Lavender Magazine — Issue 427
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E.B. Boatner

QUEER TIME THIRD THURSDAYS TO HELP HOMELESS GLBTQ YOUTH FIND COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Queer Time Third Thursdays is geared to GLBTQ teens that are homeless or housed in precarious or temporary situations. Named by the teen participants themselves, Queer Time Third Thursdays is hosted by YouthLink, one of the Twin Cities’ most experienced youth service providers, in partnership With the HIM Program, Kulture Klub and Host Home. He event helps homeless GLBTQ youth connect to resources and services while providing a hot meal, entertainment and a safe place to get together with peers and be themselves. Some 90 young people attended the first three events, accessing basic needs services and connecting with youth service providers such as Healthcare for the Homeless, Trans Youth Support Network, and The Bridge for Youth. The event will be held at the Youth Opportunity Center at YouthLink, 41 North 12th Street in Minneapolis from 4 to 6 PM on the third Thursday of each month. Call (612) 252-1226.

LYNX HEAD COACH CHERYL REEVE IS 2011 WNBA COACH OF THE YEAR

The WNBA recently announced that Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve is the recipient of the 2011 WNBA Coach of the Year Award, becoming the second Lynx head coach in franchise history to receive the award, joining Suzie McConnell Serio (2004). Reeve received 36 votes from a national panel of 40 sportswriters and broadcasters. Reeve Was presented with the award by WNBA President Laurel Richie at a press conference at in the Timberwolves/Lynx media room. Under Reeve’s tutelage, the Lynx authored a significant turnaround in 2011, finishing the regular season with the league’s best record (27-7, a 14-game improvement over last season, second-largest single-season wins increase in WNBA history) and earning the No. 1 overall seed in the 2011 WNBA Playoffs presented by Boost Mobile.

MAYA MOORE NAMED 2011 WNBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

The WNBA also announced that Lynx forward Maya Moore has been named the Rookie of the Year. A national panel of 40 sportswriters and broadcasters awarded Moore the honor, with 38 of the possible 40 votes. Moore became Minnesota’s third Rookie of the Year in franchise history (Betty Lennox, 2000; Seimone Augustus, 2006). She received the award from WNBA President Laurel Richie during a press conference prior to the evening’s Western Conference Semifinal matchup between the Lynx and the San Antonio Silver Stars. Earlier this season, Moore became the first rookie to be voted into the All-Star Game as a starter since 2002 (Tamika Catchings and Sue Bird). The honor was also the first time in franchise history that a Lynx player has been voted to start an All-Star Game. As the 2011 Rookie of the Year, Moore will receive $5,000 and a specially designed trophy by Tiffany & Co.

LGBTQ, GENDER-NEUTRAL, CONTRA DANCING REVIVES AT TAPESTRY FOLK DANCE CENTER

Gender-free contra dancing started in Boston in the 1970s, and in 1981, a group called “Les be Gay and Dance” was started in the Twin Cities, in which contra dance was done without any reference to gender, avoiding calling moves with any reference to “ladies” or “gents.” Similar to old-time square dancing, contra dancing is done in lines to music Similar to bluegrass, or reflecting New England, Canadian Maritimes, Irish and Scottish traditions. The Twin Cities group was revived during Pride Week this year at the Minneapolis’s Tapestry Folk Dance Center, drawing more than 80 new and returning dancers. Tapestry will be hosting a monthly LGBTQ, Gender-Neutral dance on first Thursdays. You’ll meet and dance with countless friends, new and, old; no partner required. All dances are open to all ages and abilities. Wear soft-soled shoes and loose-fitting clothing, prepare for great energy and smiles! For more information visit www.tapestryfolkdance.org.
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