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04.14.18 One Voice Mixed Chorus Transgender Voices Festival 2018 Saint Paul MN

03.26.2018 The 2nd Annual Rainbow Health Initiative Opportunity Conference: Advancing LGBTQ Health Minneapolis MN

   

Seize the Opportunity

As a leader in LGBTQ health in the Twin Cities, Rainbow Health Initiative is giving the Twin Cities a platform to learn more about LGBTQ health disparities, policy, system, and environmental proposals to improve climate […]

The Spectrum of Skin and Sex

We all have to live with skin conditions. Whether it be oily skin, acne, or something more persistent like psoriasis, pesky skin conditions affect everyone’s life in some way or another. However, the skin conditions […]

Maintenance of the Mind

How mental health affects seniors, and what they can do to maintain a healthy mind. Along with the mounds and mounds of grayish, slushy snow, Minnesota winters can sometimes bring about seasonal depression or an […]

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Family & Friends

Skirting the Issues: Two Humans

In the last couple weeks, I’ve had two conversations that have impacted me greatly. In each instance, the person I spoke with was a black man. One conversation followed a talk I gave at a […]

A Word In Edgewise: Going Home Again. And Again.

Like wine pairings, a theater’s juxtaposition of plays presented can enhance enjoyment and understanding of both works. Here, I look at what the Guthrie Theater has on stage. Familiar (through April 14) was written by Danai […]

A Word In Edgewise: It Takes Two Kinds

People are forever announcing, “There are two kinds of people.” Too often, they mean them and others who do whatever they do correctly, and those who perform it differently. End-time battles are fought over which way to […]

Skirting The Issues: Idealist or Naïve: Part I

My official biography lists that I’m a “hopeless idealist.” Often when I’m introduced to audiences, the person making the introduction points this out about me, smiling as they do so. I’m never quite sure whether […]

A Day In The Life: Jamez L. Smith

  Name: Jamez L. Smith Age: 54 Where did you grow up? San Francisco. Where do you live? Minneapolis. Who do you live with? Ted, Tim, and James. What is your occupation? Administrative professional, DJ, […]

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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

Skirting the Issues: Two Humans

In the last couple weeks, I’ve had two conversations that have impacted me greatly. In each instance, the person I spoke with was a black man. One conversation followed a talk I gave at a […]

A Day In The Life: Sarah Aune

  Name: Sarah Aune Age: 33 Where did you grow up? Plymouth, MN. Where do you live? South Minneapolis. Who do you live with? My lady friend, Cady; our dog, Kiki; and cat, Adelle. What is your occupation? Service operations manager […]

From The Editor: Wine Me, Dine Me… For A Good Cause

I’ve always been of the mindset that in order to make a better world, we all need to do what we can to make that dream a reality. Whether it’s volunteering, reaching out to those […]

Leather Life: IML Leather Market in Lyrics

This year marks the 40th International Mr. Leather (IML) contest (May 24-28, 2018). For many years, one of the major attractions of the IML weekend has been the Leather Market, which started in 1988 with five vendors. […]

From The Editor: We’ve Got A Thing That’s Called Rainbow Love

Ahh, spring. My favorite season of the year. The birds are chirping; the sun is shining; the snow is melting, except when it’s not because this is Minnesota we’re talking about; and the pollen from […]

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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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