The nominees are in and voting is open, so vote for your choice of cover model now through April 22.
View the nominees below. The winner will appear on Lavender’s 2021 Pride cover, featured in an article, and will receive $500 worth of restaurant & retail gift cards.
Sarah McPeck is a stand up comedian, writer, actor and improv teacher. Sarah is responsible for creating many safe spaces for queer performers and queer audiences alike. As a community leader Sarah is always looking to connect with others to build LGBTQ+ visibility and has been a contributing writer for TCGAYSCENE for years, helping to bring local and national queer stories to light.
Tito Catuncan identifies as a cisgender, gay, second-generation Filipino American male who is a recent transplant to the Twin Cities from Chicago. After graduating with his Master of Social Work from Augsburg College in 2015, he aims to provide culturally responsive therapy, counseling, advocacy, and community education to reduce stigma around adults with mental illness, especially those who identify as LGBTQ and/or members of communities of color. Tito is a case manager at Avivo and currently serves as co-secretary of Pfund.
Nanette Stearns is a lifelong Minnesota resident with interests in books, theater, music, art, and cats (in no particular order). She currently work as Editorial Director for Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd, a new page publisher in Woodbury. Her volunteer service as a board member for Quatrefoil Library from 2013 to 2020 gave her the chance to serve this important institution and the LGBTQ+ community. Nanette is proud to have led the board as president from 2018 to 2020 during a time of great growth and challenge. Even though the library has been closed since March 2020 due to COVID, they continue to offer a variety of services including curbside pickup and virtual events. Nanette lives in St. Paul with her partner, Marie Cooney, their two cats (Hrotsvitha and Hildegard Von Bingen), and their long-suffering dog (Rico).
Sebastian Nemec is a business coach for queer and transgender entrepreneurs with Coach Bastian LLC. He helps them craft and follow their vision, mission, and purpose while also undergoing a personal transformation as a business owner. Sebastian is also a member of the Minnesota Army National Guard and is a co-manager of their LGBTQ Special Emphasis Council. He is a person of queer and trans experience.
Tish Jones is Founder & Executive Director of TruArtSpeaks – an arts & culture nonprofit based in Saint Paul, MN – Tish is a poet, educator, cultural strategist and cultural producer from Saint Paul, Minnesota. She has performed poetry in venues throughout the United States. Her work can be found in A Moment of Silence (Tru Ruts and The Playwrights Center, 2020), the Minnesota Humanities Center’s anthology entitled, Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2015) and more.
Timothy De Prey, the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus’ Principal Accompanist is celebrating his 30th anniversary with the chorus. During this time Timothy has had his dream job – a job that combines his passion for music and the piano with his personal social values. In addition to his work with the Chorus, Timothy is the Director of Individual Instruction and a Piano Instructor at MacPhail Center for Music, a position he has held since 1995. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in music therapy from the University of WI – Eau Claire and a Masters of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Minnesota.
Chris Stark is an Anishinaabe and Cherokee lesbian writer, researcher, artist, and activist. She works on issues related to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women/Relatives. A former Two-Spirit Program Coordinator for Minnesota Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, she is currently on the Minnesota Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women’s Task Force. Her first novel, Nickels: A Tale of Dissociation, was a Lambda Literary Finalist. Her second novel, Carnival Lights, is due out July 1st. Carnival Lights is historical fiction set in 1969. The book follows two teenage Anishinaabe cousins who leave a northern Minnesota reservation for Minneapolis and features multiple lesbian and gay characters surviving on the streets of Minneapolis in 1969. Her art is currently being shown at Walrus Gallery in North Minneapolis.
Fernando Urbina is currently Vice President, Mortgage Loans at Sunrise Banks Fernando’s organizational involvement includes being chair of Golden Valley Pride Festival. He is also involved with the St Paul Area Association of Realtors and the Twin Cities chapter of NAHREP, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals and is a member of Quorum, the LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce.
Nick Jansen, also know as Talon, is originally from a very small town in Wisconsin and moved to Minnesota 2 1/2 years ago. Growing up in a small town has always been hard for Nick and it was very difficult for him to show his full potential as an entertainer and advocate for the gay community. Showing people that it’s ok to be yourself is one of Nick’s best features and expresses that through his music and art.