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Our Scene

A Perfect Betty Buckley Leads a Vibrantly Charismatic Cast in “Hello Dolly!” – Gay Legends Herman & Wilder Flood the Orpheum Stage With the Nectar of Sweet Renewal

Life has a tendency to pull us toward resignation as we get older. For many people, major breakdowns are things that can bog one down for decades, if not the rest of one’s life. We […]

5Q: Hello, Dolly!

“5Q” is an online-only column featuring five questions about stage productions in the Metro Area. Periodically, “5Q” will take the form of an interview with actors, directors, writers, etc. to shed some light on the […]

“Cyrano” Actor Cameron Folmar on the Depths of Count de Guiche at the Guthrie

Cameron Folmar has been making quite a favorable impression on Twin Cities audiences for two seasons now in two of the Guthrie Theater’s most popular shows of recent years. As drag artist Miss Tracy in […]

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Unrequited Queer Love—Latte Da’s “Hedwig”

The 1998 glam rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch looks at the emotional aftershocks of what has come to be called gender reassignment or gender confirmation surgery. At the time, the older term “sex change” was […]

Drink The Menu: Seven Breweries In Seven Days 2019

A year ago, for Lavender‘s 2018 Dine & Drink Issue, your friendly neighborhood managing editor decided to set out to find a week’s worth of Twin Cities breweries for you, our fine readers, to discover and […]


Our Affairs

Books: 623

FlabberGassed: A Mister Puss Mystery Michael Craft Questover Press $24.95 FlabberGassed is the first in Michael Craft’s Mister Puss Mysteries, promising tantalizing gay cozies featuring a gay architect and a rich widow’s prescient but Sphinx-like Abyssinian. Before […]

03.21.19 OutFront Minnesota’s Gay Straight Alliance Network: Youth Summit 2019 Saint Paul MN


A Word In Edgewise: Oppy We Hardly Knew Ye

“My battery is low and it’s getting dark,” translated the ones and zeros beamed from Mars rover Opportunity back to NASA’s flight controllers on Earth, June 10, 2018. “Oppy”, as the little rover was known […]

A Word In Edgewise: Thoughts on Black History Month

In 1926, Negro History Week, Black History Month’s precursor, was created concurrent with the February birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Co-founder Carter G. Woodson wrote, “If a race has no history, it has […]

02.13.19 OutFront Minnesota Press Conference: “Mental Health Protection Act” Protects the LGBTQ Community from Conversion Therapy (H.F. 12 and S.F 83) Minnesota State Capitol Saint Paul MN



Our Lives

04.09.19 JustUs Health: Third Annual Opportunity Conference Minneapolis MN


A Day In The Life: Voua Her

Name: Voua Her Where did you grow up? I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but lived in other parts of Wisconsin, like Caledonia, and Madison, until I was eighteen. Where do you live? I currently live in East […]

Everyday Drama: A Day In the Life of a Step Parent

You wake up and make your lunch. Hide your lunch on the back porch so the kid doesn’t grab it by mistake. He once took your lunch shortly after you entered his life four years ago. It […]

Skirting The Issues: Sentimentalist

Gentle readers: please indulge me as this is my second column in a row where I go back in time. It’s true: among other things, I’m a huge sentimentalist. I hold onto things way longer […]

From The Editor: Life Is A Dish Best Served With Love

Now that spring is here, we Minnesotans are feeling a lot less reserved about going out, especially now that the baseball season has started, the summer movie season is around the corner (I got my Avengers: […]


Our Homes

Our Rides: Traveling to Chicago on Business

According to every publication, statistics aggregator, and our own local business community, Chicago remains the number one destination to visit from our extended readership region. While we see Chicago as a larger GLBT mecca for […]


Our Rides: Going Three Wheels in a Vanderhall

Did you know that in some states—Minnesota included—most, if not all three-wheeled vehicles can be registered as motorcycles? Maybe it is because of Polaris’ Slingshot. The Slingshot is a byproduct of Medina-based Polaris’ powersports division […]


A Beacon In The Automotive Business

There is a perception of the automotive business that it is male-dominated and heteronormative. However, that perception is changing. More women and GLBT people are now a part of the business. Both segments are growing […]


The Homes Go Marching One By One

The annual Spring Parade of Homes is bringing your dream homes to life. We all have some concept of what our dream home is. Whether we’re driving around to browse the grand historic homes of […]


Who You Gonna Call? The McQuillan Bros.

The McQuillan Bros. has been servicing all of Minnesota’s HVAC needs for more than a century. Minnesota just might be home to some of the world’s oldest boiler systems, and it’s all thanks to the […]

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