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"What's changed is right now, we need something supportive and creative"

Maybe it's a little step, but for the first time, UMD's Music Department is sponsoring a recital of queer-identified faculty.

Derek Bromme, Elizabeth Fisher, Elias Mokole and Tom Hamilton of UWS are performing tonight at 7:30 at the Weber Music Hall in The Rainbow Connection Concert.

Maybe it's just a little step, but it's put smiles on the faces of faculty and students alike.  Mokole says it's opened up a lot of new conversations among staff and the students are really excited about tonight's concert.

Maybe it's a little step, but it's still progress and still represents a campus community pushing through discomfort on different levels.  "It felt a little uncomfortable at first," admits Mokole. "But life at universities for all of us is about going out of our comfort zone."

We kiss in a shadow We hide from the moon Our meetings are few And over too soon We speak in a whisper Afraid to be heard When people are near We speak not a word Alone in our secret Together we sigh For one smiling day to be free To kiss in the sunlight And say to the sky: "Behold and believe what you see! Behold how my lover loves me!"

~ We Kiss in a Shadow by Oscar Hammerstein II & Richard Rodgers

Lisa Johnson started her broadcast career anchoring the television news at her high school and spinning country music at KWWK/KOLM Radio in Rochester, Minnesota. She was a reporter and news anchor at KTHI in Fargo, ND (not to mention the host of a children's program called "Lisa's Lane") and a radio reporter and anchor in Moorhead, Bismarck, Wahpeton and Fergus Falls.Since 1991, she has hosted Northland Morning on KUMD. One of the best parts of her job includes "paying it forward" by mentoring upcoming journalists and broadcasters on the student news team that helps produce Northland Morning. She also loves introducing the different people she meets in her job to one another, helping to forge new "community connections" and partnerships.Lisa has amassed a book collection weighing over two tons, and she enjoys reading, photography, volunteering with Animal Allies Humane Society and fantasizing about farmland. She goes to bed at 8pm, long before her daughter, two cats, or three dogs.
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