Our Scene


Lav.fash™: ENVISION the Next Level

ENVISION the Next Level Envision Fall 2014 | Friday, September 12 | Orchestra Hall | Produced by Ignite Models Envision is unquestionably one of the most popular fashion events of the year. Wrapping up its […]


Lav.fash™: Puttin’ on the Ritz: Avant Garden 2014

Puttin’ on the Ritz: Avant Garden 2014 Presented by the Walker Art Center Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Saturday, September 13 Avant Garden is one of those incredibly rare events that illustrates art’s inherence to fashion. An […]

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09.21.14 Gadfly Theatre Productions QUEERulous Cabaret Minneapolis MN

La Fanciulla Feature

5Q: La Fanciulla del West

“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 […]

Joe Ippolito, Founder and National Chair Gender Reel Film and Performance Art Festival

09.19.14 Gender Reel Film and Performance Art Festival Minneapolis MN



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

Minnesota Newspaper Comes Under Fire For Anti-Transgender Ad

Pink News reports that Minnesota’s Star Tribune is receiving criticism for running a full-page anti-transgender ad in Sunday’s paper. Read the full story from Pink News 

Gay Couple Shot By BB Gun Outside The Saloon

FOX 9 News reports that Tyler Erickson, a security guard at the Saloon, said that hate crimes like the one he had on his hands Thursday night should never happen, let alone in a city […]

Philip Williams And Katherine Knott, Philadelphia Gay Beating Case Defendants, Turn Themselves In

The Huffington Post reports that a defense lawyer for one of the three young adults charged with beating a gay couple during a night on the town insisted the men were injured when a “fist […]

California Governor Signs Law Outlawing ‘Gay Panic’ Legal Defense

Pink News reports that the governor of California has signed a law outlawing the use of the so-called “gay panic” defense. Read the full story from Pink News 

Catholic Music Director Will Not Sue Nienstedt

The Star Tribune reports that the forced resignation of a Catholic church music director who married his longtime same-sex partner apparently won’t be challenged in court. Read the full story from the Star Tribune


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 Mazda MX-5 Miata Grand Touring

Ride Review: 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Twenty-five years later, this car defined what a roadster should be. It was 1989. Up until this time, roadsters were at least semi-reliable and required a lot of love and maintenance. Yet, there was still […]

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 […]