From The Editor: Out With The Old…

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Photo by BigStock/graphixchon

Photo by BigStock/graphixchon

From a personal and professional viewpoint, it’s kind of insane how fast this year has come and gone. Your friendly neighborhood managing editor only came aboard the Lavender ship a little over a year ago, and WHOOSH! Here we are now, ready to say goodbye to 2018 and greet the final year of this decade, as well as prepare for two very special milestones: Lavender‘s 20th Pride Edition, and the 50th anniversary of the landmark Stonewall Riots that gave birth to the GLBT rights movement as we know it.

Now, I’m no expert on the complexities of temporal mechanics, but what I do know is that 2018 blessed our rainbow community with plenty of wonderful people, events, and works of art, and—yup, you guessed it—our 2018 Year-End Issue is here to honor the best our local GLBT community has given us over the last year.

As with every year, we’re beyond proud to honor some of our best and brightest with the Lavender Community Awards, with four individuals, one business and one nonprofit being recognized for their tireless commitment and service to the queer community in the Twin Cities and Minnesota at large. We also recognize the best in local theater and entertainment, as well as the best vehicles that 2018 gave us.

On top of that, we get to know a handful of very funny GLBT comedians in the Twin Cities, celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Hope House—which assists and cares for those living with HIV—and we learn about a Day In The Life of Haskell’s Wine Bar manager Christopher Valen.

I just want to say that my first year at Lavender has been an absolute honor, and I look forward to continue serving this beautiful community. So, 2018? It’s been a real slice. 2019? Bring it on, baby. From all of us here at Lavender Media, have a wonderful holiday season and a happy and safe New Year!

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