From The Editor: It’s Time To Party


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Oh, happy day! The weekend we’ve all been waiting for is finally here: Pride Weekend!

As the entire nation celebrates both Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, the Twin Cities is ready for its own slice of the celebration as we gear up for all of the parties, events, celebrations, parades, and, of course, drag brunches that come with this wonderful weekend.

So join us, fair and fierce readers, as we give you the 411 on some of the amazing happenings in town with our Pride Weekend What To Do guide, whether they’re on the dance floor, on the streets, or on the rooftops. And if you’re Minnesotan but don’t live in the Twin Cities metro, we have a special guide for some of the gay hootenannies across the state and even in our neighboring states!

Of course, as we celebrate Pride, we continue to celebrate the amazing folks in our community. We get to know Jack Kalvser and Cole Radermacher, two top-notch queer piercers at Leviticus Tattoo & Piercing; we learn about the new clinic for trans and gender diverse children at Children’s Minnesota; we take a lap with the Minnesota Ice Swim Club; we bare all with the clothing-optional campground known as Two Creeks; and we meet up with The Black Hart, the successor to the legendary Town House gay bar in St. Paul.

We also have not one but TWO travel pieces from Mike Marcotte and Carla Waldemar, and best of all, this issue features the third and final entry of Lavender‘s Stonewall Retrospective series.

We’re thrilled to be able to share this momentous month with you, our rainbow community. As we sashay our butts off this weekend, always remember and cherish those who came before us to make our celebration of Pride possible in the first place. So have fun, stay hydrated, dance ’til you can’t, and, of course: Happy Pride!

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