2020 really made a name for itself. Although tumultuous and unpredictable, this year of dormancy also delivered a healthy dose of unity. The challenges we faced were unfamiliar and daunting—and we faced them together. We continue to face new challenges and an ever-changing landscape as we barrel toward 2021.
This year, Lavender saw event after event cancelled or moved to virtual settings. Celebrations put on hold in favor of public safety, creating a vacuum in our collective closeness. We conducted makeshift meetings in lieu of festivals; we did what we could while keeping safe.
Not all is bad. The 2020 election brought on a wave of firsts for the LGBTQ+ community, from electing the nation’s first openly transgender state senator—to reelecting our country’s first openly gay state representative. Tangible proof of our nation’s progression, driven by the citizens its comprised of.
As we approach a decade into the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” our relationship with the Minnesota National Guard continues to thrive. Lavender is committed to honoring and profiling the stories of The National Guard’s LGBTQ+ members. We look forward to continuing our relationship in 2021.
We strive to provide our readers with the best resources and content possible, and are proud to present you our latest annual Pride Pages. Within these pages are a plethora of businesses and organizations that serve the LGBTQ+ community with pride. By patronizing these fine organizations, you not only support local businesses, but you also support businesses that are there for our community through thick and thin.
Lavender Media continues to deliver high-quality content at no cost, on newsstands every two weeks, as well as online. Our Big Gay News provides daily, LGBTQ+ focused headlines, delivered by Charming, the cartoon unicorn. You can also find your fix of Lavender on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.
So, as this tumultuous year ends, we at Lavender Media remain committed to providing entertaining and informational content that speaks to our community and remains inclusive to all. Thank you to our 262,299 readers per issue—and best wishes in 2021!
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