Characterized by Garrison Keillor and the cast of Fargo, the cultural phenomena of 'Minnesota nice' can be defined as a self-deprecating politeness that displays, "an aversion to confrontation, a tendency toward understatement, a disinclination to make a fuss or stand out, [and] emotional restraint," above everything else. So it comes as somewhat of a surprise to hear the Boy Scout's Northern Star Council - representing 75,000 Scouts across Minnesota and western Wisconsin - decided to ignore the organization's reaffirmed ban upon "open, avowed homosexuals," and continue its twelve-year-old policy of "inclusive leadership selection" that doesn't discriminate. Then again, as Northern Star Council spokesman Kent York confirmed for the Star-Tribune, "Every council is reflective of their community." Here's the latest reflection upon what you need to know:
- Signed by several dozen companies so far, an amicus brief opposing the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) recently received a 1-Up from the executives at Electronic Arts (EA.) Three years ago, EA developers honored gaymers playing The Sims 3 by recognizing their same-sex marriages. Since then, they've told us it gets better and marched with San Francisco and Seattle's gay pride parades.
- The Dept. of Defense agreed to be fashion-forward last Thursday, permitting gay and lesbian military personnel to don their uniforms for that weekend's San Diego LGBT Festival Pride Parade.
- Celeb Boutique committed the ultimate 'fashion don't' last Friday by attempting to profit off of a human tragedy; pimping their Kardashian-inspired #Aurora dress, only hours after #PrayForAurora and #theatershooting began trending upon Twitter. Gunman James Holmes, 24, (NOT to be confused with a certain managing editor) opened fire shortly after midnight, July 20, upon an unarmed theatre of moviegoers anticipating the action-packed premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colo. Twelve died, and more than 50 individuals were wounded in what's become the single-largest shooting massacre in the United States to date. The pleated, plunging V-neck design isn't presently for sale online.