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  • Goodbye Golden Boy - Baby Boomers and Block E. Preservation and parks. Urban history and virtual reality. Outgoing city planning director Paul Farmer on the politics and passions  that got him fired.

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    Goodbye Golden Boy - Baby Boomers and Block E. Preservation and parks. Urban history and virtual reality. Outgoing city planning director Paul Farmer on the politics and passions that got him fired.

    Urban planning, as a discipline, must breed a kind of fatalism in its disciples--outgoing Minneapolis Planning director Paul Farmer among them. According to the Farmer bible, planners can't expect results in a few weeks. Or months. Or years. All th...

    by Kelly Wittman on June 3, 1998
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    Snippets from out and about

    Goodwill ambassador. What's Dane Stauffer doing back in town? Last we heard he was setting sailing in February with the Disney cruise line as part of the on-board Improv Comedy Show. Seems the maiden voyage was delayed a few months, though, which g...

    by Unknown on June 1, 1998
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    GLBT hate-crimes rising, study says

    The rate of violent crime against GLBT individuals in Minnesota may be on the rise, according to a study released by OutFront Minnesota (formerly the Gay and Lesbian Community Action Council). In 1997, according to the report, there were 288 crim...

    by Unknown on June 1, 1998
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    The Love That Dare Not Speak Its URL

    Gay English writers have always had a hard time living in a society not known for its tolerance of homosexuality. Oscar Wilde was no exception. With all the attention the Irish-born playwright has been getting recently (off-Broadway, there's the pl...

    by Unknown on June 1, 1998
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    Letters

    Virtual Motherhood As a mom who loves computers almost as much as books, I was delighted to see your cover story "Virtual Motherhood" (May). However, I was disappointed that you didn't include any Minnesota-based sites in your article. My own new...

    by Unknown on June 1, 1998
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    About 'Out with Clout'

    We're proud of the Q Monthly you're holding in your hands. And not just because we're obligated to "have pride" in the month of June. This issue of Q is our largest ever -- weighing in at 44 pages. That may seem a small sum to you, but for a youn...

    by Joel Hoekstra on June 1, 1998
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    Council chooses 'OutFront Minnesota' as new name

    After several months of test-marketing ideas and at least one false start, the Gay and Lesbian Community Action Council announced May 22 that it had adopted a new name. "OutFront Minnesota" will become the new moniker of Minnesota's most visible ad...

    by Joel Hoekstra on June 1, 1998
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    AIDS Walk attendance, donations hold steady

    In an era of dwindling dollars for HIV/AIDS service organizations, Minnesota AIDS Project administrators say they're pleased with the flat-line figures generated by the 11th annual Minnesota AIDS Walk. The May 17 event drew approximately 15,000 peo...

    by Joel Hoekstra on June 1, 1998
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    DIFFA Umbrellas event raises $20,000

    That sea of pink umbrellas in Loring Park early last month was no movie-musical set -- it was DIFFA Minnesota's Pink Umbrellas fundraiser. The installation of 500 pink 6-foot umbrellas raised $20,000 in funds for local HIV/AIDS service organization...

    by Q Monthly Staff on June 1, 1998
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    Directors leave two AIDS care facilities

    Spring has proved to be a time of flux at Grace House and Agape Home, two local adult foster-care facilities for people living with AIDS. On April 17, Grace House executive director Polly Carl hosted a gala opening for Grace House II; the followi...

    by Lucas Hilderbrand on June 1, 1998
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    Wretchedly Funny

    Amid the gushing blurbs contained on the back of the newly minted Buddy Babylon: The Autobiography of Buddy Cole (Dell Publishing, $12.95) is this select quote from the subject himself: "My goal is not to shock and horrify, but to tell the truth,"...

    by Thomas Fagan on June 1, 1998
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    Imperfect Gentleman

    Where's the last place you'd expect an Oscar Wilde bio-pic to begin? A Colorado silver mine, you say? Well, that's exactly where England's first outed celebrity makes his entrance -- on horseback, no less -- in Wilde. Of course, at that point he's ...

    by Lucas Hilderbrand on June 1, 1998
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    Tune In, They're Out

    Summer's the time to trade that BarcaLounger for a spot at the beach, but before you drop the remote, check out the fresh lineup of queer-history programming on public TV. Nine shows about GLBT history, ranging from documentaries to music specials,...

    by Joel Hoekstra on June 1, 1998
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    Frontier Battle - In Rapid City, S.D., one man speaks for a silent community.

    Barry Wick is very proud of his office. It has two rooms, some bookshelves, and a conference table. It's also the only safe place for gays and lesbians to gather in the western half of South Dakota. Wick is the president of FACES of South Dakota...

    by Ken Darling on June 1, 1998
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    Parting Glances - District 202's executive director Michael Kaplan packs up and heads east

    Six years ago District 202 executive director Michael Kaplan figured he'd always have to wait tables in order to make a living: Working at a fledgling nonprofit community center for queer youth certainly wouldn't pay the bills. Kaplan's no longer...

    by Lucas Hilderbrand on June 1, 1998
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    His Day to Relax

    His Day to Relax Father's Day was never a high holiday in Kevin Thompson's family. His three kids, now in their teens, showered him with the traditional I-Love-You cards, presented him with garish ties, and fixed his favorite foods, but mostly it...

    by Q Monthly Staff on June 1, 1998
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    Rites of Summer - When bees and grannies and birthdays are the law of the land

    Beekeepers by Linda Oatman High illustrated by Doug Chayka Boyds Mills Press, 1998 Just Right Stew by Karen English illustrated by Anna Rich Boyds Mills Press, 1998 Our Granny, Just Right Stew, and Beekeepers, three children's b...

    by Terry Wisniewski on June 1, 1998
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    Still Lucky

    I take a lot of liberties with this column: it's a journal, it's a slice of life, it's a metaphor, and once in a rare while, it's a pulpit. This month, my problem lies in having too much to say, being all over the map, with frayed ends and scraps o...

    by Jeannine Ouellette Howitz on June 1, 1998
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    Dads and Daughters, Cats and Dogs - A Father's Day Memoir

    Helen tugged Evert to wake him. "Evert, it's time." Evert thought, "Time for what?" Then he remembered Helen was pregnant, and she was due. "I'll go warm up the car." It was the evening of December 7, 1952. They stepped from the bed to the brai...

    by Linda Mainquist on June 1, 1998
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    No Place to Hide - Plastics-related toxic chemicals are finding their way into everything--including baby milk

    When a colleague in the United Kingdom faxed me "Sex-Change Chemicals in Baby Milk," a June 27, 1996 story from the London Independent, I was horrified and outraged that something many parents rely on to be wholesome nourishment for their children ...

    by J. Christensen on June 1, 1998
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