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Welcome................................................... 4 Timeline.................................................... 6 Documenting our Diverse Heritage �����12

Phillipe Cunningham............................ 20

Pride Festival FAQ.................................. 42 Loring Park Map..................................... 43 Accessibility At Pride.............................44 Stage Schedule: Saturday, June 23 �����46 Stage Schedule: Sunday, June 24........48 Performer Directory.............................. 50 Events Calendar..................................... 56 Ashley Rukes Pride Parade FAQ........... 62 Parade Route Map................................. 62 Thank You To Our Sponsors.................. 63

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His own words

Op-Ed: You Want To Be Normal?...................... 24 A Deaf writer reflects on “disabled”

Op-Ed: Being Proactive About Pronouns......... 26 A Culture of Visibility............................ 28 Queer, Trans Artists of Color on Creating New Spaces for Expression

Twin Cities Pride Annual Report 2017 ���32 The Year In Pride 2018............................33 Community Resources.......................... 34





Darcie Baumann, chair Kurt Wiger, vice chair Eric Zucker, treasurer Lys Akerman-Frank Dennis Anderson Felix Foster Sara Kilian Mikey Kroeger Samantha Landvick Bo Nabozny

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Jessalyn Akerman-Frank Archie Bongiovanni Lisa Brimmer James Cihlar Juleana Enright Ryan Garza Raymond Luczak DeShaun McDonald John Medieros Michael Kiesow Moore Kris Ouellette Dixie Treichel Ann Tweedy CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Ashley Berry Photography Ryan Coit Dena Denny Brent Dundore

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Happy Pride!

Twin Cities Pride works year-round by partnering with and supporting other events and organizations serving the LGBTQ+ community.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of Twin Cities Pride, it is my honor to welcome you to Twin Cities Pride 2018 and to introduce our first issue of Twin Cities Pride Magazine. We are excited about this new publication! It serves as the official Twin Cities Pride Guide for all the fabulous 2018 Twin Cities Pride events, including maps and information, an event schedule, and a parade guide. It also gives us the opportunity to share information and stories about Twin Cities Pride’s community involvement and work throughout the year. While we are known for the festival and parade, Twin Cities Pride works year-round by partnering with and supporting other events and organizations serving the LGBTQ+ community. This year’s theme, COMMEMORATE. EDUCATE. CELEBRATE., is pulled directly from our mission statement: “To create experiences that bring the greater GLBT community together to commemorate our diverse heritage, foster inclusion, educate and create awareness of issues, and celebrate achievements in equality.” As an organization, we are always evolving and find this mission to be a true compass to guide our evolution. Twin Cities Pride has come a long way since its beginning in 1972—when 50 people commemorated the Stonewall riots with a picnic

in Loring Park, followed by a protest march through Nicollet Mall. Now, Twin Cities Pride hosts a two-day festival in Loring Park and the Ashley Rukes GLBT Pride Parade marches along Hennepin Avenue. The festivities draw approximately 400,000 people, making it the second largest outdoor festival in Minnesota (eclipsed only by the Minnesota State Fair). One thing that has not changed is that the Twin Cities Pride Festival and Parade are still free to all attendees. As you can imagine, it takes a committed group of people to make this experience happen. Luckily, Twin Cities Pride has such a group: a volunteer board of directors, a talented and devoted volunteer staff, a tireless festival and events coordinator, and a dedicated executive director work together yearround to serve our community. As a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, we would like to thank you and all our sponsors for your support. Without all of you, this experience would not be possible. Once again, welcome to Twin Cities Pride 2018!

DARCIE BAUMANN (she/her/hers) Board Chair, Twin Cities Pride


Before the Stonewall Uprising, the gay rights movement was already organizing in the Twin Cities. In May 1969, a student group began teaching a weekly class called “The Homosexual Revolution” at the Coffeehouse Extemporé near the University of Minnesota’s West Bank campus. They soon officially organized as F.R.E.E. (Fight Repression of Erotic Expression), which had a speaker’s bureau, organized protests, and promoted greater understanding of the gay community. Much has changed in Minnesota in the last half-century. Here are a just a few of the many milestones in the local fight for equality.


Byron Schmitz had a job offer revoked with the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in downtown Minneapolis after failing his physical because, as they stated, they had “no medical program for homosexuals.” In a letter from Northwestern Bell published by the Minneapolis Star, the company stated that its policy was “not to employ admitted homosexuals” because to do so “would tend to have an adverse effect on how our company is regarded by other employees and the general public.”

The first Twin Cities Pride Guide was printed— a single sheet of paper designed so it could be folded and discarded in case of a police raid.



Minneapolis couple Jack Baker and Michael McConnell became the first same-sex couple in the United States to apply for a marriage license. Hennepin County rejected their application and the couple sued, claiming that Minnesota marriage statutes did not mention gender, and therefore did not explicitly ban same sex marriage. Their motion was denied without comment, and they appealed their case to the Minnesota Supreme Court, who also rejected their claims. Meanwhile, McConnell adopted Baker after they discovered that, in Blue Earth County, there were no laws against marrying someone whom you’d adopted. Baker legally changed his name to Pat Lyn McConnell. They were married in Blue Earth County on September 3, 1971.

Throughout the ’60s and ’70s, police raids of gay bars and bathhouses were commonplace. New York City had been attempting to eradicate gay bars through a targeted campaign of revoking liquor licenses. On June 28, 1969, NYPD raided the Stonewall Inn, a prominent gay bar in Greenwich Village. When officers brutally arrested several patrons, the crowd incited a riot. Protests and community organization followed, making the Stonewall Uprising the flash point that effectively launched the gay rights movement in the U.S. 6





What could be considered the first Twin Cities Pride march was held. A group of activists met for a picnic lunch in Loring Park, whereafter a few dozen members held a protest march on the newly constructed Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. The protesters kept to the sidewalk, and held signs, with some members of the group hanging back in the park, ready to post bail in the event of arrests. None were made, and the march (as one of countless protests held for multiple causes by students and activists in the early ‘70s) was paid little attention.


The City of Minneapolis became the first unit of government at any level to pass transgender-inclusive non-discrimination laws.

Tim Campbell, editor and publisher of the GLC Voice, organized Minnesota’s first official Gay Pride Festival and Parade, putting out a brochure with advertisements to help cover the costs.

The Out-and-About Theatre opened in Minneapolis and was one of the earliest LGBT theaters in the country. At the time it closed in the spring of 1984, it was the oldest continuing gay theater in the country.





In 1980, Minnesota became the first legislative body in the U.S. to include an openly gay man and lesbian woman at the same time. Sen. Allan Spear, elected in 1972, came out in 1974, one of the first openly gay elected officials in the country. Rep. Karen Clark joined him in 1980. She is retiring this year as the longest-serving openly lesbian legislator in the U.S.


The Minneapolis Police Department was arresting gay men en masse in bathhouses, outside of gay bars, and all around Loring Park.


The Minnesota Committee for Gay and Lesbian Rights and the Legal Task Force distributed a flyer titled “What You Need to Know When the Police Arrive (Unexpectedly)” with a list of lawyers who’d agreed to represent LGBT clients. MICHAEL MCCONNELL FILES, TRETTER 183

Following the nationwide anti-LGBT “Save Our Children” movement led by singer Anita Bryant and others, the Minnesota State Legislature refused to pass an anti-discrimination bill.





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COMMEMORATE TIMELINE St. Paul City Council proposed an amendment that would ban the use of referendums when repealing ordinances related to human rights, which opponents took as protection for gay rights legislation. This amendment was denied, but another was made in June of 1990, resulting in a St. Paul city ordinance that plainly protected LGBT communities. Efforts to appeal the decision were quickly shot down by St. Paul residents.



St. Paul City Council president Bob Sylvester came out as transgender, undergoing sexual confirmation surgery to transition to female. Susan Kimberly, as she’s now known, retired from the City Council in 2010.

The state’s first Gay Rights Bill was brought to the full Minnesota Senate for a vote on March 18. After Republican minority leader Dean Johnson spoke in favor of the bill, it passed 37-30.



St. Paul amended the state’s Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in federal hiring practices, which appeared in St. Paul’s city ordinance.

The Twin Cities Men’s Chorus was organized by Frank Lamendola, John Bisciglia, Tom Gale, and Keith Kalway. In 1981, it changed its name to the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus. It still exists today with over 150 members.





The last of Minnesota’s anti-sodomy laws were banished from the books.


The Twin Cities Pride Festival and Ashley Rukes Pride Parade are held on the last weekend of June to commemorate the Stonewall Riots. From their humble beginnings as a small picnic lunch and loosely organized protest march, the festivities have grown into Minnesota’s second-largest outdoor festival (eclipsed only by the State Fair).

The U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states.





The Affordable Care Act was passed, ruling that insurance companies could no longer deny coverage based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.




Minnesota legalized same-sex marriage after voters rejected Minnesota Amendment 1, known as the Minnesota Marriage Amendment, which would have limited marriages to heterosexual couples.

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U.S. Congress extended coverage of hate crime laws to include victims attacked because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Minneapolitans Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cunningham became the first openly transgender people elected to the city council of a major U.S. city, and first openly transgender people of color elected to public office in the United States.





