Author Archives: Melissa Meinzer

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

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.

Time Won’t Give Me Time: Notes From a Queer Childhood at Flood Plain

Growing up queer can be so isolated and so isolating. Compare notes with Brandon Anschultz through his exhibition “Time Won’t Give Me Time,” the first show at brand-new non-profit gallery Flood Plain. It opens this weekend. The show, interrogating his 80s childhood, features new works by Anschultz, who has previously worked in formal yet non-narrative

Missouri Courage Scholarship Adds Board of Directors

Sometimes, truly great things emerge from the muck. The Missouri Courage Scholarship, for LGBT students and allies, is definitely one of those things, and it’s come a long way in a short time. This week, the scholarship announced the convening of its first Board of Directors, after two years in existence and more than $25,000

Saturday: MTUG’s Big Fat Trans Queer Fall Festival

How much fun did you have at the Big Fat Trans-Queer Prom back in July? We certainly had a blast, seeing our beautiful family out in force at the Monocle. The Metro Trans Umbrella Group did a great job creating a social, fun space. If you’ve been wishing for that community time again, we have

Drawing a Map to LGBT History

A spiffy new enterprise is making use of technology and research to tell tales of the past. It’s an online map that shows you exactly where — to the pinpoint — LGBT history happened in St. Louis. Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis is an interactive digital history project that combines the mapping and research efforts of

An Evening—and a Few Months—with Mickalene Thomas

Artist Mickalene Thomas is known for large scale canvases incorporating rhinestones into colorful images of black women frankly regarding the viewer. On her website, she describes exploring “a complex vision of what it means to be a woman.” She told Refinery29.com that “It’s okay if the viewer doesn’t understand the relationship I have with my

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