Issue 368

2009 Pride in Pictures

Lavender‘s Eye on Pride, continuing throughout July, puts you on the spot for what’s happened, what’s happening, and what to expect next. Parades, parties, and people, people, people! Read the rest of this entry »

Casual Chic | Casual Cool

Fashion should be fun and above all easy. In fact, we all know and admire that friend or co-worker who oozes effortless style. This easy, breezy style is the essence of STYLEDLIFE fashion theme “Casual Chic | Casual Cool”. Read the rest of this entry »

Everything’s Just Beach-y

Hot picks from MOA® Trend Specialist Sara Rogers

I hope your beach bod is in top shape because it’s finally time for some fun in the sun! From sassy stripes to painter’s palates, patterns are THE ‘it’ trend for swimwear this season, so don’t get spotted in the sand wearing your boring ol’ basics. No worries for those of you who are allergic to brights – pattern style works well with neutral colors also this season. Read the rest of this entry »

Personality & Style

Creating personal outfits by combining elements that reflect your own personality is always in style. You are unique – let everyone know it. You’ve been hitting the gym and wanting to show it off? Try something sleeveless combined with crisp shorts to display a little skin. Adding flare – an animal print scarf – to an outfit will definitely attract some notice for the night on the town. Job have you dressed too uptight? Pair a V-neck casual shirt with those pinstripe trousers and a sleek belt. A comfortable hoodie combined with undies adds sex appeal to your morning. Read the rest of this entry »

Queer as Folks

BECAUSE Marks 15th Year

On April 17-19 at Coffman Memorial Union on the University of Minnesota campus, BECAUSE (Bisexual Empowerment Conference: A Uniting, Supportive Experience) marked the 15th year of the premier Midwest weekend event for bisexual, queer, trans, bicurious, and questioning persons. Turnout was greater than had been expected, making it a huge success in the eyes of organizers. This year’s keynote speaker was Robyn Ochs, a speaker, teacher, writer, activist, and workshop leader, who was the recipient of the 2009 Susan J. Hyde Activism Award presented by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Read the rest of this entry »

Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese Writes President Barack Obama

June 15, 2009

Dear Mr. President:

I have had the privilege of meeting you on several occasions, when visiting the White House in my capacity as president of the Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights organization representing millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [LGBT] people across this country. You have welcomed me to the White House to express my community’s views on health care, employment discrimination, hate violence, the need for diversity on the bench, and other pressing issues. Read the rest of this entry »

Soldiering On in Pansy Division, Jon Ginoli Pens Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division

After 18 years, seven studio albums, 12 drummers, almost a thousand gigs and counting, Jon Ginoli, founding member of Pansy Division, not only has seen it all, but also tells all in his new book of memoirs, Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division. Read the rest of this entry »

Humana Festival of New American Plays: Slasher Is Not So Minnesota Nice

Attending the Humana Festival of New American Plays is a theater junkie’s version of Fashion Week in Paris (without the snobbery). The annual event, presented by Actors Theatre of Louisville, features marathon performances of new scripts by the Tennessee Williams and Eugene O’Neills of tomorrow before they hit Broadway (or, more likely, a theater near you.) Read the rest of this entry »

On the Record

Crossing the Rubicon
The Sounds

On Cross the Rubicon, The Sounds build off the music they crafted on 2006’s Dying to Say This to You. The Swedish five-piece loves their 1980s new-wavish rock ’n’ roll, but on their third album, they prove to be more than just slaves to the sound. Fueled by a driving backbeat, and nifty guitar and synth interplay, the group announce their manifesto on album opener “No One Sleeps When I’m Awake.” Leading it all, however, is Maja Ivarsson’s crystal-clear voice that mixes enough pretty to be pleasing pop, but also has enough grit to help the songs stick in the head. This comes clear when the band looks back wistfully to the past (for them, that’s around 1999) on tunes like “Underground” and the title track. In the end, this is the kind of album made for sharing via open car windows on hot sunny days. Read the rest of this entry »

On the Townsend

Phédre / July 8-9 / Guthrie Theater/ 818 s. 2nd St., Mpls./ (612) 377-2224 /

Queer literary folks know gay Greek dramatist Euripides’s Hippolytus as the definitive incest tragedy, but in 1677, French playwright Jean Racine retold the tale in Phèdre.

Screening in high definition at the Guthrie, the film of the National Theatre of Great Britain’s current production, directed by Miss Saigon’s Nicholas Hytner, stars iconic Helen Mirren as Queen Phèdre, who yearns for her stepson, Hippolytus, played by dashing Dominic Cooper (The Duchess). Though Mirren is best-known recently for her conservative Oscar-winning turn in The Queen, she jolted the indie film scene in 1989 with The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover. Like Phèdre, it is extremely controversial. Read the rest of this entry »

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