Issue 405

Ms. Behavior© Lonely Lesbian Pesters Gay Boys

Dear Ms. Behavior:

My partner and I always have kept to ourselves, but now, we have this new neighbor who just moved in, and constantly shows up on the doorstep.

Yvonne is a nice older woman, but lonely. She’s a lesbian whose girlfriend died eons ago, and she never found another one.

It seems that Yvonne never gets to spend time with gay people, and now, she’s thrilled to have “gay boys” (that’s what she calls us) living near by. Read the rest of this entry »

Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus Begins 30th-Anniversary Season with Holiday Harmonies Concert

Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus (TCGMC) rings in its 30th season with its annual holiday concert in collaboration with Bells of the Lakes handbell choir under the direction of William H. Mathis.

Holiday Harmonies: Ringing in the Season will be performed December 10-11, 8 PM, and December 12, 2 PM, at Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 Fourth Street South, Minneapolis, on the University of Minnesota West Bank Campus. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Gay News

National News

Iowa Senate Leader Vows to Block Gay-Marriage Debate

Newly-reelected Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal said in November he would block any debate on a state constitutional amendment that would define marriage as only between a man and a woman. He stated, “As long as I’m leader, I do not intend to take that up for debate.” Read the rest of this entry »

Attorney Obtains Acquittal in Sex-Sting Case

Interview with Jeff Dean

In an interview with Lavender, Minneapolis attorney Jeff Dean discussed the recent acquittal of his client caught up in a sex sting at Crosby Park in St. Paul. Read the rest of this entry »

NeverStraight.com Gives Back to GLBT Community

Based in the Twin Cities, recently-established NeverStraight.com is the GLBT community’s largest adult superstore, offering shoppers convenient online access to 18,000-plus products that can be shipped discreetly to them.

As the NeverStraight.com website explains, “The term ‘straight,’ to us, has become synonymous with the hatred and injustice that are unbridled in our society today. That is why we are Never Straight.” Read the rest of this entry »

On the Townsend

Burn This
Through Dec. 19
Gremlin Theatre
2400 University Ave., St. Paul
(651) 228-7008
www.gremlin-theatre.org

Lanford Wilson’s 1990 drama probes the mourning phase of friends and relatives left behind after the death of Robbie, a gay dancer. Wade Vaughn and Katie Gunzel play Robbie’s beloved roommates.

Director Ellen Fenster explains, “We learn early on that he was shunned by his conventional New Jersey family. It is ultimately the intense regret and deep grief of Pale [Peter Christian Hansen], Robbie’s older brother, that brings the characters together in a surprising and passionate exploration of who they are and who they want to be.” Read the rest of this entry »

The Page Boy

C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy
Jeff Sharlet
Little, Brown and Company • $26.99

This follow-up to Jeff Sharlet’s The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power (2008) makes a wonderful dystopian thriller. Unfortunately, it is nonfiction, an examination of the fundamentalist/political Fellowship whose center is located at the title’s eponymous DC address. Sharlet, the only reporter to have lived in a Fellowship-owned house, takes as a starting point three recent Republican sex scandals involving John Ensign, Mark Sanford, and Chip Pickering, whose affairs were mitigated by C Street connections. The author moves on to fundamentalist influence on the American military and in foreign nations. One of the most riveting sections is his account of his findings in Uganda during intimate talks with David Bahati, the member of the country’s Parliament who introduced the Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Regarding Senator James Inhofe (Republican-Oklahoma), Bahati acknowledged, “We respect him. We know him.” Sharlet stresses repeatedly and convincingly that the Fellowship has targeted Africa specifically to try out techniques that can be brought back home to implement. Read the rest of this entry »

Hear Voices

So many voices…no one can hide. Through TV, iPod, iPhone—even print—one hears them. “Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men” blares throughout the merchant realm, but the voices form a mixed chorus.

Arkansas school board member Clint McCance urged all gay kids to “kill thereselves [sic].” Read the rest of this entry »

Queer As Folks

Executive Director Curt Prins Leaves District 202 After a Year

District 202 announced the resignation and departure of Executive Director Curt Prins effective November 8. He had served in the position since 2009, during a year of major transition for the organization. District 202’s mission is to create safe spaces for GLBT youth and their allied friends where they can build self-confidence, self-expression, skills, and resources. Read the rest of this entry »

Internal Branding and GLBT Pride

The concept of pride can take many forms for members of the GLBT community. Therefore, it may be helpful to put the idea of pride into a somewhat different context, allowing us to consider the notion from a new angle. A metaphor that expresses the unfamiliar in terms of the familiar can be useful for such purposes.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at the idea of pride as a product of internal branding. Perhaps doing so will give us a fresh insight into why GLBT pride can be both internal and external in its applications and manifestations. Admittedly, it might seem a little strange to think of GLBT as a brand. Yet, in a very real sense, that’s exactly what it is. Read the rest of this entry »

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