Documenting our Diverse Heritage In 2016, my company, Podletter Media, joined the Twin Cities Pride team. Our mission: To help capture and preserve the voices of the Twin Cities’ LGBTQ+ community as a part of the organization’s “Our Living History” project. It’s hard to believe that was over 100 episodes ago, but here we are. It’s truly been an honor to have been a part of this effort to document the voices and experiences of this incredibly diverse and beautiful community. Here are just a few of the gracious and amazing individuals who


Ryan Garza

have contributed their voices to this project along the way. You can listen and subscribe to the TC Pride Podcast on iTunes or on any device at www.TCPridePodcast.org.

RYAN GARZA Really, commemorating our diverse heritage is right up there in our mission. It’s like the first thing. And it’s so important. I think that, as more rights are afforded to the LGBTQ community, people kind of forget about all of the challenges that the community has lived through, that individuals have lived through, and to capture those stories is just so important.

DOT BELSTLER Episode 29: “Reflections on Pride 2016” I think the next year—the next four years, especially—will hopefully help define what we remember ourselves as . . . And I’m hopeful, in a weird way, about how we are going to . . . figure out how we work together and stay in community together . . . And it’s going to be hard, it’s going to be difficult, but I think we were born for such a time as this, and we’re here, and we’re going to make it work.

JACOB THOMAS Episode 35: “Lush Thanksgiving Day Community Meal” Feel it. Feel this love. Feel this Pride. Feel the energy that’s here. And this is how we’re gonna change the world. This is how. Coming together, building community, creating places for everybody across the spectrum, and saying, ‘Look, we have to be in it together.’ This is how we make a difference. And so that’s what Pride means to me.

REBECCA WAGONER Episode 84: “Saturday in Loring Park at Pride 2017” CONTINUED 12





I will tell you that the queer arts scene is pushing every single boundary that there is. You will find people who are going far beyond— or right on par with—people in San Francisco or New York. So if you want to see something thrilling, exciting, people pushing boundaries, check out any number of queer events going on in the Twin Cities and you will be amazed, and you will get to be a part of something super special.

SARAH MCPECK Episode 45: “Project Q”


So when one community, like maybe the LGBTQ community, has a challenge, it should be my challenge. And it should be the challenge of others. When the African American community has a challenge, it should be the challenge of the LGBTQ community too. I strongly believe when that happens, we are going to be a strong community.

MIGUEL RAMOS Episode 96: “Miguel Ramos from the Minnesota Twins” I think this is one of those moments, as our movements are moving forward at an accelerated pace, to be firmly grounded in where we’ve been, and to be able to celebrate the history that got us here, and to keep learning the lessons from the past.

BETH ZEMSKY Episode 100: “The Tretter Collection at the University of Minnesota”

Fresh Fruit Celebrates 40 Years on KFAI KFAI Community Radio aired its first program on May 1, 1978. The next week, on May 11, marked the debut of Fresh Fruit, which is now celebrating 40 years on the air as the longest running weekly queer radio show in the country. Fresh Fruit was started by a collective of activists living in a queer hippy commune in South Minneapolis and continues to this day broadcasting queer issues



from a queer perspective every Thursday night from 7pm–8pm. There are different hosts each week to cover a wide spectrum of queer voices in our diverse community. The current hosts are Roxanne Anderson, Quinn Villagomez, Dixie Treichel, John Townsend, Keith Pederson, and Trevor Charon. Find more information and listen to past episodes at kfai.org/freshfruit. DIXIE TRECHEL

The Poets of “Queer Voices” COMMEMORATE POETRY The longest-running reading series of its kind in the country, Queer Voices has created a safe space for LGBTQIA+ writers and audiences to explore the day-to-day material of life without internal or external censorship. Featuring over 300 readers who have brought together more than 3,500 community members using literature and free expression as a unifying tool, Queer Voices has highlighted an array of diverse voices and superb talent the

Twin Cities have to offer. The poems featured here come from writers who have participated in the series over the years. If you like what you see, be sure to look for our upcoming anthology to be published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press in Spring 2019. It will feature many more voices from the series. Enjoy!

JOHN MEDEIROS Curator, Queer Voices Reading Series


A Single Man

it has become almost religious: two or three times each week, i drive an hour to see women pretend they are men. their breasts have been wound and flattened, their hair cut short, they are equipped with penises of duct tape and sock. in cowboy hats and jeans, white shirts and ties, they lip sync in an alphabet only the body can interpret

You have to wait it out. Step away from the table and think. Afterthoughts are not revisions, just the unfolding of a face. George thinks the gym is the great equalizer. Television actors, professors, and twelve-year-olds exercise together. The oasis between bungalows and freeways, co-eds in Capri’s sloppy shirts, and teased up hair, and hills with their tops cut off. He’s wrong. After the death of the partner that no one acknowledged, Is he complicit in his isolation? Why ask, when the details of a day are so absorbing.

and what of the body, who for thirty years staked her allegiance in one nation, while admitting to break its lesser edicts about sex and love, who and how many? imagine that self-proclaimed outlaw dreaming a life of prescribed normalcy i see myself now, for six months caught between planets: loving a man i mean to spend my days with and a woman who dances on-stage for anyone who can afford cover. her repertoire of male voices, from pop to country, thrills because of an underlying forgery do you think i could write myself back into the hewn dimensions of any single space? home is the structure you build when nowhere else will have you





On visiting Schoolcraft Park for black folk in nature


now we know how the headwaters look: maddie dressed in a button down and nothing but knickers laughing laughing and springing forward, you realize. they can never look another way. can never eke out the difference in noise between a wild fox

The Thing to Fight For What was it like to be one of the flaming ones? To live in those days when kissing a man on the street could get you killed. Did they really only see straight people on the TV and magazine ads? How exciting it must be to march with banners flying, by thousands and more, demanding what everyone thinks, now, is so common. If they knew in olden days what all their efforts would lead to, would they have fought at all? We were not ordinary. That was the thing to fight for. MICHAEL KIESOW MOORE

and the rustle a stail hammock makes against the bark of a living tree (a living god) a cold one in noël’s hand. the way the singing sometimes the song of what you thought was elk. the elder you thought was song, each and every time the moon was caught up in its wide mouth, its violent wrinkle in time. we didn’t just bring plates to the headwaters expecting to eat; we didn’t just bring a hungry mouth expecting to talk too much. we couldn’t hope before this would be any better. we couldn’t find our hands from our hands at the ends of our wrists. Winona reminded us of the pleasure in hope. things we should know, we don’t. we smiled and she smiled and her radiant, tawny skin bespoke the future like lake water every day all year round. even sipping the way she walked. conduits flush with fire flickering eyelashes of almost bluelight. Something that after the youth just spilled, plenty, and upward and singing with constant heat with constant pony tail heat. constant revelation of the sun between us and her yellow sliding drawers her godself some citrine candle, completely proud and round and warm. this is the way it could be. finding halves of ourselves in sometimes hanging, sometimes wafting letters. this chest heavy night keeper came back once or twice. oh, how johnnay and adja would laugh. what if I told you this was a man made lake he said laughing again. and in quiet we are fire – hymn quiet and aware of each other. what if I told you this was a man made fire. That we could have the sun. LISA BRIMMER



Phillipe Cunningham EDUCATE HIS OWN WORDS

The Minneapolis city council member sits down with Twin Cities Pride Magazine to talk community, engagement, and finding a home in the 4th Ward. Photos by Brent Dundore (brentdundore.com) When I lived in Chicago, I lived on the North Side, near Boystown area, and I experienced a lot of racism from my neighbors, from people I lived around, from cops in the area. When I transitioned, I saw very clearly the change in behavior. Harassment increased. The animosity and resentment and assumptions and suspicions, I watched them grow. So when I moved here, I needed to be intentional about being around folks who share my experience and share my culture so that I don’t feel so isolated. I landed here, in North Minneapolis, and the 4th Ward specifically, purely by chance. But I would say a couple months in, I looked to my left, I looked to my right, and I’m like, “Oh my god, this is what home feels like.” The north side that people talk about is not the north side that I experience. You can ask anybody around here, and they’re like, “Oh, that reputation.” It’s such a great community. We know it’s so much more than that. It’s very interesting to watch progressives operate as people who govern. And to watch people who are progressives interact with the governing system. We need progressives to show up and be willing to work, building an inside-outside strategy. There’s talk—but people don’t walk the talk. Both within city hall and in the community, in ways that have been a little jarring to me. It’s like, can we get a little more energy? It’s about showing up. And not just showing up to complain, showing up to be part of the solution.



I’m trying to think about solutions and some people are focused on the system as an abstract idea. I’m actually here, looking at the system itself, and seeing areas where I can work and push and pull some strings and unravel that mess. I can’t do it alone. I would love folks to deepen their analysis to a more concrete place of how we take action. A lot of times progressives are like, “We got this, we have the answers, we’re really smart and educated.” But that plays into this paternalistic dynamic. We need to do better. I was raised in the cornfields of Illinois. I was raised in a predominantly white community, surrounded by a lot of racism. But here, in Minneapolis, it’s so insidious. It’s so pervasive. And it’s coded in politeness. It’s sugar-coated. Folks are stuck. There are people that say racism straight up doesn’t exist. And then there are [those who are] like “racism exists; I have white privilege,” and they’ve at least acknowledged it, but haven’t had the deeper conversation.

