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Skirting The Issues: Ellie Gets Braces!

Seven weeks ago, I got braces. Yes, you read that right—Ellie Krug, 61 years old—has braces for the first time in her life. I escaped the ordeal of braces as a teenager because my teeth […]

A Word In Edgewise: Ready, Set—Go!

A childhood friend and I chat weekly. At 12, we were press-ganged into Miss Mary Alice’s dance class, then later were accepted into the same tiny prep school class of 20. Today, our conversations often concern our […]

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 […]

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Family & Friends

A Word In Edgewise: Ready, Set—Go!

A childhood friend and I chat weekly. At 12, we were press-ganged into Miss Mary Alice’s dance class, then later were accepted into the same tiny prep school class of 20. Today, our conversations often concern our […]

A Day In The Life: Denise ‘Seven’ Bailey

Name: Denise ‘Seven’ Bailey Age: 36 Where did you grow up? Winona, MN Where do you live? Minneapolis, MN Who do you live with? My wife, roommate, two bunnies, cat, dog, and our turtle. What […]

The Most Spectacular Senior Shindigs

How to throw the ultimate retirement party with help from some Twin Cities party services. If anyone deserves a party, it’s someone who’s dedicated the majority of their life to the workplace and now—finally—gets to […]

A Word In Edgewise: Happy Birthday, to Me!

April is the cruelest month. Or is it? Every time I see it come around and I’m still breathing, that’s a plus. I was thinking recently about how folks assume some things are always and inevitably so […]

Leather Life: Sam Carlisle, 1946–2018

Samuel W. “Sam” Carlisle, a leader in Minnesota’s leather community for many years, died on March 27, 2018, in Minneapolis. At the time of his death he was surrounded by friends and family. Carlisle was born March […]

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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: A Surprising MN Leather Pride Weekend

Two titles were awarded—and, surprisingly, one was not—at the 2018 Minnesota Leather Pride contest weekend. The contest was held Saturday evening, April 7, 2018 at LUSH. Five contestants competed in three concurrent contests: Sir Zachariah BlackFyre competed for […]

Serving Our Seniors

Training to Serve teaches service providers how to meet the needs of GLBT seniors. Founded in 2009, Training to Serve formed to prepare service providers to properly serve GLBT seniors based on the community’s needs. […]

From The Editor: The Sum(mer) Of All Parts

Well, folks, we’ve made it. In spite of everything Mother Nature lobbed at us in the last few months—I’m looking at you, Awful, No-Good, Record-Breaking Blizzard—we’ve finally arrived at the home stretch to the summer […]

From The Editor: Putting The “Gay” In “Gala”

As a wise man once said, “When it’s time to party, we will always party hard,” and with the summer season fast approaching, that seasonal prime time for partying is almost here. Whether it’s a […]

Leather Life: Sam Carlisle, 1946–2018

Samuel W. “Sam” Carlisle, a leader in Minnesota’s leather community for many years, died on March 27, 2018, in Minneapolis. At the time of his death he was surrounded by friends and family. Carlisle was born March […]

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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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