Ashley Berning

Fiercely Independent: Nina Luna

By Ashley Berning / July 14, 2022

Nina Luna is a Minnesota native who has been writing music since she was young. Her mom was a huge…

LGBTQ Under 40 – Casey Nichols

By Ashley Berning / June 16, 2022

Casey Nichols grew up in Ogden, Utah, part of a Mormon family in the conservative town, where everyone is pressured…


By Ashley Berning / June 16, 2022

Things were looking up for LGBTQ people in the 1990s. Although discriminatory legislation was being passed, like the Defense of…

LGBTQ Under 40 – Alfonso Wenker

By Ashley Berning / June 16, 2022

Alfonso Wenker is a 2009 University of Saint Thomas graduate, and the founder of his consulting company, Team Dynamics, which…

It’s A Dog’s Life At Dogtopia

By Ashley Berning / June 2, 2022

Dogtopia is a daycare, spa, and boarding service company for dogs that began in Arizona and has expanded to nearly…


By Ashley Berning / June 2, 2022

In order to understand the origins of Twin Cities Pride, we need to travel back to 1972, the year of…

Melanie Willingham-Jaggers: Beauty in the Margins

By Ashley Berning / April 21, 2022

In 1990, a group of teachers formed an organization called GLSEN (pronounced like “glisten”) with the intention of making schools…

Denny Jacobson – A Bright, Shining Light

By Ashley Berning / March 10, 2022

Denny Jacobson realized he was gay at a young age – five or six, he says – but in the…

Filmmaker Connor O’Keefe – A Cinematic Exploration of Transness

By Ashley Berning / February 24, 2022

Connor O’Keefe is a 24-year-old filmmaker who grew up in Minneapolis and is currently studying in California. His short documentary, Imagine…

Bri Hall – Love Is in the Airwaves

By Ashley Berning / February 10, 2022

Bri Hall is a 27-year-old modern Renaissance woman. She has amassed over 1.1 million followers globally on various social media…

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