PFLAG TC conference addresses safe school environments free from GLBT bullying and One Voice Mixed Chorus turns 25 on Fresh Fruit, Jan. 17 at 7pm


Fresh Fruit Hosts: Dixie Treichel & John Townsend

Guests: PFLAG TC, One Voice Mixed Chorus, Kid Enkidu, Queer Lens


Brent Vanderlinden, board member, LGBT advocate, parent of a gay son

Nick Kleidon, Athlete, former captain of the Breck High School Hockey team who came out as gay in his senior speech. He is currently a Babson College student.

PFLAG Twin Cities presents Cultivating Respect: Creating Safe Schools for All Students that is a day-long conference to help teachers, social workers, administrators, coaches, athletic directors, as well as students and parents of GLBT individuals, to create a safe school environment free from GLBT bullying in schools. PFLAG Twin Cities has partnered with the You Can Play Project and GForce Sports to bring the Invisible Athlete Forum to the conference that is a discussion of issues facing GLBT athletes where panelists and athletes will share their personal stories and experiences. The conference will also feature a track of workshops designed for coaches, athletic directors and athletes of all levels. Receiving the Outstanding Organization Award is The Minnesota School OUTReach Coalition (MnSOC). The Conference is hosted by Hamline University and The Hedgeman Center for Student Diversity Initiatives and Programs.

January 18, 2013, Hamline University, St. Paul

Thank You Jeanne Manford (1920-2013), pioneer and founder of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and the Mother of the Straight Ally movement, who passed away this year.


Emily Tinawi, James Gottfried, chorus members

One Voice Mixed Chorus, We Are One: Celebrating 25 Years

Since 1988 One Voice Mixed Chorus unites gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people and straight allies. One Voice is known for its musical excellence, diverse programming, and deep commitment to community outreach. Choral favorites, story-telling, two-stepping and audience Tweets as One Voice celebrates 25 years of passionate and life changing music! From gender-bending musicals to lush choral favorites, the chorus explores a rich history of collaborations, social activism, and community building with guests KAIROSalive!, alumni singers, Twin Cities youth, smart phones and a hearty dose of humor. 

January 26, 2013 • 3 PM (ASL interpretation) and 7:30 PM, The Cowles Center, Minneapolis


Bart Buch, director

Kid Enkidu

A puppet-poem-mashup inspired by The Little Prince, The Epic of Gilgamesh and the anime films of Miyazaki, kid enkidu follows the journey of a mysterious kid hunting for a lost companion. Enkidu searches between veils of the worlds, deciphering love poem patterns of nature to unlock the imagination, unfold the heart, free the spirit, and find the beloved. This re-creation myth explores the spirit-bridge connecting human imagination and the natural world using puppets, animated poetry, projections and live acoustic-electronica music composed by Tom Woodling and Martin Dosh.

Jan 24-Feb 10, 2013, In the Heart of the Beast


Charlie McAnulty, filmmaker

Queer Lens, Twin Cities Lesbian Film Series, Hosted by Sweetpea

Will you be our Valentine? Then come to this movie night planned especially for you butch charmings, femme darlings, and all amorous androgyne in between. Enjoy independent, local film shorts created by and focusing on queer women, with live performances between the reels and a Q&A session with the filmmakers after. With presentations by: Pam Colby, Charlie McAnulty, Teri Homan, Tye Green.

Saturday February 16 at 10:00pm (doors 9:30), Bryant Lake Bowl Theater