We, as a country, are not well equipped to talk about race or racism. There are folks of color who ebb and flow in this space of “Do I have the energy to walk folks through this process of awakening?” I would say that I need white folks, and cisgender folks, and straight folks—as a marginalized person—I need folks to have challenging conversations with people from their communities that don’t identify with me. Because it’s a lot of emotional labor to expect me and [council member] Andrea [Jenkins] to constantly be the people that are starting conversations and pulling people in. I love the job more than I expected. I knew I was going to enjoy the work, but I truly love it.

“A lot of times progressives are like, ‘We got this, we have the answers, we’re really smart and educated.’ But that plays into this paternalistic dynamic. We need to do better.”

Sleep is pretty important. Otherwise, I get pretty cranky. And nobody likes a cranky councilman. I’m also a vegan. I’m intentional about what I eat. I meditate every day. I do all




the things. I do a lot of spiritual rejuvenation, if you will, to keep up with the energy of it all.


If I’m going to be a successful leader in this time of political turmoil and social nebulousness of major changes in our social awareness and our society overall, then I have to operate with compassion. That’s how we do things differently. Rather than individualism, and “I’m here for my political gains,” I want to help set the model of what leadership looks like from a progressive vision. Compassion. Pragmatic. Intentional. Wonky. My personal work is cultivating mindfulness and presence. I want everyone to walk away from me feeling like they were really heard and cared for. We need to be doing the public health approach to public safety! That approach is looking at prevention, intervention, enforcement, and re-entry as a cycle of a person’s involvement in crime, and offering off-ramps along those ways for folks to be able to choose



alternative paths that don’t involve the criminal justice system. But all of these are still mechanisms of accountability. You don’t get a free pass, you need to do these things or you’ll be diverted right back to where you were diverted from. The research is just there. Prevention works. Intervention works. Re-entry works. Exclusively enforcement? Does. Not. Work. We still need good enforcement, but policing is a sliver of public safety. Unfortunately, due to just the dynamic of policing, and what it’s grown into today, it’s completely absorbed the conversation. Not all marginalization is created equal. I think that it’s necessary for folks to understand that if some of us are not safe, all of us are not safe. If some of us are experiencing injustice, all of us are experiencing injustice. Privilege creates blind spots. False equivalencies between the experiences of homophobia and racism. I can not

tell you how deeply that enrages me. I don’t usually get pissed off, but that makes me so mad! How do I explain that your pain is real, but it’s not the same as mine? And that your pain should inspire you to care about my pain and recognize they’re not the same? And also that we can acknowledge that and honor both experiences? I’m not reforming systems. I’m building new systems. I’m creating new processes that are filling gaps. The goal isn’t just to tweak things, but to have a clean, new perspective with all of us now at the table. Actually seeing that, and being able to push that, and seeing little by little the changes that happen, is helping to grow my confidence and optimism. I believe that all good things are possible. I genuinely believe that. With the right people, the right conversation, the right resources, and the right time. It’s a matter of getting up every day and doing my part.



You Want To Be Normal? EDUCATE

A Deaf Writer Reflects On “Disabled”


“Normal” implies a standard that one must meet in order to be accepted. Disability—and queerness, too—is a wonderful slap in the face of normality.

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I learned early on that I was to use my hearing aids and undergo speech therapy. Sign language was forbidden. I knew I was attracted to men, but I was afraid to tell anyone. I was a total wallflower with imperfect speech. I had grown up as the only Deaf person in a hearing family of nine children in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. When I arrived at Gallaudet University, though, I saw that I wasn’t the only Deaf gay person on campus. I came out and mastered American Sign Language (ASL). I felt as if sunshine had filled the shadows of my soul. I would become confident and accomplish a great many things, which I indeed have. Being fully Deaf and gay has freed me. The Deaf community (the word “Deaf,” when capitalized, refers to those who use Sign to communicate, and the lowercased “deaf” refers to those who subscribe to the medical view of hearing loss) have long resisted the label “disabled” because they want to be seen as a language minority, just like hearing communities who use languages other than English in this country. Yet deafness is about information inaccessibility in a hearing world. D/deaf people have varying communication needs—not all of us require ASL interpreters, captions, better lighting, and quieter environments. So what is my opinion of the label “disabled”? I certainly don’t think of myself as disabled, but as long as the hearing world insists on their kind of normalcy without providing me with full access, they have disabled me. Their fear of disability stems from the concept of “normal.” “Normal” implies a standard that one must meet in order to be accepted. The expectation

of “normality,” however defined by any religion or society, could be considered the root of all prejudice, including homophobia, ableism, racism, audism (oppression of D/deaf people), ageism, and so on. Disability—and queerness, too—is a wonderful slap in the face of normality. It is necessary to accept all that makes each of us defiantly unique or our community will weaken. And we must stop defining what is beautiful for others because too many of us have felt ugly for far too long. We can start by avoiding the concept of “normal” right now. Raymond Luczak is the author and editor of 19 books, including The Kinda Fella I Am: Stories (Reclamation Press: March 2018). He lives in Minneapolis.


Often folks are confused about how to change their language to include non-binary pronouns, or scared to even attempt it in case they get it wrong. We created something non-academic and non-confrontational (as well as entertaining) to read.

“Is that a joke?” asks a middle-aged man incredulously, pointing to a sign attached to the cash register that reads, Please use gender neutral pronouns when addressing our staff. Thanks for being a pal. It’s Sunday morning at 9am. I’ve been here since 6am. I have had three cups of cold coffee. I’ve had this conversation for four years now—with supportive friends, confused family, and belligerent strangers. It has not gotten easier and it’s the main reasons for writing a comic book on the topic. When I came out as genderqueer I wasn’t sure how to ask to use gender neutral pronouns, or what to say when they got it wrong. Tristan and I knew each other for years before this and so we learned how to navigate gender neutral pronouns at the same time. We originally made a zine about our experience and that zine grew into this comic. We provide examples, scripts, and reassurance to both non-binary folks as well as cisgender people learning to use they/them pronouns. Often folks are confused about how to change their language to include non-binary pronouns, or scared to even attempt it in case they get it wrong. We created something nonacademic and non-confrontational (as well as entertaining) to read. For people with no understanding of gender neutral pronouns,

this book is a great place to start. And for those of us who use gender neutral pronouns it’s a great alternative to a 9am conversation that you’re too tired to have. A Quick And Easy Guide To They/Them Pronouns By Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson is available on June 12. A book release party will be held at Moon Palace Books June 25.

Show Us Your Pronouns Visit any of the Pride Information booths in Loring Park and pick up a preferred pronoun sticker. Choose from he/him, she/her, they/ them, or write in your own!



A Culture of Visibility Queer, Trans Artists of Color on Creating New Spaces for Expression




As an indigiqueer writer and curator, visibility is at the heart of what I look for in content. Through its evolution, our local art scene has had its share of radically fueled movements, but has also hosted its share of political thoughtlessness. Its “strides” become less meaningful when they fail to inclusively represent and listen to the voices of marginalized members of the community—specifically queer, trans artists of color. I see the future of this community being put into question—closings of art spaces; lack of funding; the tragic burning of Robert’s Shoes, a DIY studio and art space home to many transgender, non-binary, people of color and womxn artists. And while it is important to examine these setbacks, that narrative is a distraction from experiencing the scene in its current, truest form. Perhaps the question is not what is happening to this QTPOCproduced art, but where is this art happening.



Zeam Porter

More importantly, how can we support it. These four local performers and organizers are actively reframing the narrative. They’re creating content based on the idea that the personal is not just political, but artistic, and are fostering a sustainable art scene through collaboration and DIY activism.

Zeam Porter is a genderqueer, black and Native poet/artist/activist, currently an ambassador for Patrick’s Cabaret and member of the Transgender Equity Council. “Things come to an end for better beginnings. I believe we are seeing a new generation of organizing occur that is unlike any other. I see DIY spaces growing and multiplying in both scale and magnitude. As organizations close, more artists are asking themselves if they need to engage in the nonprofit industrial complex or not. I believe this leaning into community can only help artistic endeavors flourish.

There is not just a sense of death but rebirth. Through the loss and the pain, people are gathering and creating. I can only hope a new culture is forming where we are not dependent upon grants and government funding for the arts to occur. Instead, nonprofit initiatives should supplement and depend on the DIYs.”

