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Home of High Hopes

St. Croix Valley Hope House provides more than just a home for individuals living with HIV. For 25 years, Hope House has been providing love, support, and shelter to people with HIV diagnoses. As a […]

Home Away From Home

  Right at Home offers comfortable assisted living services for seniors. After living in a neighborhood in St. Paul’s east side, Right at Home owner and CEO Paul Blom and his husband quickly became known […]

10.14.18 2018 Minnesota AIDS Walk Minneapolis MN

 

Skirting The Issues: Attention To Detail

The woman behind the front desk at the gastroenterologist office seemed friendly enough. I had detected an east coast accent; “Let me guess, New York?” I said. “Close,” she answered. “Connecticut.” As I fished for […]

05.17.18 Training to Serve Annual Benefit Minneapolis MN

 

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Family & Friends

A Day In The Life: Christopher Valen

Name: Christopher Valen Where did you grow up? Princeton, MN Where do you live? I live in Seward, Minneapolis. Who do you live with? I live with a mixture of human roommates and furry ones. […]

2018-19 Winter What To Do Guide

As the darkness falls upon us, it’s easy to choose hibernation as the coping mechanism of choice to avoid the dreadful, icy, bone-chilling winter season. But as much as we might want to curl up […]

A Word In Edgewise: In the Spirit of Giving

Eventually, one has fewer intimates to whom one gives gifts, less spondulix to lavish on them, and, like you, they already have everything they need—and often much more. Moreover, even best friends, and certainly family, don’t always […]

Skirting the Issues: Loss

A couple months ago, I was contacted by a researcher who asked whether the ways I celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas have changed since I came out as transgender. My reply was yes, there’s been a […]

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

 

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Pets

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 […]

Daddy Dog Care

Lofty Dogs offers one-of-a-kind dog walking service to dog owners of the Twin Cities. In the human world, he’s known as Mike Meyer, but in the dog world, he’s Daddy. Locals might recognize him walking […]

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Lifestyles & Communities

2019 Pride Pages Directory

Welcome to the 2019 Pride Pages Directory Click here to view the directory. With 2018 in the rearview mirror, it’s time to once again welcome a new year and another annual installment of the Lavender Pride […]

2018 Lavender Community Awards

The recipients of the Lavender Community Awards were nominated and voted for online in the month of November. Winners demonstrate clear dedication and leadership by being either out or an ally and working for the advancement […]

Leather Life: Tommy Rosengren is Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2019

On Saturday evening, Nov. 17, at the eagleBOLTbar in Minneapolis, Tommy Rosengren was selected as Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2019. The announcement was the high point of an event-filled Mr. Minneapolis Eagle 2019 contest weekend. All weekend events […]

From The Editor: Out With The Old…

From a personal and professional viewpoint, it’s kind of insane how fast this year has come and gone. Your friendly neighborhood managing editor only came aboard the Lavender ship a little over a year ago, and […]

From The Editor: Once Upon A Time In The North

  It’s that time. You know you can’t escape it. You’ve steeled and prepared yourself for it, but, like always, it’ll get the better of you. Winter is coming. Luckily, I can use that line […]

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Faith

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, […]

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

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