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

Why Miss Missouri 2016 Took on Teen Suicide

It’s a Saturday in a small town in Missouri. There’s a beauty pageant underway, and a young teen — we’ll call her Tya — is nervous. She keeps to herself all day long. She thinks she doesn’t fit in with the other girls. She stays at the edge of room, looking in. She has never

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