Issue 372

Interview with Buck Angel

Pioneering transsexual man and award-winning porn star Buck Angel recently appeared at The Smitten Kitten in Minneapolis.

You’re controversial. A lot of people have problems with what you do. Some people say porn is violence against women.

Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, obviously. By the way, I’ve also won a feminist porn award for my work. I think what I do empowers women as well as men, as well as everyone who’s never fit into a box. Read the rest of this entry »

Hell’s Kitchen

Judging by the fare at Hell’s Kitchen, I would ascertain that the devil isn’t really a fussy guy, but appreciates small touches and good quality. Apparently, he likes to fill a large hole in his emotional well-being with comfort food.

Perhaps it’s a commentary on my nuclear family, but descending into Hell’s Kitchen’s digs feels a little bit like coming home. The decor is funky. The staff is friendly. The smells emanating from the kitchen are familiar and heartening. Read the rest of this entry »

Bartender Spotlight


Recipe: Tropical Heat
1 1/4 oz. Bacardi O
3/4 oz. Absolut Mango
1/2 oz. Malibu Rum
Pineapple Juice
Grenadine on Bottom
Myers Rum on Top
Garnish with Cherry & Lime Read the rest of this entry »

Pic of the Litter: Peggy Krizak Creates Unique Pet Portraits

The truly gifted people in this world may not have a lot of money or the flashiest of career paths, but they have known the deep and meaningful love that is possible with a cherished pet. They truly will appreciate the realistic pet portraits created by artist Peggy Krizak. Read the rest of this entry »

Big Gay News

Local News

Minnesota Says Student Faced Teachers’ Gay Slurs

The Anoka-Hennepin School District agreed to settle the case of a high school junior who allegedly was harassed by two teachers because of his perceived sexual orientation. According to a Minnesota Department of Human Rights investigation, two teachers repeatedly made antigay comments about the student in front of classmates. The department stated that teacher Diane Cleveland told a class the boy’s “fence swings both ways.” Another teacher, Walter Filson, allegedly told students the boy “enjoys wearing women’s clothes.” The school district denied it violated Minnesota’s Human Rights Act, but has agreed to pay the boy’s family $25,000.

National News

White House Says DOMA “Unfair,” But Will Defend in Court

Although the Obama Administration filed legal papers recently claiming the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) discriminates against gays and lesbians, Justice Department lawyers say they still will defend the law. Department spokesperson Tracy Schmaler stated, “The administration believes the Defense of Marriage Act is discriminatory and should be repealed,” but the department is obligated “to defend federal statutes when they are challenged in court. The Justice Department cannot pick and choose which federal laws it will defend based on any one administration’s policy preferences.”

World News

Antigay Attacks on the Rise in Iraq

According to a new report from the advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW), murder and violence against men perceived to be gay continues to rise in Iraq. Hundreds of men reportedly have been murdered since 2004. Human Rights Watch researcher Rasha Moumneh said in the report, “These killings point to the continuing and lethal failure of Iraq’s postoccupation authorities to establish the rule of law, and protect their citizens.”

On the Townsend

After Juliet / Through Aug. 30 / Theatre Or, 4330 Cedar Lake Rd., Mpls. / (612) 227-1188 /

Do you recall the beginning of Romeo and Juliet, when Romeo yearns for his cousin, Rosaline? Playwright Sharman MacDonald speculates on an immediate and horrific aftermath sprung from the double suicide of the star-crossed lovers. Rosaline calls Juliet’s action a “selfish suicide,” because it puts the nurse, the friar, a servant, and the apothecary in dire jeopardy. The Prince’s admonition for all to bury the hatchet at the end of the play cannot extinguish the vengeful mess left behind. Read the rest of this entry »

Isn’t Fashion Fun

Hi, I’m Kevin with the STYLEDLIFE® and styledlook® team. Yes, summer is winding down and thoughts will be turning soon to autumn romance, Vikings football and of course fall fashion. I can’t help too much on the romance and football front, but I know that STYLEDLIFE and styledlook can make your fall look modern and cool.

