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Diverse In Gender, Deserving Of Care

Children’s Minnesota offers transgender and gender diverse children the care they need and deserve with their new Gender Health program. Children’s Minnesota has long been known for its excellence in pediatric care, but it wasn’t […]

JustUs For Justice

Jeremy Hanson Willis joins JustUs Health as chief executive officer, bringing with him several years in GLBT and HIV advocacy. With the combined resources and programs of Minnesota AIDS Project, Rainbow Health Initiative, and Training […]

More Than a Filling

Fiant Dental in Minneapolis has a motto that might cause a double-take: “Dentistry for the Joyful.” That seemingly counter-intuitive motto is part of the clinic’s mission, and Jamie Graham, DDS works with his staff to […]

The Sands Of Love And Identity

The journey for Ali Sands and her partner, Rhys Preston, began with a cup of coffee. The couple had been together for several years when Rhys, in February of 2005, went out to coffee with […]

Home Is Where the Health Is

It’s an enterprise where its practitioners work tirelessly to put themselves out of business. The enterprise is providing shelter for those touched by HIV. “Inadequate housing is a tremendous barrier to achieving good health—especially when […]

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Family & Friends

Skirting The Issues: Two Things

A few years ago, I received an email from a woman in Christiansburg, West Virginia (yes, it’s a real town) who shared about the death of the relationship between her twenty-something transgender daughter and husband. […]

A Word In Edgewise: Too Close To Home

There are so many disturbing news bytes spewing forth daily from the myriad devices that often one simply eye-rolls, mutters an expletive and scrolls on. Another red face demanding punishment be meted out to those who think/look/act/differently […]

Everyday Drama: The Will

“I’ve had it! I’m calling my lawyer and changing my will!” That’s how a close friend started a phone conversation this morning. I get an I’m-cutting-my-ungrateful-relatives-out-of-my-will call from her once a month. I settled into […]

A Word In Edgewise: Hanging in the Balance

I would wager that after baby’s first “Mama!” or “Daddy!”, its first fully-formed sentence, observing his cute sister cadging a second cookie or his older brother flaunting his new two-wheeler is, “That’s not fair!” Morality is innate, […]

The Sands Of Love And Identity

The journey for Ali Sands and her partner, Rhys Preston, began with a cup of coffee. The couple had been together for several years when Rhys, in February of 2005, went out to coffee with […]

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Pets

Eulogy For A Good Boy

He wasn’t the type of heroic and selfless dog you’d see in a Disney movie. He was a coward—except if you were a hamster. Then he was brave.   He killed two hamsters, not by […]

Holiday Gift Guide: Pets

From significant others to parents to children to coworkers, holiday shopping can be exhausting—both for you and the wallet. But when it comes to our most beloved, there isn’t a gift we wouldn’t give or […]

Fighting For Our Feline Friends

Minnesota-based no-kill organization Feline Rescue helps find the furriest of friends new homes. After the Animal Relief Fund (ARF) closed its shelter in 1997, a group of ARF volunteers decided to form a new organization […]

The Puppy Commandments

Come, Sit, Stay provides care and exercise for pets in Minneapolis, Edina, St. Louis Park, and St. Paul. Come, Sit, Stay is the name of the business, but the lessons it teaches our furry friends […]

From The Editor: Pick Of The Litter

So while I’d like to think that I’m a fairly sociable fellow, I’m also the kind of guy who goes to parties, discovers that there’s a dog or cat present, and prefers to hang out […]

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Lifestyles & Communities

From The Editor: Of Pride And Cheesesteaks

Seeing how jam-packed with gay frivolities our Pride season was this year, it made sense to split our usual Pride in Pictures issue into TWO colorful time capsules of Pride parties past, and with Part […]

06.23.19 Leather Pride at Pride Weekend, Pt. 2

06.22.19 Leather Pride at Pride Weekend Pt. 1

Leather Life: IML/IMBB Weekend 2019: Tradition and Evolution

Jack Thompson, Leatherman of Color 2019 from Baltimore, Md. and, in his own words, a “proud biracial, transgender, HIV-positive man,” became the 41st International Mr. Leather titleholder at the International Mr. Leather and International Mr. Bootblack (IML/IMBB) […]

Skirting The Issues: Two Things

A few years ago, I received an email from a woman in Christiansburg, West Virginia (yes, it’s a real town) who shared about the death of the relationship between her twenty-something transgender daughter and husband. […]

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Faith

From Orange County To The Mini Apple

Ore Lindenfeld discusses living life as a gay man and an observant Jew, and how religion and sexuality can beautifully complement one another. Some of you might remember Ore Lindenfeld from last year’s Pride issue […]

Unitarian With Pride

“It’s like a sing-a-long, a TED talk, a poetry reading, and a concert,” Jim Foti, assistant minister at First Unitarian grins. “And a meal. There’s always a lunch afterwards.” Jim is describing a typical assembly […]

It’s in the Cards: J.Ryan and the Queer Street Tarot

Throughout time humans have asked: “Where do I hunt the mammoth?” “How can I find love?” “When will I finish my novel?”, seeking answers in rocks, tortoise shells, reindeer shoulder bones—and cards. The Tarot has a long […]

Transgender Christians are Seeing Themselves in Scripture

St. Paul-based author and vlogger Austen Hartke is the creator of the YouTube series Transgender and Christian, which looks to interpret Biblical scripture in relation to gender identity. The following is an excerpt from his recently released […]

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, […]

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