Our Scene

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Interview with Tangerine Director Sean Baker – a groundbreaking film comedy on trans issues

Tangerine is a masterpiece indie film that will rub some people wrong and send others, like myself, into raptures. This gritty look at two irreverent transgender sex workers of color portrays a triumph of the human […]


Gay Master Playwright Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker” Delights and Uplifts at Park Square

When major gay playwrights of the middle 20th century are brought up, one is likely to hear Tennessee Williams, Jean Genet, and William Inge. But there was also another. He played his cards close to […]


Sauer Shines in Gadfly’s Horror Fest at Nimbus

Gina Sauer delivers a penetrating and poignant performance as the maid of infamous axe-murderer Lizzie Borden at Nimbus Theatre. However, Carolyn Gage’s captivating script, Lace Curtain Irish, raises possibilities that Borden may have been a lesbian […]

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Director Comments on “Daughter of the Regiment” at Mill City Opera

Mill City Summer Opera is currently presenting Gaetano Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment. Director David Lefkowich describes it as “a wild romp through the Swiss Tyrol in the wake of a battle. It follows […]


Our Affairs


Pride in Pictures and Poetry

This is one of my favorite issues of the year: Pride in Pictures. So many smiles and faces and signs and causes; all coming out and being seen. And, though there generally aren’t many words […]

A Word In Edgewise: A Pride Among Prides

In Lavender’s 2009 Pride edition, I wrote of the California’s earlier Proposition 8 decision. During the summer, prior to Prop 8’s passage in November, 2008, the fall, some18,000 couples had wed, though were still barred […]


Ask Lambda Legal – Marriage Equality

            By Susan Sommer, Lambda Legal Sr. Counsel and Director of Constitutional Litigation Following the Supreme Court’s recent historic decision to grant same-sex couples throughout the United States the freedom […]


“Septembers: Senior Muses of a Gay Man” — A conversation with Dr. Ronald G. Perrier

Ronald G. Perrier is professor emeritus of theater and film studies at St. Cloud State University where he taught for 27 of his 40-plus years as an educator. He has directed some 75 theater productions and taught classes in […]


Bear With Me (While I Tell You About…): 525

3rd Annual Sausage Fest July 11 • 5:30–7:30 p.m. Nonna Rosa’s • 4168 W. Broadway Ave., Robbinsdale Part of Robbinsdale’s Whiz Bang Days, Nonna Rosa presents their 3rd Annual Sausage Fest, “The Ultimate Meet + […]


Recent Stories

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BigGayNews for Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Today’s Top Headlines Did Saudi Arabia Just Fine A School For Its Rainbow Colors? Canadian Professor Fired For Antigay Facebook Post Renee Richards Blazed The Trail For Transgender Athletes Apple, Dow Chemical And Levi Strauss […]

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Apple, Dow Chemical And Levi Strauss Speak Out In Support Of Equality Act

GayStarNews reports that Apple, Dow Chemical Company and Levi Strauss & Co have made public statements of support for the new GLBT discrimination protection bill introduced in Congress on Thursday, July 23rd. Read the full […]

Renee Richards Blazed The Trail For Transgender Athletes

Curve Magazine reports that if the Arthur Ashe ESPY Award for Courage were around 40 years ago, Renee Richards would have won it hands down. Read the full story from Curve Magazine 


Our Lives


Pride in Pictures 2015

Lavender is rounding up our 2015 Pride coverage with this Pride in Pictures Issue that celebrates love as well as this community. The biggest celebration over the last year was the Supreme Court ruling in […]


Posh Puppy: New Pet-Friendly Hotel Stay

Travel: we all do it at one point or another. How much do you pay for a dog-sitter? What about pet boarding? And after you pay those fees, how much time of your vacation is […]


Dateland: Captain, Dumb Captain

I’m writing this in the cabin of my boat. I’m distracted at the moment because this cabin was the location of the first big makeout session I’ve had since becoming single. Now, I associate the […]

Mr Bootblack 2015

Leather Life: International Mr. Leather 2015

The International Mr. Leather (IML) contest, held every year in Chicago over the Memorial Day weekend, is always an intense weekend. This year, even more than usual, the 37th annual contest was full of emotional […]


Skirting the Issues: In Lieu of an Owner’s Manual

Caitlyn Jenner’s very public gender transition is helping to change perceptions about transgender people. Still, for trans persons who lack television agents or magazine photographers, transitioning genders remains incredibly difficult. For my contribution, here are […]


Our Homes

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More Than Just a Parade: The Intersection of the Auto Industry and the GLBT Community

When an automobile manufacturer says they support the GLBT community, what is the ultimate output of that support? To answer this question, we must first look in our own backyard. A walk through Loring Park […]


Ride Review: 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Which automobile is one of the most popular ones in our community today? Subaru is a correct answer. It is nationally, as well as locally; however, there is a different truth to tell, especially in […]


Growing Sustainably

By Lisa Antenucci A Minneapolis Couple Plans for a Growing Family with a Sustainable Home Renovation Kevin Miller and Bobby Jardin are feeling hopeful. They are preparing for a Skype interview with a birth mother […]

Getting Around Pride

Getting To & Around Pride

By Amy Ongaro Transportation options to get to (and around) Pride weekend have never been more plentiful. Check out these great options to have a safe and celebratory festival weekend: Bike It Biking is an […]


How To Deal With Servicing and Maintaining Your Car

When something goes wrong in your vehicle, what do you do? If you are mechanically inclined, you fix the problem right at home — or, do the light maintenance that you can do. However, our […]