Terrance Griep Posts

Bet Your Life: Local Heroes Give Animals a Second Chance at Companionship…and at Life

“Single male, four legs and a tail, enjoys long walks around fire hydrants, chasing postal workers, and smelling scat; seeks two-legged, tail-less M or F for lifelong friendship. Serious inquiries only.” This personal ad has […]

Rainbow of Sexes: A University of Minnesota Program Supports Genders of Every Frequency

The word “spectrum” usually evokes images of rainbows, and rainbows in June evoke images of Pride…but the word spectrum takes on a whole new meaning when cited at the National Center For Gender Spectrum Health, […]

Let’s Go to the Casino: Place Your Bets!

Nearby (and Not-So-Nearby) Casinos Offer Thrills and Spills This Summer When Danny Ocean gathered his eleven specialized friends, he was hoping to rake in 150 million dollars from three Vegas casinos. We at Lavender Magazine cannot guarantee […]

“The Old Mill Stream”

Abiitan Mill City Turns Aging into Freeflowing Luxury As the current millennium dawned, Minneapolis’s Mill District underwent a radical renaissance. For decades it had lain more or less dormant after decades as the world’s largest […]

Bump and Grind — Dr. Pamela Gonzalez Takes on the Beautiful Gravel Roads of Northern Minnesota

It’s like the Tour de France but with more mosquitoes. It’s like Walden but with less symbolism. It’s like Brokeback Mountain but with fewer sheep. It’s the second annual running of Le Grand du Nord Gravel Cycling Classic, and […]

The Lady is a Champ

Champion Jackie Fendler Breathes New Life into Her Existence via the Deadlift It’s November 2013, and a lifter is about to lift. Feet are planted beneath shoulders, toes are pointed due north.  Open hands descend […]

Our Wedding Story: Lifelong Brunch

Except for the bluegrass band, it might have been any other brunch in Minneapolis on October 1, 2016. At first glance, it seemed like a casual, cakes-under-glass, bring-your-own-bongo, specials-scribbled-in-pink-limestone kind of affair: novelty donuts sprinkled […]

“Rave Robbers” — A Troupe of Local Actors Take Ghoulish Delight in Reviving Dead Radio Plays

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear! This invitation was extended to the Greatest Generation as it indulged in that era’s high-tech, sound-based entertainment: radio. In those golden days of yore, whole […]

Gay Ex-Player Billy Bean Wants To Focus on Baseball, But Baseball Wants To Focus On Diversity

“Life is so constructed, that the event does not, cannot, will not, match the expectation.” —Charlotte Brontë Billy Bean’s life seems to have been constructed around mismatching expectation. During his early adulthood, he was a […]

The Road to Hell…and Back: Out & Sober Minnesota Defeats Addiction with Connection

We’ve been told the road to hell is paved with good intentions, but all English majors know the road to hell is paved with statistics, and the Pride Institute would agree. The Pride Institute tells […]

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