Our Scene


Narcissistic Parents Vs. Traumatized Youth in New Play with Same-Sex Soulmate Undercurrents

Lake Untersee by playwright Joe Waechter is a striking portrait of narcissistic parents who lack enough humanity to grapple with their teenaged son’s emotional difficulties. 15 year old Rocky (Michael Thurston) is so traumatized that […]


Lavender’s Fall New Restaurant Roundup

Shocking to no one, I’m not a math major. The check arrives and I stick to a straight percentage on that tip because I suck on a very basic level. No, I’m not proud. However, […]


Lav.fash™ | What Should Be: From the Lips of Grant Whittaker

Grant Whittaker is Depressed. Ugly. Anorexic. Bullied. Grant Whittaker is Alive. Gorgeous. Ferocious. Intriguing. He comprises these qualities because he’s lived them. These are the seams of his personal history, informants to his perspective, muses […]


Lav.fash™: Fall Trends 2014

Iggy Azelea’s “Fancy” had our eyes rolling this summer (but our feet tapping). Fashion this fall echoes her sentiment. This “fancy” fall season brings with it expensive-looking fabrics and rich colors, intricate patterns and elaborate […]


Lav.fash™: Raquel Redmond’s MOD

W Hotel • Living Room  • Friday June 20 Photos by Kyle Lieberman


Our Affairs


Ask Lambda Legal – Transgender Health Care

          By M. Dru Levasseur, Esq., Transgender Rights Project Director for Lambda Legal Dear Ask Lambda Legal, I have put off going to the doctor’s office for a long time out […]


A Word In Edgewise: Leviticus and the Refugee Question

June, 1939. Offshore Florida, within view of the glowing lights of Miami, the 937 passengers of the Hamburg-America Line’s MS St. Louis waited and hoped. Refused entry to Cuba, their future now depended on the […]


Safe Schools: Questions Unanswered

Amongst great excitement over the passing of Minnesota’s more strict anti-bullying legislation this spring, there was also great concern that much was left up to individual school districts. Once the excitement faded away, questions remained […]


Rainbow Resources: Back to School

GLBT-Friendly Back to School Shopping Guide As the school year draws nearer, retailers will stop at nothing to attract back-to-school shoppers. With all of the options, it can be hard to decipher which retailers deserve […]


A Refuge for Homeless Youth

In a rare suburban venture aimed at tackling a growing statewide problem, city officials, churches, civic groups and others are working together in Brooklyn Park to open a shelter for homeless teens. The facility will […]


Recent Stories


BigGayNews for Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Today’s Top Headlines One Direction Singer Liam Payne Denies Nude ‘Gay’ Photos Leaked Are of Him, Insists He Isn’t ‘Homophobic’ UK Gangs Sell Sham Gay Marriages for Citizenship Israeli Gay Nightclub Promoter Criticized for Isis […]


BigGayNews for Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Today’s Top Headlines Cape Town Pro-Gay Mosque Opens In South Africa Allowing Gay Men To Donate Blood Could Save Over 1 Million Lives, Study Finds Coach Tied To Beating Of Gay Couple Leaves Job Attorney […]

504 Yelle

Yelle CD – “Complètement Fou”

Enter to win Complètement Fou from Yelle! Complètement Fou the brand-new album from French electro-pop act YELLE Featuring lead single “Bouquet Final” and the irresistible new single “Complètement Fou.” Available September 30 http://www.yelle.fr https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yelle/8906685638 https://twitter.com/YELLEtweets […]

Boys Wear Skirts To Class In Protest After School Fines Trans Girl For Wearing Skirt

Advocate.com reports that nine days after transgender student Maria Muniz was fined by school officials for wearing a skirt, a group of her Colégio Pedro II classmates decided to stage a protest: both male and […]

Attorney Apologizes For ‘Harsh’ Letter On Gay Rights

The Springfield News-Leader reports that a prominent Springfield attorney who came under fire for a letter he wrote about gay rights is now acknowledging the letter was “harsh” and apologizing. Read the full story from […]


Our Lives


Call for Submissions: Real Weddings in Lavender’s 2014 Fall/Winter Wedding Issue

  Photographers!  Newlyweds!  Spread the word: We are currently in production for the 2014 Fall/Winter Wedding Issue right now and time is of the essence. It will be on stands Thursday, October 30.  If you have […]


From the Editor: When Time Stops

September 11 always brings with it social networking posts and conversations of people remembering where we were and what we were doing when the United States was attacked by terrorists that day in 2001. I […]


Leather Life: Twenty Years Ago: International Mr. Drummer Memories

On Saturday, September 24, 1994, I competed as Great Lakes Mr. Drummer 1994 in the International Mr. Drummer contest in San Francisco. That was 20 years ago this month and, amazingly, the people I met […]


Skirting The Issues: Transgender Search Authority

I absolutely hate airports and flying. More specifically, it’s really the TSA—what I call the “Transgender Search Authority”—which I detest. Trust me, many trans folk will immediately know what I’m talking about. Mind you, it’s […]


Through These Eyes: Bait-and-Switch

“Yes,” he says and his lower lip quivers. This is his response to, “What kind of beer do you like?” We’re in my kitchen on either side of my island. “Paul” is sharing a whisky […]


Our Homes

2014 Infiniti Q50S AWD

Ride Review: 2014 Infiniti Q50

Next year will mark Infiniti’s quarter-century of existence. Nissan’s luxury brand made some inroads in the premium car game. Some might say it had not done enough in terms of sales and memorable vehicles during […]


All the World’s a Stage, and Your Home is the Star

All of the steps have been completed: the real estate agent listed the property, the house has been cleaned, the lawn has been mowed, and numerous families have come through to tour the nest. Why, […]

Shining A Light On Your Home

Shining a Light on Home Design

It’s common knowledge that functional spaces need enough light for the given activity. A chair needs a lamp to read by and a desk needs a desk lamp for office-type tasks. It’s even come out […]


Hot Topic: Solar and Fire as Alternative Heat

The tremendous growth in the industry surrounding solar power in the U.S. is helping to pave the way to a cleaner, more sustainable energy future. Over the past few years, the cost of a solar […]


Italian Flair: Kitchens for Who You Are

Cabinets can devour the bulk of a budget during a kitchen remodel because they are a major investment (and one that’s not likely to be made again anytime soon). This type of decision isn’t one […]