Issue 385

Queer As Folks

Minnesota Lynx Re-Sign Seimone Augustus

The Minnesota Lynx announced February 9 that it will re-sign US Olympian Seimone Augustus, who originally was chosen first overall by the team in the 2006 WNBA Draft. A two-time WNBA All-Star, she is one of the most prolific scorers in league history, with her career scoring average ranking first of all time. Lynx Executive Vice President Roger Griffith said, “We are extremely pleased to announce the re-signing of one of the world’s best players in Seimone Augustus. She’s been one of the WNBA’s top scorers from the day she stepped on the court as a rookie in 2006, and we’re thrilled that she’s chosen to continue her career in a Lynx uniform.” Read the rest of this entry »

A Trip to the Maul

Suburbs have always been a dangerous place. I should know. I was born and raised there. All that peanut butter on Wonder Bread. All those in-ground swimming pools. All that gin. I was lucky to escape with my life.

That’s why I reacted to a recent birthday party invitation with more than a shudder of suspicion. The invite was to a party in a posh suburb. The party would be hosted and attended by a chic set of straight people, with a few minor celebrities. Read the rest of this entry »

Coming Soon, to a Psychiatrist Near You

Used to be, GLBT folk were just sick in the head—at least, sick according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Bible, first published in 1952. Read the rest of this entry »

How To: SPRING Cleaning for Dummies or Lazy People

OK, so it might not be spring just yet…or ever, if you live in Minnesota. With 49 states reporting snow on the ground, we in fact can say that hell has frozen over. But that is no excuse for your closet giving off a smell you can’t claim for sure isn’t a dead animal, and being one big pile of random things you aren’t even certain what it once might have been. Now is the perfect time to start cleaning out your home, because we all know that when the sun starts shining again, you’re not going to do it. Don’t lie! So, let’s talk about how to go about spring cleaning. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Gay News

National News

Grinnell College Names Openly Gay President

Iowa’s Grinnell College announced February 17 that it has named an openly gay man, Dr. Raynard Kington, to be its next President. He presently serves as Deputy Director of the National Institutes of Health. David White, Chair of the Grinnell College Board of Trustees, said in a statement, “We are thrilled that Dr. Kington, an extraordinarily accomplished scientist, administrator, and physician, will lead Grinnell College into the future.” He and his partner, Dr. Peter Daniolos, along with their two children, will move to Grinnell this summer. Read the rest of this entry »

The Outlandish Spirit of Gay Icon Noel Coward Infuses Minneapolis

Guthrie and Jungle Present Two of His Greatest Plays

Noel Coward (1899-1973) epitomized high British elegance and sophistication in the theater and life in general. As fluffy as his personality and his writing may have seemed to some, his pen was a sword that subtly sliced up hypocrisy, and questioned the morals around issues like adultery and privilege. Read the rest of this entry »

Lesbian Twin-Sister Singers Tegan and Sara Hit the Orpheum

Interview with Sara Quin

Over the past 12 years, Canadians Tegan and Sara Quin have carved out a distinct place in the music world. Mixing pop, rock, folk, and a personal style, the identical twin sisters—both lesbian—have made album after album of songs that not only are fun to listen to, but also reveal a depth rarely heard in modern popular music. Read the rest of this entry »

Dance Therapy Footloose Rocks Chanhassen

Imagine a world without dance. I’m not talking about Swan Lake, which even the God Police would condone, because it looks about as fun as flagellation, but rather a world without a whole lotta shakin’ to a loud, outrageous beat. Fine, I guess, if you’re sitting in your Barcalounger, as we glimpse the Reverend Moore, responsible for this edict in the small town of Bomont, where Bible-thumping is the primary entertainment. But not possible if you’re a hormone-driven teenager-in-exile such as Ren, recently expatriated from Chicago, where his Dad walked out on him, leaving rock and roll as the most effective antidepressant in the boy’s pharmacy of emotions. I feel a High School Musical coming on…. Read the rest of this entry »

On the Townsend

No Child / Through Mar. 14 / Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Ave. S., Mpls. / (612) 825-0459 / www.pillsburyhousetheatre.org / Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire / Area Cinemas

Sonja Parks was named this column’s Best Solo Actor 2009 for No Child, by playwright Nijala Sun. This monologue, revived by Parks and Pillsbury House, relates Sun’s personal transformation in the 2000s while teaching in a largely African-American high school, as well as the transformation of those around her. See it along with another riveting look at inner-city schools, the Oscar-worthy Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire. Read the rest of this entry »

The Page Boy

The Children of Mother Glory
C.M. Harris
Spinster’s Ink
$14.95

C.M. Harris’s riveting first novel (nominated for a Lambda Award) weaves family, fundamentalism, gender, and love through the lives of four members of the Midwestern Potterite sect. Glory Potter, daughter of the Potterite reverend leader, first appears as a 10-year old tomboy. She has feelings for her playmate, Em, consummated only years later (then suppressed) after Glory has become Reverend, known to the Gulliver congregation as Mother Glory. 1942: Seb Brickman, confined to a conscientious objector camp, yields to his desires with a fellow detainee. 1983: Em’s granddaughter, Danielle, suffers the confines of religion and the pull of her sexuality. 1970: Jacob Carver is overwhelmed by his discovery of Mother Glory’s secrets and the possibility of love with a trans woman. Three lives are burdened by the weight of Mother Glory’s legacy. In lesser hands, melodrama, but Harris deftly explores each character’s methods of handling the life he or she has been dealt, revealing how inexorably dogma and rigidity roll down the generations. Read the rest of this entry »

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