Issue 397

Trolín

Ms. Behavior©: Desperate Writer

Dear Ms. Behavior:

I am a screenwriter with a long-term case of writer’s block. I’ve taken many workshops and classes for inspiration, but nothing has helped.

Recently, I talked to my friend, Ada, and the conversation turned to her tumultuous relationship with her abusive ex-girlfriend, Robin. Ada told me about their horrible fights, their sex life, and their long drawn-out legal battle. Read the rest of this entry »

Coale’s Bar & Grill Opens

On August 7, Coale’s Bar & Grill in St. Paul opened its doors to the community. Areanna Coale is the proprietor of her eponymous establishment. She promises “an eclectic enigma filled with joy and happiness” where everyone is welcome. It features a full restaurant with courtyard dining. The building has been completely remodeled inside and outside. It housed Over the Rainbow from 1999 to 2006. Look for an extensive feature on Coale’s in an upcoming Lavender.

Coale’s Bar & Grill
719 N. Dale St., St. Paul
Corner of Dale & Minnehaha
(651) 487-5829

Target Antigay Contribution Stirs Up Hornet’s Nest

MN Forward Supports Homophobic Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Emmer

When Gregg W. Steinhafel became Chairman and CEO of Target Corporation in January 2009, he had to fill the big shoes of outgoing Chairman and CEO Robert Ulrich, who served for the previous 15 years.

When Ulrich retired, consultant Kurt Barnard told Minnesota Public Radio, “He is a retailer’s retailer. Not only has he established a model, he has done extremely well.” Read the rest of this entry »

Chippewa Valley Pride Offers Close-By Getaway

This year, Scooter’s Bar is hosting Chippewa Valley Pride on August 20-22 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It’s just 75 miles east of the Twin Cities, an easy hour-and-a-half drive on I-94.

CALENDAR

Fri., Aug. 20
Adonis Midwest Male Dancers

10:30 PM
Scooter’s
411 Galloway St.

Sat., Aug. 21
Pride Picnic
11 AM-5 PM
Mt. Simon Park

DJ Dancing & Drink Specials
Scooter’s
411 Galloway St.

Sun., Aug. 22
River Tube Float
Noon-4 PM
Phoenix Park to Hobbs Landing

Pride Karaoke with Sarge
9 PM
Scooter’s
411 Galloway St.

Duluth-Superior Pride Sizzles Labor Day Weekend

This year, Duluth-Superior Pride marks its 24th anniversary with a four-day event in the Twin Ports of Duluth, Minnesota, and Superior, Wisconsin, over Labor Day Weekend, September 2-5.
Uh Huh Her, starring Leisha Hailey of Showtime’s The L Word, headlines the Pride Festival in Duluth on September 4. The Pride Parade takes place on September 5 in Superior. Read the rest of this entry »

Queer As Folks

Marriage Equality Rallies Held in Two Cities

Anti-equality group National Organization for Marriage (NOW) was in St. Paul, St. Cloud, and Rochester recently. Marriage-equality activists countered with two events: Stand Up for Love at the Capitol in St. Paul on July 28; and Rally for Marriage Equality in St. Cloud on July 29. Read the rest of this entry »

Letters

Brock Hasn’t Tried It

On Minnesota Public Radio August 4, Reverend Tom Brock said even though he has sexual desires for men, he isn’t gay, because he “hasn’t tried it.” Using that same logic, I’d say even though he has a desire to be a follower of Jesus, he isn’t, because he hasn’t tried it yet.

Mic Hunter
Licensed Psychologist
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Read the rest of this entry »

The First Step Down the Aisle: Prop 8 Overturned

As I write this column, news just is breaking that on August 4, San Francisco U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker ruled unconstitutional California’s ballot initiative Proposition 8 denying marriage rights to same-sex couples.

The full conclusion by Walker—which you will have read by the time this issue is on the stands, but which gives me great pleasure to quote—reads: “Proposition 8 fails to advance any rational basis in singling out gay men and lesbians for denial of a marriage license. Indeed, the evidence shows Proposition 8 does nothing more than enshrine in the California Constitution the notion that opposite sex couples are superior to same-sex couples. Because California has no interest in discriminating against gay men and lesbians, and because Proposition 8 prevents California from fulfilling its constitutional obligation to provide marriages on an equal basis, the court concludes that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.”

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said the ruling “affirms the full legal protections and safeguards I believe everyone deserves.”

In addition, Schwarzenegger noted that Walker had “heard in-depth arguments from both sides on fundamental questions of due process, equal protection, and freedom from discrimination. There are strong feelings on both sides of this issue, and I am glad that all viewpoints were respected throughout the proceedings.”

Schwartznegger then went on to caution, “We should also recognize that there will continue to be different points of view in the wake of this decision.”

Down the road, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa remarked, “Because a judge had the courage to stand up for the Constitution of the United States, Prop 8 has been overturned!”

According to reports, opposing lawyers had filed a motion to stay the judge’s ruling pending an appeal to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals before the decision was released. Clearly, the issue will be fought all the way to the US Supreme Court.

In July 2008, I attended the joyful First Annual Marriage Celebration Palm Springs. It was also the last. The window that opened May 15, 2008, was shuttered in the November elections that fall by the passage of Proposition 8.

It’s time for a second Marriage Celebration. But forces are working—and will continue to do so—to keep GLBT individuals from the enjoyment of and rights to legal marriage. This time, it is crucial that proponents of equal-marriage rights remain vigilant—and proactive.

August 4 opened a second window. Keep the light shining in.

Saloon Hotel Peters Out

Bar’s Upstairs Sibling Succumbs to Financial and Bedbug Woes

According to Keith Spohn, Manager of both the Saloon Hotel and Saloon Bar, sibling businesses in the same building with respective addresses of 828 and 830 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, the hotel, occupying the upper two floors, officially closed on July 18. Saloon Bar owners John Moore and James “Andy” Anderson also own the Saloon Hotel. Read the rest of this entry »

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