Workshop on sex for Queer & Trans Survivors on May 4

ST. LOUIS — The Metro Trans Umbrella Group and Lyndon Cudlitz: Consulting, Education & Training are hosting a workshop for queer and transgender people who are survivors of violence. From the Facebook event:
For many of us who have experienced trauma and violence in our lives, navigating sexuality may feel like a field of landmines. This workshop is designed to hold space for survivors of abuse, assault, and other violence to discuss the challenges and triumphs of our own sexual (or not so sexual) journeys. We will evaluate our own needs and desires, and seek to learn tools from each other for supporting boundaries, healing, and resilience.

Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis announces ‘The Night of the Iguana’ as the 2019 Main Stage production

ST. LOUIS – The Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis will present Tennessee Williams’ steamy and startling “The Night of the Iguana” as its main stage production at the Grandel Theatre on May 9-19. Jim Butz, Lavonne Byers, Nisi Sturgis, Elizabeth Townsend, and Harry Weber headline as Americans who are hiding—or seeking—or both—at a seedy Mexican hotel during the run-up to World War II. Tim Ocel will once again direct, having guided last year’s “A Streetcar Named Desire” to a record 11 award nominations by the St.

Transcending the Spectrum 6 a success in St. Louis


ST. LOUIS — The Metro Trans Umbrella Group in St. Louis held their annual Transcending the Spectrum art exhibition at Mad Art Gallery on Saturday, April 13. The event had both art on display and performances. All money raised went to MTUG and their efforts to support the transgender community in the St.

MetroEast Pride drag fundraiser at Big Daddy’s

BELLEVILLE — MetroEast Pride held another fundraiser at Big Daddy’s as a follow up to the March 4 event at Club Escapade. Ravyn Winters hosted with cast of drag kings and queens from the MetroEast area. The funds and donations made from the afternoon will go toward Pride Fest that will be held on June 8, 2019, on Main Street in downtown Belleville. All photos by Carmelita DeLeon Photography

Serenity Strategy Network survey aims to outline needs

EDWARDSVILLE — The Serenity Strategy Network is running a survey to find out the needs of college students. The data collected will be used to help build an app to guide students to get into college and to avoid debt. The Serenity Strategy Network’s long-term goal is to get more LGBT individuals into higher education and to make sure they have the support system to increase graduation rates and the skills to get a job after education has been achieved. Fill out the survey here.

JJ’s Clubhouse in St. Louis up for sale

ST. LOUIS — The Riverfront Times reported Friday that JJ’s Clubhouse, a LGBTQ bar known for as a home for the area’s bear and leather communities, is up for sale. The alternative newspaper came across this listing describing “One of the biggest alternative nightclubs in the Midwest with 3 bars and 21,000 sq. ft. of space,” not far from the Tower Grove area, which sounds a lot like JJ’s.

Transcending the Spectrum 6 in St. Louis


ST. LOUIS — The Metro Trans Umbrella Group (MTUG) is hosting a fundraiser at Mad Art Gallery on Saturday, April 13. From the Facebook event:
Metro Trans Umbrella Group is thrilled to celebrate our 6th annual art exhibition & fundraiser, “Transcending the Spectrum” at Mad Art Gallery! Please join us for an AMAZING evening of ART, drag, spoken word and live music to celebrate the St Louis LGBTQIA+ community. Your host for the evening will be Simon Saize!

MetroEast Pride holds drag fundraiser in Belleville

BELLEVILLE — MetroEast Pride held a fundraiser this past weekend at Club Escapade in Belleville. They had a packed house with all money going to MEP’s Pride activities this year. You can see more photos at MetroEast Pride’s Facebook page. All photos by Carmelita DeLeon via MetroEast Pride.