LGBT http://news.stlpublicradio.org en St. Louis’ LGBT Center Set To Reopen By January With Expanded Services http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-lgbt-center-set-reopen-january-expanded-services <p>Organizers of the <a href="http://www.lgbtcenterstl.org/">Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center of St. Louis</a> plan to open their doors in a new spot by by Jan. 1.</p><p>They're looking to buy their own building. The wish list includes a space four times the size of the approximately 2,000 square-foot location they were renting at 4337 Manchester Ave. in The Grove.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:15:51 +0000 Nancy Fowler 36970 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis’ LGBT Center Set To Reopen By January With Expanded Services LGBT Pride Month Means Showtime in St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/lgbt-pride-month-means-showtime-st-louis <p>St. Louis’ <a href="http://pridestl.org/">June 28-29 PrideFest </a>may be weeks away, but more LGBT events and performances are coming up in the next few days.</p><p>Beginning Thursday night, <a href="http://www.straydogtheatre.org/index.php?/shows/love_valour_compassion">Stray Dog Theatre presents “Love! Valour! Compassion!" </a>to be staged every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through June 28 at South City's Tower Grove Abbey.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 03:38:22 +0000 Nancy Fowler 36716 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org LGBT Pride Month Means Showtime in St. Louis Michael Sam Just Wants To Play Football http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/michael-sam-just-wants-play-football <div><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5; white-space: pre-wrap;">Michael Sam, the only openly gay professional football player, was introduced at a news conference at Rams Park Tuesday.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p><span style="background-color: transparent; line-height: 1.4318181818181819; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Sam received unprecedented attention for a </span>249th<span style="background-color: transparent; line-height: 1.4318181818181819; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 15px; w Wed, 14 May 2014 02:02:45 +0000 Jess Jiang 36108 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Michael Sam Just Wants To Play Football Do Swirly Pink Skirts Go With ‘Clompety’ Boots? STL Play Says Yes To Gender Mixups http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/do-swirly-pink-skirts-go-clompety-boots-stl-play-says-yes-gender-mixups <p>Can girls have short hair that isn’t a hairstyle? Can boys try on tutus? In ways both overt and subtle, society often says they can’t, or at least, they shouldn’t.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 01:45:27 +0000 Nancy Fowler 34929 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Do Swirly Pink Skirts Go With ‘Clompety’ Boots? STL Play Says Yes To Gender Mixups Playwright’s Struggles Informed STL Metro’s ‘Unsorted’ Play About Gender, Difference http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/playwright-s-struggles-informed-stl-metro-s-unsorted-play-about-gender-difference <p><em><a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/do-swirly-pink-skirts-go-clompety-boots-stl-play-says-yes-gender-mixups">As Metro Theater’s “Unsorted” debuts for public audiences this weekend,</a> the playwright reflects on the personal difficulties that contributed to her exploration of gender. </em></p><p>When Wesley Middleton was growing up in Macon, Ga., she was shocked to learn that boys and girls had to play by different rules. She chafed under the pink-or-blue scenario.</p><p>“I always felt more like a person than a girl,” Middleton told St. Louis Public Radio.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 01:45:08 +0000 Nancy Fowler 34930 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Playwright’s Struggles Informed STL Metro’s ‘Unsorted’ Play About Gender, Difference STL Same-Sex Couples Consider Legal Implications As They Prepare To Marry http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stl-same-sex-couples-consider-legal-implications-they-prepare-marry <p><em>While same-sex couples in Missouri ponder the uncertain impact of marrying in Illinois, one St. Louis pair plans to say "I do" across the river as another heads in the opposite direction. </em></p><p>As 29-year-old Kelsi Davis of south St. Louis plans to wed her partner Saturday in Illinois, her favorite romantic movie since the age of 4 is etched in her mind — and on her body: she has a <a href="http://princessbrideforever.com/the-movie/">“Princess Bride”</a> tattoo on her hip which includes the film's signature line, "As You Wish."</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:56:48 +0000 Nancy Fowler 34320 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org STL Same-Sex Couples Consider Legal Implications As They Prepare To Marry St. Louis Facebook Users 'Like' And 'Dislike' New Gender Options http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-facebook-users-and-dislike-new-gender-options <p><em>For many people, selecting “male” or “female” on their Facebook profile is an easy choice. But for those who identify differently, Facebook now provides 56 gender selections.