Zach Towers started a new radio show on Sirius XM. | COURTESY PHOTO

St. Louis Native Launches New Sex Positive Radio Show

For Zach Towers, growing up queer in a religious household in Missouri predestined his own sex life to be … a journey, to put it nicely. Today, Towers hopes to make conversations around sex more accessible to those who need it. That’s why the St. Louis-born comedian, writer and actor started After Hours with Zach

Andrew Bailey signed a letter calling LGBTQ merchandise obscene. The letter used a lot of debunked stories from right wing websites. | MISSOURI INDEPENDENT

Missouri AG Joins Letter Calling Target LGBTQ Merchandise Obscene

Seven attorneys general (including Missouri’s Andrew Bailey) wrote a letter to Target last week accusing the retailer of selling obscene LGBTQ+ material to kids in its Pride collection. Target became embroiled in controversy in June when right-wingers found “tuck friendly” tags on swimsuits, indicating that there was extra crotch material to cover up male genitalia

All American Goddess Tabbi Katt will be hosting the rooftop brunch on Sunday. | COURTESY PHOTO

Rooftop Drag Brunch Opens This Sunday, July 9

This Sunday, Bella’s Sweet Treats & Boozy Shake Shop and Naughty Bits STL are hosting the first opening review of the Rooftop Revue Drag Brunch at Hotel St. Louis (705 Olive Street, St. Louis). The brunch kicks off at 10 a.m. with unlimited mimosa and Bloody Mary packages, followed by a drag show that runs

Gabe Montesanti performing as Fender Bender in the talent portion of the Pride St. Louis pageant. She dressed as the pope and performed to "One of Us" by Joan Osborne. | Shelby Baseler Photography

My Journey to Becoming St. Louis’ First Mx. Pride

Until I competed in my first pride pageant on May 28 at River City Casino, all I really knew about pageants came from watching the iconic 2006 film Little Miss Sunshine and occasionally mining YouTube for the worst beauty pageant responses to the on-stage Q&A. My working class roots and the fact that I was

Chris Andoe speaking with Mayor Tishaura Jones at the solidarity march that Prism and Out in STL organized in March. | COURTESY PHOTO

Letter from the Editor: June 2023

Only a year or two ago, it seemed that nothing was more mainstream than drag. Cabaret audiences always included bridal parties, and you just knew some of those attendees had to be Trump voters. Drag, it seemed, was post-political. It’s also jarring to realize that just a year ago, folx could make their own medical

It takes some street cred and vetting to be admitted to the city's illegal and underground nightlife scene. | BRADEN MCMAKIN

Inside a St. Louis Lesbian Speakeasy

Upon entering the sliding doors at my home-away-from-home, you’ll first notice the smell. The vetting process, when you’re verbally given directions to this clandestine spot and finally understand where you’re going, probably already filled you with apprehension and anticipation, and those feelings return now as you realize you’re breathing in the acrid air of your

Out in STL hosted a protest in the Grove. | BRADEN MCMAKIN

The Fight for LGBTQ+ Rights Rages on in Missouri

In 2015, joyful crowds hugged outside of the Supreme Court Building when the Justices inside struck down same-sex marriage bans, making it legal across the country. It was the latest restriction to LGBTQ+ rights to fall after sodomy laws were struck down in 2003 and the military allowed people to serve openly in 2011. For

Tower Grove Pride is in September. | THEO WELLING

‘Tis the Season for Pride in St. Louis

As home to one of the largest networks of regional Pride celebrations, St. Louis has a calendar already jam-packed with events, but the party keeps going throughout the summer and fall across the region. Soulard Pride kicked things off with its golf cart parade, and our extended season wraps up with the beloved Tower Gove