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Outfest 2015

“JENNY’S WEDDING” World premieres, parties and more at the Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, July 9-19. BY ORLY LYONNE Six feature films are set to make their world premieres at this year’s Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, which takes place this month July 9 to 19 at various venues throughout Los Angeles. The festival…

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Tackling Stigma

Attorney Jeffrey Erdman, Mr. CSW Leather 2016, on community outreach. BY DR. STEVE GANZELL  |  PHOTO BY MOTORBOOT ROBERT Last month attorney Jeffrey Erdman won the title of Mr. Christopher Street West (CSW) Leather 2016. The contest took place at the Bullet Bar in North Hollywood. “It’s a real honor to be the leather community…

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The Day After

Life after marriage equality. Kit Williamson and John Halbach on outsider culture, gender norms and “straight washing.” BY KIT WILLIAMSON & JOHN HALBACH  |  PHOTO BY ERIC TRONOLONE Kit Williamson is an actor and filmmaker, best known for playing Ed Gifford on the final two seasons of Mad Men and creating the critically-acclaimed Logo web…

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Tiger Orange

The award-winning exploration of the ties between two gay bothers, starring Frankie Valenti, now on DVD. BY VICTOR MELAMED In a career changing move, Frankie Valenti, aka former adult star Johnny Hazzard, makes a tremendous leap to the big screen in the award-winning feature “Tiger Orange,” which will be released by Wolfe Releasing on DVD…

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The Calendar | 07.2015

  THURSDAY, JULY 9 OUTFEST LOS ANGELES LGBT FILM FESTIVAL For tickets and venue information, visit outfest.org. Outfest includes 166 feature films, at various locations. Runs through July 19.   FRIDAY, JULY 10 A CLUB CALLED RHONDA Los Globos, 3040 W Sunset Blvd,, 9pm. For updates, visit: facebook.com/events/465432630279731. Featuring Cut Copy DJs, Super Flu, Kornél Kovács, & A Very Special Guest. ELECTRIC DANCE FITNESS Century Day…

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The City | 07.2015

DECISION DAY RALLY IN WEST HOLLYWOOD Over a thousand LGBT people and their allies joined the Los Angeles LGBT Center and dozens of other human rights organizations for a Decision Day Rally at West Hollywood Park, June 26, to celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court’s historical ruling on same-sex marriage. People waved rainbow flags and held…

The Epidemic | 07.2015

KNOWING YOUR STATUS 13% of HIV-positive Americans over the age of 13 don’t know they are infected. According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of the 1.2 million Americans living with HIV, 156,000—or about 13%—are unaware of their status, reports Les Fabian Brathwaite at out.com. The Obama administration has…

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The Final Fight | 07.2015

I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Yay for marriage equality—just don’t touch each other. Thanks! BY RICH HAWKINS In 2015, I don’t feel okay about holding my boyfriend’s hand. When I was a kid, Queer as Folk was on TV. As a teen I binged on Will and Grace. Gay characters were all over soaps, queer…

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The Joystick | 07.2015

GAMING HEAVEN A peek at some of the heavy hitters that have us excited. BY JOSEPH ARELLANO Videogames have been a part of culture since electronics saw the sheer accelerated rate of improvement for better entertainment. Luckily, gaming boutique WORLD-8 sees that the gaming community along with the rest of the country is changing and…

The Money | 07.2015

PROTECTING YOUR LOVE With correct planning—health, disability and life insurance will protect you and your loved ones—and also provide for your retirement income.  BY MORRIS KAMKAR With marriage equality—equal responsibilities need to be considered to protect all loved ones. Traditionally, the head of family will make sure that the spouse and/or the children have the…

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The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow | 07.2015

    Justice Kennedy makes clear that sexual orientation is “immutable,” and he makes clear reference to the decades of irrational discrimination we have endured as a community. These are the main pillars of the analysis that would lead a court to call sexual orientation a protected class and to subject antigay laws to additional…

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The State | 07.2015

DEMAIO CLEARED OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIM Seven months ago former Republican candidate Carl DeMaio conceded to Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.), ending a nasty campaign for California’s 52nd congressional district representing San Diego. It was a campaign filled with accusations from a former aide of alleged sexual misconduct-charges. Last week, Todd Bosnich, the former aide, admitted…

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The Talk | 07.2015

LOVE WINS Reactions to the Supreme Court’s historic ruling last month legalizing marriage equality across the nation.   MICHAEL MOORE “NEVER AGAIN will it be referred to as ‘gay marriage.’ It’s now called ‘marriage.’”        NEIL PATRICK HARRIS “It’s a new day. Thank you Supreme Court. Thank you Justice Kennedy. Your opinion is…

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The Transaction | 07.2015

AMAZON’S “TRANSPARENT” TRANS PRIDE CELEBRATION AT THE VILLAGE Trans Pride L.A.—celebrating the vibrancy and uniqueness of Los Angeles’ trans and genderqueer community—took place last month at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza. The Trans Pride L.A. festival celebrated the strength of the trans community with a day of outreach, music, food…

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Another Man is Attacked in the City of West Hollywood

    – By Paulo Murillo – According to recent reports, Benjamin Castro (also known as DJ Ben), was assaulted at Melrose Avenue and San Vicente Boulevard on June 22, at 2:50, after working at Micky’s, in what is believed to be yet another random assault in the city of West Hollywood. WEHOville reports that Sgt…