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

Poet Eileen Myles to Speak at Left Bank Books on Thursday

Lovers of belles lettres can enjoy a feast of literary discussion at Left Bank Books this Thursday, September 28. In the back of the shop, nationally renowned lesbian poet Eileen Myles will be discussing her most recent work, Afterglow (A Dog Memoir). Ostensibly it’s a love letter to her late pit bull Rosie, whom she

Why Rapper Eric Dontè Holds on to Teddy Bears

Eric Dontè is not in counseling. His music is how he gets out his anguish. “I think a lot of people feel like I do but are afraid to say it out loud,” he says, sitting in his bare-bones apartment in the Shaw neighborhood. “I’ve hit rock bottom so many times, what’s the worst that

Photographer Jen Everett Talks Race, Identity and the Image

Up until this summer, Jen Everett had an ordinary routine. She would wake at 7:30 a.m., go to work as a project engineer for a construction firm and then come home around 5:30 p.m. to her partner and their thirteen-year-old son in south city.  In her bits of spare time, though, she took photographs. And