Our Scene

Tandem Vintage – Timelessness Is Always On Trend

By Isaac Johnson / November 18, 2021

The whole world’s a stage, but for many it’s a runway. I certainly feel that way, every day. Especially now, as temperatures drop, it lends itself to the opportunity to…

Biz Buzz – New Gild Jewelers

By Linda Raines / November 18, 2021

Business:  New Gild Jewelers Your Name: Jen Bellefleur Job Title:  Co-Owner Give us a brief overview of your business and what services you provide the community:   We’re an artisan jewelry studio, making…

From Utica, With Love: Drag Race Star Utica Queen Returns Home with Costume Exhibition

By Conlan Carter / November 18, 2021

Hailing from Utica, MN (pop. 291), Utica Queen recently skyrocketed to international fame after killing it on the latest Emmy-winning season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Ethan Mundt, otherwise known as Utica…

The Head Table – In Conversation with Bret Bannon

By E.R Shaffer / November 18, 2021

Few things stress me out more than being in the kitchen. My cooking space always feels inadequate in some way for the grand culinary ideas I have in my mind,…

Miss Richfield 1981 – All Hail The Queen

By Ashley Berning / November 18, 2021

With the holiday season looming and the leaves showing off their yearly glamour, our favorite local pageant-winning drag queen is busy: Miss Richfield 1981 has just wrapped up another successful…

Minnesota Dance Theatre Presents: The Nutcracker

By Isaac Johnson / November 18, 2021

Endless applause can now be heard rumbling from inside our theaters. Finally, the unexpected hiatus of live performance is at its end and it couldn’t be more exciting for performers…

Our Affairs

“Union Suit Union” – The Aliveness Project Raises Awareness By Making Minneapolis See Red

By Terrance Griep / November 18, 2021

A cry for help causes a bespectacled newspaper reporter to duck into an ill-lit alley. Here, with only randy tomcats and spotted banana peels bearing witness, this rescuer doffs his…

Books: Gift Guide for Book Lovers

By E.B. Boatner / November 18, 2021

Sensation: The Madonna, the Mayor, the Media, and the First Amendment Arnold Lehman Merrell$35  SENSATION minutely chronicles the uproar (death and bomb threats) over the 1999 opening in the Brooklyn Museum of the…

Cleve Jones: ‘I’m not looking for allies; I’m looking for co-conspirators.’

By Shane Lueck / November 4, 2021

“We’ve certainly achieved a number of really important victories that I was not certain I would see in my lifetime,” says Cleve Jones. “Of course, most obvious among them would…

Skirting the Issues: Relentless

By Ellen Krug / November 4, 2021

In mid-October, the Texas legislature passed HB25, a law that bans transgender students from competing in K-12 sports according to their gender identity. This was the fourth attempt to get…

A Word In Edgewise: Butterfly Wings Beating Ever Louder

By E.B. Boatner / October 21, 2021

How did you prepare for Y2K? Did you know someone who could take “What if’s?” exponentially higher than a moon shot? Have you ever even seen a 50-lb sack of oatmeal? Did…

Books: 689

By E.B. Boatner / October 21, 2021

Bessie Smith: A Poet’s Biography of a Blues LegendJackie Kay Vintage $16.95 Kay, a child of color adopted by white parents, raised in a Glasgow suburb, became poet, playwright, and…

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Our Lives

Leather Life’s Holiday Gift Guide 2021

By Steve Lenius / November 18, 2021

Silky Tie-Ups by Liberator. Two four-foot-long, silky-soft sashes perfect for light bondage experimentation—or, for experienced players, something different than the usual rope. Slip one end of the sash into the sewn-in…

“Union Suit Union” – The Aliveness Project Raises Awareness By Making Minneapolis See Red

By Terrance Griep / November 18, 2021

A cry for help causes a bespectacled newspaper reporter to duck into an ill-lit alley. Here, with only randy tomcats and spotted banana peels bearing witness, this rescuer doffs his…

Home for the Holidays: A Survival Guide, in Brief

By Andrew Stark / November 18, 2021

I was raised in a culture of alcohol, violence and firearms. A man’s merit was based around these things. Substance abuse, fistfights, football, hockey, hunting—these seem to be the pillars…

The Rainbow Lullaby – How One Son’s Grief Became a Groundbreaking Album of Queer Parent Experience

