From The Editor: Highway To Health

Photo courtesy of BigStock/Alexandr L.
Photo courtesy of BigStock/Alexandr L.

Photo courtesy of BigStock/Alexandr L.

It’s getting colder out, and while some may embrace the seasonal shift, it also means that it’s tougher to go outdoors and stay active. And while the cold temps and impending snowpocalypse may encourage our sedentary instincts, it’s oh-so-important to stay on top of our health game, no matter the time of year.

That’s where Lavender‘s 2019 Health & Beauty issue comes in handy! In this issue, we meet the owner and some of the clients of the North Loop’s branch of Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping, a kickboxing emporium that values commitment and diversity in droves. We also interview Dr. Brian Peters, proprietor of Mill District Dental, who discusses the best ways to keep those pearly whites nice and healthy.

We also interview the parents of Joshua Kloek, who passed away earlier this year from an opioid overdose. We discuss the impact of the crisis on the community at large, as Josh’s parents discuss how we need to change the conversation on such a tragic topic.

On top of those stories, Steve Lenius remembers two dearly departed institutions in the Twin Cities leather community, Randy Stern takes a road trip to South Central MN Pride, and Holly Peterson returns with a brand new Ace of Babes column!

Also, don’t forget! Submissions for Lavender‘s 2019 Community Awards end on Oct. 31, so before you head out for your Halloween parties, be sure to nominate a GLBT individual, ally, business or organization that you think did great work for the local rainbow community this year at

And don’t forget to get your flu shot!

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