Madre Rosa is a Minneapolis-born, Cubanx DJ, curator, and scene maker. Madre is the co-founder of DJ-U, a workshop series and mentorship program, by and for femme/nonbinary people of color that teaches the basics of vinyl and digital DJing. “I think the future of the queer scene needs to be led by queer women/trans/femme POC. There are very few spaces locally that WTF and non-binary POC feel comfortable or safe, often these events can be closed to specific circles. There are even less which are not supported by liquor sales. I am personally focused on creat-

ing new and sustainable projects. After seeing what happened to Madame and Mothership, I vowed to never rely on the sales of alcohol within this community. Being a DJ comes with expectation; there is a lifestyle attached to it. We’re trying to change that. WTF/NB POC have a lot of untapped potential when it comes to DJing, but we often don’t have the support and funds to use DJ equipment. We believe that having visibility will change [the] DJ landscape worldwide.”

Xochi de la Luna is an agender, queer, firstgeneration Salvadorian/Mexican immigrant, multi-disciplinary artist. Xochi organizes the queer performance variety shows Mother Goose’s Bedtime Stories and Vector 9. “The natural process of the future queer art scene seems to be emphasizing that space isn’t just physical. Space is a time, an emotion, an

“There is not just a sense of death, but rebirth. Through the loss and the pain, people are gathering and creating. I can only hope a new culture is forming where we are not dependent upon grants and government funding for the arts to occur.”





Xochi de la Luna

atmosphere, wherever you feel comfortable opening up and sharing your work. As time goes on, we might see more independent collectives and theater companies working together to create space wherever they can. The future is a network of creatives who understand that creative scarcity is an illusion. There may be a push back from more established artists, companies and collectives, but it seems inevitable to me. Once on the same page, the lack of funding for the arts that exists now, may not be an issue if we all work together to really figure out how to allot grants, and other sponsorships.”

Marcel Michelle-Mobama is a producer, performer, director, choreographer, and curator, combining her experience as a black/latinx/queer/trans womxn with a passionate study of movement, theatre, burlesque, and improv. “The arts in Minneapolis are getting better but we as a society are getting worse. I am both incredibly optimistic and extraordinarily afraid. Obviously, I believe in progress and the power of the human experience or I wouldn’t do what I do, but I also wouldn’t do what I do if everything was okay. I feel in some ways like a medium-sized ripple preceding a slightly larger ripple. Visibility is definitely on the rise, and that is the initial avenue. Sustainability is difficult to talk about because you’re talking about the dismantling of the very systems that cause these closures and affects where funding goes. I work a lot on small scale which is exhausting but offers more freedom and room for joy I think than the larger, more restrained, if less frequent, events. I think a good model for now is the companies/venues/artists doing that kind of work, and direct patronage is so incredibly valuable and is being rediscovered all the time. It’s harder to enjoy art when it’s cramped and expensive. Or harder to get the message behind the glitz. Go to small shows; support your friends; tip, tip, tip. The future is DIY in a supported space.” 30



Twin Cities Pride Annual Report 2017 325,000




Attendees at All Pride Events

Musical Acts

Community Groups & Vendors







Pounds Trash & Recycling

Parade Units


Twin Cities Pride Fiscal Year 2017 REVENUE Grants, Donations, Sponsorships Program Revenue Interest Income Ticket/Merchandise Sales

$ 364,763 $ 424,137 $ 892 $ 91,935


$ 881,727


Twin Cities Pride 2019 June 22–23, 2019 Next year, instead of holding Twin Cities Pride on the final weekend in June, we will move it up one week, to accommodate those taking part in World Pride NYC 2019 (June 29-30, 2019), which will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and a half-century of LGBTQ+ progress in the U.S. 32


EXPENSES Program Expenses General Operating Expenses Fundraising Expenses

$ 764,715 $ 132,796 $ 14,753


$ 912,264

The Year In Pride 2018 EDUCATE Pride is more than just a festival and a parade in June! Twin Cities Pride is a yearround organization with two full-time staff members leading a community of dedicated volunteers. We sponsor and support events during every month of the year, from casual get-togethers to topical conferences and regional Pride festivals all over the state. Already this year, Pride has sponsored events like the Opportunity Conference, the Gaymer Space series at Glitch, and a Winter Family Fun Fest at the State Fairgrounds. Here are just a few of the events Pride is helping make possible in 2018.


JUNE 16 Pride Night with Minnesota Lynx at Target Center

JUNE 17 Family Fun Day at Como Park

JUNE 29 Pride Night with Minnesota United FC at U.S. Bank Stadium

JULY 9 Pride Night with Minnesota Twins at Target Field

MARCH 26–27 2018 Opportunity Conference Advancing LGBTQ Health (A Conference for Policy Makers and Practitioners)



JULY 27–29

2nd Annual Serious Moonlight Benefit Concert! (Fundraiser for Outfront Minnesota’s Youth and Schools Program)

North Star Gay Rodeo, Dead Broke Arena, Hugo

APRIL 13–15

Duluth Superior Pride Fest

Upper Midwest Queer and Trans Indigenous People and People of Color Conference


Pride in the Cities at Valleyfair



Mankato PrideFest

APRIL 19 Community Conversations: Substance Abuse

SEPTEMBER 15 St. Cloud Pride

MAY 10 Twin Cities Quorum 2018 Community Leadership Awards




Deaf LGBTQI and Allies Awards

BECAUSE conference



Social Science: Pride

Outfront Minnesota 2018 Gala

Quorum National Coming Out Day Luncheon



Community Resources EDUCATE RESOURCES These organizations do great work every day in our community. For more resources and to add your group to our online directory, visit www.tcpride.org.


Pride Institute is committed to providing LGBTQ people a safe place for recovery through evidence-based treatment for substance abuse, mental health, and sexual health. www.pride-institute.com

Family Equality Council


Connecting, supporting, and representing the three million LGBTQ parents in the U.S. and their 6 million children. Working to change attitudes and policies so that all families are respected. www.familyequality.org

OutFront Minnesota Creating a state where LGBTQ people are free to be who they are, love who they love, and live without fear of violence, harassment or discrimination. www.outfront.org

Twin Cities Quorum Minnesota’s LGBTQ and Allied Chamber of Commerce. Quorum builds, connects, and strengthens the business community through networking, education, and certification events. www.twincitiesquorum.com

CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY Latitudes, St. Paul Designed to meet specific LGBTQ substance abuse and mental health needs through a full spectrum of evidence-based treatment. www.meridianprograms.com/program/ latitudes-lgbt

Minnesota Recovery Connection Serving the seven-county Metro area and supporting recovery communities in St. Cloud and Duluth, its mission is to strengthen the recovery community through peer-to-peer support, public education, and advocacy. www.minnesotarecovery.org 34


Pride Institute

Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP) 501(c)(3) committed to building the bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and unlabeled (bi+) community through regular events and the yearly national BECAUSE conference. www.bisexualorganizingproject.org

Gay for Good Twin Cities Supporting goodwill and understanding between the LGBTQ and greater city communities through regular collaborative volunteer service projects. www.gayforgood.org

Imperial Court of MN Local chapter of the International Court System, whose focus is to build a better community through volunteer work, community outreach, and fundraising. www.impcourtmn.com

Lesbians Out in the Twin Cities The most active Meetup group for lesbians in the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota. Come out, get active, make some new friends, and perhaps meet someone special. www.meetup.com/ Lesbians-Out-in-the-Twin-Cities/

Minnesota Leather Pride Building alliances among individuals and groups within the leather/kink/BDSM communities, offering opportunities for education, social interaction, visibility, activism, and community service. www.mnleatherpride.org


North Star Gay Rodeo Association


Live rodeo competition, including rough stock, horse, roping, and/or “camp” events, with a special passion for country and Western dance socials. www.nsgra.org

One Voice Mixed Chorus Minnesota’s largest LGBT and straight allies community chorus. Inspiring transformation through creative performances, Outreach Tours, and their pioneering OUT in Our Schools program. www.ovmc.org

PFLAG Twin Cities Parents, friends, family, and allies of lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual persons, promoting health and well-being, family and friend support, education, and advocacy to end discrimination. www.pflagtc.com



DEAF, DEAFBLIND, AND HARD OF HEARING ASLIS Providing on-site sign language interpreters for Deaf, DeafBlind, hard of hearing, and hearing individuals throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and western Wisconsin, and Video Remote Interpreting for both ASL and spoken language. aslis.com

Deaf Equity Working to advance equity and access for diverse communities of Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing people through education, civic engagement, empowerment, and advocacy. www.facebook.com/deafequity

Keystone Interpreting Solutions (KIS) Deaf-owned KIS provides on-site or video remote interpreting, and their Deaf-centered approach streamlines access for all communication participants. www.kisasl.com



The Aliveness Project

Family Tree Clinic

Founded (and driven by) people living with HIV, facilitating connection to community, offering nutrition and wellness services, and linking members to resources to lead fulfilling and healthy lives. www.aliveness.org

Cultivating a healthy community through comprehensive sexual health care and education. The clinic offers community education programs and services for those fighting barriers like poverty, oppression, lack of access, and discrimination. www.familytreeclinic.org

Rural AIDS Action Network Leading rural Minnesota in the fight to stop HIV through a broad array of client services, risk reduction, advocacy, and awareness. Providing counseling, medical services, case management, and more to clients in 80 counties outside the Metro area. www.raan.org.

