Author Archives: Melissa Meinzer

Mardi Gras Saturday!

Mardi Gras Saturday!

Ok, this is it. You’ve been training all year and the big day is finally here—Saturday is Mardi Gras! (Technically no it isn’t. Actual Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, is the 13th, but day drinking on a Tuesday is apt to get you fired so we’re not here for it—unless you are. No judgment. But there’s

Intersect Arts Center Grand Opening

Saturday, the place to be is Intersect Arts Center, 3636 Texas Avenue. The space is throwing a party to celebrate its renovation and reopening. Looks to be quite the bash, with food and cocktails, jazz by Jenna Bauer and the Be Here Nows, performances by Leverage Dance Theater and much more. Featured is Dave Moore’s

Dance It Out with Fierce Frida

Tomorrow night, dance until your eyebrows merge at The Night Owl. The swanky spot above Tree House, the vegetarian restaurant on South Grand, is hosting its second Frida Kahlo-themed dance party for LGBTQIA folx & friends. The queer Mexican painter didn’t let her physical challenges get her down. She zhushed up the corsets and crutches

Women’s March for Truth

Put your marching shoes on, because last year’s Women’s March was no one-off. Tomorrow at 10 a.m., the second St. Louis Women’s March for Truth steps off from Aloe Plaza on Market Street. The route wraps up at Luther Ely Smith Plaza behind the Old Courthouse. The slate of speakers is stacked with impressive women

MTUG’s Telethon: “Community Made it Happen”

Last week’s 24-hour fundraising telethon by the Metro Trans Umbrella Group was the talk of the internet—it was such a cool throwback idea, updated for the social media age. “Old-school fun with a trans queer twist,” says MTUG’s executive director and co-founder Sayer Johnson. “Community made it happen.” So, how did it turn out? Well,

At Last, a St. Louis Cycling Club Free of Alpha Males

Death. Taxes. Dudely bro-dawgs monopolizing bike rides. Some things you must endure, but others you can adjust. For more than four years running, a group of women has converged on the first Monday of every month for a social bike ride: the Monthly Cycle. They pedal a different fifteen-mile route each time through a mix

Lea DeLaria on Jazz, Trump & Metro East’s LGBTQ History

If all you know about Lea DeLaria is her gimlet-eyed prison persona Big Boo on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, well, truthfully, you’re off to an OK start. Boo brings butch sexiness into the mainstream in a way we haven’t much seen before, which is quite cool. But there’s so much more to know!

World AIDS Day 2017

Today is World AIDS Day, and it’s worth taking a moment to take stock. First celebrated in 1988, it’s a day for people worldwide to show solidarity against the disease. The breathtaking devastation of the epidemic’s mysterious and stigma-filled beginnings in the 1980s is not today’s reality. Fewer people are dying and we understand far

“Queer Kids Run This Town”

The sentiment, expressed in graffiti, was straightforward, cheeky, and just a little angry: “Queer Kids Run This Town,” scrawled across the front of a building in Toronto. “I found that super inspiring,” says Jared Rourke, who came across a photo of it online. “Damn straight we do!” he says. “The people I know in St.

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