Category: Blog Posts

An Open Letter to Governor Tim Walz Requesting a Statewide Mandatory Mask Policy

Dear Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan, We all know that masks are scientifically proven to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and that unfortunately it has become a topic of great debate and division. With a different approach initially from the Federal government, I…

Letter to the Editor about Proposed Mask Ordinance

Hello! I am so glad that Duluth News Tribune reporter Brady Slater decided to cover the discussion about making masks required indoors during the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope his article will motivate others to contact Mayor Emily Larson (heck, even Governor Tim Walz!) if…

A Follow-up Letter to Mayor Larson (and Mayors Everywhere) about COVID-19

Hello again, Mayor Larson! Thank you for the thoughtful email response. Although I am obviously disappointed by your current position (opting to make mask-wearing optional during the COVID-19 pandemic), I am not surprised, as I know masks are not universally accepted. That is why…

An Open Letter to the Duluth Mayor (and Mayors Everywhere) about COVID-19

Hello Mayor Larson! I hope this email finds you well and healthy. This is the musician & Disability Rights advocate Gaelynn Lea, a lifelong Duluth resident. I’d like to schedule a meeting with you if possible to discuss the idea of making mask-wearing in…

When Dread Takes Up Residence in Your Heart

I hope this blog post finds you safe and healthy… How have you been holding up? The COVID-19 quarantine is well underway in Minnesota… And although I have pretty much adjusted to the new schedule (Paul & I haven’t gone anywhere since March 13th…

I Want to Get Involved in Disability Rights! Where Do I Start?

Hello Friends, and Happy Valentines Day! 🥰 I hope you are having a great day celebrating the many forms of LOVE!  One form of love is making sure everyone in society is welcome, included, and treated with respect and dignity. Today I want to…

Thoughts on Disability Rights for #ADA29

This Friday, July 26th, marked the 29th anniversary of the signing of the ADA. The Americans with Disabilities Act is very special to me and I’m happy that advocates all across the country get together to celebrate its passage… It’s a “disability holiday” of…

I Love Duluth… and Its Musical Humans!

This year the Duluth Homegrown Music Festival committee asked me to curate the annual Homegrown Mix Tape, which made me super excited for two reasons. First of all, I am really proud of my hometown of Duluth, Minnesota (a beautiful little city situated right at…

On Mental Health (Remember You Are Loved)

This morning I shed more than a few tears after reading about the death of Frightened Rabbit’s singer Scott Hutchinson. To be honest, I haven’t listened to their music, although it sounds like it was extremely powerful and touched countless lives. But it’s not…

Gaelynn Lea’s List for Venues, Bands and Promoters to Make the Music Industry More Accessible

My name is Gaelynn Lea. I am a violinist turned songwriter from Duluth Minnesota. I have been performing for over a decade, but my music career took a national twist when I won NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest. After that I started getting…

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