Issue 410

Queer As Folks

McColley Crowned St. Paul Winter Carnival Klondike Kate

Anita McColley of Minneapolis was crowned Klondike Kate of this year’s St. Paul Winter Carnival. As her partner, Sara Pecor, shared, the new royalty is an out and proud lesbian. The titleholder of the annual event in January and February is named for the original Klondike Kate, Kathleen Rockwell, a colorful figure in the Alaska Gold Rush of 1898 who had beauty and charm—plus a man who “done her wrong.” Read the rest of this entry »

Letters

Wesley Church Continues United Methodist Church Commitment

Thank you for your thoughtful “Historic Wesley Church Launches Inclusive New Incarnation” [“Queer As Folks,” Lavender, January 27]. As you correctly indicated, “Welcoming everyone, including the GLBT community,” is our goal and our highest priority as a church. We seek to continue Wesley’s pioneering spirit, and the United Methodist Church’s deep commitment to justice, kindness, and faithfulness. We are deeply grateful for the “hope and encouragement” we have received from the community and Lavender Magazine.

Greg Renstrom
Minister, Wesley Church

Another WTF Moment

Some mornings, you wake up hoping for any excuse not to have to think about Sarah Palin that day—but there she’ll be.

On January 26, it was Palin’s thoughts on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address the night before.

Following her instinct to be unsupportive of any utterance made by Obama, Palin rushed to play off the less-genteel acronym derived from Obama’s State of the Union theme, “Win the Future.” Read the rest of this entry »

Money Matters

5 Financial Experts Offer Advice

Dealing with financial reality, even for those in the GLBT community, often ranks with root canal surgery and ice dam removal. But money does matter, and like the unattended molar or megacicle, inattention to finances comes with a price.

Seeking fiscal advice, Lavender approached five local experts: Kelly Clark, Principal, Hamilton Clark Group; Mark D. Holt, Attorney and Financial Advisor, The Harbor Group Inc.; Roya Moltaji, Certified Financial Planner™, MetLife; Karen R. Palm, CPA, CFP, CMA; and Lee Roehl, Tax Daddy, Founder, and Partner, ROR Financial Services. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Gay News

National News

US Military Rolls Out Plan To Repeal Gay Ban

The Associated Press reports that US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has issued a memorandum directing policy staff to move ahead with ending the ban on openly gay service members. Pentagon officials will complete implementation plans, and training will begin in February. Gates called it a milestone for the armed services.

Illinois Civil Unions Become Law

In January, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation that legalizes same-sex civil unions in the state. It gives official state recognition for gay couples that provides many of the same rights granted to married couples, including inheritance and medical decision-making.

Court Denies Request To Dismiss Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Lawsuit

According to the Associated Press, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco issued an order in January denying the US government’s request to suspend a lawsuit challenging the military’s ban on openly gay service members. It ordered the Department of Justice to file documentation in February explaining why a lower court ruling that the ban is unconstitutional should be overturned. The court did not explain why it rejected the government’s request.

Choi Ordered To Repay Military After DADT Discharge

Huffington Post reports Lt. Dan Choi, who became an outspoken critic of the US ban on openly gay service members after he was discharged for coming out himself in 2009, has been notified that he must repay the US Defense Department in connection with his discharge. According to Choi, the department sent him a letter stating he owed the US government $2,500 for the “unearned portion of your enlistment or reenlistment bonus.” He was told if he doesn’t pay within 30 days, the debt could be referred to a private collection agency. Choi, who’s refusing to pay, has written a letter to the President explaining why.

World News

French Gay-Marriage Ban Is Constitutional

France’s Constitutional Court ruled in January that the country’s law banning gay marriage does not violate the Constitution. The court said any changes to the law are up to the Parliament. Gays and lesbians can form civil unions in France, but they do not provide inheritance rights or joint custody of goods.

Ugandan Gay Rights Activist Found Beaten to Death

CBS reports that David Kato, a leading gay-rights activist in Uganda, was found beaten to death in his home near the country’s capital, Kampala. Police have said they can’t yet conclude that a link exists between his sexual orientation and his death. However, BBC reports some of Kato’s friends state that he received death threats after his name, photograph, and address were printed in a local newspaper as part of the “top 100 homosexuals” in the country.

