City of West Hollywood will Collect Donations of Food and Hygiene Items at West Hollywood City Hall for APLA Health’s December Food Drive

The City of West Hollywood is supporting APLA Health in its efforts to conduct a massive food drive across Los Angeles County. West Hollywood City Hall is welcoming donations of non-perishable food and personal hygiene items aimed at helping people living with HIV/AIDS. Throughout December, until Friday, December 29, 2017, there will be donation bins…

Organizations Urge Federal Legislators to Immediately Pass DREAM Act and Save LGBT Young People from Deportation

(Photo by Paulo Murillo) With the joint support of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Equality California (EQCA), Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), CenterLink, Latino Equality Alliance (LEA), UCLA Dream Resource Center, and LGBT Center OC, several undocumented LGBT young people shared their fears of deportation at a news conference today held…

VICE: Why Are So Many Americans Still Dying from HIV?

HIV isn’t supposed to be a death sentence—not anymore, at least. It’s now a manageable chronic disease. So how is it that there were 6,465 deaths in the United States attributed directly to HIV in 2015, asks Mike Miksche at Vice. “That number,” reports Miksche. “far outstrips other industrialized nations. In 2011, the most recent…

Touched By Angels [cover feature]

L-R: Frieda Laye, Chita Parol, Kay Sedia, Duke Shoman. Chico’s Angels poke fun at racial and gender stereotypes. BY VICTOR MELAMED  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM With their hilarious trademark spanglish banter Chico’s Angels have become Los Angeles’ best known comedy drag troupe. Featuring Oscar Quintero as Kay Sedia, Danny Casillas as Frieda Laye and…

LA AUTO SHOW

The future of mobility in the car culture capital of the world. BY ORLY LYONNE One of the world’s largest auto shows returns with 1,000 vehicles on December 1-10, 2017 at the LA Convention Center at 1201 S. Figueroa St. in Downtown Los Angeles, next to LA Live and Staples Center. Founded in 1907, the Los…

Baby You Can Drive My Car

The Bryan Thompson Design Scholarship, created to reward exceptional talent in automotive design, will reward talented LGBT design students by helping pay for their education.  BY BRYAN THOMPSON  |  PHOTO BY DUSITI CUNNINGHAM A couple years ago I was approached to be on a car design reality tv competition called Motor City Masters. Having already penned…

The Power Of Hatred

Los Angeles LGBT Center responds to L.A. County’s hate crime report. BY ORLY LYONNE In response to the 2016 Hate Crime Report released by the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission, which documented more than 149 hate crimes against the LGBT community in Los Angeles County alone, Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Director of Policy and…

AIDS Under Trump

Nation’s HIV leaders raise  alarm over  lack of HIV, STD mention in “HHS Strategic Plan.” BY VICTOR MELAMED World AIDS Day takes place this month on December 1, and while advancements in eradicating the epidemic are promising—five of the nation’s leading organizations focused on ending the HIV and STD epidemics in the United States have expressed their grave…

Recovering From Sexual Violence

Shame too often grabs hold of us in the shadows but when we bring it to the light of day with trustworthy people, it dissipates. BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT In the past several weeks, multiple victims of sexual violence have highlighted the prevalence of their experiences in the entertainment industry as well as in politics.…

Body Shaming

DANIEL FRANZESE Daniel Franzese reveals constant homophobic harassment, ironically on the set of the movie “Bully.” Co-star Bijou Phillips apologizes. BY VICTOR MELAMED Motivated by Ellen Page’s recent account of homophobic abuse on the set of X-Men: The Last Stand by director Brett Ratner, actor and LGBT activist Daniel Franzese (Mean Girls) posted on his Facebook page last month a horrific account…

Being Of Service

Jax Kelly, (M) upon winning the Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2018 title, last month. Photo By Robert Green, Motorboot Photography. Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2018 Jax Kelly: “It takes a lot of confidence to represent the leather community. And I enjoy learning from fellow leathermen.” BY JAX KELLY I’m grateful to have been chosen as…

Address Unknown

  Outreach to LGBTQ homeless youth in LA. An interview with activist Rivianna Hyatt. BY ROXIE PERKINS Rivianna Hyatt is a queer homeless youth activist who works with the L.A. LGBTQ Center, the Youth Center on Highland, True Colors Foundation, and is an Executive Founding Member on the National Youth Forum on Homelessness. In an…

The Erection Expert

An interview with Joshua R Gonzalez, MD, an L.A. based urologic surgeon, on erectile dysfunction. BY VICTOR MELAMED Dr. Gonzales—let’s get right to it—what causes erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be caused be by a number of different issues. Erections are dependent on four factors working together: hormones, blood flow, nerves, and psychology. It…