Issue 420

Celebrity Autobiography at the Loring Theater July 15th – TWO SHOWS ONLY!

The international smash hit comedy where hilarious and true celebrity tell-alls are acted out live on stage.

As seen on Bravo TV, audiences will enjoy a night of non-stop laughter as they experience a variety of jaw-dropping vignettes inspired and torn straight from the pages of the most unforgettable celebrity tell-alls; from the “he-said, she-said” accounts of Burt and Loni… how Tiger Woods strokes his putter… Mr. T’s acting tips… the Britney Spears Diary… Justin Bieber’s backstage confessions… the re-enactment of Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson’s courtship, to the most famous love triangle in Hollywood history- Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. Read the rest of this entry »


Hey, Look at This!

While reviewing the University of Minnesota Press’s Larry Millett mystery books recently (Lavender, May 21), I was so intrigued by his historical knowledge of things Twin Citian and Minnesotan that I explored his Lost Twin Cities; Twin Cities Then and Now; and Strange Days and Dangerous Nights: Photos from the Speed Graphic Era, which made me consider our modern-day news policies.

The Speed Graphic camera reigned in the American press from the 1930s through the 1950s, its large format presenting incredible clarity and detail in grisly homicide shots that were at that time displayed front and center in the news. Newspapers today show less gore, but the trend is back, and rife on the Internet. Read the rest of this entry »

How Does My Garden Grow?

Well, hey there, hi there, hello there, ladies! It’s me again, Wanda Wisdom. As you may recall, I’m your 36-year-old, delicious, sober, drag-queen hostess with the mostess! Summer is well under way, although with the weather we’ve been having, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was still springtime. That’s Minnesota for you!

In addition to being the original podcasting drag queen, I also hold the distinction of being the drag queen with the greenest thumb in all the land. Well, actually, I don’t know that for sure, but I’ve yet to hear of another queen who composts. Read the rest of this entry »

Commentary: The Traditional Community

My name is Jeff Wilfahrt. You may have run across my name recently in relation to your community regarding the marriage amendment bill, which will now appear on the 2012 ballot in Minnesota.

While not a member of your community, I’d like to throw out some thoughts for your consideration. In particular I’d like to address the lexicon of the day.

I suggest you consider dropping the terms “gay” and “lesbian” from your self-reference. It seems that far too many heterosexuals immediately jump to sexual imagery when they hear these terms. This has become evident to me in recent weeks while attending rallies at the State Capitol. Imagery also seems to dominate blog statements from the proponents of the bill. Read the rest of this entry »

Glimpses: 420

GLASS Hosts North Country Classic XVIII

On June 3-5, the Gay & Lesbian Amateur Sports Society (GLASS) hosted North Country Classic Tennis Tournament XVIII at the Baseline Tennis Center at the University of Minnesota. The Gay & Lesbian Tennis Alliance (GLTA) sanctioned the tournament, which included men’s singles and doubles competition in the following divisions: Open, A, B, C, and D.

Pride Institute Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Pride Institute marked its 25th anniversary with a celebration on June 16 at its facility at 14400 Martin Drive, Eden Prairie. Bethany Snyder, Field Representative for Senator Al Franken, spoke at the event. In 1986, Pride Institute opened as the nation’s first treatment center dedicated to providing services exclusively for the GLBT community.

Caring Through Beauty St. Croix Garden Tour

Earmark July 16-17 for the 19th Annual St. Croix FamilyMeans Garden Tour, which will be in full bloom, Tour Chairman Tom DeGree said, with “eight gardens on the tour this year. The range is huge, from rain gardens that the Washington Conservation District helped design and will attend to answer questions, to gardens that are several acres in size.”

Whatever your gardening skills or ambitions, DeGree emphasized, “Most people enjoy the diversity among the gardens, because everyone can find something that would work in their own garden. All of the gardens are tended by the homeowners. No landscapers are paid to upkeep the gardens. Most garden owners will be available to answer questions, along with a Master Gardener at each garden.” Read the rest of this entry »

Minnesotans United for All Families Debuts

OutFront Minnesota and Project 515 found new coalition to battle marriage constitutional amendment
An amendment appearing on the November 2012 ballot will ask Minnesotans whether to embed discrimination based on sexual orientation in the state’s constitution. In the upcoming election, Minnesotans will decide whether to define marriage as “only a union of one man and one woman.”

