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A Word In Edgewise: O Tempora, O Mores…

I write on the eve of Inauguration Day. Perhaps upon publication, the Commander in Tweet will be seen in a more sanguine light. Perhaps. But even suspending disbelief, normalizing the lying, misogyny, racial bigotry, and […]

Interview with Roxanne Anderson, Honored Trans and Racial Justice Activist on Trump, Bathroom Policy, and the Lavender Community

You know Roxanne Anderson as last year’s Grand Marshal for Twin Cities Pride. That honor signified a culmination of an activist life for queer and racial justice. Known for steering work groups on trans inclusion […]

A Word In Edgewise: They’ve All Got Little Lists

After two centuries of sequestration, Japan reopened its doors in the 1850s. In 1872, Japonisme (influence of Japanese art and aesthetics) entered the vocabulary of many European artists, and ukiyo-e prints were popularized: Van Gogh […]

A Word In Edgewise: A Tale from the Dark Side

Some time ago, well, several decades now, back in the early 1970s, though it seems like yesterday, I witnessed an event that has remained with me to this day. An acquaintance of mine (I’ll call her […]

Prediction from 1993 Concerning American Politics

“The relatives and former aids [sic] of congressional members together control approximately 20 percent of the seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Within this are many of the important positions of leadership, […]

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Causes

A Word in Edgewise: Nature Adores A Redundancy

Nature, like NASA, likes to make sure something, however odd or eccentric, survives to complete its mission. Sending humans to Mars? Better have multiple sources for life support. Intelligence? All the while man has been […]

Interview with Roxanne Anderson, Honored Trans and Racial Justice Activist on Trump, Bathroom Policy, and the Lavender Community

You know Roxanne Anderson as last year’s Grand Marshal for Twin Cities Pride. That honor signified a culmination of an activist life for queer and racial justice. Known for steering work groups on trans inclusion […]

Skirting The Issues: Blank Slate

I sit writing this on the day of my 60th birthday. God. I never thought I’d ever be this old. Coincidentally, I’m also two days away from leaving my position as the executive director of […]

A Word In Edgewise: They’ve All Got Little Lists

After two centuries of sequestration, Japan reopened its doors in the 1850s. In 1872, Japonisme (influence of Japanese art and aesthetics) entered the vocabulary of many European artists, and ukiyo-e prints were popularized: Van Gogh […]

Dyllan Murray’s New Single an Equality Anthem, Proceeds Benefit GLAAD and The Trevor Project

Singer Dyllan Murray has released the music video for his new single “No Wrong Way” featuring Kira Kosarin. The song explores equality for love between all races and genders, focusing specifically on the acceptance of […]

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Workplace

LAVENDER Wins Magazine of the Year

The 20th Annual Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association (MMPA) Excellence Awards were held on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. The awards recognize both print and digital platforms for pieces and projects published between July 1, 2015 […]

At-Large: High Turnover

My work history is a running joke among my friends, particularly from the age of 19 to 24. You could say I’ve lived a colorful life. I worked a total of ten jobs in my […]

05.12.16 Twin Cities Quorum 2016 Community Leadership Awards Minneapolis MN

Ask Lambda Legal, February 2016 – Can My Boss Legally Ban My Transgender Coworker from Using the Restroom?

By Peter Renn, Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Q: A transgender work colleague of mine is transitioning to living openly as a woman. After using the women’s restroom without incident for some time, she was suddenly […]

Ask Lambda Legal, December 2015 – The Office Holiday Party

          By Greg Nevins, Counsel and Employment Fairness Strategist Q. I am a lesbian who just started a new job on the management team at a new company. Invites have already […]

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Books

01.28.17 Book Signing and Reading Benefit for “RECLAIM” Boneshaker Books Minneapolis MN

 

Books: 566

Fever in the Dark Ellen Hart Minotaur Books $25.99 Imagine you are part of a same-sex couple and you have come home from your first anniversary vacation to find that your proposal video has been stolen […]

“Small Great Things”: Picoult’s Most Important Work To Date

I’ll start with a disclaimer: I don’t often recommend books. Everyone has individual likes and dislikes, and unless I know you really well, I’m not going to go out on a limb and say you’re […]

Genghis Khan and the Quest for God: How the World’s Greatest Conqueror Gave Us Religious Freedom

Genghis Khan was a self-made man. In fact, for the first seven chapters of Weatherford’s fascinating biography, he was not the Great Khan, but simply Temujin, born in 1162 to the warrior Yesugei and his […]

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Books

Amazing World of Dinosaurs: An Illustrated Journey Through the Mezozoic Era Kuether’s paleoart will excite and entrance every dinophile of all ages. The vast period of time covered ranges through the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous […]

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Education

Interview with Roxanne Anderson, Honored Trans and Racial Justice Activist on Trump, Bathroom Policy, and the Lavender Community

You know Roxanne Anderson as last year’s Grand Marshal for Twin Cities Pride. That honor signified a culmination of an activist life for queer and racial justice. Known for steering work groups on trans inclusion […]

A Word In Edgewise: A Tale from the Dark Side

Some time ago, well, several decades now, back in the early 1970s, though it seems like yesterday, I witnessed an event that has remained with me to this day. An acquaintance of mine (I’ll call her […]

Skirting The Issues: Gratitude II

Five years ago, I penned a column entitled “Gratitude” that detailed how a group of well-off, totally straight cisgender people had selected me to be the executive director of a brand new nonprofit, Call for […]

A Word In Edgewise: Learning from Others

I recently spent 10 days in Amsterdam. Aside from the beauty of Amsterdam, itself, a city of which I am very fond, I was struck by a couple of cultural differences. While Twin Citians are great […]

GSA: A Support System for GLBT Youth

What may not be common knowledge is that every high school in the Minneapolis and St. Paul public school districts has a GSA. And most of the middle schools do as well. The widespread nature […]

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Law & Finance

Interview with Roxanne Anderson, Honored Trans and Racial Justice Activist on Trump, Bathroom Policy, and the Lavender Community

You know Roxanne Anderson as last year’s Grand Marshal for Twin Cities Pride. That honor signified a culmination of an activist life for queer and racial justice. Known for steering work groups on trans inclusion […]

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Loving and ‘Loving’ in Splendor

“Love is a many-splendored thing,” runs the song lyrics, and often more splendored than people care to embrace. In fact, over decades, marriages between certain consenting adults have been banned, despite the song’s declaration that […]

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Ask Lambda Legal – Avoiding a Name Change Nightmare

By Beth Littrell, Senior Attorney Q. I am a transgender woman who would like to legally change my name. I live in Savannah, GA and this issue has been a big deal lately after your client, […]

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The Ugly Truth: The Sexual Exploitation of Our Youth

“My first time on the streets, I was approached at a bus stop. The pimp was nice, buying me things and letting me stay with him. He had a lot of girls coming and going. […]

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Ask Lambda Legal, May 2016 – My Child Just Came Out To Me, Now What?

By Currey Cook, Lambda Legal Sr. Attorney and Youth in Out of Home Care Project Director My daughter recently came out as lesbian, and while I was shocked at first, I want to be there […]

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