CHOSEN FAMILIES

Like birds of a feather—where everyone can shine and be their authentic selves. BY VICTOR MELAMED  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Four best friends, all working in the visual arts field, have proven that sometimes choosing your own family provides a unique support network—a place where everyone can shine and be their authentic selves. RAY…

EXPLORING QUEER KINSHIP

Photographs by disabled, queer artist and activist Robert Andy Coombs at the Palm Springs Museum of Art The “Touching History: Stonewall 50” exhibition at the Palm Springs Museum of Art—running through March 19, 2020—features, among others, photographs by disabled, queer artist and activist Robert Andy Coombs. Bringing together an intergenerational group of contemporary artists working…

HOLiDAYS SURVIVAL GUIDE

Coping with prejudice, discrimination and end-of-year stressors BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT Holiday experiences are so wide and varied that they can conjure up a diverse array of thoughts, feelings and memories. For some, they’re the best time of the year and for others it’s a continual reminder of what’s missing. As LGBTQ people, we face…

NOT JUST A PHASE

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Faze on his debut EP Eclipse BY VICTOR MELAMED Queer artist Faze released his debut EP Eclipse last month,  which includes the singles Right Here and Magic. The EP is available now through all digital retailers.  Produced by Dan and Tom Glashausser (aka Glashaus, a duo known for their work with artists…

A PLACE OF HEALING

An interview with Pastor Peg, from the Lutheran Church of the Master (LCM). Can you tell our readers about your journey with the church? Church community has long been a part of my life. I grew up assuming, however, that serving as a pastor was reserved only for men. The predecessor bodies of the Evangelical Lutheran…

THE FUTURE OF HIV/AIDS

Men’s Health Foundation’s Anthony Mills MD on what lies ahead in the next decade BY ANTHONY MILLS MD In 2015, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) launched an ambitious goal of ending the worldwide HIV epidemic by 2030.  The aim is that no child will be born with HIV and anybody already infected will be…

THE GOOD FIGHT

Greyson Chance: “If the industry wants LGBTQ+ artists to keep on delivering the art that we deliver, good treatment cannot be exclusive to only a few of the letters.”  BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY BRODERICK BAUMANN Singer, songwriter and performer Greyson Chance released his new single, Boots (Arista Records) with an accompanying music video…

We Are The WORLD

LA Pride announces bid to host WorldPride 2025 BY VICTOR MELAMED Christopher Street West (CSW)—the 501(c)3 non-profit that produces the annual LA Pride Festival and Parade – has announced an official bid to host WorldPride in Los Angeles for 2025. As the first permitted pride parade in the world, LA Pride has been advocating for…

The Art

QueerMaps From the makers of Spotlight comes a new online resource to track down the queer spaces, politically-significant sites, and secret spots that have helped shape Los Angeles into the culturally-rich city we know today. Queer Maps is an interactive, online map of active LGBTQ organizations, bars, nightclubs, etc. in Los Angeles from 1871 to…

The Calendar

THROUGH DECEMBER 31 MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE 8PM–10PM  Center Theatre Group, 601 W Temple St, Los Angeles, 90012. Retaining the iconic elements of the original production loved by millions around the world, Matthew Bourne and award-winning designers Lez Brotherston (set & costumes) and Paule Constable (lighting) will create an exciting reimagining of the classic New…

The City

LOS ANGELES JUSTIN WELLS, WESTWIND RECOVERY TREATMENT CENTER CEO, FOUND DEAD. RIP  Justin Wells, the co-founder and CEO of Westwind Recovery Treatment Centers and Sober Livings in Los Angeles was found dead in his home last month by his husband Zack Ament, who is Chief Operating Officer at Westwind Recovery. No official report has been…

The State

Attorney General Joins Brief Defending Trans Students California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced last month that the state is joining a coalition of 23 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in support of the rights of transgender students in Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board, reported Sierra Sun Times. The case stems from a…

The Talk

STAND FOR “My wife and I stand for inclusion and acceptance, and we’ve done work with refugees, people that come from, you know, the ‘shithole countries.’” —Pitcher Sean Doolittle with the Washington Nationals refusing to visit the White House last month after his team won the World Series, in part because he wants to be…