Equality California to Honor LGBTQ Heroes and Allies at Los Angeles Equality Awards

(Photo: Sharon Stone) Los Angeles—Equality California announced today that it will honor actors Sharon Stone and Conrad Ricamora together with longtime LGBTQ allies and community advocates Laurie Hasencamp and Mike Lurey at its Los Angeles Equality Awards, Saturday, September 16, at the J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live. U.S. Representative Adam Schiff will deliver the keynote…

District considers disciplining Fresno Unified school board president Brooke Ashjian for derisive LGBT remarks.

The Fresno Unified school board will discuss next month whether to demote, censure or otherwise discipline president Brooke Ashjian after he made controversial comments about the LGBT community, reports FresnoBee.com. Following pressure from gay rights groups and local faith leaders, the district said in a statement that the issue will be on the agenda for…

Los Angeles LGBT Center Calls On Congress to Reverse President Trump’s Decision to End DACA

In denouncing President Donald J. Trump’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean released the following statement: “On behalf of our hundreds of staff, thousands of volunteers and supporters, and tens of thousands of clients, the Los Angeles LGBT Center condemns…

Yoga For Life [cover interview]

Thomas Harris on moments of clarity, windows of opportunity and how yoga became an integral part of his recovery. BY AUGUSTUS BRITTON  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Thomas Harris, a yoga teacher hailing from Laguna Beach, California. is a rare breed. A seeker. A man with an abundant curiosity. He traveled to the birthplace of yoga, in Rishikesh,…

The Color Of Kink

Take a minority (say, for instance, gay blacks in San Francisco) and cross section it with another (alternative sex scene people) and well—you get an even bigger minority. BY BRONTEZ PURNELL PHOTO BY ROBERT DIVERS HERRICK My first Folsom Street Fair happened about 15 years ago. I arrived at the Golden State plucky, wide eyed,…

Exhibit Aa

Aaron Valenzuela’s personal, intimate and revealing visual essay. Spanning over 10 years of work, Exhibit Aa: A Visual/Essay is an artist book created and written by Aaron Valenzuela featuring art, writing, poetry and self-portraiture. Included are never-before-seen images and personal anecdotes which turn this creative endeavor into an intimate experience that is both celebratory and…

Find Your PASSION

  Contemplating a career change? Check out this workshop in Palm Springs. BY JAY ZALTZMAN I’ve always felt lucky that I get to do what I love, but over the years, I’ve met a lot of people who aren’t completely satisfied with their lives or aren’t sure what they want to do.  Sometimes it’s young…

Folsom Street Fair

Sunday, September 24 in San  Francisco: 400,000 fetish enthusiasts spread out over 13 city blocks. BY VICTOR MELAMED Bigger IS better at this “only in San Francisco” event! With 400,000 fetish enthusiasts spread out over 13 city blocks, there is something for everyone. Located on historic Folsom Street, leather and fetish players from all over…

Got MILK?

  An interview with  Morgan “Goodboy” and  Steph “Bounce” of Milk Milk, a once a month, pop up, queer/lesbian dance party that takes place at locations throughout Los Angeles. BY ROXIE PERKINS How long have you been a part of the LA queer party scene? Goodboy: I’m a true Angeleno and was an early gay…

Mental Illness & Addiction

  Dual diagnosis in the LGBTQ community. Coping strategies, finding proper treatment and healing old wounds. BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT Many of us have witnessed or experienced first-hand some form of mental illness and/or addiction. While this kind of psychological and emotional pain is common enough for us to have some level of familiarity with…

Promoting Equality

Mayor John Hellman City of West Hollywood joins “Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate.” BY VICTOR MELAMED The City of West Hollywood has signed on to the Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate. In doing so, the City of West Hollywood joins with more than 240 cities and mayors across the nation to stand up against hate, violence,…

Here Come The Judges

This well rounded group of leather folk will select the next Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2018 on October 27, 2017. BY RANDY CARMENATY, PSLOD MEDIA/MARKETING DIRECTOR AND CONTEST CHAIR For the past 23 years, Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert (PSLOD) has placed careful thought in selecting a judging panel for the annual Mr.…