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Matters of the Divine: Bishop Deon Johnson’s Open Invitation to Dream Big

Matters of the Divine: Bishop Deon Johnson’s Open Invitation to Dream Big

If you find yourself in a conversation with Deon Johnson that veers toward matters of the divine, don’t expect declaring yourself “not really religious” to provide an exit route. “You can have a profound experience standing in your backyard watching your chickens,” Johnson says. In an era of DIY spirituality, the sentiment isn’t particularly unusual.

Putting in the Work: Jae Shepherd on Closing the Workhouse and Shaping St. Louis

Putting in the Work: Jae Shepherd on Closing the Workhouse and Shaping St. Louis

On November 18, local activists rejoiced as mayor Lyda Krewson announced that she would not be seeking reelection in St. Louis.  Krewson lost favor in June with any left-leaning St. Louisans she may have still had on her side after publicly announcing full names — and in some cases, exact addresses — of citizens who

Saint of the Streets: Dr. Punch saves St. Louis

Saint of the Streets: Dr. Punch saves St. Louis

It’s basically impossible to talk about public health in St. Louis right now without mentioning Dr. LJ Punch. The genderqueer genius has their hands in all the region’s most pressing issues, slicing through red tape and getting it done with brilliance, warmth, humor and grace. After years as a trauma surgeon in Baltimore and St.

Carrying a Community: the Journey of Pastor Tori Jameson

Carrying a Community: the Journey of Pastor Tori Jameson

Pastor Tori Jameson’s life had long been trending toward their unique place as a pastoral care provider for the queer and kink communities. But it was physically carrying a dead woman’s children during a march in her memory that brought Jameson’s life’s mission into sharp focus. Jameson was serving at the church that did the

Strike a Pose: St. Louis has a storied ball scene — and its stars are ready to strut their stuff at Pride

Strike a Pose: St. Louis has a storied ball scene — and its stars are ready to strut their stuff at Pride

It was 2001 when Mechee Harper took her nineteen-year-old friend Meko Lee Burr to Chicago for his first ball. “We ended up taking over a KFC as our dressing room,” Harper recalls. “And the employees were like, ‘Well, alright!’”  The underground, largely black and Latinx LGBTQ ball culture has mostly existed out of mainstream awareness

The Influencers

The Influencers

Meet fifteen LGBTQ community members making a major impact in St. Louis Where do we get off, telling you who the influencers are in this town? Well, we’d like to think we keep our ears to the ground and watch who’s moving and who’s shaking, who’s driving the discussion and who’s pressing buttons. This collection

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