Our Scene

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5Q: Pinocchio

“5Q” is an online-only column featuring five questions about stage productions in the Metro Area with a special focus on the GLBTQ community’s relationship to the production. Periodically, “5Q” will take the form of an […]

The Ghostbusters Abby (Melissa McCarthy), Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), Erin (Kristen Wiig) and Patty (Leslie Jones) inside the Mercado Hotel Lobby in Columbia Pictures' GHOSTBUSTERS. Photo by Hopper Smith

Going to the Movies with Jeff & Drew: “Ghostbusters”

Over 30 years have passed and this supernatural cult classic gets a reboot. The new Ghostbusters centers on Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy). The two are old friends and scientists connected […]

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Going to the Movies with Jeff & Drew: “The Secret Life of Pets”

If you’ve ever really wanted to know what your pets think when you leave for work, it’s nothing good, according to The Secret Life of Pets, by the creators of Minions. Max (Louis C.K.) is […]


Kid-Friendly Restaurants

Eating with kids is a careful tightrope walk of balancing (reasonably) healthy food with efficiency in service and a flexibility for those who play out the politics of their plates like a last war stand. […]

The Lion King. Photo by Matthew Murphy

Arts Spotlight: 551

Leaving Vogue Moran www.lvmfilm.com Vogue Moran was the name cisgender male, Wayne Mahon, gave himself when he began exploring sex and intimacy with transgender people. Hopefully, this groundbreaking documentary won’t be blacklisted by those who object […]


Our Affairs

Ask Lambda Legal – Avoiding a Name Change Nightmare

By Beth Littrell, Senior Attorney Q. I am a transgender woman who would like to legally change my name. I live in Savannah, GA and this issue has been a big deal lately after your client, […]


The Ugly Truth: The Sexual Exploitation of Our Youth

“My first time on the streets, I was approached at a bus stop. The pimp was nice, buying me things and letting me stay with him. He had a lot of girls coming and going. […]

The Eiffel tower lit up in colors of the rainbow flag  after the Orlando terror attack.

A Word In Edgewise: It’s Not Going to Stop. So?

My thoughts have been swirling since Orlando, but I’ve come to one conclusion: Hatred is not going to stop. Not toward blacks, women, Jews, other religions and cultures; and not toward gays, lesbians, and transgender […]


Books: 551

Boy Erased: A Memoir Garrard Conley Riverhead Books $27 Conley’s memoir is a harrowing narration of the devastating effects ex-gay therapy had on his and his parents’ lives in the Missionary Baptist community into which […]


Response to Community re: Lavender Issue 550 Editorial “Spirit of ’76 (A Coward Strikes Again)”

Response to Community re: Lavender Issue 550 Editorial “Spirit of ’76 (A Coward Strikes Again) We sincerely thank those who wrote by email or comment for sharing their welcomed perspectives. The poem quoted on the front […]


Recent Stories

Caitlyn Jenner: It Was Easier to Come Out as Trans than Republican

The Independent reports Caitlyn Jenner has said that it was “easier to come out as trans” rather than admit to being a Republican. Speaking at the Republican National Convention, the quip made the audience laugh, […]

Elton John Pledges Millions to Support LGBT People in Africa

The Guardian reports Elton John has pledged to spend his AIDS foundation’s money on supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Africa who are stigmatized and penalized in their own countries. Read the full […]

Eating Disorders on Decline for Straight Teens, Rising for Gay Youth

Gay Star News reports gay, lesbian and bisexual teens are purging, fasting, and using pills to lose or control their weight while the rates for eating disorders are declining for straight youths, according to a […]

NBA Moving 2017 All-Star Game From Charlotte Due To Anti-LGBT Bill

USA Today reports in an unprecedented and monumental decision, the NBA will move the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte to another state because of House Bill 2, North Carolina’s controversial anti-LGBT law. Read the full […]


BigGayNews for Friday, July 22, 2016

Today’s Top Headlines   Gay Conservative Troll Banned From Twitter After Racist Harassment Campaign Calum McSwiggan Summoned To US Court Over Assault Claims Walgreens Gives Away Pharmacy Guide On Treating LGBTI Customers With Respect North […]


Our Lives

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Pride in Pictures 2016

Relive Twin Cities Pride through this collection of photography: our community, our people, and our celebrations in our two cities. Click on any of the links below to view a Photo Gallery of that event. […]


2016 Leather Pride

Photography by Steve Lenius

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2016 Pride at eagleBOLTbar

Photography by George Holdgrafer  

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2016 Pride at Gay 90s

Photography by George Holdgrafer

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2016 Pride at 19 Bar

Photography by George Holdgrafer


Our Homes


Ride Review: 2017 Kia Sportage

Did you know that Kia was the first Korean automaker to sell an SUV in the USA? It’s true. The original Sportage arrived in the mid-to-late 1990s to compete in a class already established by […]

Lavender Media Pride Pasta Recipe

Recipe: Pride Pasta

June is Pride Month and I just love a good reason to try out some artistic recipes. In the past, Lavender has featured Pride recipes by Ross Sveback and I hope you go back to […]

2016 Dodge Charger RT Scat Pack

Ride Review: 2016 Dodge Charger

Over the years, I have openly admitted having a soft spot for certain automobiles. I understand the consequences of making this known publicly. It may challenge my credibility as a journalist. It may peg me […]

Bacon Granola

Recipe: Bacon Granola

You read that right: bacon granola. Last year, I was surprised by how easy it is to make granola rather than buy it. What’s more, there are countless ways to modify your homemade granola, from […]


The Grass That’s “Greener”: Sustainable Landscaping for City Living

With summer right around the corner, most Minnesotans are in full lawn-maintenance mode. The hiss of sprinkler systems is starting to join the chorus of morning birds, and the roar of lawn mowers disrupts the […]