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A Day In The Life: Kelsey Gelhaus, M.D.

Kelsey Gelhaus. Photo courtesy of Kelsey Gelhaus Where did you grow up? Staples, a small town in central Minnesota. Where do you live? In the country outside of North Branch,…

Pride Comes in all Colors of the Rainbow

Pride may have taken on a slightly different look this year, thanks to the pandemic of 2020 shaking things up, but one thing remains the same—Pride is shown in all…

Leather Life: Leather Pride Flag 101

June 26, 2021: A photo from the 2021 community photo shoot with the giant Leather Pride flag. Photo by Larry Barthel Consider the Leather Pride flag: Nine stripes—four black, four…

From the Editor: Introductions and Salutations

Hello, friends. I’d like to introduce myself as the new Managing Editor at Lavender, and I’m thrilled to be part of the family. I grew up on a small Indian…

More Fetish, More Fun

Rubber Ball. Photo courtesy of Bondesque Bondesque is known in the LGBTQ+ community for its commitment to the kink community. Whether you’re a fetish fiend or a BDSM newbie, Bondesque…

Mangina Monologues I – V (Talking Out My Ass)

MM-II   When I was kid, a very small child   I would play in the closet.   It was peaceful and quiet and safe.   It was Sanctuary.  …

Pride…it’s Not Just for Big Cities Anymore

Photo by BigStock/BalkansCat Pride—it started as a revolution, an uprising by the LGBTQ+ community in response to the police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village on a hot…

Letter to the Editor

Hi, No Pride events in 2020, and 2021 isn’t quite back to normal, but just wanted to say how much I enjoyed Lavender‘s Pride issue this year. I know many publications…

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Don’t Call It a Comeback: The Return of Lavender’s First Thursdays

Lavender’s first First Thursday happened back in early February 2008. Considering that this was the theoretical birth of First Thursdays, it holds that First Thursday is an Aquarius: assertive, eccentric,…

Mangina Monologues I – V (Talking Out My Ass)

MM-III   “When did you come out?” I’m sometimes asked.   My knee-jerk response: “I was never in.”   —   iiia)      I’ve knowningly been attracted to males since I…

07.17.21 Twin Cities Pride Festival Minneapolis MN

07.16.21 Saloon Pride Block Party Featuring Ashanti Minneapolis MN

The Art’s the Thing

Photo courtesy of Loring Park Art Fair As anyone living in the Twin Cities metro area will attest, you can always count on at least two certainties in a Minneapolis…

A Lyrical Start To A Fresh New Season

Photo courtesy of Lyric Arts As more and more theatres open up, that means plenty of season announcements in my inbox. .Last issue, I wrote about the Ordway Center for…

Pride…it’s Not Just for Big Cities Anymore

Photo by BigStock/BalkansCat Pride—it started as a revolution, an uprising by the LGBTQ+ community in response to the police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village on a hot…

07.06.21 Minnesota Twins Pride Night: Minnesota Twins 1 Chicago White Sox 4 Minneapolis MN

Candace Owens Came For Megan Rapinoe & Didn’t Get The Response She Expected

LGBTQNation reports that Candace Owens is an inflammatory right wing pundit who loves trolling Twitter. She has scores of fans on the right – especially among Trump supporters while Megan Rapinoe is…

How Grindr, A Popular Gay Dating App, Poses Exploitation Risk To Minors

NPR reports that the dating app Grindr is supposed to be for men seeking men. But many underage boys are using it to hook up with adults, and that can put…

‘Unprovoked’ Gang Of Men Beat, Rob Gay Couple In Edinburgh

Edge Media Network reports that news reports say that a gay couple in Edinburgh, Scotland, was beaten and robbed in a sudden attack perpetrated by four men at about 9:20 p.m. on…

LGBTQ Event At Children’s Museum Canceled Following Threats

NBC News reports that a private LGBTQ event that was to be held at the Lincoln Children’s Museum has been canceled following a barrage of threats — including death threats…

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