By Conlan Carter / November 18, 2021

Over the past 18 months of global pandemic, millions of Americans, stymied from their regular work, were abruptly tasked with finding a new way forward—through hobbies, side gigs, cross-country moves—to…

2021 Lavender Gift Guide

By Lavender / November 18, 2021

Authentic Gibeon Meteorite RingJewelry by Johan Give your special someone a slice of the stars with this Gibeon meteorite ring! This space ring design is available in solid 14k gold,…

Infinitely, More Than A Number

By Jamez L. Smith / November 4, 2021

So… I met this guy – at a party. Real cutie. Really into me, like I’m really into him. He invited me to his home. I accepted. He touched me…

Our Homes

Parc – Small Business Weekend

By Linda / November 22, 2021

In celebration of the forthcoming Small Business Weekend, our wonderful friends at Parc—the thoughtfully curated shop of simple, minimalistic pieces and unique goods from like-minded independent designers and makers—is throwing a…

Our Rides: 2021 Gift Guide

By Randy Stern / November 18, 2021

No matter what you drive, there’s always something to give that special person in your life to make mobility better for them. What do we suggest? PET TRAVEL PRODUCTS: Traveling…

House Beautiful (And Cheap-ish!)

By Mikey Rox / November 4, 2021

Interior Design Hacks for Budget-Conscious First-Time Buyers Upon the initial walk-through of the first home I’d buy, my head was consumed with designing that space, top to bottom, exactly how…

Bachman’s – Decking the Halls: A How-To

By Shane Lueck / November 4, 2021

“Deck the halls with boughs of holly” sounds simple in theory, but when it comes time to start decorating for the holidays, many people don’t know where to start. That’s…

Schneiderman’s Furniture – Heart Is Where the Home Is

By Lavender / November 4, 2021

The home is a living thing. We mean that literally and figuratively. Literally, because all physical things are made up of atoms, and atoms are alive. And figuratively, because the…

Our Rides: A Pride Road Trip to La Crosse

By Randy Stern / October 21, 2021

In order to find LGBTQ Pride, you have to search to celebrate it.  In the months since the COVID-19 Pandemic put all of us in lockdown, our community has been…

Online Exclusives

Upper-Lip Service: 26 of Pop Culture’s Most Memorable Mustaches of the Past and Present

By Mikey Rox / November 9, 2021

Mustache culture has lost its historical edge over the past few years as the peak-and-valley trend has taken on a new identity as a marketing gimmick. Thanks, hipsters! (Even though…

Still image from the documentary, 'Mayor Pete', in which Pete Buttiege takes a selfie with the crowd at a campaign rally

Who Is ‘Mayor Pete’? New Documentary Looks Inside the Presidential Campaign

By Shane Lueck / November 2, 2021

Pete Buttigieg may now be the Secretary of Transportation, but it wasn’t that long ago that many of us were asking, “Who is this Mayor Pete guy?” A new Amazon…

Walking Shadow Theatre – “Gilgamesh” and “Beowulf”

By Holly Peterson / October 4, 2021

I didn’t expect to find myself blinking back tears less than five minutes into John Heimbuch’s performance of Gilgamesh, but that is exactly what happened. I can’t tell you exactly…

Caroline Bowman (Elsa) and Caroline Innerbichler (Anna) take the stage in the Frozen North American Tour

5Q: Frozen

By Shane Lueck / September 30, 2021

“5Q” is an online-only column featuring five questions about stage productions in the Metro Area. Periodically, “5Q” will take the form of an interview with actors, directors, writers, etc. to…


Big Gay News

Workplace Homophobia Rises During Recessions

By Linda / November 30, 2021 reports that gay men experience increased discrimination in the labor market during times of economic recession, with significant discrepancies in pay and offers of job interviews compared to heterosexual men,…

Botswana Appeals Court Upholds Ruling That Decriminalized Gay Sex

By Linda / November 30, 2021

Reuters reports that Botswana’s Court of Appeal on Monday upheld a 2019 ruling that decriminalized gay sex, a decision hailed by gay community as establishing the southern African country as a “true…

Indiana Court Revives Gay Teacher’s Lawsuit Against Indianapolis Archdiocese

By Linda / November 30, 2021

Gay City News reports that on November 23 a unanimous three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals of Indiana reversed a trial court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Joshua Payne-Elliot against the…

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