</em></p><p>Last week, Sterling Waldman of Chesterfield turned 17 and received a perfect birthday present: the option to identify as “genderqueer” on Facebook.</p><p>On Friday, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/facebookdiversity">Facebook expanded its drop-down menu to offer a “custom” selection of genders </a>that provides more than four dozen options, a cause for celebration for many who identify in a nontraditional way.</p><p>“It was very exciting to have that happen,” Waldman told St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon.</p><p><strong>Fifty-six Choices Not Enough?</strong></p><p>Born and raised female, Waldman always felt different from friends and schoolmates.</p><p>“I didn’t really fit in with the girls and I didn’t fit in with the boys,” Waldman said. “I wanted to be both.”</p><p>For years, Waldman struggled with the feelings but lacked the language to describe them.</p><p>“I didn’t have the words, but I learned the terminology at the end of my freshman year,” Waldman remembered.</p><p>Waldman, who prefers the pronouns “them” and “they” to “him, his, her or hers,” has parental support and a community of like-minded people, outside of school and within Parkway Central High.</p><p>“In my grade, there are two others who identify as gender-non-binary,” Waldman said.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Facebook's menu also includes "transgender," "trans," "androgynous" and "</span>cisgender<span style="line-height: 1.5;">," which is another way of saying you identify as the gender you were assigned at birth.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But are 56 choices enough? When it comes to politics and religion, Facebook users don’t have to pick from a list. They can write in their beliefs using words of their choosing. The profile form looks as though you could write in what you want, but it only accepts one of the 56 terms.</span></p><p>Despite the glee over being able to identify as “genderqueer” on Facebook, Waldman knows that not everyone will find the right term to describe such a personal and integral part of themselves.</p><p>"I have some friends whose identities are not on that list," Waldman said. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 04:07:26 +0000 Nancy Fowler 33754 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Facebook Users 'Like' And 'Dislike' New Gender Options Artist ‘Killed Kenny’ But Is Mainly Having Fun At CAMSTL; Eisenman Brings 'Nemesis' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/artist-killed-kenny-mainly-having-fun-camstl-eisenman-brings-nemesis <p><em>Our preview of the exhibits opening Friday at CAM includes video of artist Joyce Pensato doing what she loves most: playing with paint, and a look at the work of&nbsp; Nicole Eisenman.</em></p><p>The title <a href="http://camstl.org/exhibitions/main-gallery/joyce-pensato-i-killed-kenny/">“I Killed Kenny”</a> smacks of death in its reference to the recurring demise of the "South Park" icon. But the exhibit's more about Brooklyn artist Joyce Pensato bringing new life to animated characters ranging from Homer Simpson to Mickey Mouse.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 04:27:15 +0000 Nancy Fowler 33053 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Artist ‘Killed Kenny’ But Is Mainly Having Fun At CAMSTL; Eisenman Brings 'Nemesis' Gay Gains: It Was A Good Year For The St. Louis-area LGBT Community http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gay-gains-it-was-good-year-st-louis-area-lgbt-community <p><a href="https://www.stlbeacon.org/#!/content/33549/illinois_same_sex_marriage_110513">Same-sex marriage in Illinois</a> was the cherry on top of the cake of advancements for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the St. Louis area in 2013. <a href="https://www.stlbeacon.org/#!/content/33565/religion_same_sex_marriage_110613">But for those who oppose the marriage of two men or two women,</a> it was more of a cherry bomb.</p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 14:10:43 +0000 Nancy Fowler 32240 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Gay Gains: It Was A Good Year For The St. Louis-area LGBT Community Attorneys Ask For Quick Ruling In Illinois Same-Sex Marriage Ban http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/attorneys-ask-quick-ruling-illinois-same-sex-marriage-ban <p>Twenty five same-sex couples want to see a quick verdict in their lawsuits regarding the Illinois gay marriage ban.</p><p>Attorneys representing the couples suing over the ban asked a judge&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wednesday to rule through summary judgment.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois filed a motion Wednesday for a judge to rule quickly in the couples’ favor.</span></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 20:27:25 +0000 Kristi Luther & The Associated Press 28114 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Attorneys Ask For Quick Ruling In Illinois Same-Sex Marriage Ban