Issue 387

The Page Boy

Big Noise: A Jo Spence Mystery
Jen Wright
Clover Valley Press
$15.95

Protagonist Jo Spence found her lover, Zoey, in Jen Wright’s first book, Killer Storm (2007). As Big Noise opens, the couple is ensconced in a friend’s cabin in the deep Northwoods on a “vacation.” Readers familiar with Jo—who herself concedes, “Trouble has a way of finding me”—can settle back, and wait for the inevitable. Actually, it’s already here. Back in Duluth, a colleague had asked Jo to keep an eye out for Rick, a troubled young man she had worked with as a probation officer supervisor—he last was seen in Big Noise, their tiny “romantic getaway” village. When casual inquiries escalate to a confrontation with an obsessed serial killer, Jo once again is overwhelmed by the danger her chosen profession poses for Zoey. Wright’s background in juvenile probation and her own life with her partner on Lake Superior’s North Shore provide a realistic background for her writing—a satisfying read. Read the rest of this entry »

The Long Gray Line Marches Out

A recent online article by Matt Sedensky in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram—“Gay, Trans Seniors Come Out Late, Start Second Lifetime”—caught my eye. It seems folks in their 60s, 70s, and even 80s are allowing themselves to realize—and act upon—feelings that have lain dormant for decades, or a lifetime. Read the rest of this entry »

Queer As Folks

Franken Meets with PFund

Senator Al Franken and 16 GLBT organization leaders met with PFund on February 18 to discuss issues the community currently faces, both in Minnesota and nationwide. Franken highlighted his long and unwavering support for the GLBT community. He pointed out his work on repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, as well as his efforts on the Student Non-Discrimination Act and the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, among others. PFund Executive Director Greg Grinley said, “PFund works to provide opportunities for our grantees to raise the visibility of their work. We are incredibly grateful to Senator Franken for his support, and for taking time to hear about the critical issues our grantees are working.” Read the rest of this entry »

How To Plan the Perfect Dinner Party

Knowing how to host a dinner party is a must for any respectable gay man. It falls right below having a straight female friend who goes to every gay bar with you, but above having perfectly sculpted hair. Thus, it’s important. Being gay means that you knew how to bake before you could ride a bike, but a dinner party is about pulling off the perfect meal and entertainment, not the perfect cake. So, if you haven’t learned how to already, continue reading, my friends. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Gay News

National News

Virginia Governor: AntiGay Discrimination Won’t Be Tolerated

The Washington Post reports that Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell issued a directive to state employees prohibiting discrimination in the state workplace, including any based on sexual orientation. It was issued following an uproar caused by the Virginia Attorney General’s letter to state public colleges and universities advising them to remove references to sexual orientation and gender identity from campus nondiscrimination policies. Although McDonnell said he continues to support the Attorney General’s opinion, he added that he will “not tolerate discrimination based on sexual orientation or any other basis that’s outlawed under state or federal law or the Constitution, and if it is reported, then I will take action, from reprimand to termination, to make sure that does not occur.” While the move is seen as a positive step forward, his directive does not protect state workers and students legally from discrimination based on sexual orientation. Read the rest of this entry »

Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival Features Two GLBT Gems

Once again, the Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival, running April 8-18, is GLBT-friendly, with some wonderful offerings.

Festival Director Miriam Kabakov shares, “Last April, I went to the Tribeca Film Festival to scout out some new films for our festival this year. A Matter of Size and Off and Running were two that I saw, and absolutely loved. They are both very different kinds of films, but both speak to a very broad audience, and have GLBT content.” Read the rest of this entry »

On the Townsend

The Music Lovers / Through Mar. 27 / Playwrights’ Center, 2301 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls. / (800) 833-3006 / www.workhauscollective.org

Playwright/director Alan Berks has created a marvelous examination of sexual ambivalence and ambiguity, with a great lead performance by Nathan Christopher.

As an adolescent, Berks, observing aspiring rock stars, was fascinated by, in his words, “the intimacy they shared, the emotional and physical gentleness I observed between guys in bands, while at the same time seeing how vicious they could be to each other—how they could just totally undercut each other, while at the very same time they chased after any young woman they could. It all had a confused erotic charge.” Read the rest of this entry »

P.S. I Love You: Part 1

I’m writing this from Palm Springs, one of the gay capitals of the world. At this moment, the largest event on the lesbian social calendar—granted, a rather slim one bracketed by the Super Bowl on one end and opening day of baseball on the other—is taking place: the Dinah Shore Golf Tournament. The name of it was changed recently, but no one cares. Read the rest of this entry »

Boston: Hoofing It in Beantown

Pack your sneakers. Boston is not a city to peer at through a tour bus window. It’s one of the most compact arenas of eye candy the country offers—a town that demands you walk the walk as well as hear the talk. Never mind: You can’t fathom the “beeh and pizzur” accent anyway.

Start in right where our nation got its start: the two-plus-mile Freedom Trail, outlined in red brick, that leads you from one OMG moment to another—the first this, the oldest that—along with the jaw-dropping You Are There experience of standing right where history was made. Read the rest of this entry »

Ms. Behavior© Are Kilts Drag?

Dear Ms. Behavior:

Recently, my partner, Bill, and I attended the wedding of two straight friends. Everything was as expected, except that the groom wore a Scottish kilt. I thought it looked great, and I told Bill I’d like to wear a kilt for our wedding, too.

Well, Bill was not very supportive. We agreed to have a fairly conservative ceremony, and he insists that kilts qualify as drag. I’m insisting that they’re not, because Scottish men have been wearing them for centuries. Read the rest of this entry »

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