Queer as Folks

Ellen Hart Reads at True Colors

Local author Ellen Hart read from her newest mystery, Sweet Poison, on November 13 at True Colors Bookstore—formerly Amazon Bookstore. She has won the Minnesota Book Award three times, the Lambda Literary Award five times, and the Golden Crown Literary Society award.

Sweet Poison is the 16th novel in the Jane Lawless series about a lesbian restaurateur. In this timely tale, Jane is worried about her father’s upcoming bid for Governor of Minnesota. The novel also features a newly released rapist with a grudge; a stalking ex-boyfriend; a dead campaign volunteer; and a gay United Methodist minister—all nicely intertwined in Jane’s already very complicated life.

See “The Page Boy,” Lavender, October 10.

Dia de los Muertos at District 202

On November 16, District 202 held its first annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) to honor GLBT persons who have passed away.

The evening started out with Janice Bad Moccasin conducting a prayer service and blessing. Next was a call for community members to place photos on the altar to show their support for those who have been lost. The evening was topped off by a theater performance piece from the Outward Spiral/Empowered Expressions queer youth group.

District 202 believes that “as one brings together aspects of the person(s) being honored, they engage in the learning of their honoree’s life as well as their own.”

10th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance

The 10th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance was celebrated locally with a memorial service on November 20 at Sprit of the Lakes United Church of Christ in Minneapolis. It was part of a national movement to remember individuals who have been killed or have died. TransVoices, the Twin Cities transgender chorus, sang during the service.

Transgender Day of Remembrance serves as an opportunity to raise awareness of violence against transgender people; to mourn publicly the lives of trans family and friends who otherwise might be forgotten; and to celebrate the joy in our trans communities.

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