STYLEDLIFE is “ReArriving” as we are calling it into a new flagship location in Galleria in early October. Our new 3,000 square foot digs (yes, 3,000) will be located near Good Earth restaurant and we are jazzed beyond belief. Our new store is coinciding with our new autumn/winter advertising campaign that we are calling “The New Fashion Equation.”

What is the new fashion equation, you ask?

It’s our vision and belief that looking modern and fashionable has nothing to do with status, money and/or buying all new clothes. We believe it’s a mix of taking what you have, mixing in accessories, honoring and developing your personal style and “owning your look.” Whether that look is always casual, always dressy or like most of us a blend of casual elegance, we strongly believe in being yourself.

Granted, we don’t really believe that anyone starts out with “no style”…but after twenty+ years in the fashion industry, I do know how challenged the average person feels about their personal style and wardrobe.

Many of you know that STYLEDLIFE is an accessory shopper’s nirvana specializing in modern fashion accessories for men & women. I don’t want this to be just a plug for our company….because quite frankly, there are mass merchant stores that have cool accessories too. We just want each of you to understand that adding one simple accessory, be it a long necklace, pair of cufflinks and/or a fresh new messenger bag can ramp up your new fall look.

Our happy “STYLED YOU” stick figures, Alex & Paul, represent the confident, polished dudes who utilize accessories to make their own unique style statements! Oh, and of course, happily replace Alex & Paul with Alice and Patty and you’re good to go too!

We will start a new round of “On the Runway” starting in September. Thank you very much for partaking in our column this past year and don’t hesitate to let us know what you’d like more of, less of, etc. This column is for you, loyal Lavender readers. And don’t forget, STYLEDLIFE’s last Sale of the year is going on now until September 6. With discounts of 30-70% off, now is the perfect time to start focusing on your fall fashion look!

Isn’t Fashion Fun is your monthly go-to resource for tips, suggestions, and fashion expertise on how style-related material plays into your wardrobe and vis-à-vis your busy life. Isn’t Fashion Fun is brought to you by fashion leader STYLEDLIFE® and the wardrobe experts® team at styledlook®, the premier at-home wardrobe consulting company with clients nationwide. Got a big event or hot date coming up, and don’t know what to wear? No worries—we’re here for you. What’s the best accessory gift or music CD for a particular recipient? Yes, we can dial you in on that, too. E-mail all of your fashion questions and/or wardrobe dilemmas to You deserve to look your best, feel your best, and strut your stuff looking dynamite! Isn’t fashion fun.

Daylight Luck

Produced by Mike Hnida
Hair & Makeup by Adam Lang
Photography by Mike Hnida, Lavender Studios
Special thanks to Toni Trussoni at A&E Casting for studio space
Models: Raina & Peter with Agency Models & Talent, Jaron
Clothing provided by Lucky Brand at Mall of America, online at

Paisley Lace print thermal $59, Style# 7W60396
Zoe straight leg jean $99, Style# 7W10419
Angel boots $199, Style# LK-ANGEL
Azul belt $59, Style# BURUR484
Peace Love necklace $39, Style# JLRU3502

(Left to Right)

Slim jean $99, Style# 7M10586
Bandit belt $45, Style# BKRUR239

Detour print shirt $79, Style# 7M40146
Slim jean $79.50, Style# 7M10676

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It’s in the Bag

Hot picks from MOA® Trend Specialist Sara Rogers
You’ve already learned how to carry yourself with style; now you can carry your stuff in style as well with this season’s arsenal of great bags. Whether you’re backpacking across Europe or just hiking across the highway, there is a bag style out there that is perfect for your needs. With great colors and tons of surprise storage space, you may even start to enjoy packing! Read the rest of this entry »

Love You Like a Brother

A friend, knowing my fondness for photography and men, sent me an article concerning photograph collections of men being “affectionate.” There are actually a number of books in this genre. Two books dealing with the subject that I have reviewed in Lavender are Evan B. Bachner’s At Ease: Navy Men of World War II and Men of World War II: Fighting Men at Ease (Abrams 2004 and 2007). Read the rest of this entry »

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