Our Scene

Oh! Claire

By Carla Waldemar / September 22, 2022

Can’t say I wasn’t warned. “Expect the unexpected,” slogans tout, here in “the land of originality.” That land isn’t Oz, it’s Eau Claire. Eau Claire, Wisconsin (pop. 70,000, 95 miles…

Don’t Tell Me: Bobby Blue

By Isaac Johnson / September 22, 2022

An anthem of self-love and acceptance, of capturing and taking control of your own destiny is Bobby Blue’s unrecognizable reimagined cover of Madonna’s classic song, “Don’t Tell Me.” Bobby Blue…

Flip The Script Film Festival • October 7 – 9

By Randy Stern / September 22, 2022

If you’re looking for a truly independent film festival focusing on LGBTQ subject matter, the Flip The Script festival is the place to be. The festival will take place at…

Meet Mark Valdez, Mixed Blood Theatre’s New Artistic Director

By Holly Peterson / September 8, 2022

After a nearly two-year-long national search, Mixed Blood Theatre has announced Mark Valdez as their new Artistic Director. Although Valdez demurely refers to himself as an outsider who is excited…

Revival Smoked Meats – That Ol’ Time Religion

By Carla Waldemar / September 8, 2022

If you adhere to that ol’ time religion of the South—the gospel according to barbecue—sing “Glory, Halleluiah,” because Revival has been revived. Revival Smoked Meats, as preached by Chef Thomas…

From the Editor: Are We Entertained?

By Randy Stern / September 8, 2022

For our community, we love the arts and the entertainment world. We consume as much as we can – from theatre tickets to streaming subscriptions.  In fact, we have always…

Our Affairs

Books: 713

By E.B. Boatner / September 22, 2022

A Waiter in Paris: Adventures in the Dark Heart of the City Edward Chisholm Pegasus Books $28.95  After graduating from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, Chisholm moved to Paris, living cheap…

A Word In Edgewise: Anne Frank Speaks. Still.

By E.B. Boatner / September 22, 2022

When I read recently that Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation (2019) had been pulled from some Texas school libraries, I did just I would have done as a student: tracked down…

Rethinking Retirement Through Re-Entering The Workforce

By Elise Marin / September 22, 2022

Similar to an increasing number of Americans, local community member Jeff Schloegel emerged from retirement to reenter the workforce. Jeff retired in June 2017 from FedEx sales support around age…

A Word In Edgewise: Safe Haven No More?

By E.B. Boatner / September 8, 2022

When I was a kid, my folks had a study lined with books. It had some easy chairs, a world globe, and my parents had cocktails there before dinner. I…

Exploring the Land of the Banned

By E.B. Boatner / September 8, 2022

Book banning precedes our First Amendment by more than a century. In 1634, pre- Massachusetts Plymouth Colony, Thomas Morton critiqued the group in his three- volume New English Canaan or New…

Books: 711

By E.B. Boatner / August 25, 2022

Girl One Sara Flanner Murphy MCD Picador$18  Josephine Morrow was the first Miracle Baby–“Girl One”–conceived in the mind of Joseph Bellinger and brought to term without the taint of male DNA–the first…

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Our Lives

The Twin Cities Leather Weekend Returns 

By Terrance Griep / September 8, 2022

“Thank you, sir—may I have another?”   The Saloon, having assumed the position, made that request of the universe in February of 2020.  By “another,” The Saloon, that cornerstone of Minneapolis…

Bad Gay: Episode 4

By Lakey Bridge / September 8, 2022

Shortly before she died, I asked my mom what she and my dad used to argue about. “That’s easy,” she said. “Kids and money.” My parents were married for 50…

Minneapolis Comic and Record Store Continues Its Latinx Legacy With New Trans Owner 

By Karissa Stotts / August 25, 2022

On June 30th, Wizard Wax owners Ben Menas and Cal Woods will hand over the keys to artist and educator, Jex Arzayus.  Wizard Wax,commonly referred to as “The Wizard” is…

Quitting Tobacco

By Kassidy Tarala / August 25, 2022

I remember when I was growing up, adults always talked about tobacco and how it was disproportionately advertised among young people, with packaging of major cigarette brands even mimicking that…

Cabenuva: A New Way for Our HIV Positive Community

By Linden M. Bayliss / August 25, 2022

HIV/AIDS treatment has come a long way in the past 30 years.   Back in the early days, treatment required folks to take anywhere from three to 30 pills several times per day just to…

