Issue 353

Aspen and Telluride Ski Adventures

Few places capture the glamorous vibe of a big city while offering the stunning scenery of breathtaking mountain landscapes than the Colorado ski towns of Aspen and Telluride. These secluded, upscale getaways hosts two of the most famous gay ski weeks in the world, but they make delightful, gay-friendly getaways all winter. Read the rest of this entry »

Q Solution: “Uno River Runs Through It”

Theater Latté Da Names Kim Motes Managing Director

Theater Latté Da’s Board of Directors named Kim Motes as its first full-time Managing Director. She brings nearly 20 years of arts management experience to the 11-year-old nonprofit company.

Most recently, Motes served as Executive Director of the Minnesota Shubert Performing Arts and Education Center for Artspace Projects Inc. Since 2002, she tirelessly led efforts at the Minnesota Shubert Center to create a new three-building performing arts center dedicated to dance in Downtown Minneapolis. During her tenure there, she helped raise $34.5 million toward a $41 million capital campaign goal. Also for Artspace, she developed and directed an award-winning, Internet-based education program that has reached 50 Minnesota schools with more than $630,000 in dedicated funding. Read the rest of this entry »

Rest in Peace?

Humans invest things with meaning, while the heedless world spins round and round. The latest issue of The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide remarks on the Catholic Church’s efforts to exhume the remains of the great 19th-Century English theologian, John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890), as part of the process that would beatify him, with the title “Blessed,” a step toward canonization, with the title “Saint.” Read the rest of this entry »

Lavender’s No Longer Spineless!

Notice anything different about this issue of Lavender?

It’s what’s called “perfect-bound” in the printing industry. Simply put, instead of being stapled as in the past, our magazine from now on will be glue-bound, which means it will have a printed spine. Previously, only our annual Pride and Yellow Pages editions were published using this process. Read the rest of this entry »

Queer as Folks

Ellen Hart Reads at True Colors

Local author Ellen Hart read from her newest mystery, Sweet Poison, on November 13 at True Colors Bookstore—formerly Amazon Bookstore. She has won the Minnesota Book Award three times, the Lambda Literary Award five times, and the Golden Crown Literary Society award. Read the rest of this entry »

Kitchen Sans Kitsch: Minneapolis Couple Wins Lavender Makeover

Looking back, the biggest surprise wasn’t the Paperstone countertop or the LED lighting. It was the dust. “It was everywhere,” David Young recalls. “We didn’t even want to clean anything, because we knew it was just going to have to be cleaned again.” But that dust may be somewhat akin to ash from which a phoenix—a new kitchen—arose. Read the rest of this entry »

National News

Military Gay Issue Delay Expected
President-elect Barack Obama is expected to delay until 2010 a decision to seek an end to the ban on open gays in the military, according to transition team advisers. He made repealing the ban a campaign promise. But advisers told The Washington Times the incoming President first wants to form a consensus among the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his new Pentagon appointees before going to Congress on the potentially explosive matter. Currently, a compromise policy known as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell requires gay service members to keep their sexuality private, or face expulsion from the US armed services. About 12,500 people have been discharged under the policy. Aubrey Sarvis, Executive Director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, said he had held “informal discussions” with the Obama transition team on how to proceed on the issue, which he also expects to come up in 2010.

eHarmony Agrees To Allow Same-Sex Ads

Internet matchmaker has agreed to provide services to people seeking same-sex relationships, under a settlement reached in New Jersey. In 2005, Eric McKinley, a gay man from New Jersey, sued the online dating service after it refused to take his personal advertisement, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The lawsuit triggered an investigation into the company by state officials, according to the newspaper. Under the terms of the settlement, eHarmony agreed to provide a new service for gay men and lesbians by March 31, 2009. In return for eHarmony’s agreeing to the policy change, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights dismissed the complaint.
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The Tao of Winter Survival

As the White House is giving up George W. Bush and taking in Barack Obama, so Minnesota is losing its beautiful color wheel of leaves, and welcoming the bitter cold winter. While closing my storm windows, and putting an extra fleece blanket on my bed, I decided that this year, I am going to embrace the season, rather than dread it like I usually do. Read the rest of this entry »

What Went Wrong?

When it comes to protests, marches, and boycotts, the GLBT community is skilled at showing righteous indignation. We do it well. Nothing is more motivating than taking to the streets to fight for our rights. In fact, protests recently were waged across the country where thousands of activists and other concerned citizens chanted “Say No to Hate,” or held signs proclaiming “Restore Gay Marriage,” all reacting to the devastating defeat to marriage equality in California known as Proposition 8. Read the rest of this entry »

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