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“Crazyface” is Macabre and Transgressive

Demonic forces converge in Clive Barker’s epic satirical play, Crazyface, now in a bold production by Shadow Horse Theatre at Nimbus Theatre. The title role character is a trickster whose own relatives reject him for not […]

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Seasons of Change: Looking Back at Performing Arts & the Evolution of a Community

I have written for Lavender ever since the beginning when it was Lavender Lifestyles and the landscape was very different. Looking back it was about navigating shifts of consciousness, community divisions, and learning curves, including my own. Transgender issues were […]

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Barometer: Iman Wins Miss City of the Lakes Pageant

On the evening of June 26, Iman won the Miss City of the Lakes Pageant at the Gay 90’s La Femme Show Lounge. Three contestants—Iman, Mercedes Iman (no relation to the new titleholder), and Butterfly […]

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A Reflection on Two Decades

Lavender Celebrates 500th Issue and 20th Year For any publication, its 500th issue and 20th year are certainly reasons to celebrate. Lavender’s current issue is number 500, and the magazine began its 20th year in […]

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Bear With Me (While I Tell You About…): 500

Paws on Grand August 3 • 11am-4pm Grand Avenue • St. Paul It’s our Summer Pride in Pets issue, so I need to include at least one pet event. Celebrate the dog days of summer […]

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Our Affairs

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Small But Mighty, the Staff of Lavender Magazine Reflects on 500 Issues

By Andy Lien and Shane Lueck One of the most important pieces of a publication is the masthead. It tells everyone who works for the publication, what roles they play, how to contact them, as […]

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Lavender’s Crowdfund Roundup Vol. 3

Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.  In return for their contributions, donors will receive […]

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Ask Lambda Legal – Medicare and Sex Reassignment Surgeries

By Karen Loewy, Senior Attorney and Seniors Program Strategist, Lambda Legal Q: I am transgender woman in my late 60’s. I only recently came out and I’m not sure what type of transition-related medical care […]

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Foster Homes: The Future of Animal Rescue

Imagine adopting a pet and knowing exactly how they’ll act in the home environment before they even walk in the door. No more lies about the new puppy being potty trained from the owner of […]

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A Word In Edgewise: Kevin D. Williamson Doesn’t Believe in Me, Do I Therefore Not Exist?

In response to Time magazine’s recent cover image and story of transwoman Laverne Cox, Kevin D. Williamson, roving correspondent for the National Review, penned a screed entitled, “Laverne Cox is Not a Woman: Facts Are […]

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Recent Stories

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“Crazyface” is Macabre and Transgressive

Demonic forces converge in Clive Barker’s epic satirical play, Crazyface, now in a bold production by Shadow Horse Theatre at Nimbus Theatre. The title role character is a trickster whose own relatives reject him for not […]

‘True Blood Actor Luke Grimes Quit Because He Didn’t Want to Play a Gay Part’

FoxNews reports that Luke Grimes reportedly quit in December when he found out his character was bisexual and starting a romantic relationship with a gay character in the seventh and final season. Read the full […]

The Stupidity of the New York Giants Hiring Anti-Gay David Tyree

Huffington Post reports that the New York Giants announced the hiring of former Giant David Tyree as director of player development. How exactly is a homophobe supposed to carry out that job? Read the full […]

Marco Rubio Defends Gays, Attacks Gay Marriage

MSNBC.com reports that Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio acknowledged Wednesday that American history was “marred by discrimination against gays and lesbians.” But in a speech at Catholic University in Washington, Rubio drew the line sharply […]

Texas Could Make Millions by Becoming a Gay Marriage Destination

Chron.com reports that Texas could add $180 million to its economy over three years if it allowed same-sex couples to marry, according to a study from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law. […]

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Our Lives

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Lavender’s 500th Issue: Pride in Pictures 2014

Lavender is rounding up our 2014 Pride coverage with this Pride in Pictures Issue that celebrates love as well as this community. The big celebration last year was the advances in marriage equality, but this […]

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Small But Mighty, the Staff of Lavender Magazine Reflects on 500 Issues

By Andy Lien and Shane Lueck One of the most important pieces of a publication is the masthead. It tells everyone who works for the publication, what roles they play, how to contact them, as […]

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Skirting the Issues: Hypocrite

“Excuse me Miss; which way is the Convention Center?” The man had stopped me on an empty street in downtown Minneapolis on a Friday evening after work. The stranger, whom I quickly guessed was early […]

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Through These Eyes: Dandelion

The Milky Way was real and dizzying and fantastic. Good luck counting the stars. They aren’t as lonely as those above Aunt Sandy’s. You told me that I belonged up there somewhere, to shine among […]

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Dateland: Outdoor Adventures

Yesterday, I signed up for a weekend wilderness retreat for women. It takes place in October and allows you to select a bunch of activities designed to deepen your appreciation for nature. I registered for […]

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Our Homes

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Ride Review: It Is Just A Small Space After All

Five hundred issues! That is quite the milestone for this magazine. It is a great magazine for what we do for you. It was not that long ago I was writing about the Bear community […]

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Ride Review: 2014 Hyundai Sonata

Get One While You Can. Since its debut in 2010, the latest Sonata has served Hyundai well. From its ground-breaking design inside and out and efficient engines and chassis, this mid-sized sedan helped the Korean […]

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2015 Porsche Macan S

Ride Review: Porsche Macan

By now, we should expect a high level of excellence in everything Porsche sets out to do. It is a given that a 911, Boxster and Cayman are great sports cars in their own right. […]

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2014 Toyota Corolla S

Ride Review: 2014 Toyota Corolla

“So far, it reads like a best seller – a well executed one.” A good summation for perhaps one of the most improved cars in the marketplace – the Toyota Corolla. These good tidings came […]

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Your Pets, Your Car

Dogs are a human’s best friend! We love them! We adore them! We do anything to make them happy, as they make us happy. When it comes to pets, we humans would most likely take […]

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