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By Terrance Griep / June 16, 2022

Although it would become many things before its history was written–a recruiting station, a conscript clearing house, and a war…

LGBTQ Under 40 – Makeda Lacking

By Holly Peterson / June 16, 2022

Makeda Lacking is a Site Manager at the Brooklyn Park branch of Avenues for Homeless Youth, a promotion that she…

LGBTQ Under 40 – Storm Novak

By Conlan Carter / June 16, 2022

Storm Novak is everywhere in the Mankato community–from Minnesota State University, Mankato dorms to the state legislature–and she’s not even…

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…

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…

Rush Hospital Redefining LGBTQ Healthcare With Affirm

By Randy Stern / June 2, 2022

When care for LGBTQ people is important, how much care should you receive? The reality is…not enough. Especially when you…

Playing Cupid: Gay Matchmaker Amari Ice Aims For the Heart

By Mikey Rox / June 2, 2022

Recently or still single? No sweat. Game-changing, history-making queer matchmaker Amari Ice (he recently paired the first successful gay couple…


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…

The Impact of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Minnesota

By Holly Peterson / June 2, 2022

Minnesota had its first reported case of AIDS in 1982 – only a year after the first case was reported…

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