Our Scene

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07.11.14 The Carley Knox Band at Bunker’s Minneapolis MN


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07.19.14 2014 Gender Reel Fundraiser Minneapolis MN


(L to R) Kevin Kaoz Moore, Jordan Waters, Harry Waters Jr.
Photo by Farrington Starnes

Gay Perspectives Included in “Performative Conversations” about Dads and Sons at Bedlam 

Celebrated actor and educator Harry Waters Jr. is in the inner circle of an original technique called “performative conversations”. Along with his son, Jordan, a dancer and choreographer and hip hop/spoken word artist Kevin “Kaoz” […]

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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 […]


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 […]


Our Affairs


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Recent Stories

Obama Urged To Address GLBT Rights In Africa

Time reports that advocates issue report on the dreadful state of GLBT rights in Africa, as world leaders and leading figures from the continent prepare for the US-Africa Leaders Summit. Read the full story from […]

North Carolina Says It Will No Longer Defend Gay Marriage Ban In Court

The Los Angeles Times reports that North Carolina’s attorney general said Monday that the state would stop defending its same-sex marriage ban against legal challenges, just hours after a federal appeals court ruled a similar […]

“Straight White Guy Festival” Fliers In Ohio Park Spark Local Controversy

The Huffington Post reports that a series of fliers advertising a “Straight White Guy Festival” have sparked controversy in Ohio, although local residents and authorities are unclear on whether or not the event is legitimate. […]

Texas: Gay-Marriage Ban Best For Children

The Chron reports that Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage allows the state to promote the birth and upbringing of children in “stable, lasting relationships”, the state’s attorney general argued Tuesday while asking a federal appeals […]

China Activists Fight Gay ‘Conversion Therapy’

BBC News reports that gay rights activists in China are preparing for what they say could be a legal milestone in their fight to stop homosexuality being treated as an illness. Read the full story […]


Our Lives


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Our Homes

2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco

Ride Preview: 2015 Hyundai Sonata

Meet the new Sonata…same as the old one? Hyundai would rather have you think otherwise. The 2015 Sonata has arrived, sporting a “mature” look with a few new twists to their midsized family sedan. A […]


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 […]


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 […]

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. […]

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 […]