Category: News

  • Around the Region: Iowa community wants LGBTQ-themed books banned

    Around the Region: Iowa community wants LGBTQ-themed books banned

    Iowa Conservative Christians in Orange City are outraged that the public library lends books with LGBTQ themes, the Des Moines Register reports: More than 300 people have signed a petition to either ban or label and group materials related to homosexual and transgender content in the Orange City Public Library. Rev. Sacha Walicord of Grace […]

  • Pawlenty to headline anti-LGBTQ fundraiser

    Pawlenty to headline anti-LGBTQ fundraiser

    Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who has yet to announce a run for governor despite assembling a campaign infrastructure, is slated to headline the annual fundraiser for the anti-LGBTQ Minnesota Family Council. It’s his third appearance at the organization’s annual fundraising event. Pawlenty will be the headliner at the April 20th annual dinner fundraiser at the […]

  • Gadfly Theatre presents the Children’s Play

    Gadfly Theatre presents the Children’s Play

    Gadfly Theatre Productions is bringing the Children’s Play to the Phoenix Theater on Friday, March 2. Created by Sami Pfeffer, the play follows a being called Prince of Oceans and their interactions with the Girl, the Fool, and the Hideous Monster — each of which embody symptoms of mental health. “These four main characters explore […]

  • MN Senators introduce ban on LGBTQ panic defense

    MN Senators introduce ban on LGBTQ panic defense

    Lawmakers introduced a bill last week that would make the gay and trans panic defenses unenforceable in court. For decades, perpetrators of violent crimes against LGBTQ people have used gay and trans panic defenses in order to garner reduced sentences. Often the panic defense relies on “temporary insanity” of the perpetrator against a LGBTQ person […]

  • Around the Region: Iowa City set to expand legal definition of gender to include non-binary

    Around the Region: Iowa City set to expand legal definition of gender to include non-binary

    Iowa Iowa City is working on expanding its definition of gender identity away from just male and female, KCRG reports: Iowa City may soon change it’s definition of gender identity. Right now, it’s still only male or female. City council voted Tuesday night 7-0 to change that. “We’re thinking about inclusion and we want to […]

  • Queering the Tarot: Ace of Pentacles

    Queering the Tarot: Ace of Pentacles

    As we continue journeying through the Tarot with the explicit purpose of queering it, we enter the Pentacles. I didn’t connect with Pentacles for a long time. It felt like this suit was so much about materialism in a way I didn’t believe in. It’s also a lot about family, but in a heteronormative way […]

  • Last Chance: Don’t Miss Patrick’s Cabaret’s Sunset Season

    Last Chance: Don’t Miss Patrick’s Cabaret’s Sunset Season

    In so many ways, Patrick’s Cabaret is the heart and soul of the queer arts community in the Twin Cities. This queer led organization consistently produces events by and for artists living on the edge of culture, and countless local stars got their start or got back on stage because of Patrick’s Cabaret. No show […]

  • Queer Arts Calendar: Theatre, shanties, and pirates this February

    Queer Arts Calendar: Theatre, shanties, and pirates this February

    We are jumping into month two of 2018 with plenty of great art to keep us company this February whether we are single, not single, or somewhere in between this Valentine’s Day season. February and March are traditionally rich in art and cultural experiences for reasons I’ve never figure out, but it’s a joy to […]

  • Groups to push LGBTQ and anti-LGBTQ resolutions at Tuesday caucuses

    Groups to push LGBTQ and anti-LGBTQ resolutions at Tuesday caucuses

    Anti-LGBTQ groups are encouraging their supporters to offer anti-LGBTQ resolutions at Tuesday’s caucuses. Meanwhile, the state’s largest LGBTQ group is urging supporters to pass a ban on conversion therapy. On Tuesday evening, Minnesota’s Republican and Democratic-Farmer-Labor parties will hold caucuses where party activists endorse candidates for office and conduct party business — including resolutions that […]

  • Around the Region: Anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in WI, SD, and IA

    Around the Region: Anti-LGBTQ bills introduced in WI, SD, and IA

    South Dakota Republican lawmakers in South Dakota have introduced legislation aimed at preventing gender identity and transgender issues from being discussed in the state’s schools, the Argus Leader reports: South Dakota lawmakers are set to consider what students should be taught about gender identity and whether schools should write and make public their transgender bathroom […]