Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak married 42 same-sex couples Aug. 1.

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Withering Glance: The Year in Gay

  • Article by: RICK NELSON and CLAUDE PECK
  • Star Tribune
  • December 27, 2013 - 1:03 PM

Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.


CP: Glee busted out all over Minnesota in 2013, when gay marriage become legal. Did you stay up to watch the just-past-midnight weddings at Minneapolis City Hall on Aug. 1, or were you too busy getting ready for your own nuptials later that day?


RN: My sleepless night preceded the Minnesota State Senate’s scheduled vote on the marriage equality bill in May.


CP: Minneapolis City Council Member Gary Schiff dropped out of his citywide race, so we won’t get a gay mayor, but three-termer R.T. Rybak came very close, right?

RN: I’d like to think that hizzoner — and our former boss, when he published Q Monthly, the gay newspaper that we edited back in our Twin Cities Reader days in the mid-1990s — would be pleased to know that we consider him an Honorary Gay.


CP: We got a genuine lesbian as Minneapolis police chief when Janée Harteau took command. More globally, here’s a thing you never see: Time magazine and gay mag the Advocate each named Pope Francis as Person of the Year.


RN: The Supreme Pontiff feels like the obvious choice. I still think Time should have gone with runner-up Edith Windsor, for her pivotal role in the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark June decision to overturn significant chunks of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.


CP: If we ever took gay rights for granted stateside, all we had to do was look at Russia. Those videos of cops and thugs cooperating to beat up gay-pride-attempters were stomach-churning.


RN: Sickening. I was happy to hear that the U.S. delegation to the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will not include the president, vice president or first lady, as has been the custom for recent several Olympiads. Instead: goddess divine Billie Jean King.


CP: The complex lives of incarcerated lesbians were all over “Orange Is the New Black,” the binge-watch show of the year.

RN: Thumbs up to “Days of Our Lives” for keeping its gay couple — Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis, a k a “WilSon” — on the front burner. Thumbs down to “DOOL” for making its gay couple as boring as the show’s straight couples.

CP: Movies this year were about as gay as a Gopher men’s hockey game. “Kill Your Darlings” was an art-house “meh.” The terrific “Dallas Buyers Club” starred the year’s best homophobe, Matthew McConaughey.

RN: Celebrity — OK, semi-celebrity — gay weddings were all the rage. My favorite was Jim “Gomer Pyle” Nabors, who wedded his partner of 38 years. Shazam!


CP: The Liberace story in “Behind the Candelabra”? American gay kitsch at its apex.

RN: Marriage equality coming to New Jersey, Illinois and New Mexico was big news, of course, but Utah? That’s like John Boehner signing up for Obamacare.


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