Our Scene


Galena — Take It For Granted

For history buffs, it’s party time: the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. The spidery handwriting weaving across the fading document General Grant penned for General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox in April 1865 […]


Urban Growler: Science and Art Create Craft Brew and Congeniality

Urban Growler Brewery’s creator-owner-operators, Deb Loch and Jill Pavlak, talked with Lavender about their seven-year path to becoming Minnesota’s first woman-owned and -brewed packaging microbrewery. When did you decide, as one might put it, “Hey, […]

Camelot. Photo by Scott Suchman

Arts Spotlight: 521

All-Female Hamlet May 16–31 JSB Tek Box at the Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave., Mpls (612) 206-3600 www.theatreunbound.com William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is generally considered to be his best play and by many multitudes as the […]


Lav.fash™: Fierce into Sunrise

Somewhere in the past, a little girl in tiny denim overalls kneels in loose garden soil, hard at work on a miniature harvest. One after another, she pulls potatoes from their patch, brushes them on […]


Lav.fash™: Summer Trends 2015

Photographer: Kyle Lieberman Hair and Makeup: Jessica Mae – WarPaint International Models: Histria & Connor @ Ignite Models   Floral dress by Caroline Hayden. On Her: Floral blouse and floral skirt by Caroline Hayden. On Him: […]


Our Affairs

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A Word In Edgewise: Yes, Virginia, There Is Evil

He used as justification for anything he wanted done, writes Amsterdam author Russell Shorto, that it be performed “in God’s service and mine, which is the same.” Not a 2016 presidential candidate, but Habsburg ruler […]


Bear With Me (While I Tell You About…): 521

GLBT Open Climb Night May 16 • 6–8 p.m. Vertical Endeavors • 2540 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis Climb every mountain… It might not be the mountains of Austria in The Sound of Music, but nonetheless, […]

Women of Skawa Island

Books: 521

                      The Women of Skawa Island Anthony Bidulka Insomniac Press $19.95 Who would shipwreck three women on a remote South Pacific island? How? And why? […]

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Ask Lambda Legal — Stop Prison Rape

          By Jael Humphrey, Lambda Legal Criminal Justice and Police Misconduct Strategist  Q: My friend is a transgender woman in a men’s prison. Last year she was raped, and I’m afraid […]


Recent Stories

Anti-Gay Christian Accused Of Sexually Molesting 5 Children

BoingBoing.net reports that 27 year-old Josh Duggar is accused of molesting five underage girls as a teen. Josh is a son in the large conservative Christian family featured in the reality show “19 Kids and […]

Americans Believe 23% Of Population Is Gay

DailyCaller.com reports that Americans think 23 percent of their fellow citizens are gay, according to a new Gallup Poll. 33% percent of respondents believed the figure to be above 25 percent. Read the full story from […]

Boy Scouts’ President Calls For End To Ban On Gay Leaders

The New York Times reports that Robert Gates, the president of the Boy Scouts of America and former secretary of defense, called to end the Scouts’ ban on gay adult leaders, warning the group’s executives […]


BigGayNews for Friday, May 22, 2015

Today’s Top Headlines Oregon Outlaws Gay Conversion Therapy, Joins Two Other States Michigan Pastor Resigns After Sharing Photos On Gay Dating App Gay Magazine Editor’s Message About ‘Petty Tyrants Exploding In Anger’ Over Christian Businesses […]

Indian Mother Seeks Groom For Son In First Gay Advert

Aljazeera reports that a mother has had her gay son’s matrimonial ad published in an Indian newspaper after three leading dailies refused – the first such advert published in a country where homosexuality is illegal. […]


Our Lives

Artwork by Jeana Lidfors.

Through These Eyes: King of the Bullies

Logan Kinlaw. Seventh grade bully, bully to the gods. I was quiet and awkward; Logan was obnoxious and powerful. We were equally unpopular, me for my social ineptitude, Logan for his tyranny. He humiliated teachers […]


Bear With Me (While I Tell You About…): 521

GLBT Open Climb Night May 16 • 6–8 p.m. Vertical Endeavors • 2540 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis Climb every mountain… It might not be the mountains of Austria in The Sound of Music, but nonetheless, […]

Left to right: Steven Patton, Mr. Twin Cities Leather 2015, and Ren Rushold, Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2015. Photo by Steve Lenius

Leather Life: Ren Rushold and Steven Patton

Ren Rushold, Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2015, and Steven Patton, Mr. Twin Cities Leather 2015, will be competing and representing Minnesota at the 2015 International Mr. Leather contest weekend (May 22–25 in Chicago). I recently had […]


From the Editor: Walk the Walk

I was walking through St. Anthony Park the other night, after the stores had closed. I love the little neighborhood, close to where I live in St. Paul, with little shops and attractive buildings. It’s […]


Skirting the Issues: Sensei

Talk about serendipity. It was a hot, steamy Friday in early August, 2006, in Cedar Rapids. Still presenting as a crew cut man with glasses then, I wore a suit that day — Mr. Lawyer […]


Our Homes


Interior Design for Exterior Spaces

by Kate O’Hara Summer is quickly approaching and with the occasional perfectly sunny day already upon us, it’s time to open our homes to the outdoors. So how to design our exteriors to be as […]


Spa Day for Your Landscape

by Tom Kerby Spa day…a time to recharge and rejuvenate. Anyone who has ever had a spa day knows you come back refreshed and relaxed with a new outlook on life. After a Minnesota winter, […]


Container Gardening: A Step-by-Step Approach

by Frank Bohlander Container gardens are a great way to add a splash of nature to any outdoor space. Decks, patios, and porches are all perfect choices. Step 1: Site Selection The first step is […]

Subaru Outback

Ride Review: 2015 Subaru Outback

For us, there are really two vehicles that we love the most. They both just happen to be Subarus. We love Subarus because they were among the first automobile brands that loved us. That is […]


Ride Review: 2015 Kia K900

We often equate luxury with a name. It is in the clothes we wear, the furniture we buy, the electronics we own…even the realtor with whom we sell or buy our homes. Names often evoke […]