Billy Porter 
Black Mona Lisa Tour: Volume 1

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Queer Media & Pop Culture

March 15, 2023

Canvasing the nation, Porter brings passion and joy to cities across the nation with his first-ever career-spanning pop music concert tour: THE BLACK MONA LISA TOUR: VOLUME 1. Expect a full band, backed by a video installation, fronted by Porter telling his life story through song. This 90-minute powerhouse event will feature his chart-topping hits “Love Is on the Way” and “Love Yourself,” a tinge of Broadway, a nod to “Pose,” and stunning performances of future pop classics from his forthcoming new album, Black Mona Lisa. This is an experience not to be missed.
About BLACK MONA LISA TOUR: VOLUME 1, Billy commented, “It's really the first time that I've been able to fully express myself and who I am through my music. Through my mainstream pop music space. It's like my magnum opus. It's everything to me. You'll really get a glimpse into who I am even deeper with this music.”

Tickets on sale to the general public at the State Theatre Box Office (805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis or

Twin Cities Pride
The Rainbow Circle

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March 15, 2023

A note from  Executive Director Andy Otto 

I am often asked by supporters how they can make the biggest impact; how do they show their support. My answer is simple: we have to invest in our youth. They are our future, and unfortunately, the most vulnerable in the community for being attacked.  

When I came on as the Executive Director of Twin Cities Pride, I vowed that I would make TC Pride a year-round event, give the community the resources they needed, and design programming directly around our youth.  

I am so excited to announce our new community programming division of Twin Cities Pride, the Rainbow Circle. Our goal is to partner with local LGBTQ+ people and organizations to provide funding and space in our office, and around the Twin Cities, to host year-round educational and community service programs.  

Help us fund our efforts by becoming a Founding Member of the Rainbow Circle today! Click the link to join us:

Yours in Pride,  Andi Otto

Queer Ecology 
Hanky Project

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March 15, 2023

The Department of Art at the University of Minnesota is proud to present, Queer Ecology Hanky Project (QEHP), an ongoing traveling exhibition with over one hundred and twenty artists from across North America—organized by V Adams and Mary Tremonte. Through exhibitions and interdisciplinary community-centered programming, QEHP showcases a diverse array of artist responses to Queer Ecology—an emerging area of inquiry which unites the study of biology, environment, and sexuality with a framework of queer theory—and celebrates a wide spectrum of print mediums and methods.

Join the Department of Art in celebrating the opening of Queer Ecology Hanky Project at the Quarter Gallery, in conjunction with the campus-wide Queer and Trans* Ecologies Symposium from March 23-25. Learn more about the symposium at

Quarter Gallery at the Regis Center for Art
405 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis 55455

Her Black Joy
Jodyann Morgan's CTOAN Co

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February 15, 2023

Black people own only 2.4% of all businesses in the US. Black women have the deck doubly stacked against them. For Jodyann Morgan, a queer, Black woman, representation not only matters, it’s the foundation of her business, CTOAN Co, a fat body candle company.

CTOAN Co is a Black, queer owned candle company based in Milwaukee, WI. Founded by Jodyann Morgan in November of 2021, it quickly became an internet sensation, with many prominent plus size, Black, and LGBT influencers sharing the candles on their platform. Best known for gender free body sculpture candles that are size fat, CTOAN also occasionally offers tealights, mini fat body wax melts and luxurious jarred candles. CTOAN prides itself in giving back to the community with a portion of sales from every collection donated to various causes.

Jodyann creates lovingly hand poured, trans inclusive, gender-free candles (including 7 original designs!) that allow people to see their bodies, and the bodies of people they love, in accessible art.

For Black History Month, Jodyann has launched her Black Joy collection. Trauma, death and sorrow are deeply intertwined with the Black lived experience, but Black joy is critical to survival. Morgan’s Black Joy collection pays tribute to Black creativity, expression, excellence, and euphoria.

Each candle will cost $35. With a focus on giving back, last year Jodyann donated over $4100 to mutual aid funds and non profits serving her communities. Her Black Joy collection continues the tradition, with $2 from every candle being donated to Roots & River Productions, which produces the work of queer and trans Black artists.

David Mallory
Launches New Line of Cologne

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February 15, 2023

Queer EDM/Pop Musician DAVIS Mallory Launches Line of Cologne just in Time for Valentine’s Day! DAVIS Mallory, known for his participation in MTV's The Real World & The Challenge has released a new limited-edition fragrance titled Cologne, named after his recent single and music video of the same name. 

DAVIS Mallory, known for his participation in MTV's The Real World & The Challenge has released a new limited-edition fragrance titled Cologne, named after his recent single and music video of the same name. The fragrance is available exclusively through his website and arrives just in time for Valentine’s Day. “The cologne was inspired by my travels to Egypt and a visit to the Cleopatra Essential oils shop in Aswan, Egypt. It's a male scent credited to King Tut with my own take on the scent,” states DAVIS.

“Cologne” was written in Stockholm, Sweden by Davis Mallory, Albin Ceder, Jakob Forslund & Hjal Marrokke and produced by Ukrainian producer Daniel Deyev. It will be featured on his upcoming album titled, Back to the 80s.

The Swedish American recording artist, singer-songwriter and DJ/producer has earned the support of internationally renowned musicians including Tiesto, Hardwell and Don Diablo.

Throughout his career, DAVIS has collaborated with renowned DJ/Producers such as RetroVision (“Little Victory”), John Dahlback (“Anyone Would Know”), Landis (“Loud”), Noize Generation (“Hold Me Down”), Going Deeper (“Believe”), Dropgun ("The Music I Found In You") and DJs From Mars “(Dance 2 the Beat”); DAVIS has been getting solid radio support from the industry's top DJs including Tiesto, Don Diablo, Cedric Gervais, Hardwell, Morgan Page and has released music on labels including Hexagon, Revealed, Armada, Warner Music, Ultra, Soave and Sirup Music.

DAVIS' music can be heard in film and TV shows including MTV's War of the Worlds, Snapchat's Growing up is a Drag and Hulu's Good Trouble and has been profiled by MTV News, E! News, US Weekly, Buzzfeed, Billboard, and more!

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