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Orange is the new grey area

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When a transgender inmate enters prison housing, should they be housed according to their biological sex, or the gender by which they identify? According to Obama-era legislation, prison housing, like the use of public restrooms, should be determined by a person’s identified gender. But President Donald Trump—on a roll to reverse a number of his […]

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Let’s Hear it for the Boys

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For the past 16 years, the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus (DGMC) has been continually trying to bring joy to the Dayton community through song. Founded in 2003 by current treasurer Fred Poland, the chorus has been on a mission to increase awareness and community support for the LGBTQ community in the area—but especially, area youth […]

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Home at last

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The Greater Dayton Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Center has thrived as a virtual center for over 40 years, promoting equality and LGBT enhancement programs through support groups, mailing lists, and local nonprofit organizations. Since January 2017, when the LGBT Center acquired its new 6,000 square foot brick-and-mortar space at 4 North Jefferson Street […]

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Taking pride in making no judgment

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I’ve never much liked the idea of tolerance. Who wants to be tolerated? And as a critic, I often find myself taking offense at the idea of casting judgment on the works of others. I’m not shy or retiring about offering my informed opinion about a film or the collected works of a filmmaker, but […]

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Dayton divine TV diva Ms. Demure

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Since the dawn of cable television, public access stations have given local talk show wannabes a free forum to strut their stuff. With the internet explosion of services like YouTube and Vimeo, stardom has come easier, no matter the degree of talent. One Dayton resident, while finding fame online, has remained true to their hometown […]

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Fifty Shades of Red

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A Shade of Red is ready to get back to gigging after taking a break of nearly a year to woodshed new material, and their return to the stage on June 1 at Peach’s will feature a wealth of new songs and sounds. “We have been playing pretty consistently, just not on stage,” notes Georgia […]

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On your marc 5/29: Looking for equality

Early in our discussion about how far we’ve progressed concerning the acceptance of gays and lesbians on the playing fields of life, UD softball coach Cara LaPlaca hit me with a signature quote. “We’ve had parents ask if we have athletes who are gay on our team,” LaPlaca said, “with the concern they don’t want […]

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Conspiracy 5/29: LGBTQ in the military

I’m confused about the conflict over allowing transgender people in the military. LGBTQ—the letters seem to change every year, and that confuses me too—activists are pushing to become legalized killers and President Trump wants to prevent that. But it seems to me both sides are acting against their interests. Trump recently banned most transgender people […]

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What not to put in your mouth

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Worst food trends of 2017 Bacon belongs on a plate with eggs, not in jam or ice cream By Paula Johnson Since this is our ‘worst of’ issue, I will gleefully plunge into that steaming vat of food and restaurant trends I despise. I’ll dredge it all up for your consideration, and I dare you […]

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Run for Cover

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Invasion of the stink bugs By Tim Smith The Miami Valley has been besieged by a plague, and it isn’t salmonella or Funk music. The pestilence in question is the stink bug, that creepy flying insect that somehow manages to get into your home without you knowing it until you see one. You really know […]

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If there’s a rock ‘n roll heaven,

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Well you know they’ve got a hell of a band Tom Petty. Photo: Sam Jones By Tim Walker 2017 is leaving us, and it’s taking with it some big names from the music business. A surprising number of well-known and beloved artists and musicians passed away too early over the past twelve months. Some had […]

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Not too swift, Taylor

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Taylor Swift and Ticketmaster team up to rip off fans Taylor Swift has started the Taylor Swift Experience with Ticketmaster. Photo: GabboT By Tim Smith There seems to be an attitude in the pop music world that the more famous you are, the more you’re entitled to pick the pockets of your fans. No one […]

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The worst of Netflix in 2017

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Streaming movies and a glimpse at the future Idris Elba plays Commandant in Netflix’s ‘Beast of No Nation’ By T.T. Stern-Enzi Regular readers and movie fans throughout the region who catch my Friday morning reviews of the Cincinnati Fox affiliate (WXIX) will undoubtedly recognize that Netflix is my streaming service of choice. I count myself […]

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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]