Issue 415

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Ms. Behavior©

Dear Ms. Behavior:

My problem may seem not to be one at all to most people, but it is eating away at me slowly. One of my best friends, an openly-gay and rather-flamboyant man, recently has decided to “turn straight.” He has been dating and sleeping with a woman. He often feels the need to tell me how great the sex is.

My first reaction was to joke with him, in disbelief. But over the past several months, he has dropped out of the gay scene in favor of staying in with his new woman, or going away for romantic weekends with her. Read the rest of this entry »

Someday My Prince Will Come

I am writing this column in my head while standing in a two-hour line at Disneyland to meet some $%#$^#*! Disney princesses with my 4-year-old niece, Danielle.

Before we entered the line, Danielle required a costume change. Now, like the 5,000 other cranky children standing in the relentless sun, she is dressed in an elaborate princess costume, and carrying a magic wand.

I want to use the wand to smack the hell out of all the screaming, crabby, badly-behaved children in this line. But, apparently, you are not allowed to smack children at Disneyland—just another reason to hate this place. Read the rest of this entry »

Tampons and Feet

When I was a kid, my mother was so uptight about anything having to do with sex that once, when scrounging through her purse looking for gum, I came across a wrapped tampon in her purse. When I asked her what it was, she said, “Leave that alone—it’s for my feet.”

About a year later, when my cousin, Alice, confided in me that she thought she was having her first period, I hesitantly approached my mother, and said, “I know you’re not comfortable with the subject, but I think Alice needs to see a podiatrist.” Read the rest of this entry »

First Equity Mortgage

It’s safe to say mortgage companies have a bit of a PR problem right now, but for those that managed to stay in business, the reputation is usually undeserved. Here’s why: In the wake of the scandals emerging from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, surviving mortgage companies were ultimately the ones that maintained ethical business practices all along. The industry went through a pretty serious house-cleaning.

First Equity Mortgage owner David Lozinski says, “In 2005, there were 3,500 mortgage companies. In 2011, there are only 224. The 224 that have survived did the right thing for their customers.” Read the rest of this entry »

Xelias Aerial Arts Studio

If you were like me as a kid, besides the day when teacher pulled the rainbow-colored parachute out of the closet (no pun intended), gymnastics was your favorite gym-class theme.

Remember climbing the ropes, doing flips on the rings, and tumbling around on those all-too-thin wrestling mats?

Then, of course, think of the Olympic games on television and every Cirque du Soleil event, with all the far-too-athletic-and-muscular-to-be-real men and women who have balance, strength, and coordination most of us only can dream of. Read the rest of this entry »

Hold on Tight

With Mother’s Day approaching on May 8, a son reminisces about his late mother.

“I promise, Pooh Bear. I promise.”

These are the six last, exasperated words my mother ever spoke. She died on our living room sofa in 1998. I was at her side, begging her to promise me that everything was going to be OK. I was 11.

I still see my mother at her vanity, powdering her face, and putting on that signature cherry-red lipstick. She has rollers in her hair, and she’s already wearing high heels, though she isn’t leaving the house for a while. She always wears her heels, even when she’s cooking. I like the sound of them clicking on the kitchen floor. Read the rest of this entry »

Northrop Dance presents the Whiz: Moneyapolis

In The Whiz: Moneyapolis, Northrop Dance at the University of Minnesota presents Nicholas Leichter Dance with Monstah Black in collaboration with Bedlam Theatre and Intermedia Arts.

Featuring choreography by New York City-based Leichter and a commissioned score by infamous club performer Black with added musical selections, The Whiz: Moneyapolis is a full-spectrum original theatrical extravaganza of song and dance inspired by the movie musical The Wiz.

Leichter is working with several local artists who feature several surprises during the performances: Shannon Blowtorch, Kenna-Camera Cottman, Mad King Thomas (with a reimagine of their infamous polar bear dance), Jeffry Lusiak, and The Real Hauswives of Hennepin County. The legendary Cee Cee Russell will perform her tribute to Diana Ross, as will the stunning dancer and choreographer Leah Nelson.

The Whiz: Moneyapolis
May 4-8
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls.
(612) 625-6600
northrop.umn.edu

Passing: Dr. Karol L. Jensen [ 1939-2011 ]

Dr. Karol L. Jensen, 72, died March 27 in Minneapolis. She was born February 26, 1939, in Minneapolis.

Having earned MPH and PhD degrees, Jensen was a well-known therapist in the GLBT community for many years. She was one of the first psychologists locally to work with transgender clients.

Jensen was the author of two books: Lesbian Epiphanies: Women Coming Out in Later Life and Seeking Virginia: A Woman’s Journey to Find Her Sexual Self.

While serving on the Quatrefoil Library Board of Directors, Jensen edited the Quatrefolio. She also volunteered as a supervisor at the Walk In Counseling Center.

Jensen is survived by her partner, Karen Anderson; her daughter, Beth Iverson; her son, Chris Jensen; and her sister, Mareth Ericson.

Memorials may be directed to Fairview Hospice.

Letters

Thanks from Winning Marriage Equality

Just a note to thank Lavender Magazine, and specifically writer Kaitlyn E. Walsh, for the great article on Winning Marriage Equality in the March 10 issue. It focused on our mission, and was not a feature about me. I so appreciate how well you put our mission into print. Thanks again for the great job that you and your staff do.

Denny Smith
Executive Director
Winning Marriage Equality Read the rest of this entry »

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