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Health & Wellness

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. […]

Leather Life: Flagging Black and White Checked in 2017

Rethinking the “Safer Sex” Hankie It was a perfect summer evening, and I was spending it most enjoyably on the recently expanded patio of the eagleBolt Bar in Minneapolis. The occasion was a cigar smoking […]

Celebrating 30 Years of Care from Clare

Imagine being sick because of a virus that has no cure, a virus that has opened the door to infections that are slowly killing you. Now imagine the medical professionals who are supposed to care […]

07.16.17 15th Anniversary Red Ribbon Ride 2017 Closing Ceremony Minnesota State Capitol Saint Paul MN

 

Chemsex Fueling Sexual Compulsivity

By Terrence Post, LADC An increasing number of men who have sex with men (MSM) are taking part in a combination of drug use and sexual behavior. Recently termed Chemsex, the use of chemicals to […]

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Family & Friends

10.18.17 Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the GLBT Host Home Program Minneapolis MN

 

A Day In The Life: Rebecca Waggoner

Name: Rebecca Waggoner Age: 48 years old…ugh. It’s hard to see that in print. Where did you grow up? Mount Vernon, Arkansas. A town of 150 people, one combination gas station/feed store, and several churches. […]

10.15.17 Family Equality Council: Twin Cities Fall Family Festival Saint Paul MN

   

Skirting the Issues: Loving a Son

“Can I ask you a question?” The inquiry took me by surprise. It came from a heavyset mustached man named “Jim” who had provided tech support for my human inclusivity training session in Norfolk, Virginia […]

Real Weddings: Emily Resseger & Jeannie Rogalsky

Photographer: Studio Laguna Photography, Katrina and John Hannemann Date of Wedding: July 1, 2017 Dating Since: September 2013 Location of Ceremony & Reception: PAIKKA Florist: Studio Emme and FiftyFlowers.com Wedding Coordinator: Bre Ward from Bre […]

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Pets

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 […]

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 […]

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Lifestyles & Communities

From the Editor: Hybrid Driver

Nah, I don’t drive a hybrid vehicle, but I’m definitely a hybrid of a driver. I’m part of that Xennial generation—the micro-generation be-tween Gen X and the Millennials. Years ago, our age group was referred […]

From the Editor: Housekeeping

It’s that time of year again when I need to clean out my virtual to-do list and let you know about some of the things that are happening around Lavender Media and our Lavenderland. Housekeeping […]

Leather Life: Speak Up Reach Out: Daniel Peterson, 1991–2017

I just returned home from a fundraiser that was bittersweet in the extreme. It was entertaining, but it also was tinged with a profound sadness. I am writing this while the memories and feelings are […]

From the Editor: We Do

When I was growing up in rural Minnesota, I craved more. I wanted to know more of this world, more of who’s in it, more of how I fit into it, more of how I […]

Leather Life: Images of Leather, 1996–2003

Your humble columnist has taken a lot of photos over the years. A good part of my summer has been spent bringing all my pre-2003 non-digital photos, including the photos shown here, into the digital […]

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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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