Issue 402

Log Cabin Republicans Win Court Victory in Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Six years after initially filing its case, Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) won a legal victory in September when US District Court Judge Virginia Phillips ruled that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the US military’s ban on openly gay service members, was unconstitutional.

The victory expanded on October 12 when Phillips issued a worldwide injunction requiring the military “immediately to suspend and discontinue any investigation, or discharge, separation, or other proceeding, that may have been commenced under the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Act.’” Read the rest of this entry »

HRC Declares Minnesota “Number-One Battleground for Tolerance” as Election Day

This year’s Election Day, on November 2, is the culmination of a number of political races crucial for the GLBT community.

In fact, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Press Secretary Michael Cole recently pointed out, “The State of Minnesota is quickly becoming the number-one battleground for tolerance in the wake of a series of statements from leaders opposing basic protections for LGBT people.” Read the rest of this entry »

Queer As Folks

Pfarr Is New Executive Director of The Bridge for Youth

Daniel F. Pfarr recently was named Executive Director of The Bridge for Youth. Currently celebrating its 40th anniversary, the organization provides assistance to runaway and homeless youth, including walk-in counseling and emergency shelter. Pfarr spent 15 years at Bolder Options, a youth mentoring program, where he was an Associate Director since 2003. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a MSW in Clinical Social Work. Read the rest of this entry »

Vienna

The best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love could have saved herself a lot of trouble. Instead of galumphing all over the globe, she simply could have headed for Vienna, Austria, where it’s one-stop shopping for all three. Not to mention coffee.

Coffeehouses have acted as Vienna’s source of caffeine, insurrection, resurrection, information, and entertainment for more than 300 years, long before Starbucks jumped aboard. You don’t just order “coffee” here—that’s like ordering, say, “meat—for there are as many variations as Baskin-Robbins flavors. Each comes on a little tray with a pot of cream, a glass of water, and maybe a chocolate. Newspapers on their sturdy sticks, weekend piano players, and primo people-watching all are free. Read the rest of this entry »

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