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04.20.17 OutFront Minnesota LGBTQ Lobby Day 2017 and Forum Minnesota State Capitol St Paul MN

   

04.19.17 Lobby Day 2017 Kick Off Party St Paul MN

Skirting the Issues: Gavin Grimm

At this year’s Grammy Awards, transgender icon Laverne Cox interrupted her music star introduction to highlight the case of Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old Virginia high school student who’s become the poster child for transgender rights […]

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 […]

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Causes

A Word In Edgewise: Coming Attractions

We like to believe that humanity is the apex of everything, and that’s perhaps true, if “true” means the ability to use our technology to consume every other thing on the planet without compunction. We […]

A Word In Edgewise: Rights, Privileges, and Luck of the Draw

There are some folks who claim that other folks don’t have the “right” to things: clean air, water, the pursuit of a dignified, safe life. The naysayers have a point, but not the one they […]

A Word In Edgewise: New Wine in Old Bottles

A beguiling giraffe face — calm, sloe-eyed — gazes languidly from the cover of the March Smithsonian above a blurb asking, “Will the beloved giant disappear before scientists even begin to understand it?” Also offered […]

Skirting the Issues: Gavin Grimm

At this year’s Grammy Awards, transgender icon Laverne Cox interrupted her music star introduction to highlight the case of Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old Virginia high school student who’s become the poster child for transgender rights […]

A Word In Edgewise: What’s Your Strong Suit?

Without going into tedious facts and verifications, it is my observation, my devoutly held belief, that I and many others are suffering from stress, confusion, and angst. My own response to any of these emotions […]

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Workplace

03.29.17 29th Annual Forum on Workplace Inclusion Minneapolis MN

   

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 […]

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Books

Books: 573

Amatka Karin Tidbeck Vintage Books Original $15.95 Swedish author Tidbeck has created a not-too-unbelievable, yet fantastic, dystopian novel, beginning simply before spiraling down into darkness. Vanja, an “information assistant” from Essere, is sent to Amatka, […]

Books: 571

Hidden Figures Margot Lee Shetterly William Morrow $15.99 Before electronic computers, human computers (usually mathematically gifted women with slide-rules, pencils, and paper) crunched the numbers and ran the equations that made America’s airpower — then […]

Books: 568

Disorderly Families: Infamous Letters from the Bastille Archives Arlette Farge, Michel Foucault University of Minnesota Press $35 Collected here are 94 lettres de cachet (letters of arrest) sent by the parents of disorderly children, by the […]

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 […]

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Education

A Word In Edgewise: New Wine in Old Bottles

A beguiling giraffe face — calm, sloe-eyed — gazes languidly from the cover of the March Smithsonian above a blurb asking, “Will the beloved giant disappear before scientists even begin to understand it?” Also offered […]

02.25.17 Queer and Trans Family Support Conference St Paul MN

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 […]

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Law & Finance

Skirting the Issues: Gavin Grimm

At this year’s Grammy Awards, transgender icon Laverne Cox interrupted her music star introduction to highlight the case of Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old Virginia high school student who’s become the poster child for transgender rights […]

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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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