Man Claims Glaxo Drug Made Him “Gay Sex Addict”

According to Agence France-Presse, a 51-year-old French father of two is suing laxoSmithKline over a drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease that the man argues turned him into a gambling gay sex addict. His lawyers argue that his behavior radically changed after he first started taking the drug in 2003. The man claims he became a compulsive gay sex addict, and engaged in risky sexual behavior that eventually led to his being raped. His lawyers assert that the company knew the drug had undesired side effects.

Amsterdam Gay and Bi Men Have More Risky Sex

Reuters reports that a new study has found more gay and bisexual men in Amsterdam are having unprotected sex. Researches believe the trend is related to complacency caused in part by the prevalence of powerful antiretroviral drugs. The study is printed in the journal AIDS.

Long Live Sarah Lindstrom and Desiree Shelton!

Finally, a story with a happy ending for gay and lesbian teens in the Anoka-Hennepin School District. And by happy ending, I mean a story that didn’t end up with a gay or lesbian student getting bullied…or worse. More like a sigh-of-relief ending.

Have you heard the story of Sarah Lindstrom and Desiree Shelton? Read the rest of this entry »

On the Townsend

Into The Woods
Through Feb. 13
Bloomington Theatre and Arts Center
1800 W. Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington
(952) 563-8575
www.bloomingtoncivictheatre.org

Stephen Sondheim and Joseph Lapine’s inventive musical mixes fairy-tale icons Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Jack of Beanstalk into an oddly charming narrative where they intermingle, and learn that dark ramifications can ensue when dreams come true.

Director Joe Chvala splendidly balances brisk comic timing with moments of numinous profundity. Ed Gleeman’s costumes, Wu Chen Khoo’s lighting, Robin McIntyre’s set, and Jesse Carlson’s props are magical. Anita Ruth’s crackling music direction serves a great cast led by Karen Weber as a proverbial “wicked witch.” Read the rest of this entry »

On the Record

21
Adele

Adele fights against the sophomore slump—and the dreaded “Best New Artist” Grammy—with a smoldering collection of tunes that belies her age (despite the title, she is actually 22). These songs look at love—finding it, losing it, fighting against it—through the mind of a young woman just crossing over from her teenage years. It means a lot of yearning here that sometimes doesn’t feel as sophisticated as the music or the delivery, but she does showcase musical maturity beyond her years. Opening ‘”kiss-off” track “Rolling in the Deep” sets the mood well, as a dark, country-style song provides a perfect backdrop for Adele’s strong, clear (oh so nice to hear a song without electronic treatment) voice. At times, the album slips a bit too far into the mellow, unleashing a string of sound-alike slow-tempo numbers around the middle. And the bluesy riff on The Cure’s “Lovesong” probably should have been left as a B-side. Read the rest of this entry »

Cecil’s Delicatessen

Caters to Changing Needs of Community for More Than 60 Years

If you read our January 27 issue, you know the last restaurant I featured in my column was Mort’s Delicatessen. The scheduling wasn’t exactly intentional, but to be honest, I wasn’t unhappy about it either, because the cuisine of my childhood remains my favorite guilty pleasure—well, perhaps my second-favorite guilty pleasure. Mort’s and Cecil’s Delicatessen are very different restaurants, so I will resist the impulse to compare the two. If you can find poetry in the subtle earthiness of a root vegetable, and if you believe that hot pastrami can thaw the coldest heart, you will find contentment within the walls of either establishment. Read the rest of this entry »

Wisconsin and Michigan Waterways

It’s not that Minnesota lacks water, but roam a bit farther afield to Wisconsin and Michigan to experience miles of shoreline and shoals of scenery—lighthouses, bridges, and sand. Acres and cubic yards of sand, in fact, stretch horizontally and vertically in Warren Dunes State Park in Sawyer, Michigan. All along the hundreds miles of potentially-ship-breaking rocky shores are myriad lighthouses—some monuments to their time, others still in service. Read the rest of this entry »

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