Issue 408

Trolín

Letters

Daniel Boyer’s Sister Thanks Lavender

Thank you so much for all the December 16 Lavender magazines sent. The cover article and pictures on my brother, Daniel Boyer, were absolutely perfect! I have been sharing the magazines with his many family members and friends from Michigan. What a lovely Christmas present for all of us. At a time that has been difficult, it has brought such happy thoughts and memories! Give our gratitude to all of your staff.

Mary Anne Putt Read the rest of this entry »

Slouching Toward 2012: I Resolve…

It may seem a bit late to be discussing New Year’s resolutions, but they never should be undertaken in a holiday haze of eggnog and Jack Daniel’s—the euphoria of mercantile excess. They better are considered in the promising dawn of the New than the receding accusations of the Old.

How exactly to craft your commitment to the Universe? What to take on, tackling not too much as to fail, yet not so little as to invite ridicule? Read the rest of this entry »

Queer As Folks

The Dollhouse Hosts Preholiday Bash

On December 4, The Dollhouse hosted its Preholiday Bash at Hell’s Kitchen in Minneapolis. It incorporates the look and feel of a 1940s speakeasy with a modern twist. Lil Miss Sweet Tooth and her band The Daisy Dukes performed.

Rainbow Health Initiative Receives Grant

Recently, Rainbow Health Initiative (RHI) received a Tobacco-free Communities grant from the Minnesota Department of Health. The anticipated amount is $200,000 for the first year. This award will fund a new leadership-development program for young adults working on tobacco-control issues in Minnesota. Read the rest of this entry »

Winter What-to-Do

Lake Minnetonka XC Ski Race
January 15

Come on out for a family-friendly race on Lake Minnetonka in Excelsior Bay. Events include 5K Classic and Freestyle; 10K Classic and Freestyle; 15K Classic and Freestyle; and 2K Kids Race. Registration fees $20 per person per race through Januaary 13, and $25 on the day of race. Kids race free. 5K starts at 10 AM. 15K starts at 10 AM. 10K starts at 10:15 AM. 2K Kids Race starts after the 10K has finished. For more information, or to register, visit www.lakeminnetonkaxcskiclassic.com. Read the rest of this entry »

You Didn’t Ask, But I’m Telling

As I stood brushing my teeth this morning, listening to National Public Radio like a good little liberal homosexual, I was reminded that Republicans (cue the “Imperial March” from Star Wars) have taken control of the US House, and gained more control in the Senate. I almost gagged on my toothbrush. I started foaming at the mouth. Actually, it was just toothpaste, but you get the point. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities

Welcomes Mentors from GLBT Community

I vividly can recall the day Johnny Hughes drove up in his black jeep with his Rolling Stones cap on his head. Our son, Corbin, was meeting his “Big” for the first time. A match coordinator from Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Greater Twin Cities was on hand to facilitate that initial meeting, and get the mentoring match off on the right foot. The connection was instant. Johnny and Corbin’s first activity was walking the dogs at the Animal Humane Society. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Gay News

NATIONAL NEWS

Obama Signs Bill Beginning the End of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

President Barack Obama signed legislation in December that begins the process of repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the military’s ban on openly gay service members. The legislation alone does not repeal the policy, but allows the President and the Pentagon to determine how and when it happens. Obama has said the process will take months, not years. The legislation does not grant gay and lesbian service members equal treatment in the military. For example, once they can serve, their partners will not be entitled to the same benefits heterosexual service members receive. Read the rest of this entry »

2010 Year in Review

While overprocessed, Auto-Tuned-to-death pop was the soup of the day during most of 2010—occasionally interrupted by a fresh-faced teenybopper or some Glee-inspired monstrosity—the year actually produced a bumper crop of great music. A great diversity of styles made headway during the year, with the best of it often fueled by a bracing honesty. Others just produced great pop music—which can be just as rewarding. Read the rest of this entry »

On the Townsend

Glengarry Glenn Ross
Through Jan. 29
Theatre Garage
711 W. Franklin Ave., Mpls.
(952) 929-9097
www.torchtheater.com

Director David Mann calls playwright David Mamet’s 1982 masterwork “a violent, funny, and painful look at men trying to be men. The subject of manhood comes up repeatedly, often in vitriolic exchanges about a character’s lack of it. In this play, Mamet’s primary purpose is to examine the savage underpinnings of capitalism, greed, and a system that rewards privilege with further opportunity. Along the way, it illuminates the agonizing limitation of conventional male gender roles. These men are forced to define their identities by their ranking on a sales contest board. Only he who achieves the highest sales figure is a man. Because the sales figures continually change, their identities are never secure. Frustration breeds violence, as they wrestle with the truth that, according to these rules, manhood and success can never fully be realized.” Read the rest of this entry »

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