Issue 388

Trolín

Quacks Like a Duck

For most of us, I believe the answer is obvious: It doesn’t matter what the hell we want—our insurance rep will make that call.

Ironically, while sifting through old magazine remnants at HCMC’s emergency room waiting area, I stumbled upon a 15-year-old copy of Life Magazine containing an article that actually addressed this very current-affairs issue. Read the rest of this entry »

Ms. Behavior©: Guests Used Lesbian Couple’s Bed and K-Y Jelly Without Permission

Dear Ms. Behavior:

My girlfriend, Sue, and I always have taken a special interest in my brother’s kid—I’ll call him Matt. A few weeks ago, we went on vacation, and let Matt come stay at our apartment with his college girlfriend. This was all hush-hush, because he isn’t very close to his father, my brother, who is an alcoholic. Read the rest of this entry »

The Lesbian Etiquette Game

Hi, kids! Time to play another edition of the Lesbian Etiquette Game. Remember, there are no right answers—only wrong ones.

1. You and your girlfriend are at the grocery store, filling your cart with empty calories to reinforce your recent weight gain. Neither of you having showered in days, your limp hair is encased in a hideous cap your Grandma knitted for you in sixth grade. Suddenly, you spot your ex-girlfriend, the love of your life, looking her glamorous best. Before you can abandon your cart, and flee the store, she calls your name. How do you react? Read the rest of this entry »

The Main: Documentary Preview/Fundraiser

For a number of years, filmmaker Julie Casper Roth, a native of Superior, Wisconsin, has been working on The Main, a documentary about The Main Club in her hometown and owner Bob Jansen. The bar, which opened at its original location in 1983, was destroyed in a tragic 1996 fire, but moved to its present home in 1997. A two-day preview/fundraiser for The Main takes place at the Zinema 2, 222 East Superior Street, Duluth, Minnesota. On April 17 (tickets $35), a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, and cash bar get under way at 6 PM, followed by a screening at 8 PM. On April 18 (tickets $25), doors open at 11 AM for a silent auction, with a screening at 1 PM. Tickets may be purchased at The Main Club, 1217 Tower Avenue, Superior.

Queer As Folks

AIDS Action Day at State Capitol

With the help of the Minnesota AIDS Project (MAP), AIDS Action Day again took place at the State Capitol. HIV/AIDS advocates converged on the Minnesota Legislature to raise awareness and visibility about the disease, showing that funding still is needed, and that cutting it would be a huge blow to those infected, as well as to those working to decrease infection rates and find a cure. Attendees met with legislators, held a rally in the Capitol Rotunda, and heard personal stories from several people diagnosed with HIV. Putting real faces on the statistics made them more real for participants. Read the rest of this entry »

Will It Be Déjà Vu All Over Again?

Recently, Marine Commandant General James Conway stated that when the ban on openly gay military service is lifted, he would build separate quarters for gay and straight troops.

In an interview on Military.com, Conway said, “I would not ask our Marines to live with someone who is homosexual if we can possibly avoid it. And to me that means we have to build BEQs [bachelor enlisted quarters] and have single rooms.”? Read the rest of this entry »

Here Comes!

Lavender Writer Chats Up Women’s Offbeat Weddings: Interview with Ariel Meadow Stallings

Ariel Meadow Stallings first wrote Offbeat Bride: Creative Alternatives for Independent Brides in 2005 in the lonely fastness of her Seattle home. Her main aim was to encourage brides to create and enjoy their own special brand of wedding.

To Stallings’s surprise, the book spawned thousands—make that hundreds of thousands—of responses a month from offbeat brides. That explosion of nuptial eccentricity begat her beguiling and addictive wedding website: http://offbeatbride.com. One can browse it for hours, checking in to read the profiles or just feast on the photos. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Gay News

Half of Americans Say They’d Support an Openly Gay President

According to a new 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll, 50 percent of Americans say they would support an openly gay President of the United States, while 44 percent would oppose having a gay president in the Oval Office. The survey asked how people would feel about having an openly gay person in a variety of roles, including Supreme Court Justice, Secretary of State, and Super Bowl quarterback, with the latter garnering the highest approval level at 62 percent.

Justice Department Defends Military Gay Ban with Old Views

Politico reports that the US Department of Justice continues to defend the military’s ban on openly gay personnel, despite assurances by the Obama Administration that it will be lifted. The department filed a brief in federal court in March, repeatedly quoting retired General Colin Powell’s statements from nearly 20 years ago that support the ban, without regard for his recent reversal of opinion on the issue. Tracy Schmaler, a Justice Department spokesman, told reporters, “In this case, the Department is defending the statute, as it traditionally does when acts of Congress are challenged. The Department does not pick and choose which federal laws it will defend based on any one administration’s policy preferences.”

Army Chief Sees De Facto Moratorium on Gay Discharges

Army Secretary John McHugh informed reporters in March that he would not discharge personnel who told him they were gay, despite the current ban on openly gay service members, according to Reuters. He said, “What the Secretary of Defense has placed a moratorium on is going forward on discharges.” Although Congress has yet to lift the ban, the statement by McHugh indicates some Pentagon leaders already have changed their stance on the issue. The Pentagon recently issued new rules making it harder for the military to discharge gay personnel.

Support for Gay Marriage Growing in California

The Associated Press reports a new poll in California has found for the first time that more residents of the state support same-sex marriage than oppose it. A Public Policy Institute of California survey released in March found that a record-high 50 percent of Californians said they support gay marriage, while 45 percent opposed it. The poll also showed that support is growing for repealing the nation’s ban on openly gay service members, with 75 percent of Californians in favor of the ban repeal.

Dead Soldier’s Father Must Pay Antigay Protesters

Albert Snyder, the father of a US marine killed in Iraq, must pay $16,000 in legal bills to Reverend Fred Phelps of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, AFP reports. Phelps—whose church routinely demonstrates outside the funerals of military personnel, claiming the deaths are because of United States acceptance of gay people—protested at the Snyder funeral in 2006. Albert Snyder sued Phelps and won, but the case later was overturned on appeal. Snyder’s attorney, Sean Summers, told AFP, “After the reverse of the appellate court, Phelps requested that we be required to pay.” Statutory law permits Phelps to ask for payment. The case, however, is headed to the US Supreme Court.

Christian Broadcaster Settles Gay Harassment Lawsuit

According to The Washington Post, Christian broadcaster Trinity Broadcasting Network has settled a civil lawsuit brought by an openly gay former engineer who claimed he was harassed for being gay. The lawsuit alleged that Paul Crouch Jr., the son of Trinity founders Jan and Paul Crouch, told Dugger to stop being “gay,” teased him in front of others, and told him to take more interest in women. Dugger asked for more than $2 million in damages, but the amount of the settlement is unknown.

On the Townsend

The Iron Ring
Through Apr. 10
Children’s Theatre Co., 2400 3rd Ave. S., Mpls.
(612) 871-0400
www.childrenstheatre.org

Director Peter Brosius and Children’s Theatre Company score an artistic breakthrough with a majestic staging of material drawn from Hindu epics. Young ruler Tamar (Reed Sigmund) is tricked into a perilous odyssey that makes him conscious of deceit, injustice, human suffering, and oneness with nature. A sparkling cast and choreographer Renee Ramaswamy’s mesmerizing dancers keep us guessing about who can be trusted and who cannot. A bewitching scene involving outcast corpses lifts things to an utterly mystical level. Read the rest of this entry »

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