FILM REVIEW: The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again!

I have been asked repeatedly about this remake of Rocky Horror since the project was first announced back in the Spring. My Rocky credentials are a mile long: eleven years of going to live shows, five years of performing with local shadow cast, Transylvanian Lip Read More …

Post-Conventions: Terminal Craziness on the Road to the White House

“Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” –Joseph N. Welch “I watched as my beloved country lost its goddamn mind.” –Lewis Black Well, the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention are both over, Trump Read More …

[Preview] Pansy Division, Quite Contrary

Twenty-five years after they first burst onto the burgeoning queercore scene, Pansy Division shows that age doesn’t stop a kick-ass rock and roll band with their new album Quite Contrary. Lead by Jon Ginoli on vocals and guitars and backed with Chris Freeman on bass, Read More …

Out, Loud, and Twangy Proud: A Night of Queer Honky Tonk with The Anointed and Lavender Country

On a hot July evening, I put on a borrowed blue leopard dress and got in my beat-up grey Nissan with my romantic partner in crime Millie and our mutual friend Rabbit, and headed down to Bloomington to a joint called The Back Door to Read More …

How The 2016 Election Might Mark The Rise of The Third Parties

On Tuesday night, the election results came out of California, the last major contest in the Democratic Primaries, and the voters rang in for Hillary Clinton; with the former First Lady capturing 55.8% of the vote and 269 delegates, combined with her victories in New Read More …

On Shouting Liberty: Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous

  This past weekend, while most people near Indianapolis were getting ready for the race, I packed up my road bags and sped south to the little city of Vincennes to participate in the Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous for the second year in a row. Just like Read More …

Walt’s Soapbox: Fuck Stage Fright

So after two months of rehearsal, script reading, buying costume pieces at Goodwill (or digging them out of my seemingly endless car trunk), not to mention the countless hours of trying to memorize my lines, we went live with Matt Panfil’s post-apocalyptic drama Meta/Stasis. Friday Read More …

Walt’s Soapbox: Dispatch from the Equality Revolution

Our Editor-in-Chief, Faren Coday, posted a brief piece from me the other day about the situation in North Carolina. The state legislature there is spending $42,000 a day to stop a non-discrimination ordinance in the city of Charlotte. The session was called for by Lt. Read More …

From Walter Beck’s Desk: Emergency Transmission from the Front Line of the Equality Revolution

The city of Charlotte, North Carolina passed a non-discrimination ordinance, protecting the LGBT community of Charlotte from discrimination in housing, public accommodation, etc. The ordinance is slated to go into effect April 1st. The Governor of North Carolina Pat McCrory has expressed that he hates Read More …

Billionaire Bloodlust: The Violent Campaign of Donald J. Trump

“Blood in the streets runs a river of sadness Blood in the streets it’s up to my thigh Yeah the river runs red down the legs of a city The women are crying red rivers of weepin’” -Jim Morrison Six months ago, like most political Read More …

Walt’s Soapbox: Religious Freedom to Abuse, Maim, and Kill

The rallying cry for conservatives these days is “Religious Freedom”; every GOP Presidential candidate has made it a point to bring up their dedication to this concept, and of course our own Governor Pence has made it a priority in his administration. But what exactly Read More …

Walt’s Soapbox: Battle of New Hampshire

It was around 7:00 PM when I woke up from an ill-advised nap. It had been somewhat of an off-beat day; no nearby substitute teaching gigs for the new job. But I still had the New Hampshire primary to look forward to. I lit a Read More …

Walt’s Soapbox: Breakdown on the Rainbow Road

“Move over for a damage case…” –Motorhead I had done two rallies back-to-back, and upon getting home from work, I saw that SB 66, the “Super RFRA” bill, died in committee at the statehouse yesterday. And then I immediately switched to the live feed of Read More …

Walt’s Soapbox: Notes from the First Rally of a Long Cold Winter War

“Don’t they ever have to worry?Don’t you ever wonder why?It’s a part of me that tells youOh, don’t you ever, don’t ever say die!” –Black Sabbath I was standing on the statehouse steps, wrapped up my leather jacket and flannel shirt, waving the Trans Colors, Read More …

Walt’s Soapbox: I Can Show You My Favorite Obsession

“Only way to feel the noise is when it’s good and loudSo good I can’t believe it, screamin’ with the crowdDon’t sweat it, get it back to youDon’t sweat it, get it back to youOVERKILL, OVERKILL, OVERKILL!” –Motorhead It was around 6:35 in the evening. I Read More …

Walt’s Soapbox: The Governor’s Short-term Memory Loss

I want you to think back.. To a long time ago.. Say, ten months back. To March 2015. I know it’s a hard time to remember. It was ages ago.. Well, back in those days, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed Indiana SB 101.  Known as the Religious Read More …

[Review] QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology

Three years after editing the poetry anthology Among the Leaves: Queer Male Poets on the Midwestern Experience, Raymond Luczak has once again put out the call for writers and artists for his latest project, QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology. Released by Squares and Rebels press, Read More …

Vote for the Revolution: An Interview with Presidential Candidate Mimi Soltysik

Sometimes my life takes a strange turn, one Saturday night after a day of mandatory overtime at work, I found myself with a pint of Scotch, two packs of cigarettes, and nothing to really mix with them properly. So my savage political addiction and base Read More …

Walt’s Soapbox: How to Make a Radical

You know, you always hear conservatives gnashing their teeth about liberal college professors indoctrinating their students with commie ideas. And they would probably point to me as a prime example of what their talking about, I have a college degree (in English/Creative Writing, i.e. “a Read More …

Walt’s Soapbox: Pretty Revolutionary Trash Queen – The Creation of Cher Guevara

“Welcome to my nightmare, I think you’re gonna like it…” –Alice Cooper “Just got an itch to scratch?” –Ida K   This column is dedicated to Ryan “Pinky” Sandefur, all the queens I knew at ZimMarss in Terre Haute, and most importantly Chloe “Helena Handbaskit” Read More …

Walt’s Soapbox: Elected to Party for the People! Or How a Notorious Political Junkie Got Chosen to Serve as a Delegate at a National Convention

“Take no prisoners! Take no shit!” –Megadeth “But that’s totally feather pluckin’ insane!” –The Presidents of the USA   So the funniest thing happened to me over the weekend, I ended up with a total access pass to a national political convention and a motel Read More …