Queer As Folks
Quatrefoil Hosts Four GLBT Writers in Fruit Platter
Quatrefoil Library in St. Paul hosted a reading by four award-winning GLBT writers in Fruit Platter on June 11: poet Jane Levin, recipient of a Jerome Foundation/Intermedia Arts Mentorship and a Howard B. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment grant; poet William Reichard, whose critically acclaimed How To was a finalist for the Academy of American Poets 2003 James Laughlin Award; freelance journalist, writer, and poet Christopher Pommier, recognized in 2006 as an emerging artist by the Jerome Foundation and SASE/Intermedia Arts; and essayist Barrie Jean Borich, whose book My Lesbian Husband won the American Library Association GLBT Nonfiction Award in 1999.
Target Center Goes Queer
On June 9, Target Center in Minneapolis was the venue for the second True Colors Tour. Started by ’80s pop icon Cyndi Lauper, its goal is to “bring awareness to the discrimination that the GLBT community still faces, and raise significant funds for the organizations that work every day on their behalf.” This year’s lineup featured not only Lauper, who danced through the crowd for many of her numbers, but also fellow ’80s hit-makers The B-52’s, along with Canadian duo Tegan and Sara, plus The Cliks. With a crowd of 3,000, the bands showed they could put on a rocking show from start to finish, when all the performers took the stage to sing the final numbers. In between sets, comedian Rosie O’Donnell and host Carson Kressley kept the audience entertained and in their seats.
HRC Putts for Equality
For the fifth year, the Human Rights Campaign presented Tee-Up for Equality in the Twin Cities on June 16 at the Hillcrest Golf Course in St. Paul. The event is a prestigious women’s fund-raising golf tournament to help raise awareness of GLBT equality. Participating this year was famed LPGA Class A professional Betsy Larey, who has been teaching adults and juniors how to golf for the past 15 years. She coaches golf at Flager College in St. Augustine, Florida, but comes to Minnesota in the summers to teach.