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From the Editor: The Return of Summer Vacation

By Randy Stern / June 30, 2022

After two years of a persistent pandemic, we can declare the return of the summer vacation.  You’ve been waiting for a long time to break out your passports and book…

Regarding Janus – Paula Boggs Band

By Isaac Johnson / June 30, 2022

My highest belief is in duality. Not one thing is one thing only. Human nature is to force a category, a label to everything we experience. We mark our lives…

Market Day in Madison

By Carla Waldemar / June 30, 2022

American farmers’ markets are almost as old as America itself. Transplanting the customs of the Old Country as well as the seeds they’d carried with them, farmers would hitch up…

Duck Soup – Ely Outfitting Company Puts the Out in the Great Outdoors

By Terrance Griep / June 30, 2022

It’s the calls that are so baffling; it’s the calls that comprise the riddle.   The calls are the signature of a flock of giant birds, eight in number, but they…

Pride Journey – Savannah, Georgia

By Joey Amato / June 30, 2022

Taking a trip to Savannah is like taking a journey back in time. Even the airport is designed with architectural elements in mind that make it clear to guests that…

06.16.22 OutFront Minnesota Queer Prom Saint Paul MN

By Sophia Hantzes / June 29, 2022

Our Affairs

Books: 707

By E.B. Boatner / June 30, 2022

Last Call at the Nightingale Katherine Schellman Minotaur Books $27.99  Schellman’s first in a Jazz age mystery series draws the reader into the depths of New York City’s Nightingale, a 1924 speakeasy, overseen…

A Transformation At Amazon – Luv-Luv’s Story

By Randy Stern / June 16, 2022

When you think of Amazon, what are the first things that come to mind?  They are not just a leading online retailer, they are also a leading employer anywhere they…

20 Years of Red Ribbon Rides

By Holly Peterson / June 16, 2022

2022 marks the 20th anniversary of the Red Ribbon Ride. This year the ride will take place on Friday, August 19th, and Saturday, August 20th. Funds raised throughout the weekend will support…

Lavender Magazine Community Award – Nonprofit: The Aliveness Project

By Mae Whitney / June 16, 2022

The Non-Profit Award for Service to the HIV/AIDS Community Minnesota’s first free PrEP clinic, THRIVE,  was opened in September of 2021 by the Aliveness project in Minneapolis. We are awarding them…

The Queen of Co-op-etition – Renda The Roofer

By Holly Peterson / June 2, 2022

“I got a new tattoo and it’s a pause button,” says Renda Baird, owner of local contracting business Renda the Roofer and RTR Teams. She laughingly explains the philosophy behind…

From A to Zee: Could Disney/Mickey Come to the Rescue? 

By Zaylore Stout / June 2, 2022

Hello Disney!  Remember me? It’s Zaylore Stout.  I grew up about a mile away from Disneyland in the 1980s and remember when it used to cost only $10 for California…

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Our Lives

Making A Hard Choice: A Lesson from “Bob’s Choice”

By Randy Stern / June 30, 2022

When it comes to making decisions atthe end of a person’s life, we are faced with hard choices.There are free resources available across the country for those considering their end…

Championing Anti-Racism, Leading with Love

By Holly Peterson / June 30, 2022

This July 6-9 the National Association of Black and White Men Together (NABWMT) will hold its 2022 Conference in Minneapolis. NABWMT describes itself on its website as “a gay multicultural,…

A Word In Edgewise: Survival Does Not Offer Escape 

By E.B. Boatner / June 30, 2022

The horrific news events of the past several weeks dealt not only with victims, but survivors.  Three young women, now seniors at Newtown High School, were prepping for spirit week…

Leather Life: IML44 and IMBB30—Vicariously

By Steve Lenius / June 30, 2022

After being canceled two years, the International Mr. Leather (IML) and International Mr. Bootblack (IMBB) contests were back in 2022. This year’s IML (44th edition) and IMBB (30th-anniversary edition) contest…

Chosen Family in the Prime of Life

By Mae Whitney / June 30, 2022

The Minnesota brand of the international Prime Timers is turning 23 years old this August. If you’ve never heard of the social organization, you should know that it comprises a…

06.16.22 Saint Paul Seniors Pride in the Park Saint Paul MN

By Sophia Hantzes / June 29, 2022

Our Homes

Our Rides: Discovering Our Door County

By Randy Stern / June 30, 2022

The idea of a “summer getaway” should be one where the locale and the company you keep should be able to enjoy it.  There are plenty of places that fit…

Our Rides: The Electric Galloping Horse?

By Randy Stern / June 16, 2022

Over the years, we often pat ourselves on the back as being most likely to be first adopters of anything. After all, LGBTQ consumers love to get the latest and…

Our Rides Road Trip: Two To Eau Claire, One With Pride

By Randy Stern / June 13, 2022

It may be just ninety minutes away from the heart of the Twin Cities and located in another state. Yet, Eau Claire offers a unique perspective that is purely Wisconsin. …

Luxjoy and Comfort Helps You Gift With Style

By Linda Raines / June 2, 2022

What do you do when you want to send a gift, but cannot seem to find a single thing that is what you were hoping for? Plenty of people would…

The Queen of Co-op-etition – Renda The Roofer

By Holly Peterson / June 2, 2022

“I got a new tattoo and it’s a pause button,” says Renda Baird, owner of local contracting business Renda the Roofer and RTR Teams. She laughingly explains the philosophy behind…

Nip and Tuck – House Lift Remodeler Can Make The Old Homestead New Again

By Terrance Griep / June 2, 2022

A sag here.  A protrusion there.  An unseemly wrinkle—a dozen, or a hundred.  One feature too big, another too small.  An accident, a defect, an infestation.  If these blights appeared…

Online Exclusives

Our Rides Road Trip: Two To Eau Claire, One With Pride

By Randy Stern / June 13, 2022

It may be just ninety minutes away from the heart of the Twin Cities and located in another state. Yet, Eau Claire offers a unique perspective that is purely Wisconsin. …

ALOK Performing at the Pantages on June 11

By Randy Stern / June 9, 2022

Who is ALOK? They are a gender nonconforming writer, performer, comedian, poet, and, according to the artist, “I make work that’s about gender and race and belonging.” ALOK, whose full…

Cara Connors Coming To Minneapolis Playing “Straight For Pay”

By Randy Stern / June 5, 2022

If you need some laughs to kick off LGBTQ Pride Month, how about an evening with comedian Cara Connors? The Los Angeles-based stand-up comedian is coming to Minneapolis on June…

5Q: Moulin Rouge

By Shane Lueck / June 3, 2022

“5Q” is an online-only column featuring five questions about stage productions in the Metro Area. Periodically, “5Q” will take the form of an interview with actors, directors, writers, etc. to…

Big Gay News

Polish Court Rules That Four “LGBT-Free Zones” Must Be Abolished

By Linda / June 30, 2022

Reuters reports that a top Polish appeals court ruled on Tuesday that so-called “LGBT-free zones” must be scrapped in four municipalities, a verdict welcomed by activists as a victory for human rights…

How Did A Third-Century Catholic Saint Become A Gay Icon? Here’s The Homoerotic History Of Saint Sebastian

By Linda / June 30, 2022

Artnet News reports that how did a third-century Catholic saint become a contemporary gay icon referenced on everything from the covers of men’s magazines to art and films and an adopted pseudonym…

He’s The Treasure Island Mayor, He’s Gay And Finally His ‘Authentic Self’

By Linda / June 30, 2022

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Tyler Payne pushed for the city’s first Pride proclamation this month, but sometimes struggles to reconcile his Republican politics with who he is. Read more at the…

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