Personal Pronouns Change the World One They at a Time

By Terrance Griep / August 11, 2022

Bimbo.  Lilith.  Sojourner.  Sisters.       These were titles considered and rejected for the publication that debuted in January 1972 as Ms. Magazine.  The periodical was intended as a voice for…

Our Homes

Wild Things Brings Vintage Decor To New Homes

By Terrance Griep / September 22, 2022

The name came from the obvious place, from the classic kid’s story about the wild wolf boy in the wild wolf suit who sails night and day and makes himself…

From the Editor: The Challenge of Home

By Randy Stern / September 22, 2022

We can’t have a Fall Home and Garden issue without talking about home… Back in June, I moved into my new place in Saint Paul. It has been quite an…

Our Rides: EV Charging at Home and Away

By Randy Stern / September 22, 2022

The electrification of the automobile is now a major discussion point – moreso, as a debate of whether plug-in vehicles are viable and sustainable at this point of time. The…

Beautiful, Sustainable Living by Omforme Designs

By Susan Swavely / September 22, 2022

Creating a space that you love while furnishing your home can be a huge undertaking. There’s so much to consider: comfort, cost, aesthetic, and, to the environmentally conscious folks dedicated…

Fall Gardening: The Dos and Don’ts

By Linden M. Bayliss / September 22, 2022

Yes indeed, the joy of gardening continues far beyond the bounds of Labor Day. While the time for planting vegetables and other harvestables has mostly passed, other plants can still…

The State of Charge

By Randy Stern / September 8, 2022

If you’re going to go electric, why not do it with something this good.  Oops…spoiler alert…let me rewind this back… Hyundai has been working on electric vehicles for several years.…

Online Exclusives

Flip The Script Film Festival • October 7 – 9

By Randy Stern / September 22, 2022

If you’re looking for a truly independent film festival focusing on LGBTQ subject matter, the Flip The Script festival is the place to be. The festival will take place at…

Get FREE Virtual Screening Passes for “My Best Friend’s Exorcism”

By Linda / September 15, 2022

Time for a movie night! Grab your BFF and your favorite PJ’s for a special at-home screening of #MyBestFriendsExorcism.   Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnXdofVyZTI See it before anyone else at a virtual screening on September 29th – open…

Get Your FREE Screening Passes for Two to See “BROS”! 

By Linda / September 1, 2022

Get FREE screening passes for two to see “BROS”!  Tuesday, September 27th at 7 PM • Showplace ICON, 1625 West End Blvd., St. Louis Park Click HERE to claim your free passes!…

“This Queer Book Saved My Life!” Podcast Will Be Holding Live Event

By Linda Raines / August 16, 2022

Join host J.P. Der Boghossian as he speaks with OutFront Policy and Organizing Director James Darville about The Evening Crowd at Kirmser’s, a non-fiction book about the first bar that…

Big Gay News

Netflix Show Romanticizing Serial Killer Removes “LGBTQ” Tag Amid Backlash

By Ohna Sullivan / September 28, 2022

Netflix has, in a move to placate uproars of backlash from victims’ families and viewers alike, removed the, “LGBTQ,” tag from their Jeffrey Dahmer series.Read the full story at Them.

Philadelphia Shelter Prioritizing Trans Women Of Color Will Open Early October

By Ohna Sullivan / September 28, 2022

The Ark of Safety LGBTQ+ Safe Haven is an emergency shelter set to open October 3rd intended to be a safe haven for rapid rehousing founded by a trans woman…

LGBTQ Members of United Front Against Displacement Protest Columbia University’s Gentrificatin Into Harlem

By Ohna Sullivan / September 28, 2022

The United Front Against Displacement, a tenant organization opposed to gentrification, protested outside Columbia University for its aggressive expansion.Read the full story on LGBTQ Nation.

Event Photography

9.10.22 Edina Rotary Car Show

By Randy Stern / September 12, 2022

This show was co-sponsored by the Minnesota Pride Rotary Club the Great Northern Region of Lambda Car Club International

08.24.2022 “This Queer Book Saved My Life” Podcast Live Event at LUSH

By Randy Stern / September 2, 2022

07.23.22 USL W Championship Game Minnesota Aurora FC 1 South Georgia Tormenta FC 2 AET Saint Paul MN

By Sophia Hantzes / August 10, 2022

07.16.22 Patrick’s Cabaret Pride 2022-LIVE! Minneapolis MN

By Sophia Hantzes / August 3, 2022

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