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2011 Gifts | Gay & Lesbian

Editor Jason A. Heidemann’s picks for the modern queer.


Brewhoho Since the worst part of waking up is the stranger in bed next to you, why not make the best part a cup o� queer joe? Massachusetts-based indie roaster Melissa Krueger debuted her fair-traded and organically roasted Gay Coffee ($13 for ten ounces) at San Francisco�s Castro Street Fair in October. Cheeky blends include Weekend Pass, Stone Butch Blend, Red Hanky Roast and Good Morning Mary. A portion of all purchases benefits the Lesbian and Gay Task Force. Available at gaycoffee.com.


Chatty Kathy We thought former D-Lister Griffin�s comic edge started to wane after the Emmys began rolling in, but the rapid-fire barbs showcased in her recent special, Girl Down, show she�s still got it. Stuff your mate�s stocking with two tickets to Kathy Griffin ($49.50-$69.50) at the Chicago Theatre January 20 and 21, and keep laughing well into the new year. Available at ticketmaster.com.


A Holiday for the holidays Those dashing cityscapes you�ve envied in the apartments of your coolest friends no doubt are the work of local out artist Ben Holiday. His Horizon 2.0 ($395) paints a pretty picture of our skyline, or you can build-your-own-Ben-Holiday online at benholiday.com. Available at White Attic, 5225 N Clark St (773-907-9800).


Soldier on We can�t imagine a more patriotic gift than Our Time: Breaking the Silence of Don�t Ask Don�t Tell (Penguin, $24.95), a heartbreaking and triumphant collection of tales that recalls the failed military policy. Josh Seefried�s book reminds us the fight continues and justice ultimately prevails. Available at Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N Broadway (773-883-9119).


All the jingle ladies Trans-identified artist and activist Amos Mac put the FTM community front and center with his fabulous gender-blending zine Original Plumbing. Mac does it again with Translady Fanzine ($23), a fine-art photographic periodical full of beautiful ladies who will set your heart aflutter. Available at Quimby�s Bookstore, 1854 W North Ave (773-342-0910).