U of M Youth and AIDS Projects (YAP) Preventing transmission of HIV to and from high-risk youth through developmentally appropriate, culturally competent, coordinated, and family-centered care. www.yapmn.com

JustUs Health Rainbow Health Initiative and Minnesota AIDS Project have joined force. JustUs Health envisions a Minnesota where diverse gender, sexual, and cultural communities experience health and wellness in powerfully inclusive environments. www.justushealth.mn

MN Transgender Health Coalition Committed to improving health care quality




and access for trans and gender nonconforming people. Offering free services like a shot clinic, monthly HIV testing, support groups, and a food shelf. www.mntranshealth.org


MN LGBTQ Caregiver’s Group A group for Minnesota LGBTQ caregivers who are taking care of their partners, the elderly, and/or persons with disabilities. www.facebook.com/lgbtqcaregiving

ONLINE MEDIA The Column A nonprofit media organization formed in 2009 under the fiscal sponsorship of Springboard for the Arts. They are committed to “telling the stories of LGBT Minnesota, one voice at a time.” www.thecolu.mn

Twin Cities Gay Scene With online publications, e-newsletters, and broad coverage of local community events,

Twin Cities Gay Scene serves as the go-to LGBTQ+ source for the mobile generation. www.twincitiesgayscene.com

WORSHIP Institute for Welcoming Resources To facilitate a paradigm shift whereby churches become welcoming and affirming of all congregants regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. For a map and list of LGBTQ+ friendly places of worship, visit www.welcomingresources.org

YOUTH Avenues for Homeless Youth Emergency shelter, short-term housing, and supportive services for homeless youth. Helping youth achieve their goals and make a positive transition into young adulthood. www.avenuesforyouth.org

Twin Cities Pride is a nonprofit organization that relies on volunteers and donors to operate.

THANK YOU to all our volunteers, especially our year-round staff! Without you, our work simply would not be possible.

There’s still time to volunteer for this year’s festival! Contact us at






Pronounced “glisten,” the group works for every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. www.glsen.org

Dedicated to creating safe and supportive schools for LGBTQ students, families, teachers, and staff, offering support to the community through outreach events and school and district level resources. www.osfce.mpls.k12. mn.us/out4good.

RECLAIM! Working to change the landscape of access to mental health support so that queer and trans youth (ages 13–25) may reclaim their lives from oppression in all its forms. reclaim.care

Transforming Families

One Heartland

The Trevor Project

Creating life-changing camp experiences for youth facing social isolation, intolerance, or significant health challenges, where they can feel free of stigma and discrimination. www.oneheartland.org

The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning young people under the age of 25. www.thetrevorproject.org.

A community where transgender, gender non-conforming, and questioning youth and their families come together to support each other in a safe, welcoming space. tffmn.org









THE FESTIVAL Is there a cost? The Twin Cities Pride festival will always be free of charge. How old do you have to be? We invite all ages to celebrate with us. When is Loring Park open? Saturday, June 23 from 10am-10pm and Sunday, June 24, 10am-6pm.

GETTING THERE Where is accessible parking located? There is a full list of accessible accommodations on page 44. What about transit passes? Metro Transit is offering free passes for Sunday. There’s a link in the transportation page at www.tcpride.org. Is the pedestrian bridge to the Sculpture Garden closed? Yes. We will have traffic police posted at the intersection of Hennepin/Lyndale avenues and 15th Street to ensure people can cross safely. Where can I lock up my bicycle? The horseshoe courts in the southwest corner of the park have a bike check and valet presented by Allina. Can I take a Nice Ride to/from the park? There will be guaranteed docking and availability at the Nice Ride docking station on 15th Street. Are there ride sharing pick-up areas? Both Uber and Lyft will arrive at two designated points: In the cul-de-sac where Willow Street meets Yale Place, and on the south side of the park on 15th Street.



Where can I park my car? The MCTC lots are $5 both days (but on Sunday make sure to arrive well before the parade). You can also search for reservable parking spots on the new Parking Panda app.

IN THE PARK Is there Wi-Fi in the park? Comcast is providing free Wi-Fi this year. Can I bring my dog? We won’t turn them away, but keep in mind we expect a crowd of thousands on what’s likely to be a very warm summer weekend. Your pup might be more comfortable in the A/C at home. Do the artists/performers in the park get paid? They do, thanks to the Minnesota State Arts Board. Where is a list of vendors? We’ll be handing out fliers in the park with a detailed map of all the booths and vendors. Can I get the stage schedules on my phone? We have an app! “Twin Cities Pride” is available to download on iOS and Android. Can I volunteer? We’d love your help! Please contact us at tcpride.org. What time does Pride In Concert begin? Saturday, June 23 at 6pm (and remember, it’s a ticketed, 18+ event). Some booths will remain open during the concert. What time do the fireworks start? After the concert is over, around 10pm.





Accessibility at Pride CELEBRATE ACCESS FOR ALL

Every year, Twin Cities Pride works hard to make the festival and parade accessible to people of all abilities. A few things to know in advance:


Handicap street parking is available on 15th Street, and van-accessible handicap parking is on Harmon Place. • If you’re arriving to Loring Park with Metro Mobility, tell your driver to arrive at the intersection of Grant and Willow.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS • There are paved paths throughout Loring PHOTO BY STEPHANIE GLAROS

• •

Park and most vendors are set up at the edge of the paths with ADA ramps obscuring any wires and cables. Accessible port-a-potties are stationed throughout the park. Wheelchair charging stations are located at Vendor Central (green zone) by the park entrance off Grant and Willow. During Pride in Concert on Saturday, June 23, a wheelchair platform is available and connected to the paved path. The paved food court is in the purple zone. Be advised: the Beer Garden is on grass and is not paved.

DEAF/HARD-OF-HEARING • ASL Interpreters will be provided Saturday and Sunday for performances on the Loring Stage and Stonewall Stage, as well as during Pride In Concert on Saturday evening and on the grandstand during the parade on Sunday. • If you would like an interpreter for any performance on the P2P or Rainbow Stage, please contact tcprideinterpreters2018@gmail.com ASAP. • During the festival, you can text any ASL interpreting needs or concerns to Jessalyn Akerman-Frank at 651-403-9431.

SPECIAL USE FACILITIES • The Autism Society of Minnesota’s Escape Space tent is between the pond and formal gardens in the yellow zone. Questions about accessibility at Pride? Contact Kris Ouellette at Kris.Ouellette@ tcpride.org.

Stage Schedule CELEBRATE

Saturday, June 23


Numbers denote page with performer information






Barb Barb

Alotta Shots

Martina Marraccino



Freedom Jazz 51

Chase Vibe 50


12:15pm 12:30pm

Ellis Perez 51

12:45pm 1:00pm

All God’s Children Music Ministry 52

Flaw’Lyss 51 Imperial Court MN 52


Kalayah Jones 52


Sawyer’s Dream 55


Blacc Phoenix 50


Modern Era 53


Hot Pink Hangover 51


Dragged Out 51


Old Desert Road 54


NightStones 54

The Von Tramps 55

3:15pm 3:30pm

Wat Thai of Minnesota 55


Fusion Cabaret 51

Kool Breed 52

BJ Armarni’s Cabaret 50

RARE Showcase 54

Kasano and the Vybes 52

4:00pm 4:15pm

Snailmate 55


G’Beau and Ivy League 51

4:45pm 5:00pm

The Big Fat Comedy Hour 50


Clothing Optional Cabaret 50

5:30pm 5:45pm 6:00pm




Brandy 56 The Vigilantease Collective


12:00–3:00pm 55

Jamecia Bennett



BEER GARDEN DJS DJ Mixie 50 DJ Naughty Boyy 50

Stage Schedule CELEBRATE

Sunday, June 24


Numbers denote page with performer information






Gosh Alice Jones

Alotta Shots

Martina Marraccino



Lioness 55

Theyself 55

Allota Shots 50

Jeffery Goodson 52

Melody Mendis 52

12:15pm 12:30pm 12:45pm

Lady Lark 52


Timisarocker 55


niiice. 53

1:30pm 1:45pm



Oblivia Nukem Jun 54

The means. 55

Ali Rood 50

2:15pm 2:30pm

Rosie Bottoms 54


Abisha Uhl 50


Mae Simpson 52

Dua 51


#DragRevolution 51


Niki Becker 54

3:45pm 4:00pm

Rebel Queens 54

Mayda Miller 52


Dave Sandersfeld 50


Silver Slipper Productions 55

4:45pm 5:00pm 5:15pm

Roxxy Hall Band 54

MN Opera—Fellow Travelers 53

5:30pm 5:45pm 6:00pm

NSGRA TENT PERFORMANCES 1:00–1:45pm 2:30–3:30pm


Saddle Sores



12:00–3:00pm 3:00–6:00pm

BEER GARDEN DJS Randy DJ 54 The Insomniac 55

RARE Showcase 54

Performer Directory CELEBRATE PERFORMERS Abisha Uhl

Barb Barb

Abisha Uhl, who founded and fronted Minneapolis-based female band Sick of Sarah since 2005, has recently begun a new solo career.

Commonly referred to as Everyone’s Favorite Neighbor, Barb Barb is the gal next door, the one you want to tell everything to, and hope she keeps it to herself!

