Issue 399

Of Rarebits and Republicans

I happen across all kinds of possibilities while trolling for ideas for this column, some of which affect me viscerally, much like a modern-day Windsor McKay plot for his immortal cartoon “Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend.”

I have a friend in California—incomparable land of hyperbole—who delights in forwarding bits and pieces for my edification. In a state and a country that do not allow bakeries to peddle dream-filled brownies yet, these missives neatly fill the bill. Read the rest of this entry »

Queer As Folks

St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church Hosts ELCA Rite of Reception at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer

On September 18, 2-4 PM, St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church is hosting an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Rite of Reception at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 285 North Dale Street, St. Paul. Three pastors rostered with Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries—Reverend Anita C. Hill, Reverend Phyllis Zillhart, and Reverend Ruth Frost—anticipate official reception to the ELCA Clergy Roster. A ticketed dinner and dance follows at 7 PM, hosted by St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church Wingspan Ministry, Lutherans Concerned/North America, and Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries. Read the rest of this entry »

Recession’s Confession

Each season glows with economic woes, political scandal, and work-related misfortune. After-hours cocktails and daydreaming about one who captures your inner desire makes it all worthwhile. This fall, look your best through it all, and appreciate the stares and whispers from one co-worker, lover, and hater at a time. Read the rest of this entry »

Nicholas Downs Stars in is it just me?

Lavender’s Out at the Movies Fall Film

Recently, I chatted with Nicholas Downs, who stars in is it just me? as Blaine, about the hit film, directed by J.C. Calciano, that premieres locally on September 16 at Lavender’s Out at the Movies.

Downs has performed in many movies, including Constantine, The Girl Next Door, and Pearl Harbor, as well as prime-time television series such as Cold Case and Boston Public. Although he is no stranger to the big screen, is it just me? is his first lead playing a gay character. Read the rest of this entry »

Human Rights Campaign-Target Negotiations Collapse Over Contribution to Local GLBT Organizations

OutFront Minnesota and Project 515 Reportedly Would Have Been Recipients

On August 16, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced that after two weeks of discussions and two tentative agreements with Target Corporation, the nation’s second-largest retailer would not take corrective actions to make amends for its $150,000 contribution to MN Forward, which backs antigay Republican Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Gay News

National News

Church Censures Minister After Same-Sex Marriages

After a four-day trial, a church court censured Reverend Jane Spahr, a Presbyterian minister, for marrying 16 gay and lesbian couples in 2008 after California temporarily legalized same-sex marriage. The prosecution in the case argued that Spahr had gone against the church’s Book of Order, which defines marriage as “a civil contract between a woman and a man.” Read the rest of this entry »

Bingo A-GoGo Number 25 Features More High Jinks

Lee Haugee Reminisces About Eight Fun Years

On September 25, Bingo A-GoGo hosts its 25th extravaganza. Lee Haugee, Clare House Events Director, recently told Lavender about the history of this sterling event, from the very first one, “Gobbler Games,” on November 23, 2002, at the Church of the Incarnation in Minneapolis.

As Haugee recalls, “We did 15 games for 20 events, 12 games for 3 events, and just 10 games for 1 event.” Read the rest of this entry »

The Queen of Mean Tells All

Lisa Lampanelli is an equal-opportunity destroyer. No group escapes her wrath. No one brutalizes straight men’s illusions about their sexuality so honestly. She loves to denigrate “fudgepackers” as well. But then, she levels everyone, including herself.

When I caught up with the Queen of Mean recently, I found she’d mellowed a bit—but then, she’s getting married. Read the rest of this entry »

On the Townsend

Kshoy! Decay!
Through Sept. 12
Southern Theater
1420 Washington Ave. S., Mpls.
(612) 340-0155
Ananya Chatterjea looms as a choreographer who boldly reveals physical intimacy among women. Touch is central to her aesthetic. She calls her all-female troupe a queer space of women who work in close proximity and full support of each other, emotionally and physically. Read the rest of this entry »

Toast Wine Bar and Café

Serves Unique Wines and Delectable Food

In 2006, our family’s Thanksgiving almost didn’t happen. My mother had purchased a new oven, and promptly sold her old one. However, the new appliance was delayed. Come Thanksgiving, she faced a house full of hungry guests with no oven. What happened next isn’t exactly “The Loaves and the Fishes,” but it’s close. We tallied our resources—one toaster oven, one microwave, one Crock-Pot—and began to cook. The pumpkin pie was baked in loaf pans in the toaster oven, and the turkey became turkey casserole, but we had a surprisingly festive dinner. I still have pictures of my “loaf pie.” Read the rest of this entry »

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