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Health & Wellness

MEDS4LIFE – Because Giving Back Is Still the Best Medicine

By Amy Moser Over 30 years ago, The Aliveness Project was born over potlucks and kitchen table conversations about AIDS, stigma, and survival. Refusing to be isolated from each other and loved ones, the HIV […]

Understanding and Dealing with the Death of a Partner

By Tony Del Percio It does not matter if you’re straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender: we are all human beings who have the capability to love and be loved. From the moment we are […]

Do You Think You’re Too Old For Orthodontics? Think Again!

By Dr. Jesse Veil Do you think orthodontics are only for children or teens? Think again! Now, more than ever, adults are seeking orthodontic treatment for a variety of reasons. Some people want to improve […]

Seasonal Depression: Defeating the Winter Blues

The days are shorter, weather is colder, and more people are inclined to stay home rather than bundle up to get together with friends and family. While pop culture is currently glorifying staying home by […]

2016 Lavender Community Awards

Produced by Andy Lien Written by Shane Lueck The recipients of the Lavender Community Awards were nominated and voted for online in the month of November. Winners demonstrate clear dedication and leadership by being either out […]

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Family & Friends

02.12.17 Family Equality Council: “Share The Love, Celebrating Our Family Valentine’s Event” St Paul MN

     

Skirting the Issues: Alone in Sonoma

My state of mind this Valentine’s Day: Last month I attended a dear friend’s 60th birthday celebration in Sonoma, California. Orchestrated for Brian by his long-time partner, Doug, it was a magnificent affair replete with […]

2017 Winter What To Do

Out There 2017 Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Through Jan, 28 $79.50 package for all four shows, $25 individually www.walkerart.org Intent on flipping expectations and blurring lines, Out There brings some of the world’s most intriguing […]

A Word In Edgewise: Christmas Caveats and New Year Wishes

“Bah! Humbug!” snarls Ebenezer Scrooge, responding to a request for Christmas charity for the poor. “Are there no prisons?… And the Union workhouses? Are they still in operation?” First published in 1843, Charles Dickens’s A […]

A Few Words: 20 Rules for Forming a #Squad

Assemble approximately four to eight other gay men. Make sure everyone who isn’t in the group hates himself on a daily basis. Depending on your age group, refer to each other as characters from The Golden […]

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Pets

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Pets

Anyone who owns a pet knows that they are just as much a part of the family as any human; which means they get pampered and probably have one or two gifts under the tree […]

Downtown Dogs: A Pup’s Home Away From Home

Ralph Bernstein was a banker. He came to Minnesota in 1996 to work for a big company and, by the time he left, he was running a multimillion dollar business for them. “I had a pretty […]

Pets with Pride

We asked our Facebook followers to send in photos of their pets showing Pride. Keep a lookout for these Pride-ful pets this season! Penelope Starr sent in by Molly Gosh. Armani Vuitton Lueck sent in by […]

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Nell Gelhaus

I am the worst gift-receiver. I hate being the center of attention, even for those few seconds of gift unwrapping. All eyes staring at me, anticipation building, expectant smiles as I squirm, sweat, blush… agh… […]

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 […]

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Lifestyles & Communities

Leather Life: Leather, Drag, and Catastrophes

The third annual installment of the Ms Catastrophe contest, billed as “the best worst drag in Minneapolis,” happened Saturday evening, Jan. 7 at The Saloon. There were four male contestants who performed intentionally bad female […]

From the Editor: Score Some Cash for Your Team!

Are you an athlete? Do you participate on a community-oriented sports team? Did you know you can win money for your sports team even if you’re not officially sponsored by Lavender? You can! All you […]

From the Editor: Health, Healing and How to Stay Whole

I don’t know if you know this, but I’ve been reading the news for our Big Gay News podcast for a while now, just recently transitioning from twice a week to do it for every […]

Leather Life: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Before 2016 recedes too far in the rearview mirror, here are a few noteworthy leather happenings from the last months of last year. Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2017: Eric “Pup Omega” Stafford gained the Mr. Minneapolis […]

2017 Winter What To Do

Out There 2017 Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Through Jan, 28 $79.50 package for all four shows, $25 individually www.walkerart.org Intent on flipping expectations and blurring lines, Out There brings some of the world’s most intriguing […]

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Faith

Leather Life: My Mother Mary

The GLBT and PFLAG communities recently lost a trailblazing author, activist, and advocate. My mother, Mary Virginia Borhek, age 94, of Pennswood Village in Newtown, Pennsylvania, departed this life on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. I […]

05.07.16 2016 LGBTQ+ Catholic Youth Summit Minneapolis MN

Faith: It’s My Life, Not a Lifestyle

By Thomas Ehnert One of my favorite T-shirts has in huge black letters, “It’s my LIFE, not a lifestyle.” I was talking recently to someone who says he is becoming disenchanted with the “gay lifestyle.” […]

Conscience Equality

By Thomas Ehnert A part of me feels sorry for Josh Duggar and Kim Davis. Let me explain. Josh Duggar is the oldest of the famous 19 kids of the TLC channel’s reality show 19 […]

What Do We Do When Love Doesn’t Win?

By Thomas Ehnert I’m trying to absorb all that’s happened since June. First, the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage the law of the land. I read the responses of my GLBT family with joy. I […]

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