iowa Poll, 41 percent said they would vote for a ban; 40 percent said they would favor keeping same-sex marriage legal; and 92 percent said the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state has brought no real change to their lives. It is the first poll taken since the Iowa Supreme Court overturned the state ban on same-sex marriage in April. Read the rest of this entry »

On the Townsend

Bert and Ernie, Goodnight! / Through Oct. 25 / Children’s Theatre Co., 2400 3rd Ave. S., Mpls. / (612) 874-0400 /

Males being affectionate with each other. What a concept! It’s not exactly homoromantic, still is not as common as it ought to be. Bradley Greenwald and Reed Sigmund generate vibrant comic energy as Sesame Street’s beloved buddy duo. Kids will relish Barry Kornhauser’s wacky script, but adults will be struck by how much it has to say about smoothing rocky rapids in male friendships. We see that patience is a virtue—even when you want to smack the other guy on the head! Read the rest of this entry »

Our Big Gay Ouija Board

A few weeks ago, on a beautiful late summer night, I was sitting with a group of friends, all gay men, laughing and telling tales over generous helpings of Dairy Queen. That evening, the discussion centered around one particular friend of a friend—specifically, whether said friend of a friend, a guy, was gay. Read the rest of this entry »

Kink in the Mainstream Media

Not too long ago, on those rare occasions when mainstream media outlets mentioned kink, it was talked about with a mixture of shock and disgust. Now, at least for some media outlets, it has become just another part of the conversation. Two examples of this phenomenon are radio’s The Stephanie Miller Show and a blog named “The Rude Pundit.” Read the rest of this entry »

Gladius Cuts New Swath in Local GLBT Bar Scene: When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do

Gladius, a new upscale GLBT bar that bills itself “The New York Chic of Minneapolis,” opened September 11.

Owner Philip Berglin is renowned in the local community. He was Emperor X and Empress XIV (as Heather Haldane) of the Imperial Court of Minnesota (ICOM). As Haldane, he’s the reigning Miss Southeast Minnesota. Equally well-known General Manager Amanda Chance Evans is ICOM Countess for Life. She also is ICOM Imperial Council Cochair. Friends for 11 years, Berglin and Evans previously have worked together professionally. Read the rest of this entry »

We Are All Assassins

Jules Dassin’s 1952 film We Are All Assassins (Nous Sommes Tout des Assassins) is melodramatic, but complements the strident, rabidly anti-Obama rhetoric Republicans have chosen (“killing granny”; “death panels”) to raise “discussion” of health care to a white heat. Read the rest of this entry »

National Coming Out Day

Davina Baldwin
by Amber Schadewald

Working the nine-to-five scene in a sea of middle-aged, middle-class, white family men, Davina Baldwin not only stood out among her conservative colleagues, but also made the decision to “come out.” She is the only out lesbian agent she knows of working for State Farm Insurance, and one of two African-American women agents. Read the rest of this entry »

al Vento

What are the makings of a good neighborhood restaurant? Our server originally had dropped the term while discussing the chef’s passion for local, vine-fresh produce. So, as I relaxed on al Vento’s hidden gem of a porch, I pondered a few criteria: It should be affordable, yet suitable for different occasions; it should offer a mix of favorite dishes and new inspirations; and, above all, it should provide a little bit of an escape. Read the rest of this entry »

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