Issue 342

Red Ribbon Ride Reprises

Hundreds of riders and volunteers will travel 300 miles over four days with the goal of raising $700,000 for seven Minnesota-based AIDS service organizations.

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Queer As Folks

Quatrefoil Hosts Four GLBT Writers in Fruit Platter

Quatrefoil Library in St. Paul hosted a reading by four award-winning GLBT writers in Fruit Platter on June 11: poet Jane Levin, recipient of a Jerome Foundation/Intermedia Arts Mentorship and a Howard B. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment grant; poet William Reichard, whose critically acclaimed How To was a finalist for the Academy of American Poets 2003 James Laughlin Award; freelance journalist, writer, and poet Christopher Pommier, recognized in 2006 as an emerging artist by the Jerome Foundation and SASE/Intermedia Arts; and essayist Barrie Jean Borich, whose book My Lesbian Husband won the American Library Association GLBT Nonfiction Award in 1999.

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A Word in Edgewise

Minneapolis’s Basilica of St. Mary rejoices—and has for 15 years—in an annual blessing of the animals. All God’s creatures are welcome. For the past several years, St. Joan of Arc Church in Minneapolis has held an annual Gay Pride prayer service during Twin Cities Pride Week, celebrating our GLBT community. No longer.

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A Fun Flipflop

Hot picks from MOA® Trend Specialist Sara Rogers

It’s time for your feet to get fashionable in this season’s sandal styles. Whether you’re heading out for a day at the beach or a night on the town, sandals are a must-have for your summer wardrobe.

If it’s classic you crave, this leather style from Cole Haan is a great choice to take you from work to play.

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This white hot pair from Geox features a patented breathable sole to keep your feet cool and dry.

Love the designer look? You’ll be strolling in style in these chic Gucci logo sandals.

Get ready to rock in distressed leather Mark Nason slides with edgy metal hardware.

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Show your red, white and blue spirit this summer in Havianas – the “it” sandal brand of the moment.

Onward Style

Onward Style is Lavender’s exclusive column written by Sara Rogers, MOA® Trend Specialist. Sara has worked in the fashion industry for more than 20 years as a model, fashion specialist, wardrobe therapist, and television host.

As the Trend Specialist and Personal Shopper for Mall of America®, her “office” spans 4.2 million square feet and more than 520 stores, providing her with extensive resources to research what’s hot in retail trends.

Bloomington Civic Theatre’s The Breast of Broadway

“The mission of The Breast Cancer Awareness Association is educational and inspirational: to fulfill the needs and desires of survivors, families and friends for information on the broad spectrum of breast cancer treatment and support services in Minnesota.”

—The Breast Cancer Awareness Association Mission Statement

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Styled Look®

It’s easy to fault rampant consumerism for our cluttered homes and crammed closets—so easy, in fact, that several cable television shows get their fodder solely from the American trend toward glut. It’s all so clear under the harsh light of pseudoreality TV that our culture encourages unhealthy attachments to the oddest of possessions. Just watch TLC’s Clean House or What Not to Wear for a full-bore capitalism freak show.

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Tawnja’s Treasures

Treasures of Hope

Fashion is rumored to be fun and frivolous, an expression of our own personal vision of heaven. The power of fashion has transformed many of us from dull and tired to glamorous and exciting.

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National & World News
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Project 515

It wasn’t too long ago that most Greater Minnesota legislators easily dismissed advocates on behalf of same-sex couples, because they sincerely believed no same-sex couples existed in their Greater Minnesota districts. As legislators represent their districts, and as no same-sex couples live in their district, why bother supporting equality? Right?

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A Shepherd Gone Astray

It’s a bit hard to imagine that Archbishop John Nienstedt of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis could still go farther than he already has in his appalling and shameful attacks on innocent Christian gay men and women, but sad to say, it is true.

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