Ali Rood A gifted entertainer with a lovely voice, Ali Rood offers acoustic originals full of passion, longing, and reality.

BJ Armani’s Cabaret

All God’s Children Music Ministry

Born in St. Louis and raised in Minnesota, Blacc Phoenix is a solo rapper, dancer, and songwriter.

The All God’s Children Metropolitan Community Church Praise Team performs both sacred, secular, pop, and jazz music. They have performed at TC Pride for over 16 years.

Allota Shots A comedic drag queen who loves interacting with people while making them laugh, Allota Shots performs frequently in the Twin Cities and around the Midwest.


DJ Naughty Boyy

Drag Kings and Queens of all walks and types.

Blacc Phoenix

Chase Vibe Chase Vibe is a North Minneapolis-based hip-hop artist who focuses on combining lyricism and storytelling with atmospheric instrumentation that ranges from mysterious and inviting to high-energy.

Clothing Optional Cabaret (formerly known as Ass N Sass Cabaret) A Minneapolis-based performance company known for their scintillating, sizzling spectacles. They will delight you with their dance, drag, singing, and burlesque.

Dave Sandersfeld The songwriter’s latest EP (Feb. ’17), sees Sandersfeld going back to the beginning, penning five sincere and humble songs, brimming with emotional flourishes and a confessional style.

Deonte September On a mission to provide a powerful message encouraging individuals to love and accept themselves while providing facts that show everyone is beautiful and important.

DJ Mixie A gender-fluid multimedia artist spinning pri50


marily vinyl, DJ Mixie gets people moving on the dance floor with a mix of soul, funk, gospel, disco, electro, hip-hop, and more. They enjoy creating from love and activism to open eyes, making people dance and feel emotion.

DJ Naughty Boyy DJ Naughty Boyy is a musical instigator of misbehavior. Catch him spinning as the resident DJ at The Saloon in downtown Minneapolis, where he’s known for his versatility, but loved for his hip-hop/R&B/old school and deep house sets.

Freedom Jazz! Freedom Jazz! is a 20-piece big band jazz ensemble, committed to presenting quality performances, providing opportunities for our members to improve musicianship, and gathering to build relationships.

Fusion Cabaret Presents: Proud from the Cloud Fusion Cabaret is a small drag troupe formed in 2014 based out of St. Cloud, Minnesota with eclectic style and a fun atmosphere. PHOTO BY ASHLEY BERRY PHOTOGRAPHY

Dua Dua is a multidisciplinary artist based in Minneapolis with a haunting afro-diasporic sound.

#DragRevoultion Directed by Victoria DeVille, featuring Crystal Belle (Miss Lush 2017), Roxy Marquis, Genevee Ramona Love, Kamaree Williams, Loring Mitchell, Damien D’Luxe, Laydee Swallows and Nocturna Lee Mission.

Dragged Out With one of the most diverse casts of performers in the Midwest, Dragged Out represents all of the GLBT community. Made up mostly of kings, they also bring in queens, burlesque, and a wide variety of performances. No matter how far out they go, the Town House Bar is their home.

Ellis Perez Ellis Perez is a local queer/trans/latinx poet who performs work dealing with themes of race, gender, and sexuality.

Flaw’Lyss Alyssa Ann Desantis a.k.a “Flaw’Lyss” was raised on the south side of Minneapolis. Check out her laid-back, straight-to-the-point rapping style on her upcoming fourth mixtape “T.G.I.F (Thank.God.I’m.Flaw’Lyss).”

FLOWTUS A crunchy-blues, four-piece female musical supergroup, consisting of the sumptuous, sapphic, and sensual Janani Logendran, Angie Lynch, Katya Haskina, and Melissa Tangye.

Dragged Out

G’beau & Ivy League A group made up of musicians from across the globe that like to play authentic music and make you dance.

Gosh Alice Jones A Minnesota drag queen who uses wit, wisdom, and wackiness to spread a message of unconditional love. Join Gosh Alice Jones and a cast of thousands on Sunday at the Loring Stage as they celebrate equality, relationships, and being single.

Hot Pink Hangover Hot Pink Hangover is a dynamite cupcake. As if the Foo Fighters and Green Day had a daughter, they’re “Painting the Town Pink,” so be sure to take a bite of this explosive treat.




Imperial Court of Minnesota


The local chapter of the International Court System, one of the oldest and largest LGBT organizations in the world, whose focus is to build a better community through volunteer work and community outreach with an emphasis on fundraising.

Best known for appearing on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (Season 2 and All Stars), Jujubee is an international performer and activist for gay, human, and animal rights. She will appear in the second season of “RuPaul’s Drag U,” airing June 20.

Jamecia Bennett

Kalayah Jones

In the words of this Minneapolis-based stage actress and singer, “I make and sing music to heal the soul.” Bennett is the newest lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning Sounds Of Blackness and runs Minnesota Movement, a platform for up-and-coming artists.

This 16-year-old is a rising star in hippop, and is currently featured on “Shoulda Known,” the new single by Niakay from Lifetime TV’s “The Rap Game.”

Jeffery Goodson For years, folk rock singer-songwriter Jeffery Goodson couldn’t figure out exactly where he and his music fit, but ultimately, he realized that it doesn’t have to fit exactly anywhere except to be exactly what it is. Original songs and covers.

KASANO & THE VYBES Grab some funk and soul, rhythm and blues, and a tablespoon of life. Mix them together and you’ve got a taste of KASANO & THE VYBES: bone-shaking music infused with a Twin Cities vibe.

Kool Breed Kool Breed is composed of songwriter DJ Show and guitarist Jake Roos.

Lady Lark Kalayah Jones

Lady Lark is a Minneapolis artist reviving a sound that echoes 20 years of pop, soul, and funk music. 89.3 The Current has called her, “a pop/soul star to be.”

Mae Simpson Mae Simpson is a band focused on bringing raw musical power back to the scene. Soul, funk, and folk meet in the middle to make people get up and dance!

Martina Marraccino Martina has performed for 15 years in Detroit, New York, New Orleans, Toledo and more including the last 12 in Minnesota. Host and producer of GLAM Boylesque, Show Off, and Queer Circus. PHOTO BY VIZION, VTF VIDEO

Mayda Miller Mayda Miller is a rock god who plays a variety of cover and original music.

Melody Mendis An inspired and versatile vocalist, voice instructor and voice-over actress, Melody Mendis performs a tremendous range of music 52



including jazz, R&B, pop, blues, and international, and effortlessly soars through her entire range and belts with extreme athleticism.

The Modern Era

Minnesota Opera: “Fellow Travelers Unveiled” Minnesota Opera presents this story of forbidden love in ’50s-era Washington. Also see Events Calendar (pg. 56) for the full performance at the Cowles Center in the weeks before Pride.

The Modern Era The Modern Era is an independent rock band that has an aggressive tone that takes rock music head on from all angles. The members come from scattered parts of Minnesota and came together in Minneapolis to form a group that has intentions to shake the foundation of rock music.

niiice. niiice. is a punk/emo band from St. Paul. They





formed in 2016, have released an EP, and are getting ready to release their first LP.


The Lioness

NightStones NightStones are a young group of five altrockers based out of Minneapolis. Their tunes hit on themes of loneliness, love, and coming of age, with added influences from R&B and synthwave.

Niki Becker Niki Becker’s garage pop is filled with intricate harmonies, textured guitars and powerful drums that color her playful, yet honest lyrics and haunting vocals.

NSGRA The North Star Gay Rodeo Association became a nonprofit and member of the International Gay Rodeo Association in 1990. They’ll perform a drag show on the Stonewall Stage, and make sure to check out their dance tent in the red zone.

Oblivia Nukem Jun With a penchant for horror-inspired looks, Oblivia Nukem Jun is the drag queen of your most fabulous nightmares, or as her Instagram bio reads, “The salt of Satan in the wounds of Christ.”

Old Desert Road Old Desert Road is an indie folk-rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota formed in 2013. Love Life Live Long.

Randy DJ Randy DJ uses 13 years of professional DJ experience to get everyone feeling, dancey, trancey, groovy, and maybe a little funky, with peaks and valleys, head-nodding, “holy crap, what is this song,” sonic layering.

RARE Showcase RARE Productions has been instrumental in programming content for Pride’s Power 2 The People Stage since its inception. RARE works to create visibility and opportunities for artists of color, especially queer and trans artists, by seeking to unite communities and families in healing relationships and bridging cultural gaps via the vast mediums of art. 54


Rebel Queens Established in 2011, Rebel Queens is a highenergy, all-female rock ’n’ roll band based in Minneapolis and performing classic rock covers and original music.

Rosie Bottoms Rosie Bottoms is an up-and-coming drag queen in the Twin Cities, captivating audiences for only two years, and eager for what the future holds. Rosie is excited to perform at Pride again this year, because she has a few things up her sleeve that you do not want to miss.

Roxxy Hall Band This eight-piece, all-female rock-n-soul band is based in Minneapolis. Roxxy has been a fixture on the Minneapolis music scene since the ’80s, and you’ll dance every time you get the chance to their great grooves and memorable melodies.

