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George Holdgrafer

FREE Before Stonewall

Each year, our Twin Cities Pride Celebration is a dual commemoration of two monumental events: locally, the founding of FREE (Fight Repression of Erotic Expression), Minnesota’s first gay organization; and nationally, the Stonewall Riot, the pivotal event that catalyzed gay liberation in the United States and worldwide. In the United States, the decade of the…

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19 Bar Celebrates Triple Anniversary This Year

February 6 was the 65th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the British throne in 1952; she’s now the longest-reigning British monarch in history. As well, for the 19 Bar in Minneapolis (with an iconic 1960s portrait of the queen that has graced its north wall for decades), it’s a triple anniversary this year:…

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Barometer: Gay 90’s Hosts Gala Grand Opening of New La Femme Show Lounge

Fabulous Refashioned Space Is Crown Jewel of Megabar On the evening of Jan. 13, the Gay 90’s hosted the gala grand opening of its new La Femme Show Lounge upstairs. This fabulous refashioned space is now a worthy home for the best female impersonator show the Twin Cities has ever seen. Las Vegas, eat your…

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Barometer: Mercedes Iman-Diamond Captures Miss Gay 90’s 2016 Title

On the evening of Oct. 27, the annual Miss Gay 90’s Pageant took place at the La Femme Show Lounge upstairs in the megabar. Brandonna Dupri-LaReese was emcee for the event. La Femme show director Prada Diamond made several stunning appearances throughout the night. Nine lovely contestants competed for the title, the most coveted one…

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Barometer: Nikki Vixxen Captures Miss Toast of the Town House 2016 Title

On the evening of July 30, the 2016 Toast of the Town House Pageant, the 19th annual such event, took place. Three contestants competed for the title. Categories were theme wear, talent, and evening gown/question and answer. The host was Jol D. Principle. Anastasia C. Principle, stepping-down Miss Toast of the Town House 2015, performed…

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2016 Pride at eagleBOLTbar

Photography by George Holdgrafer  

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2016 Pride at Gay 90s

Photography by George Holdgrafer

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2016 Pride at 19 Bar

Photography by George Holdgrafer

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Gay 90’s Hosts Miss City of the Lakes Pageant

On June 23, the Gay 90’s bar in Minneapolis hosted the 2016 Miss City of the Lakes Pageant at the La Femme Show Lounge upstairs. Six contestants competed. The spectacular Kamaree Williams won the coveted title. Mercedes Iman Diamond was first runner-up, Sheena Cassadine was second runner-up, and Crystal Bell was third runner-up. Hostess and…

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Tim Campbell (1939-2015)

Not Surprisingly, Lavender’s 2015 Person of the Year(s) Wrote His Own Obituary Gay rights activist Tim Campbell died December 26, 2015, in Houston, Texas, at the age of 76, from esophageal cancer. Campbell was perhaps best known as the publisher of the GLC Voice newspaper in Minneapolis, which came out from 1979 through 1992. During…

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