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Ukrainian Alien: From Minneapolis with Love

By Isaac Johnson / June 2, 2022

What started as a loving inside joke and nickname, revealed the inspiring story and individual: Denys Pashynskyi (pronounced Dennis). Denys,…

Holding Out For Hero: Captain Forrest Jennings

By Isaac Johnson / June 2, 2022

Like many heroes, Captain Forrest Jennings of the Minnesota National Guard has been on a quest.  What started as a…

Dimensional Professional: Captain Zack Thelen-Liebl

By Isaac Johnson / June 2, 2022

Some things are never easy, but getting to know Captain Zack Thelen-Liebl of the Minnesota National Guard isn’t one of…

Emphasizing Their Own: Minnesota National Guard LGBTQ Special Emphasis Council

By Isaac Johnson / June 2, 2022

When diversity and inclusion is at the heart of an organization’s values, there will usually be the presence of an…

A Day In The Life – Rod Kaats

By Linda Raines / June 2, 2022

Where did you grow up? My father was in the Air Force, so we moved a lot. I was born…

Jamez Sitings: They Don’t Have To Say ‘Gay’

By Jamez L. Smith / June 2, 2022

We wereUnspeakableDeniable We existed just the same Our forbidden haunts,Sacred sanctuary.Our forbidden love, Forever true. Self-celebratory,We outgrew shame.Evolved into ourselves.Marched the…

Dot Belstler

By Holly Peterson / June 2, 2022

2022 marks the 50th anniversary of Twin Cities Pride. What began in 1972 as a small 50-person march down Nicollet Mall…

The Many Scales of Pride

By Chris Hinze / June 2, 2022

Ecology is frequently thought of in terms of scales, the biggest scale being at the Earth-level and the smallest scale…

Skirting the Issues: Fading To Black

By Ellen Krug / June 2, 2022

For Pride this year, I have been thinking about younger queer kids.  Because there are no other visible transgender adults…

Skirting The Issues: Norfolk, NE

By Ellen Krug / May 19, 2022

My very first Pride event was in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 2004, when I was freshly out, and naively believed…

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