Category: History

  • Out North Brings Minnesota’s LGBTQ+ History To TPT On October 16th

    Out North Brings Minnesota’s LGBTQ+ History To TPT On October 16th

    Out North – MNLGBTQ History dusts off important stories from the annals of queer history and brings them to your living room starting on October 16th. Out North is a documentary coming to TPT (our local PBS affiliate) chronicling the history of queer Minnesota and showing the social and political strides our state has made […]

  • Throwback Thursday 1983: Divine comes to Minneapolis’ Hub of Hell

    Throwback Thursday 1983: Divine comes to Minneapolis’ Hub of Hell

    Divine, the iconic drag persona created by Harris Glenn Milstead and made famous through the films of John Waters, came to Minneapolis in 1983. But before she even landed in the Twin Cities, the welcome mat was pulled out from under her. The event was scheduled for Friday, August 10, 1983 at the Prom Center […]

  • Throwback Thursday: Check out these ads for The Saloon from the early 1980s

    Throwback Thursday: Check out these ads for The Saloon from the early 1980s

    The Saloon has been a ubiquitous part of the (mainly) gay male community in Minneapolis with a history extending back to 1977. In those 38 years, the bar has played host to almost weekly community events and fundraisers, and often serves as an entry point for newcomers to Minneapolis. The Column went back through newspaper […]

  • Sen. Allen Spear to be honored with LGBT Equality colonnade in Minneapolis Park

    Sen. Allen Spear to be honored with LGBT Equality colonnade in Minneapolis Park

    The influence of Sen. Allen Spear on the LGBT movement in Minnesota cannot be understated. He was the first openly gay elected official in Minnesota, and one of the first in the nation. First elected from a district encompassing the University of Minnesota, he rose to become the President of the Minnesota Senate in 1992, […]

  • Turning anti-gay hate into love with a Loring Park memorial to Joel Larson

    Turning anti-gay hate into love with a Loring Park memorial to Joel Larson

    Friends and family of Joel Larson have started a campaign to remember the energetic and dynamic young gay man who lost his life to anti-LGBT hate in Minneapolis’ Loring Park in 1991. Larson’s loved ones are seeking park bench with the inscription, Let us turn our backs on hatred. Teach love, to be placed in […]

  • Hotel Amsterdam sign comes down

    Hotel Amsterdam sign comes down

    Hotel Amsterdam was the Twin Cities’ only gay hotel, until it closed in 2010. It’s sign, the last vestiges of its heyday, came down on Monday. Saloon manager Tim Balfanz posted a picture of the sign coming down: And a video clip: The hotel opened in 1994 as a way to utilize the space above […]

  • Minnesota History Center exhibit shines light on LGBT history

    Minnesota History Center exhibit shines light on LGBT history

    Image via Minnesota Historical Society The Minnesota Historical Society library has put together a display in its lobby documenting the LGBT community’s struggle toward full equality in Minnesota. From the Closet to the Altar: A Modern History of LGBTQ Communities in Minnesota showcases the struggle to achieve marriage equality in Minnesota, a struggle spanning several […]

  • Eggs WILL be laid! 2014 Easter Bonnet Parade

    Eggs WILL be laid! 2014 Easter Bonnet Parade

    Easter and Bonnets go together like Steel Magnolias.  They are inextricably linked, like some force of nature. They are sometimes outrageous (think hurricane or tornadoes), sometimes understated (think global warming), but no mistake about it folks – they are there!   They lie await for an entire year…  Waiting to be worn and for someone […]

  • Former Lucy’s home slated for demolition

    Former Lucy’s home slated for demolition

    A small piece of Minnesota’s LGBT history faces an uncertain fate, according to a report by the Twin Cities Daily Planet. City of St. Paul officials have targeted the building at 601 N. Western Avenue for demolition. That space once housed Lucy’s Bar, a LGBT watering hole that served a mainly lesbian crowd. It was […]