Issue 404

Beer Built Right for the Tea Party

If you’re the sort of person who enjoys plopping down on the sofa for long periods of time to watch sports on TV, raise your hand. OK, maybe that’s too much to ask. How about just loud snorting sounds?

Those of you who just snorted know your beer commercials, and probably remember the one in which we are told that during a taste test, the favorite beer in all the land was…Old Milwaukee!

I think you can imagine the average beer-drinking American’s reaction to this news: That’s right, more than 634,000 of them immediately dropped a bowling ball on their foot. Read the rest of this entry »

Queer As Folks

Twin Cities GLBT Oral History Project Debuts Queer Twin Cities

On October 22, at the West Bank Social Center in Minneapolis, the Twin Cities GLBT Oral History Project hosted a reception to debut its new book, Queer Twin Cities. Published by the University of Minnesota Press, it’s a collection of essays on Minnesota’s vibrant queer communities, past and present. Read the rest of this entry »


Likes Lavender Paper Edition

Just wanted to say that when more and more publications are, not surprisingly, switching to an online-only format, I’m happy to see that Lavender is actually making improvements to its paper edition. I get tired of looking at a monitor all day, so it’s nice to be able to have a copy of Lavender that I can easily carry around and read while I’m at lunch, etc. Thanks. It’s much appreciated.

Walter Johnson Read the rest of this entry »

Suffer the Little Children

In last’s issue column, I questioned statistical evidence of “scientists” on issues where facts simply can’t support their conclusions—specifically, that gay parents produce more gay offspring than do straight ones.

I had my own idea why gay parents might seem to have more gay kids, but decided not to toss out yet another unsubstantiated theory. Read the rest of this entry »

Lavender Offers New Media Options

Lavender constantly is offering new ways to enjoy the fun, quality content you’ve come to expect from our media family. From the print version to podcasts to timely tweets and Facebook status updates, Lavender lets you connect to a rich and vibrant community.

For example, did you know that our Big Gay News offers more GLBT news on Twitter than any other publisher? More than 20,000 people get our daily updates. To follow us, simply click on over to Read the rest of this entry »

iPad, Meet Lavender

We invite you into a candy-colored world of digital high definition, officially introducing the Lavender Magazine iPadTM app—for free. And we’re the first regional GLBT magazine in America to do so.

I’m a junkie for the smooth, sleek pages of a glossy magazine, and I love the musk of a new book. Something’s romantic about licking your fingers before turning a page. The act is the reader’s kiss to the author, an exhibition of pleasure—a beckoning “I want more!” Read the rest of this entry »

Lavender Wins MMPA Excellence Awards

Lavender received three Excellence Awards at the 14th annual Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association (MMPA) Gala on November 4 at Nicollet Island Inn in Minneapolis. For the 2009-2010 period spanned by the awards, Lavender won: Read the rest of this entry »

Thermal Quarters

Hair & Makeup by Jim Halvorson, Euphoria Salon
Photography by Mike Hnida, Lavender Studios
Models: Kris & Molly
Clothing provided by Bloomingdale’s, Mall of America
Shot on location at the Graves 601 Hotel Read the rest of this entry »

Big Gay News

National News

Three Iowa Justices Removed After Gay Marriage Ruling

Iowans voted November 2 to remove three of the state’s Supreme Court justices, following on the historic ruling in 2008 that effectively legalized same-sex marriage in the state. It’s the first time Iowa voters have removed a Supreme Court justice since the procedure began in 1962. The campaign to remove the judges was financed heavily by same-sex marriage opponents. Read the rest of this entry »

FAUX: Groundbreaking New Film Collapses Boundaries of Sexual Identity

Uptown Minneapolis today is the setting of a groundbreaking new film about romantic and erotic desire. This indie, FAUX, blurs the categories of gay, straight, and even bisexual. It’s the second in a triptych, the first of which is titled FADE.

Christopher Beer, 23-year-old FAUX director-writer-cinematographer, says, “The characters are written as having no clear orientation—or rather, no definably-labeled orientation.”

Moreover, Beer observes how economics influences and shapes sexual expression. Read the rest of this entry »

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