Saddle Sores

The Vigilantease Collective

The Minneapolis-based Saddle Sores play classic country music from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. The classic country cover band is a dance community favorite and a multi-generational crowd pleaser.

The VIGILANTEASE is a collective of fierce, independent and radical multi-genre performers banding together to create art (and life) by their own rules.

Sawyer’s Dream Upbeat, earthy and positive, focusing on themes of love, life, dreams, the natural, and the supernatural, this daydream trip is an echo of the past and a glimmer of hope for the new day.

THE VON TRAMPS are an original rock band formed in the icy streets of Minneapolis, fronted by the power duo of vocalist/guitarist Jenna Enemy and guitarist Chelsea Oxbourough.



Quinn Villagomez aka SHIMMER is a broadcast journalist, host, and MC. Shimmer cohosts RARE on KFAI Radio’s Fresh Fruit—the nation’s longest running LGBT radio program.

Theyself is alt-Americana from the North country. Their stompin’ beats are woven with indie pop hooks and soulful blues.

Silver Slipper Productions

Timisarocker, the upbeat and extremely energetic rock band, is the brainchild of Atlanta-native Tim Dooley, with a dramatic performance style commonly compared to Prince and upbeat songs that comment on the current climate of youth culture.

The premier boylesque troupe of the Twin Cities.

Snailmate Snailmate is a full time touring band from Phoenix, Arizona. Traveling the country playing music for over three years, Snailmate is just getting the party started.

The Big Fat Comedy Hour Sarah McPeck is a local Minneapolis comedian, an instructor at The Brave New Workshop, and the host and producer of the hit comedy show “The Big Fat Comedy Hour” at LUSH.

The Von Tramps

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Wat Thai of Minnesota Wat Thai of MN is a Thai cultural group that performs traditional and modern Thai folk dances, with a fashion show of classical Thai and dramatic character gowns. PHOTO COURTESY OF THEYSELF


The Insomniac The Insomniac developed a broad appreciation of music, turning her into a serious music eclectic at an early age. Now based in Minneapolis, she shares music as a full-time DJ, having featured at venues including First Avenue, LUSH, HONEY, and Mill City Nights.

The Lioness The Lioness was born and raised in Minneapolis, with artistry that draws inspiration from the likes of Ms. Lauryn Hill and Queen Latifah.

The means. The means. is the greatest struggle rapper alive. THE OFFICIAL 2018 TWIN CITIES PRIDE MAGAZINE



Events Calendar


SATURDAY, JUNE 23 Pride in Concert Loring Park, Minneapolis • 5pm–10pm • Advance tickets $25 GA (18+), $99 VIP (21+) Platinum-selling recording artist Brandy headlines this year’s Pride in Concert in Loring Park, also featuring Jujubee, The Vigilantease Collective, and Jamecia Bennett, with fireworks to follow at 10pm. Learn more at www.tcpride.org/ pride-in-concert.



THURSDAY, JUNE 14 TART Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 West Lake Street, Minneapolis • 7pm, shows June 14, 15, and 16 • $14 in advance, $18 at the door TART, the gayest club in town, is in trouble as its drag family is under siege by the moral crusader Tartuffe. Now this family of friends, lovers, and drag performers unite to save one of their own. This dazzling adaptation of Molière’s iconic “Tartuffe” is filled with rhyming couplets, slapstick, and drag numbers. Buy tickets online at www.bryantlakebowl.com

Pride Night at Social Science Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 West Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul • 6pm–10pm • $15 members, $19 nonmembers (21+ ID required) Have a ball with your local queer community organizations and advocates. Join in activities that will encourage you to work and laugh

together while you explore the science of sexuality, drag, rainbows and refraction, and more. All are welcome! Learn more at www. smm.org/pride

SATURDAY, JUNE 16 Fellow Travelers The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis • June 16, 19, 21, 23, and 26 at 7:30pm; June 17 at 2pm • Ticket prices vary The story of a forbidden love affair in 1950s McCarthy-era Washington, D.C., “Fellow Travelers” is a searing opera infused with political drama, unexpected humor, and sincere heartbreak. As internal investigations focus on removing “sexual subversives” in the government, two men find it increasingly dangerous to navigate their double lives. Learn more at www.mnopera.org.







Pride Night at the Lynx

Pride Night at Music in the Zoo—Xavier Rudd

Target Center, 600 1st Ave N., Minneapolis • 7pm–10pm • Tickets from $25

Minnesota Zoo–Weesner Family Amphitheater, 13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley • Show starts at 7:30pm • $47.50 VIP Box, $35 Reserved Seats

Join the four-time WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx at Target Center for Pride Night, when they take on the New York Liberty. Those with the exclusive Pride Night tickets will also have access to the pregame Pride Night celebration. Learn more at www. lynx.wnba.com/pride.



Pride Family Fun Day

#BeerforBetter with Twin Cities Pride

Como Park East Pavilions, 1199 Midway Parkway, St. Paul • 11am–2pm • Free

Lakes and Legends Brewing Company • 6pm–10pm • Free

It’ll be a “Sunday Funday” at this summer’s afternoon picnic with the Pride family. Come enjoy free hot dogs, corn on the cob, chips, and beverages. Learn more at www.tcpride.org.

Mondo Queer Beach Party Lake Nokomis 50th Street Beach, 5000 Nokomis Ave., Minneapolis • 12pm–5pm • Free Hosted by Little Rainbows and Gender Jam, both queer and transgender people of all ages are welcome to join in the beach bash happening at the 50th Street Beach on the east side of Lake Nokomis. Food is included, and there may or may not be a sand volleyball court hosting a queer/trans recreation of the famous “Top Gun” scene (soundtrack and all). Learn more at www.facebook.com/ events/688800314661579/.

7th Annual Queer Prom MPLS Minnsky Theater, 1517 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis • 7pm– 11pm • $10 in advance Wear what you want, be who you are—it’s time for prom. Dazzling the night will be host Marcel Michelle Mobama, as well as DJ Ari Atari with the night’s playlist, a prom photo booth, and extra special performances. Learn more at www.brownpapertickets.com/ event/3423090.



Australian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, surfer, and activist Xavier Rudd will be at the Minnesota Zoo’s Weesner Family Amphitheater for a special, one-night performance. Learn more at www.suemclean.com/ events/xavier-rudd.

Start your Pride weekend on Thursday at Loring Park’s neighborhood brewery Lakes & Legends for #BeerforBetter, supporting Twin Cities Pride. Lakes & Legends will donate a portion of sales on every Great Wit North, Marigold, and Barncat IPA sold that day. Twin Cities Pride will be on hand to speak about their organization and answer questions.

Third Thursday: Pride Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 S 3rd Ave, Minneapolis • 6pm–9pm • Free Head to Mia for drinks and revelry at Third Thursday with Pride. Make your own Pride flag for the parade, check out the TPT documentary “Out North” and chat with director Daniel Bergin, take a few snaps in the Pridethemed photo booth, and enjoy the music by DJ KEEZY, plus pop-up drag performances by Julia Starr and Tygra Trinity Slarii curated by Flip Phone. More online at the Eventbrite page.



FRIDAY, JUNE 22 Beer Dabbler at Twin Cities Pride Loring Park, Minneapolis • 5:30–9:30pm • $50 in advance, $20 DD The Beer Dabbler is back at Pride for a seventh year of sampling the best craft beer and cider in Minnesota. Fifty local breweries will pour special one-off beers to the sounds of Apollo Cobra, 4th Curtis, and DJ Shiek. Find more information and buy tickets online at beerdabbler.com.

Queerly Beloved Sober Dance Party St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 519 Oak Grove St, Minneapolis • 8:30pm • Suggested donation of $5–$10 The Queerly Beloved Sober Dance Party will take place in the church’s parking lot adjacent to Loring Park. The playlists will be comprised of LGBTQ+ artists. Bring your best moves and come dance it out for a good cause. (All donations to St. Mark’s throughout the weekend directly benefit LGBTQ+ homeless youth.) Substance-free drinks and snacks provided. Co-hosted with Out & Sober, Pride Institute, Thrivent Financial, and others.

Grown And Sexy PRIDE VIII First Avenue Mainroom, 701 North First Ave., Minneapolis • 9pm–2am • $15 (18+) DJ Shannon Blowtorch and Sweetpea present the most epic dance party of Pride weekend, this year featuring Dykes Do Drag, The Vigilantease Collective, Ladies of La Femme, BRKFST, Dragged Out, New Black City, TRANScendance, Antic Studios, and Butch Charming. Get your tickets online at first-avenue.com.

SATURDAY, JUNE 23 Get Lit and Let Go: Teen Self-Care for our Queens in Training New Rules Event Center, 2015 North Lowry Ave., Minneapolis • 8pm–8am • Free Presented by HerSiliency and The Zen Bin, this event celebrates young queens, ages 15-18 years old. At this lock-in celebration,



there will be discussions on topics ranging from breaking trauma cycles to holistic healing. After the workshop, get in on the fun with DIY facials, henna tattoos, photo booths, and more. Learn more at HerSilincey’s page: www. facebook.com/restyourcape.

