Gabe Montesanti performing as Fender Bender in the talent portion of the Pride St. Louis pageant. She dressed as the pope and performed to "One of Us" by Joan Osborne. | Shelby Baseler Photography

My Journey to Becoming St. Louis’ First Mx. Pride

Until I competed in my first pride pageant on May 28 at River City Casino, all I really knew about pageants came from watching the iconic 2006 film Little Miss Sunshine and occasionally mining YouTube for the worst beauty pageant responses to the on-stage Q&A. My working class roots and the fact that I was

Chris Andoe speaking with Mayor Tishaura Jones at the solidarity march that Prism and Out in STL organized in March. | COURTESY PHOTO

Letter from the Editor: June 2023

Only a year or two ago, it seemed that nothing was more mainstream than drag. Cabaret audiences always included bridal parties, and you just knew some of those attendees had to be Trump voters. Drag, it seemed, was post-political. It’s also jarring to realize that just a year ago, folx could make their own medical

It takes some street cred and vetting to be admitted to the city's illegal and underground nightlife scene. | BRADEN MCMAKIN

Inside a St. Louis Lesbian Speakeasy

Upon entering the sliding doors at my home-away-from-home, you’ll first notice the smell. The vetting process, when you’re verbally given directions to this clandestine spot and finally understand where you’re going, probably already filled you with apprehension and anticipation, and those feelings return now as you realize you’re breathing in the acrid air of your

Out in STL hosted a protest in the Grove. | BRADEN MCMAKIN

The Fight for LGBTQ+ Rights Rages on in Missouri

In 2015, joyful crowds hugged outside of the Supreme Court Building when the Justices inside struck down same-sex marriage bans, making it legal across the country. It was the latest restriction to LGBTQ+ rights to fall after sodomy laws were struck down in 2003 and the military allowed people to serve openly in 2011. For

Tower Grove Pride is in September. | THEO WELLING

‘Tis the Season for Pride in St. Louis

As home to one of the largest networks of regional Pride celebrations, St. Louis has a calendar already jam-packed with events, but the party keeps going throughout the summer and fall across the region. Soulard Pride kicked things off with its golf cart parade, and our extended season wraps up with the beloved Tower Gove

Jim Andris at a 1980 pride festival in St. Louis. | COURTESY ST. LOUIS LGBT HISTORY PROJECT

A History of Pride in St. Louis

The year after Stonewall in 1970, what we now call Pride events began taking place across America. While St. Louis did not host its first Pride until 1980, many foundational events paved the way for modern era Pride celebrations across the St. Louis region. In 1977 and 1978, local gay rights rallies were held in

Soulard Pride Is a Can’t-Miss Neighborhood Festival

Few cities have a neighborhood specifically for drinkers. Sure, New Orleans has the French Quarter, but that’s mostly tourists. Historic Soulard, however, is the real deal. The Anheuser-Busch Brewery’s blazing red marquis looms over the rooftops like the Eye of Sauron, there’s a tavern on or around every corner, and one even peruses the offerings

Hundreds gathered outside the Missouri Capitol in March to protest anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.

Judge Temporarily Blocks Missouri Gender-Affirming Care Restrictions

By Monica Obradovic The Missouri attorney general’s restrictions on transgender health care will not go into effect today as planned. Circuit Court Judge Ellen Ribaudo granted a temporary restraining order to prevent the restrictions from going into effect until a lawsuit against the rules is adjudicated. The temporary restraining order expires May 15.  The restrictions