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Nikia Munson: Self-Love Advocate

Nikia Munson: Self-Love Advocate

If you’ve done any work learning about positive female sexuality in St. Louis in recent years, you probably know Nikia Munson. The educator, facilitator and explorer has long understood the importance of creating safe and respectful spaces for sexual self-discovery and learning.  In 2014, Munson joined Sex Positive St. Louis, the community resource for discussion,

Sean Michael: Conscious Theatre

Sean Michael: Conscious Theatre

Sean Michael is the mastermind behind the socially conscious theatre troupe the Q Collective. Founded in February 2018 in the context of the #MeToo movement, various protests and the Women’s March, the Q Collective has a mission of “exploring the spectrum of gender, sexuality and romantic orientation” through the lens of intersectionality and acceptance. Before

Better Together: How Alicia Markstone and Janessa Highland saved each other — and rose to the top

Better Together: How Alicia Markstone and Janessa Highland saved each other — and rose to the top

When Janessa Highland became show director at Martha’s Vineyard in Springfield, Missouri, in 2011, she knew she was following in big footsteps. That included those of Alicia Markstone, the 2002 Miss Gay USofA at Large, who had gone from small-town Missouri to Florida to be the show director at the famed Suncoast Resort Hotel. But

Where We Live: Presenting the St. Louis Area’s Top 5 LGBT Neighborhoods

Where We Live: Presenting the St. Louis Area’s Top 5 LGBT Neighborhoods

There was some grumbling in conservative Jefferson County when the 2016 DeSoto Christmas Parade was slated to include the county’s drag bar, Rumors on Ice. Among the garden-variety homophobic comments posted to the event’s Facebook page, one stuck with me: “Go back to the Central West End.” The remark amused me on a couple of

Jake Bain: Grace Under Fire, On and Off the Field

Jake Bain: Grace Under Fire, On and Off the Field

After Jon, an eighth-grade student at a St. Louis area private Catholic school, heard about how a star football player at John Burroughs School had come out and managed to remain calm despite being put on blast by the infamously hateful Westboro Baptist Church, he decided to reach out to the player. His Instagram conversation

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