Our Scene

Divine Destinations for Romantic Dining

Last year brought so many new date night dining options into the Twin Cities landscape, including a revitalization of two lovely Minneapolis restaurants. When looking for somewhere to snuggle in over low light, delicious food, […]

Romantic Dining: Tenant

The best first date I ever had began with an inauspicious “no.” No, I did not want to get all ‘do-ed up and go out to the hot new club that just got a write-up. […]

Super Bowl What To Do

With Super Bowl 52 coming to U.S. Bank Stadium next month, the eyes of the nation will be all over Minneapolis come Sunday, Feb. 4. If you’re willing to brave the cold and want to […]

Arts Spotlight: 591

Dead Man Walking Jan. 27-Feb. 3 Ordway Music Theater, 345 Washington St., St. Paul 612-333-6669 mnopera.org Minnesota Opera is a topnotch presenter of classic pre-20th century fare, but it has also been a dedicated producer […]

Travel: Swiss Charm

On the tram to baggage claim in Zurich’s airport, there’s the sound of cowbells. The blue notes of an Alpine horn. The image of a Heidi-lookalike winking through the window. Everything but chocolates, and those […]


Our Affairs

A Word In Edgewise: A Winter Getaway When You Can’t Get Away

There are those who thrill to ice and chill—exploring ice caves on Lake Superior—and others yearning to immerse themselves in Caribbean warmth. The getters-away are further divided into those with the means to do so, […]

2017 World AIDS Day Breakfast – December 1

All photos courtesy of Kareem Murphy.

2017 Lavender Community Awards

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 or an ally, and working for the advancement […]

A Word In Edgewise: Noël, Noël

Parlous times may evoke the tragic, as in the Guthrie’s recent, wrenching Watch on the Rhine, or, as currently bookended by Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit, the darkly comic. Both opened in London in 1941, as the Blitz […]

Skirting the Issues: Ordinary Heroes

What makes for a hero? I’m talking real-life, human-inspiring heroes; not ones that social media manufactures or people to whom others latch on to because of their fame or money. Think humans who stand up […]


Recent Stories

BigGayNews for Friday, January 19, 2018

  Today’s Top Headlines Men Who Have Sex With Men Urged To Get Tested For Hepatitis A After Another Outbreak Pioneer For AIDS Research Mathilde Krim Dies At 91 Trump Will Give Healthcare Workers The […]

Taiwan To Add Third Gender To Passports And National ID Cards

GayStarNews reports that Taiwan has continued on the path to being a regional leader on LGBTI issues as it considers allowing a ‘third gender’ passports, household registration and national identity cards. Read the full story […]

Trump Will Give Healthcare Workers The Right To Refuse To Treat LGBT People

LGBTQNation reports that the Trump administration is considering a new “religious freedom” rule that would allow healthcare workers to refuse to treat LGBT patients, as well as allow workers to deny care to a woman […]

Pioneer For AIDS Research Mathilde Krim Dies At 91

GayStarNews reports that Mathilde Krim, a pioneering AIDS activist and researcher, has died at the age of 91. Read the full story at GayStarNews

Men Who Have Sex With Men Urged To Get Tested For Hepatitis A After Another Outbreak

Pink News reports that an outbreak of hepatitis A in Australia has prompted specialists to urge sufferers in Europe and the US to get tested. Read the full story at Pink News 


Our Lives

Leather Life: Leather Evolution, 2018

“What do a kitty, two puppies, a jock, and a Sir have in common?” That was the opening sentence of the official press release for the Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2018 contest, which was held the evening of […]

Skirting The Issues: Death Gap Math

When I was younger, like in my 20s, 30s, and early 40s, the concept of death was relatively foreign, as in, “That’s so far away.” But not now. At 61, I’m thinking about death quite […]

From the Editor: Le chemin vers le coeur

“They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” First off: who’s “they”? I’d like to meet these people. Secondly: yes, absolutely true. Well, at least for me. I’m not going […]

A Word In Edgewise: Outfitting for the Next Trip ‘Round

When I was a kid, baggage referred to those cardboard suitcases we kept in the attic. With handles for carrying (no wheels, yet), they were usually tan with different shades of brown stripes around the middle. My […]

Video: Five Star Ninja Warrior – Jaysen Saly

Start 2018 with the Rainbow Ninja, Jaysen Saly! You already read “A Day in the Life with Jaysen Saly” in the Year End Issue, now see and hear what he’s doing at Five Star Ninja […]


Our Homes

Ride Review: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

How do you improve on a “family favorite?” Firstly, you have to define “family” here. Are we talking a family of five-to-seven people, including a couple of their children? Or, are we talking the nested […]


Ride Review: 2018 Hyundai Sonata

You probably heard that the “sedan is dead.” We can assure that it is not. While SUVs and crossovers currently rule the automotive universe, the sedan remains a stalwart for those who believe in them. […]


Ride Review: 2017 Vehicles of the Year

This past year has been a very busy one for this column. Two automotive issues and a lot of very important vehicles showed up in these pages. As with every year-end issue, I have to […]


Holiday Gift Guide: ‘Wood’ You Look At That

Unique Gift Ideas Made of Wood Instead of giving an “okay” gift this holiday season, give them something “oak-y.” Alright, the puns are done. These Minnesota- and Wisconsin-based businesses are creating or sourcing special gifts […]


Holiday Gift Guide: Ride Review

This year, I had the privilege of seeing a lot of products that would be useful for any vehicle owner. If you like to do things yourself, these gift items are just for you… 1. […]

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