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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 […]

Fitness Without Freezing

Staying active and fit in the winter can be difficult when the weather is dreary and gray. For seniors, fitness is even more crucial, but also even more difficult to maintain during this chilly time […]

2017 World AIDS Day Breakfast – December 1

All photos courtesy of Kareem Murphy.

Holiday Gift Guide: Sports and Fitness

With the towers of cookies, platters of honey ham, and mounds of mashed potatoes, it can be easy for our health to be the last thing on our minds during the holiday season. Share the […]

A Word in Edgewise: Rules of Thumb, or, When Not to Eat the Berries

Have you ever, walking down the street, turned instinctively at the sound of something a little “off,” abashed to discover a person with a limp approaching? It doesn’t mean you’re cruel, intending to cause embarrassment. […]

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Family & Friends

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 […]

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 […]

2017 World AIDS Day Breakfast – December 1

All photos courtesy of Kareem Murphy.

A Day In The Life: Jaysen Saly

Name: Jaysen Saly Age: 37 Where did you grow up? Sacramento, CA. Where do you live? Currently reside in Roseville but I still consider Minneapolis home. Who do you live with? A friend and a […]

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 […]

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Pets

Holiday Gift Guide: Pets

There’s always at least one person on our shopping lists that makes our heads spin. What do I get them? What do they like? Do they already have this? These are some questions that you […]

The Bulls are Back in Town

View more photos in the Photo Gallery below. Photography by Tangerine House Of Design, Edina Save-a-Bull is a nonprofit organization assisting pit bulls and pit mixes in a process of rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming. The […]

2017 Pet Marketplace Guide

Woody’s Pet Food Our pets are more than just animals; they’re our family. This is why it can often be tough to feed our pets anything that we wouldn’t eat ourselves. You can skip the […]

Vet Q & A

By Dr. Susan Lowum, DVM, MS, Diplomate, ABVP (Canine and Feline Practice) and Dr. Kristi Flynn, DVM Lavender runs a Vet Q&A in our Pet Issues as well as online. If you have a question you’d like […]

Bet Your Life: Local Heroes Give Animals a Second Chance at Companionship…and at Life

“Single male, four legs and a tail, enjoys long walks around fire hydrants, chasing postal workers, and smelling scat; seeks two-legged, tail-less M or F for lifelong friendship. Serious inquiries only.” This personal ad has […]

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Lifestyles & Communities

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 […]

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 […]

From the Editor: New Year, New Perspective

Is this thing on? Oh, good. Hello there! On behalf of everyone at Lavender Media, a very Happy New Year to you and yours! With 2017 in the rearview mirror, it’s important to reflect on […]

2018 Pride Pages Directory

Welcome to the 2018 Pride Pages Directory Click here to view the directory. Another new year, another annual installment of the Lavender Pride Pages Directory. With 2018 giving us a new, fresh start, we’re here to let our […]

From the Editor: The Humbug Award

Ebenezer Scrooge? On the cover of the last regular issue of the year? The one that’s supposed to be celebratory? The one that’s about awards and accomplishments? Yes. Because Ebenezer Scrooge is a celebratory cover […]

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Faith

Skirting the Issues: Moose Lake

There is no Them. There are only facets of Us. — John Green, American author I’m standing in a room—a gymnasium, actually—posing for a picture with several GLBT- identifying humans in Moose Lake, Minnesota. Only, […]

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 […]

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