Grrrl Scout presents: Summer Camp 2018 The Cabooze, 917 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis • 9pm–2am • $15 (21+) Join Grrrl Scout for their fifth annual Pride “Summer Camp” event. The entertainment lineup includes live screen-printing, a “Sparkle Station,” games on the patio, beach volleyball, multiple performances, and much more. Learn more at www.grrrlscout.com/events.

SUNDAY, JUNE 24 Rainbow Run 5K From Boom Island to Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis • Race starts at 9:30am • $35 Now in its seventh year, the Rainbow Run (prior to the Parade) is a 5K that supports the annual Pride celebration. On your marks, get set, and start at Boom Island; the last mile is along the Parade Route. All runners (ages 21+) get a free beer at the Twin Cities Pride Festival Beer Garden after the run. Register at www.tcpride.org/rainbow-run-5k.

Ashley Rukes Pride Parade Hennepin Ave. from North 3rd Street to 16th Street, Minneapolis • Starts at 11am • Free The annual Ashley Rukes Pride Parade is back, rolling through downtown Minneapolis. See page 62 for the route and list of FAQs.

Pride Crawl Various locations, Minneapolis • 2pm–midnight • Presale tickets starting at $10 Entertainment Factory MN presents Minneapolis’ official Pride weekend bar crawl. Check in at the park off 15th Street and enjoy party bus transportation all night between the participating locations. Your ticket includes two free drinks, free covers, food and drink specials, and more. Full details on the Facebook event page. Buy your tickets in advance on Eventbrite.


Ashley Rukes Pride Parade FAQ


“In the past several years we’ve organized ourselves, we set ourselves all down, in paper we know who one another are. We are meeting one another now. I love this... I just love to introduce people and get people going.” ASHLEY ANN RUKES From a 1993 interview with the Minnesota Historical Society’s Twin Cities Gay and Lesbian Oral History Project 62


When does the parade start? 11am on Sunday, June 24, 2018. When will Hennepin Avenue be closed? Starting at 9am for the Rainbow Run 5K. I’m in the parade. Where do I check in? At the corner of 3rd and Hennepin. Floats and marchers will be staged on 3rd Street beginning at 8:30am. Where can I fill my water bottle? MPLS Tap has set up drinking water stations outside Brave New Workshop (824 Hennepin) and the Mayo Clinic Square (600 Hennepin). Who is marching in the parade? One more reason to consult our mobile app! Download “Twin Cities Pride 2018” for iOS and Android for the full list of marchers.

Is there any bleacher seating available? There was ticketed seating on the bleachers outside of Rock Bottom Brewing and the Cowles Center. It’s unlikely any tickets remain, but you can check the links at www.tcpride.org ➡ 2018 Pride ➡ Parade. Who is Ashley Rukes? A transgender woman and a leading figure in the Twin Cities LGBTQ+ community in the 1980s and ’90s, Rukes was director of the Twin Cities Pride Festival and the Gay and Lesbian Community Action Council, which would later change its name to OutFront Minnesota. Who are this year’s parade honorees? The Grand Marshal is Lisa Vecoli. JeanNickolaus Tretter, Fresh Fruit Radio, and Health Partners will also be honored as Champions of Pride.

Thank You To Our Sponsors By partnering with Twin Cities Pride, these organizations allow LGBTQ+ employees to celebrate their diversity and ability to be their authentic selves in the workplace. Sponsors also help us keep the Festival free for all to attend. Please join us in thanking them for their support.


GRAND MARSHAL RECEPTION JUNE 6 RBC Wealth Management Cambria Studios on 7th Food Gallery Catering

FAMILY FUN DAY AT COMO PARK JUNE 17 Sunrise Banks Land O’ Lakes Whole Foods Johnson and Johnson/Care with Pride The Urgency Room

PRIDE FESTIVAL JUNE 23-24 Delta Airlines Target White Bear Mitsubishi AARP Comcast/Xfinity Wells Fargo Bud Light Metro Transit UPS Atomic Data Implex/dataride Software for Good Fanfare Attractions Uber

Lyft Trinchero Wines HRC Allina Pride Radio iHeart Radio MPLS Tap

RAINBOW RUN 5K JUNE 24 Mall of America Great River Energy Anderson Race Management United Health Group Pride Radio iHeart Radio

ASHLEY RUKES GLBT PRIDE PARADE JUNE 24 Delta Airlines Best Buy Target U.S. Bank General Mills Planned Parenthood Nordstrom Rock Bottom Brewery MPLS Tap

MEDIA PARTNERS Twin Cities Gay Scene Pride Radio iHeart Radio





MINNESOTA ORGANIZATION ON FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME MOFAS supports the fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) community including those impacted by this disability and those growing their families. WWW.MOFAS.ORG • 651.917.2370

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BISEXUAL ORGANIZING PROJECT (BOP) Bisexual Organizing Project is committed to build, serve and advocate for an empowered bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and unlabeled (bi+) community to promote social justice.

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MINNESOTA RECONCILING CONGREGATIONS 28 United Methodist Churches in MN working to include LGBTQI.

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MOSHIER LAW OFFICE, PLLC Becky A. Moshier—27 years experience in our community, handling Bankruptcy, Family Law, Criminal, Traffic, and Wills. MOSHIERBANKRUPTCYLAW.COM • 651.645.1211 2233 University Ave. W., Suite 420, St. Paul, MN 55114



Amy Ruzick & Kay T Johnson: experienced, top-notch real estate professionals. “Working hard for our clients while serving the community!

Providing mental health counseling to LGBTQIA youth and young adults in a safe, judgement-free practice located in Uptown Minneapolis.


TAYATMPLS.COM • 612.305.8225

1609 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

3507 Lyndale Avenue South

SPIRITUAL READER AND ADVISOR Past • Present • Future • Love • Career Experience Twin Cities best astrology tarot and palm readers. Free gift with purchase. Visit booth R40 MINNEAPOLISPSYCHICREADER.COM • 612.400.8193 2617 Hennepin Avenue South Minneapolis Minnesota 55408

CANVAS HEALTH Canvas Health is a metro-wide nonprofit human service agency dedicated to bringing hope, healing, and recovery to people’s lives. As an organization we strive to be inclusive and to foster a welcoming environment to all people regardless of color, gender, religious preference, or ethnicity. WWW.CANVASHEALTH.ORG 7066 Stillwater Boulevard North, Oakdale, MN 55128

JAKEENO’S PIZZA & PASTA Serving our neighborhood with PRIDE since 1975! JAKEENOS.COM • 612.825.6827 3555 Chicago Ave S

US UNITY FLAG U.S. Unity Flag—The Flag that Stands for Everyone! A re-imaged American Flag reflecting our diversity. Purchase yours at UnityFlag.com UNITYFLAG.COM • 302.498.9166 18 North 12th Street, Suite 50441, Minneapolis MN 55403

GUSTAFSON LAW OFFICE Jean is Lavender Bar Association’s 2017 Greater Minnesota Fellowship Recipient. She practices in Elder Law, Family Law and child protection. BRAINERD.ATTORNEY • 218.454.2039 102 Laurel Street, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401

THE UPS STORE The UPS Store is a locally owned franchise offering a range of products and services designed specifically to help and support small business owners in the local community. WWW.THEUPSSTORE.COM • 800.789.4623

BE THE MATCH Celebrate life by signing up to be a blood stem cell donor. YOU could be someone’s cure! BETHEMATCH.ORG • 763.406.8421 500 N 5th St

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LOG CABIN REPUBLICANS OF MINNESOTA Inclusion Matters. Fairness, Freedom, & Equality for all Minnesotans. Find us online for more information. MNLOGCABIN.ORG • 612.236.3455 115 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis MN 55401


UMM is a public liberal arts university located about two and a half hours west of Minneapolis. We are home to a vibrant and engaged LGBTQIA2S+ student community.

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HAZELDEN BETTY FORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ADDICTION STUDIES Earn your M.A. in Addiction Counseling online or on-campus at the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School. LGBT student scholarships available. HAZELDENBETTYFORD.EDU • 651.213.4175 15251 Pleasant Valley Rd., Center City, MN 55012

ST. PAUL-REFORMATION LUTHERAN CHURCH America’s first GLBTQ+ welcoming Lutheran Congregation; join us for faith that is doing good in this world! WWW.STPAULREF.ORG • 651.224.3371 100 North Oxford Street, Saint Paul MN, 55104

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ANOKA-RAMSEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE Anoka-Ramsey is an open-door, comprehensive higher education institution committed to inclusion and excellence to meet the needs of the community. ANOKARAMSEY.EDU • 763.433.1300 11200 Mississippi Blvd NW


Turning Point operate multiple programs. Two of the programs are for Men who have sex with Men (MSM) Minnesota AIDS Project, CCCHAP, Planning Council, North Point, Red Door, North Memorial, and HCMC

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2018 Pride Guide; The Twin Cities Pride Magazine  

Check out our brand new Magazine for all things Pride!

2018 Pride Guide; The Twin Cities Pride Magazine  

Check out our brand new Magazine for all things Pride!