Issue 344

Luminesce Fuse

On the Runway Section

Check out our fashion layout featuring the newest clothing from United Colors of Benetton. Click here to download a printable PDF.

Queer as Folks

Lynx Send Augustus to the Olympics

Minnesota Lynx’s Seimone Augustus. Photo by Sophia Hantzes

Selected by the Minnesota Lynx as a number-one pick during the 2006 WNBA Draft, 24-year-old Seimone Augustus’s career is red-hot. She was named SEC Player of the Year in both 2005 and 2006 prior to being drafted. Since then, she has been named 2006 WNBA Rookie of the Year, as well as 2006 and 2007 WNBA All-Star. Read the rest of this entry »


Fireworks About Pride Fireworks

I’m keeping my posting on a positive note, and will refrain from “labeling” individuals who care about all communities and wildlife as complainers. I’m just a gay man who shares the thoughts of the majority of Minnesota’s gay community (millions nationwide) who care about their environment and wildlife. Read the rest of this entry »

Yes, I Am a (Chicken) Breast Man!

On the Runway Section

The lovely people here at Lavender have given me yet another chance to share with you some of my thoughts and observations about losing weight, eating healthy, and coming to terms with a new me. Aren’t you the lucky ones! For those of you who may have missed my inaugural attempt a few issues back, let me provide you with a little back-story. Read the rest of this entry »

Editorial Cartoon

Local and National News Read the rest of this entry »

Stuck in the Glamour Trap

I yearn for the day when being a GLBT American is no more remarkable than being an Irish American. We still would be a definable group with an interesting and sometimes bitter history. We even might continue to hold parades every June. But the days of obsessing about politics would be long gone, because we finally would be equal. Obviously, we’re not there yet. Even more worrisome is that we’re stuck in a trap threatening to keep us from ever reaching that sweet day. Read the rest of this entry »

Tawnja’s Treasures: Skorts: The Good, The Bad, or The Ugly

On the Runway Section

Minnesota summers are short, yet spectacular. I would dare to say that without them, we would lose half our residents to the year-round warmth of states like Arizona, Texas, and California. So, what keeps us planted here during our insanely frigid months of December and January? The memories we manufacture during June, July, and August, of course. Read the rest of this entry »

Polo Opponents

On the Runway Section

Hot picks from MOA® Trend Specialist Sara Rogers

This summer classic is no longer reserved for tennis courts and golf courses. Polo’s have become an everyday look for all ages, and can be spotted this season in numerous colors and designs.

Oversize Logos
178 South Avenue
Bigger is better this season, as classic logos are pumped up to make a bold statement.


Martin + Osa
214 South Avenue
The “it” color for fall is already creeping into stores in shades from eggplant to violet.

Military Chic

152 South Avenue
A classic staple gets a military makeover with epaulet detailing.

Sporty Stripes

106 North Garden
Give your polo a little punch with fun, stand-out stripes.


107 North Garden
Let your inner artist show through in funky and unique graphic designs.

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.

A “Sordid” Life: An Interview with Rue McClanahan

How Rue McClanahan became a TV icon isn’t classified information: For 20 years, the veteran actress has brought syndicated love and laughter to millions of people via The Golden Girls’s Blanche Devereaux, America’s favorite over-the-hill whore. Read the rest of this entry »

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