Activism & Arts on Fresh Fruit Thursday May 16 at 7pm


Tune into Fresh Fruit with hosts Dixie Treichel & John Townsend

Guests: E.B. Boatner, Chris Durant, Leo Treadway, Nathan Johnson  & Louisa Hext


Congratualtions Minnesota! 

On May 14, 2013 Minnesota became the 12th State to legalize same sex marriage.

Dixie Treichel spent Monday, May 13, 2013 at the MN State Capitol. Interviews and speech clips include: Representative Karen Clark and Senator Scott Dibble, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, and people outside and inside the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul, MN

The Minnesota House of Representatives approved the bill Thursday, May 9, 2013 with a final vote of 75-59. The Minnesota state Senate voted in favor of marriage equality Monday, May 13, 2013 with a final vote of 37-30. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill into law on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 that legalizes same sex marriage in MN. The bill makes same-sex marriage available in Minnesota beginning on August 1, 2013


E.B. Boatner, playwright, author, journalist, photographer

Changes In Time, a world premiere by E.B. Boatner, directed by Claire Avitabile

We are all at the mercy of the social, psychiatric, medical, and technological constraints of our times. Rain was born before Christine Jorgensen made headlines with her 1952 sex change operation. The word "transgender" was not in the common vocabulary then, and not for awhile. Changes In Time is made of three short snapshot plays - Wishes, Dresses and Changes - following the story of Rain/Lorraine/Laurence through his transition from the 1950s to the mid 1990s. ** Warning: Adult language/content - recommended for ages 15 and up.

20% Theatre Company Twin CitiesMinneapolis Theatre Garage, May 11-25, 2013


Chris Durant, Executive Festival Director

Out Twin Cities Film Festival , May 29-June 2, 2013, St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main Street SE, Minneapolis

The OTCFF was founded by Chris Durant in January 2010, with the goal to help fill a void in the Minnesota's GLBTQ cinema community. Chris studied filmmaking, screenwriting, theatre and music at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. In 2009, he created a local mock-reality show: ‘The Show So Gay.’ In 2011, he co-wrote and directed ‘Genderf*kation,’ a documentary that focuses on six individuals and their struggles and triumphs around social, political and religious ideologies and gender non-conformity. 


Leo Treadway, activist, organizer

Leo will talk about Wingspan Ministry, the current LGBT discrimination situation in Uganda and the film Call Me Kuchu

Leo Treadway is most well-known for his leadership of Lutherans Concerned/North America; the development of the Wingspan Ministry at St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, and through that context his educational and advocacy efforts across a broad expanse of church and society; his creation of the first programming for GLBT youth in Minnesota; and, more recently, his work with the Minnesota Historical Society to insure the preservation and archiving of Minnesota’s GLBT heritage. 

Call Me Kuchu, June 2, 9:30 pm, Out Twin Cities Film Festival

Q&A with Ahmed Tharwat , Directed by: Katherine Fairfax Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall

In Uganda, a new bill threatens to make homosexuality punishable by death. David Kato, Uganda’s first openly gay man, and retired Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo work against the clock to defeat state-sanctioned homophobia while combating vicious persecution in their daily lives. But no one is prepared for the brutal murder that shakes their movement to its core and sends shock waves around the world.  In an unmarked office at the end of a dirt track, veteran activist David Kato labors to repeal Uganda’s homophobic laws and liberate his fellow lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women, or “kuchus.” But David’s formidable task just became much more difficult. A new “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” proposes death for HIV-positive gay men, and prison for anyone who fails to turn in a known homosexual. Inspired by American evangelicals who have christened Uganda ground zero in their war on the “homosexual agenda,” the bill awaits debate in Uganda’s Parliament.


Nathan Johnson  & Louisa Hext, East Central Pride Picnic

9th Annual East Central MN Pride in the Park Celebration

at Voyageur Park, 525 Main St N, Pine City, MN,