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Health & Wellness

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 […]

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, […]

A Word In Edgewise: More Than An Apple A Day

Keeping healthy is only part of the equation of continued well-being. Even proper diet and exercise can’t override control our genetic makeup, random encounters with disease carriers, or inadvertent exposure to carcinogens; all can sabotage our well-laid plans. […]

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Family & Friends

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, […]

A Word In Edgewise: More Than An Apple A Day

Keeping healthy is only part of the equation of continued well-being. Even proper diet and exercise can’t override control our genetic makeup, random encounters with disease carriers, or inadvertent exposure to carcinogens; all can sabotage our well-laid plans. […]

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 […]

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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: Clubs, Organizations, and Community

This issue’s Leather Life column has been based on, and inspired by, a recent community discussion about the many clubs and organizations that are such an important part of the leather/BDSM/fetish community both in the Twin […]

From the Editor: There’s No Place Like Home… And Garden

I’ve counted Minneapolis as my home for nearly a decade now, and being the obvious millennial that I am, I’ve been more acquainted with the apartment life rather than owning my own home. Not 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 […]

Get Excited About the 2018 Pride Edition!

Now that the Super Bowl is over, what’s the next big event? A whole summer of Pride festivals! How does a gay media company celebrate its pride? By putting together the biggest issue of the […]

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 […]

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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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