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Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2015 Contest Weekend announces judges

Mr Minneapolis Eagle 2014

Excitement is building for the 14th annual Mr. Minneapolis Eagle (MME) contest – the weekend of November 14-16, 2014 at the eagleBOLTbar in Minneapolis, Minnesota – with the announcement of the judges panel for MME2015.
The seven judges are: Jason Little – Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2014, Ramien Pierre – International Mr. Leather 2014, Tim Holden – Vice President, Atons of Minneapolis, Joseph “Rocky” McCombs – Mr. Ohio Leather 2013, Bootblack Kai – Great Lakes Bootblack 2013, Valkyrie – Member of Knights of Leather, and Drew Riebhoff – Mr. Iowa Leather 2014.
“We look for a panel that represents the diversity within our community,” said MME Co-Producer and Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2013 Ryan Brown...

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5 Tips: Mindful Eating to Lose Weight & Improve Health

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5 Tips: Mindful Eating to Lose Weight & Improve Health by Davey Wavey

I’m not a big fan of diets and restrictions.

In fact, I don’t think that a healthy lifestyle is about less. It’s about more; it’s about an abundance of colorful, nourishing foods and a full array of flavors. It’s about freeing your body from excessive fat and living the life you’ve always wanted.

One powerful step in losing weight and improving your health is mindfulness. At first glance, it can sound like a lot of new age gimmickry and wishful thinking. But mindfulness is a change in perspective that opens up new dimensions in your life.

Albert Einstein once said that you can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it...

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Gear Geekin’: New Gizmos That’ll Take Your Vacation to the Next Level

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Gear Geekin’: New Gizmos That’ll Take Your Vacation to the Next Level by Mikey Rox

While the debate rages on as to whether a gay gene exists or not (even thought we know it does), I’m pretty sure it’s scientific fact that the LGBT community is genetically predisposed to being first adopters of the next best thing; we just have to have the latest and greatest gadget on the market before any of our friends. To help you stay ahead of the queer Joneses then, I’ve compiled this list of the coolest thingamabobs you’ll want to get your hands. Let’s hot-nerd out together, shall we?

Coleman Roadtrip NXT 300 Grill

Firing up the grill is one of the greatest aspects of spring and summer (especially because it marks the start of shirtless season!), and now you can do it fast and easy anyw...

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Bisexuality isn’t just a stop to gay town by Eric Bridges

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Bisexuality isn’t just a stop to gay town by Eric Bridges

When I came out I knew that I was gay because I didn’t like women—I wasn’t attracted to them in the least bit. I also thought that sexuality was very black and white—if you were heterosexual you liked the opposite sex, and if you were homosexual you liked the same sex. It seemed pretty clean cut and dry. I had heard about bisexual people, but I didn’t originally think that this could be people attracted to both the same and opposite sex. I thought, incorrectly, that bisexuality was just a rest stop to gay town. Part of this was ignorance, but, also, part of it was because I was having enough problems understanding and defining my own sexuality...

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A Couple of Guys: Over It All

A Couple of Guys is a weekly comic strip that follows the adventures of Eric Parker, an actor and waiter; his husband Joey Romelli, a police officer; and plenty of offbeat relatives, friends, bar acquaintances and pets.

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Des Moines Pride Center Grand Opening

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Des Moines Pride Center to hold grand opening on National Coming Out Day. Stop by between 1-4PM at Sherman Hill’s Mickle Center located at 1620 Pleasant St., Ste. 244 for tours and their annual Coming Out Day Celebration.

The Des Moines Pride Center will share it’s coming out story and will have a brief presentation. Then the board of directors will be on hand to give tours of the center. Come by and enjoy some cake and share your coming out story.

“In a post-marriage Iowa, the community needs a new kind of LGBT service organization and that’s the Des Moines Pride Center,” said President Marty Moore. “We’re here to serve Central Iowans and provide a safe space for supportive and social activities.”

The Des Moines Pride Center provides individuals with a safe space on their toward acceptanc...

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Supreme Court declines to review same-sex marriage cases

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

The Supreme Court on Monday decided not to review rulings that cleared the way for same-sex marriage in Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Indiana and Wisconsin, a surprising decision that shows the court is comfortable with the expansion of such unions throughout the nation.

The court’s decision came without explanation and puts off a decision about the constitutionality of gay marriage that would apply to all 50 states. But it sent a clear signal that a majority of the court did not feel the need to overturn lower court decisions that found state prohibitions were unconstitutional.

Marriages had been on hold in the five states that were before the court, and it now appears same-sex unions there can begin immediately.…

Continue reading at WashingtonPost.

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Friends of Iowa Civil Rights Honor US Senator Tom Harkin, Tami Haught and Judith Morrell

Friends of Iowa Civil Rights

Friends of Iowa Civil Rights has named Tami Haught and Judith Morrell recipients of the 2014 Annual Friends of Iowa Civil Rights Award. The Elizabeth Kruidenier Friends of Iowa Civil Rights Lifetime Achievement Award will be awarded to US Senator Tom Harkin.

The Friends of Iowa Civil Rights Awards are presented annually in four different categories based on a significant contribution in promoting civil rights in Iowa during the past five years. Honorees fought against hate crimes or sexual harassment; discrimination in education, housing or employment; and age, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or race and national origin discrimination. Nominees are selected on merit, not endorsement.
When
Friday October 17, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM CDT

Where

Des Moines Emba...

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Munson: The spirit of Gary lives on in Spencer

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David Jacobsen still chokes up at the mere mention of his late brother.

“Let me breathe a while,” he said, pausing and letting loose with a big exhale as he glanced away with tears in his eyes.

Jacobsen, 59, is a prominent businessman in real estate, insurance and property management here in his hometown.

But his older brother, Gary, fled upon graduating from high school in 1971 and never lived here again — until he was so sick that he spent a winter under the attentive care of his family.

Gary was 41 when he died 20 years ago Thursday — Oct. 9, 1994 — from complications of AIDS.…

Continue reading at the DesMoinesRegister.

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