Rohene Ward: From Competitor To Performer To Coach

Having competed four times at the U.S. Championships, Minnesota native Rohene Ward is no stranger to competitive figure skating. Ward spent 16 years competing for U.S. Figure Skating as a national and international competitor. He […]

2015 Lavender Community Awards

Produced by Andy Lien Written by Shane Lueck The Lavender Community Awards are our new version of the Lavender 100 and the Pride Awards. Recipients of this year’s awards were nominated and voted for online […]

From the Editor: Raise a Toast

This is a celebratory issue. Pop the cork on the champagne and let’s celebrate what 2015 has brought us as a community and as a publication. This issue gives us a chance to shine John […]

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.” […]

Arts Spotlight: 2015 Theater Year in Review

Best Productions 1. One Arm, New Epic Theater 2. The Crucible, Guthrie Theater 3. Equus, Theatre Coup D’etat 4. The Jungle Book, Children’s Theatre Company 5. Jericho,  Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company 6. Juno and the Paycock, Guthrie Theater 7. Prep, Pillsbury House Theatre 8. Hairspray, Artistry 9. Choir Boy, Guthrie Theater […]

Eat the Menu: Top 5 Fave New Restaurants for 2015

I’ve eaten a lot of menus this year and, you know what? They were all pretty damn good. That’s saying something. Of all the brand new restaurants I’ve been to in 2015, I’m hard­pressed to […]

Poland – Polis Primer

Here I am in language boot camp: a week focused 24/7 on immersion in a foreign tongue. I had the easier role, however, here in the outback of Poland. We 20 Anglophones from the U.S., […]

Person of the Year(s): Tim Campbell’s Half-Century of Gay Activism

Tim Campbell is Lavender’s 2015 Person of the Year(s). This year saw the greatest victory ever for the gay community, the Supreme Court of the United States decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex […]

Through These Eyes: Where the Wind Blows

I’m lying under my grandmother’s clothesline, watching the bed sheets overhead billow in the wind. Wafts of Downy fabric softener and Gain laundry detergent mix with scents of lilacs and dogwoods planted nearby. The linens […]

The Best Ride Reviews of 2015

During the course of 2015, I had the privilege of bringing you some of the finest automobiles available in our readership area. They range from luxurious performance flagship sedans to some of the most popular […]

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