Recently, Minnesotans United for All Families (MUAF) formed a coalition of organizations, businesses, faith communities, elected officials, and others around the state to fight against the amendment, which some have called “un-Minnesotan.” Read the rest of this entry »

Big Gay News

Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade Draws Thousands

The Guardian reports that thousands of people celebrated Gay Pride in Tel Aviv in early June. After the parade, people partied on Tel Aviv’s Gordon Beach. Organizers estimated the crowds at more than 100,000.

French Parliament Rejects Same-Sex Marriage Bill

The Associated Press reports that France’s National Assembly rejected a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. The measure failed in the French Parliament’s lower house by a vote of 293 to 222. Opposition to the bill was led by President Nicolas Sarkozy’s ruling Conservative Party.

Croatian Leader Slams “Shameful” Gay Pride Parade Violence

Radio Free Europe reports that Croatian President Ivo Josipovic has condemned violence at a gay rights march in the coastal city of Split. According to news accounts, 10,000 antigay protesters hurled rocks and bottles at the 200 people holding a Gay Pride parade. A dozen people were injured, among them four journalists. Josipovic said the violence was “not Croatia’s real face.”

Utah’s First Openly Gay Legislator Resigns

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Representative Jacki Biskupski, Utah’s first openly gay legislator, has announced she is resigning her seat because she intends to move out of the district she currently represents. She has served for the past 12 years. In the past 19 months, all three of the state’s openly gay legislators have resigned.

Disabled Gay Couple Kicked Out of Kentucky Pool

The Kentucky Equality Federation says it’s planning a protest over a gay couple with developmental disabilities who were allegedly kicked out of a recreational center in Hazard, Kentucky. A spokesman for the couple said staff at the Hazard Pavilion told the couple to leave the swimming pool because “gay people weren’t allowed to swim there.” The Hazard City Attorney stated, however, “There is a dispute as to the facts that transpired.”

Another Lesbian Blogger Admits He’s A Man

Following news that the author of a popular blog allegedly written by a Syrian lesbian was, in fact, a married heterosexual man, The Washington Post reports that the woman behind a popular gay and lesbian news blog, Lez Get Real, also is actually a heterosexual man. Bill Graber admitted that he ran the site using his wife’s identity for the past three years. Graber told the Post, “I didn’t start this with my name because…I thought people wouldn’t take it seriously, me being a straight man.” He said he will turn the blog over to a lesbian contributor to the site.

Suit Challenges Tennessee Antidiscrimination Limits

Business Week reports that some of Nashville’s City Council members and others are suing the State of Tennessee over a new law prohibiting local governments from creating antidiscrimination regulations that go beyond state protections. The law repealed a Nashville ordinance that prevented discrimination based on sexual orientation. It also voided a Nashville school policy that protected GLBT students from bullying.

Gay Teens More Likely to Smoke, Drink, Carry Guns

Reuters reports that a new study from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows that gay, lesbian, and bisexual high school students are more likely than their heterosexual peers to smoke, drink alcohol, and carry guns. Howell Wechsler, Director of the CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Heath, told reporters, “We are very concerned that these students face such dramatic disparities for so many different health risks.” Gay and lesbian students were twice as likely to have driven a car while drinking alcohol within the last 30 days, three times as likely to have smoked more than 10 cigarettes in a day during the previous month, and four times as likely to have carried a gun to school at least once during the previous month.

Hotter than a Drag Queen at a Mormon Clambake

Normally, a Minnesota summer in a nonelection year would be about as exciting, politically speaking, as, say, watching your grandmother organize her coupons.

This year, however, an 18-month-long battle over a constitutional marriage amendment is already well under way. Record-setting yet mildly hilarious and totally tragic is that not one but two highly conservative Minnesota Republicans are running for their party’s presidential nomination. Plus, the prospect of a totally self-inflicted government shutdown looms just around the corner. Read the rest of this entry »

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