Our Scene

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Cheryl Furjanic’s Uplifting HBO Documentary on Greg Louganis: A Story of Herculean Struggle and Triumph

No diver in recorded history has achieved the level of greatness as Olympic diving champion, Greg Louganis. The HBO Sports documentary, Back on Board: Greg Louganis, captivates with up close and personal interviews. It will […]

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Robin Williams Gives a Milestone Final Performance About Breaking Out of the Closet in “Boulevard” at Lagoon Cinema

The closet is its own particular hell and when latent or closeted people in their middle years and later finally start to come to terms with it, it can turn their world upside down. There is […]

Kinky Feature

Kyle Taylor Parker Soars in “Kinky Boots” at the Orpheum

The Lauper and Fierstein musical phenomenon, Kinky Boots, has official taken the Twin Cities by storm with a glorious national tour production directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell and a soaring turn by Kyle Taylor Parker […]

Kinky Boots Feature

5Q: Kinky Boots

“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 […]

American Innocence and Naiveté Revealed in Brilliant Restoration of 1949 Cold War Thriller “The Third Man” at Edina Cinema

After World War II, the anti-Nazi allies of France, the U.K., the USA, and the USSR, occupied Austria until 1955. Filmmaker Carol Reed’s ominous, yet supremely witty mystery thriller, The Third Man, made in 1949, captures the […]


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

Man Attacks Gay Pride Marchers In Jerusalem For Second Time, Police Say

The New York Times reports that an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who had recently been released from prison after serving 10 years for stabbing participants in the annual Gay Pride Parade in 2005 struck again on […]

Minister From Viral Video Is Not A Gay Rights Champion After All

Advocate.com reports that the Georgia minister whose anti-homophobia sermon has been viewed by hundreds of thousands in an online video has turned out not to be the GLBT rights champion some have perceived him as […]

Uncle’s Death Motivates Gay College Athlete To Create Change

OutSports reports that Griffin Hay, a University of Portland runner, looks to work with his coach to form an NCAA organization for GLBT athletes. Read the full story from OutSports http://www.outsports.com/2015/7/30/9071553/griffin-hay-gay-cross-country-track-portland-university-coming-out

In New Documentary, Gay Palestinian Men In Israel Grapple With Their Sexual, National Identity

U.S. News & World Report reports that a privately funded film by British Director Jake Witzenfeld premiered at both the Sheffield Film Festival in England and the Los Angeles Film Festival, and documents the unique […]


BigGayNews for Monday, August 3, 2015

Today’s Top Headlines Canada’s Policy On Gay Men Donating Tissue Is 30 Years Behind Russia Is Investigating If Gay Emojis Break Its Laws To Be Gay and African Should Not Be a Crime “Gay Neighborhoods […]


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 […]


Marriage Equality, a Covered Wagon, and Metro Transit

I was on a travel writing trip the week we were waiting to hear about the Supreme Court’s ruling regarding marriage equality. When it didn’t happen on that Monday while I was still in town, […]


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 […]