Proud in Minneapolis

Pride means something different to each person. Yet every year more than 300,000 people converge along Hennepin Avenue and the Loring Park area for that one word: Pride. With a community that is in itself so […]

Lavender’s 500th Issue: Pride in Pictures 2014

Lavender is rounding up our 2014 Pride coverage with this Pride in Pictures Issue that celebrates love as well as this community. The big celebration last year was the advances in marriage equality, but this […]

Small But Mighty, the Staff of Lavender Magazine Reflects on 500 Issues

By Andy Lien and Shane Lueck One of the most important pieces of a publication is the masthead. It tells everyone who works for the publication, what roles they play, how to contact them, as […]

Seasons of Change: Looking Back at Performing Arts & the Evolution of a Community

I have written for Lavender ever since the beginning when it was Lavender Lifestyles and the landscape was very different. Looking back it was about navigating shifts of consciousness, community divisions, and learning curves, including my own. Transgender issues were […]

Skirting the Issues: Hypocrite

“Excuse me Miss; which way is the Convention Center?” The man had stopped me on an empty street in downtown Minneapolis on a Friday evening after work. The stranger, whom I quickly guessed was early […]

Through These Eyes: Dandelion

The Milky Way was real and dizzying and fantastic. Good luck counting the stars. They aren’t as lonely as those above Aunt Sandy’s. You told me that I belonged up there somewhere, to shine among […]

06.29.14 Pride at Loring Kitchen & Bar

06.20/21.14 Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus “The Big Gay Sing”

Barometer: Iman Wins Miss City of the Lakes Pageant

On the evening of June 26, Iman won the Miss City of the Lakes Pageant at the Gay 90’s La Femme Show Lounge. Three contestants—Iman, Mercedes Iman (no relation to the new titleholder), and Butterfly […]

A Word In Edgewise: Here’s To Many, Many More!

It seems only yesterday I wrote my first piece for Lavender number 152. Now, in the blink of an eye, it’s the magazine’s milestone 500th issue! Of the many things I could relate about my […]

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