Issue 345

Laguna Beach, California

Chic Laguna Beach, the jewel of the so-called California Riviera, has long been a favorite gay vacation spot. About midway between San Diego and Los Angeles and nicknamed SoHo-by-the-Sea, the area began attracting artists around the turn of the 20th century. A formal art colony was established in 1917, and since then this charming little community has retained its intimate scale and artsy vibe while developing an increasingly impressive crop of plush seaside hotels and superb restaurants. Read the rest of this entry »

Sex Talk: Extreme Body Play

There’s sex, there’s kinky sex, and then there are scenes that are, to most of us, pretty far out there.

Recalls one fellow, “The first time I went to a leathermen’s sex party, I saw a lot of stuff that I expected to see, like bondage and flogging. But what really made my jaw drop was a top man using a little electrical unit that sent current through wires running to a bottomboy’s buttplug. It was more mad-scientist than sexy, but when I talked to the bottom later, he happily said, ‘There’s nothing like it.’ I took his word for it; I’ve never had the courage to try it myself.” Read the rest of this entry »

Queer as Folks

Two Cities, One Love

On the heels of Twin Cities Pride was this year’s Black Pride, August 1-3, organized by Color CoordiNation, which states that it “connects, cultivates and sustains lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities of color.” Read the rest of this entry »

The F-Word

Michelle Obama won’t use the F-word. Alice Walker called it by another name. And when Hillary Clinton used the F-word, before she ran for President, she got clobbered with rumors that she was an LUG—lesbian until graduation—because she got married to Bill, and then an LAG—lesbian after graduation—because of her marriage to Bill. Read the rest of this entry »


Dual Standard

E.B. Boatner’s editorial [“A Word in Edgewise,” Lavender, August 1] would be right at home in most conservative newspapers. The hypocritical dual standard Boatner employs—mandating rigid behavior controls in the fostering of self-expression—reeks of self-righteousness and a desire to punish the victim for gender-aberrant behavior. Read the rest of this entry »

Now Playing

Mamma Mia!

Donna (Meryl Streep) has spent the last 20 years on a Greek isle raising her daughter, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), alone. But on the eve of Sophie’s wedding, the curious bride wants to know the identity of her long-absent father. Enter three of Donna’s former suitors (Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard) as wedding guests. But that’s just the anorexically thin plot. Read the rest of this entry »

Deep Inside Hollywood

The L Word Spins Off…But to Where?

Bittersweet days are ahead for Romeo…er, for rabid fans of The L Word. The final season—and a cruelly truncated, eight-episode miniseason at that—approaches in January 2009. And then—that’s it. A future of Dana and Dawn Denbo on DVD, at best, seems to await the faithful. But now, new hope is on the horizon. Cocreator Ilene Chaiken is at work on a spin-off series that will follow one of the characters as she embarks on a new chapter in life. No other details are known at this time, especially not the identity of the new show’s star. But strong contenders would seem to be bold, mouthy Alice (Leisha Hailey) or womanizing heartthrob Shane (Katherine Moennig), but don’t discount sophisticated Type-A Bette (Jennifer Beals) or superdiva Jenny (Mia Kirshner). No matter who it is, the flock surely will follow. Read the rest of this entry »

Democratic National Convention Is Up First in Denver: Obama Should Be Shoo-in as First African-American Presidential Nominee

This year marks one of the most historic periods in American politics. The Democratic Party will hold its National Convention August 25-28 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, though the nominee’s acceptance speech will be at INVESCO Field because of its larger seating capacity. Read the rest of this entry »

Republican National Convention Returns to Twin Cities after 106 Years: Log Cabin Republicans Planning Major Presence

For the second time in history, the Republican Party will hold its National Convention in Minnesota. This year’s is set for September 1-4 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Minneapolis hosted the Republican National Convention in 1892, ushering incumbent President Benjamin Harrison into a national race. He lost a close presidential vote to Democratic challenger Grover Cleveland (who had been his predecessor, and thus the only President ever to serve two nonconsecutive terms). Read the rest of this entry »

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