From the Editor: Born This Way

My first job after high school was working in group homes with developmentally disabled men. It was my summer job through college and I also picked up shifts during the holidays when the regular staff […]

Lavender Class of 2014

Dot Belstler Metropolitan State University Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration Dot Belstler, a “soccer mom from Anoka,” is simultaneously preparing to walk across the commencement stage and set the stage for Twin Cities Pride, […]

At UW Superior – You Can Play

by Terry D. McGlasson When I stepped to the lectern, I looked out across a room filled with more than 200 people from my university community and, with radio station microphones and TV news cameras […]

Taste Buds: Southern Comfort Meets Minnesota Nice – BoneYard Kitchen and Bar

The name may sound a little macabre, but BoneYard Kitchen & Bar is one of the most vibrant new joints to hit Uptown in a while. Located in the space Old Chicago used to occupy […]

Sticks and Stones: The Safe and Supportive Schools Act

Over the past year, Lavender has reported on the fight to pass legislation against bullying in schools. Writers urged anyone that would listen to get involved with the Safe Schools for All Coalition (a group […]

Playing For The Other Team: Scott Cooper, and How to Come Out To Your Football Team

SB Nation CFB (@SBNationCFB) tweeted on January 28, 2014: “Our @outsports has the story of the first active CFB player to publicly come out” (referring to Conner Mertens). Scott Cooper (@shc2112) tweeted back: “Not the first.” […]

Ride Review: Ford Fiesta

Remember the Ford Fiesta? Not the current model on sale right now, but the first one. No? Here is the story… It was 1977. Lee Iacocca was still President of Ford. Things were going sideways […]

Skirting The Issues: Grey Area Thinking

The letter to the small California paper Sierra Star was entitled “Are You Shocked? It begins: “There is a teacher at Yosemite High School that is in the process of having a sex change. This […]

Book Review: “The Summer I Wasn’t Me”

The Summer I Wasn’t Me  Jessica Verdi Sourceboks $9.99 Seventeen-year-old Lexi Hamilton would do anything to bring her mom back. After her dad’s death some months back, her mother disappeared into her grief, and now, […]

Dateland: The Comeback Tour!

It was the middle of the day and I was still in my pajamas. I was lying on the couch watching a reality show about “real housewives” and I was covered in the pets I’ve […]

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