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By Lavender August 28, 2009

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Lavender’s Pride Central Raises $4,992 for The Aliveness Project

Pride always has been a reason for the GLBT community to come out en masse to celebrate who we are, and show support for the community we live in. This year’s Twin Cities Pride took place shortly after Iowa became the first Midwestern state to approve gay marriage, providing a much-needed boost to the quest for GLBT equality. Though the community has made great strides in advancing equality, those infected with HIV/AIDS—both gay and straight—still suffer in silence more often than not. On June 28, at Lavender’s Pride Central—with the help of Ameriprise Financial and the Chambers Hotel—$4,992 was raised for The Aliveness Project, one of many local organizations that help those living with HIV/AIDS. To donate, or to learn more, visit www.aliveness.org.

Julie Dafydd Reprises Miss Margarida’s Way

Lavender columnist Julie Dafydd is reprising her smash one-woman show, Miss Margarida’s Way: A Tragi-Comic Monologue for an Impetuous Woman, by Roberto Athayde. It runs September 3-4, 7 PM, at the Whitney Fine Arts Center Stagedoor Theater, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, 1424 Yale Place, Downtown Minneapolis, with an additional performance September 9, 6:30 PM, at Founders Hall, Metropolitan State University, 700 East Seventh Street, St. Paul. Directed by Scott M. Rubsam, this allegory about totalitarianism uses at its central metaphor a biology classroom where the teacher is the dictator, and the audience is the student body. Miss Margarida, an engaging though grotesque monster, often digresses from biology to taunt and harangue. Admission is free. For reservations for any of the Minneapolis performances, call (612) 659-7222. No reservations are necessary for the St. Paul performance.

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