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What’s a Gay Bar Anyway: Who Loses When Queer Spaces Shutter?

What’s a Gay Bar Anyway: Who Loses When Queer Spaces Shutter?

A year into a pandemic that’s vastly reconfigured LGBTQIA culture is a good time to reflect on the radical legacy of the gay bar and what’s next for queer spaces — in St. Louis and around the world. Google “gay bars near me” in St. Louis, and the pickings are slim and getting slimmer. (See

Pod Help Us All

Pod Help Us All

The best podcasts feel like being at a party with your cleverest friends, and Eric Williams’ That’s a Gay Ass Podcast hits the sweet spot. The podcast goes deep with comedians and celebrities, posting the provocative and fully tongue-in-cheek question: “Whose fault is it you’re gay?” Muny Kids alum Williams is NYC-based these days but

Three Friends, Not Shy: the Creators of One Brick Shy Cast St. Louis as a Star in their New Comedy Series

Three Friends, Not Shy: the Creators of One Brick Shy Cast St. Louis as a Star in their New Comedy Series

For almost two hours, it’s only their voices — Abby Dorning and Jenna McDonald, best friends, former college roommates, Bridesmaids fanatics and, most recently, co-creators and co-stars of the comedy series One Brick Shy. The week of Thanksgiving, an in-person meeting seems not only difficult to arrange, but irresponsible, perhaps even deadly. And on laptop

Biker Clubs and Queer History: Stories of Rebel Queers in St. Louis

Biker Clubs and Queer History: Stories of Rebel Queers in St. Louis

Picture it: St. Louis, 2003. You’re a young queer person from southern Illinois, in the big city for your first-ever Pride parade. You’re scared shitless, horny as hell and trying to look cool. You’ve managed to score prime real estate on the parade route because in your nervousness you accidentally showed up two hours early.

Black Ballroom Expo Was the Tea

Black Ballroom Expo Was the Tea

Inspired by Black History Month and the award-winning and critically-acclaimed FX series Pose, the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) conceived the Inaugural Black Ballroom Expo: Then and Now to celebrate members of the Black queer community and National HIV & AIDS Awareness Week. Several Black queer youth and an UMSL recruiter established “SERVE,” a collaborative

Men of the Match: Kevin Hayes, Jr. & Mike Lehmkuhle are Bringing Dating Back

Men of the Match: Kevin Hayes, Jr. & Mike Lehmkuhle are Bringing Dating Back

What is it about new romance that captivates us? Supermarket checkout lanes are lined with cover photos of attractive, freshly minted couples. We even went through a phase of coming up with cute names for them, like TomKat and Brangelina. Whatever the reason, public interest is undeniable. The dominance of hookup culture has made getting

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