Issue 412

Queer As Folks

Cogger Leaves PFund To Pursue New Adventures

At the end of February, PFund Foundation Director of Development and Communications Susan Cogger left the organization for new adventures. She had served in the position four years, plus another five as a board member and volunteer. During her tenure, she more than doubled individual donations to PFund and secured its first corporate sponsorships. Read the rest of this entry »

Letters

What About Low-Income Folks?

Thank you for tackling the hot-button issue of finances in the article “Money Matters: 5 Financial Experts Offer Advice” [Lavender, Feb. 10]. I respect the opinions of the expert panel, but I believe they completely missed the boat on the main financial concerns facing the GLBT community.

As a social work student, I work with individuals more focused on rent and utilities than 401Ks and estates. Despite its importance, the majority of the community doesn’t have the luxury to focus on long-range financial planning, because more of us than we would like to admit live at or near the poverty line. Read the rest of this entry »

Readings with the Red Queen

A friend mentioned recently that a certain establishment (not in this area) was not interested in attracting clients who pursued what it termed an “alternative lifestyle.” Once my first rush of annoyance had abated (I won’t say “worn off”—it hasn’t), I kept turning the phrase over in my mind.

“Alternative lifestyle” both has amused and bemused me ever since it began cropping up in conversation and the media—a conveniently anodyne phrase for the bigoted to label people they wish to denigrate. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Gay News

NATIONAL NEWS

Hawaii Approves Same-Sex Civil Unions

Reuters reports that Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie has signed legislation granting gay and lesbian couples in the state the right to enter into civil unions. They provide the same state protections and benefits previously afforded only to heterosexual married couples. Abercrombie said in a statement, “For me, this bill represents equal rights for all the people of Hawaii.” Read the rest of this entry »

Chanhassen Presents Jesus Christ Superstar

Change You Can Believe In

Upheavals in a society’s social pyramid are exhilarating, challenging, scary, doomed—depending on which rung of the ladder you may occupy. And, with history books bearing truer accounts than story books, the good guys don’t always land on top. Fact is, if you’re leading a power-to-the-people revolt, you probably are not going to be spending your final days in an old folks home. Think Gandhi. Think Martin Luther King Jr. And, looking back a couple of thousand years, think Jesus, that rogue celeb of Jerusalem. Read the rest of this entry »

Decorah, Iowa, Welcomes Same-Sex Marriages

Three Couples Discuss Their Wedding Experiences

David Stahl recalls, “It seemed almost too good to be true,” describing the “beautiful little town” of Decorah, Iowa, and the “extremely friendly and welcoming” reception he and his partner, Hans Venable, received when they went there to wed last June.

Stahl went on to explain, “Hans and I had had a wedding ceremony July 2, 1983. At that time, of course, there was no such thing as same-sex marriage in the United States, but Hans and I knew we would be together for the rest of our lives. We both came from families where healthy marriages were modeled for us by our parents, and we wanted the same thing. Read the rest of this entry »

On the Townsend

Song of Extinction
Through Mar. 20
Guthrie Dowling Studio
818 S. 2nd St., Mpls.
(612) 377-2224
www.guthrietheater.org

Theatre Latte Da director Peter Rothstein shares that EM Lewis’s drama with music, Song of Extinction, “explores how we as human beings define, defy, and embrace the concept of extinction intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. Max [Dan Piering], a 15-year-old cellist, can only begin to address the vast topic in a language without words: music. It culminates in his composition, The Song of Extinction.” This unusual choice for Theater Latte Da is acted with delicate sensitivity, but Lewis’s use of the bigoted term “retard” works against her otherwise worthy intentions. Read the rest of this entry »

On the Record

“Born This Way”
Lady Gaga

While Justin Bieber and the cast of Glee’s endless cover tunes fight it out for teen-pop supremacy on the Hot 100 charts, Lady Gaga puts them all to shame with her fast-rising latest single, “Born This Way.” As an attempt at a dance-floor-packing new gay anthem, it works pretty well. Oh, sure, it sounds a hell of a lot like Madonna—and I’m not sure if “don’t be a drag, be a queen” really is as fist-pumping a slogan as Lady Gaga thinks it is—but the song bounces along with plenty of dance energy. Though it’s pretty mechanical, going the Madonna route means a little more humanity is here than in a lot of recent pop songs. Then again, Lady Gaga is as much an ongoing piece of performance art as a chart-topping musician, so the entire song’s whole “emerging from the egg” version at the Grammys (shades of Spinal Tap there) really may be its lasting legacy. Read the rest of this entry »

Last Call at Score/Tickles

Rechristened Bar Closes Abruptly

On February 28, Score/Tickles closed abruptly, which was surprising, given that the establishment only recently rechristened itself and remodeled.

An e-mail from the bar stated, “As we all know, in the last several years, the unpredictable economy has impacted all of us, including our customers and friends. It is our deepest regret to inform you that Tickles has decided it can no longer maintain its service to the GLBT community, and its responsibility to our employees. Effective February 28, 2011, Tickles has closed its operation. We would like to thank everyone for the support you have provided for the last two-plus years, and wish you well.” Read the rest of this entry »

Reported Police Calls at Saloon Increase 36.47 Percent in 2010 Compared to 2009

The Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) recently released statistics regarding the Saloon Bar at 830 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis.
According to MPD records, for the period January 1 through December 31, 2009, a total of 85 police calls at the Saloon were reported.
For the period January 1 through December 31, 2010, a total of 116 police calls at the Saloon were reported.
Thus, reported police calls at the Saloon increased 36.47 percent in 2010 compared to 2009. Read the rest of this entry »

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