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San Gabriel Valley Pride

Save the date: Saturday, September 20th from 11am to 6pm in Memorial Park and the Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena. Entertainers include Abi Ann, Dario and The South Pasadena Transit Authority. Free admission! BY VICTOR MELAMED The Board of Directors of San Gabriel Valley Pride is pleased to present “Reflections of Pride!” on Saturday, September 20th…

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Thank You For Sharing

September is National Recovery Month. A few local clean and sober folks, from different walks of life, with different lengths of sobriety, share what they love most about their journey in recovery. BY PAULO MURILLO SENSE OF BELONGING “There are so many things I love I about sobriety. I love that I get to be…

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Unbroken: Life In Recovery

The notion of being “abnormal” through addiction and mental illness (what professionals call “dual-diagnosis”) can arouse a false sense of being broken. BY JOEL EDWARDS The word “recovery” can sound threatening to members of the LGBTQ community, as many often experience discrimination and shame for their identities. Even for LGBTQ individuals who have found peace…

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Who Killed Ramon Estrada?

The LAPD is offering a $50,000 reward for information on the gruesome fatal beating of Ramon Estrada. BY JAMES MILLS In the early morning hours of July 7, Ramon Estrada phoned his boyfriend of 13 years, Michael Shutt, saying he’d just left the Gold Coast, a bar in West Hollywood where he was a regular,…

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For Whom The Bell Tolls

Contributing writer Robert E. Blackmon on his new book, “The Gay Groom’s Guide to Planning Your Perfect Wedding.”  BY VICTOR MELAMED In an interview with THE FIGHT Robert E. Blackmon, a fixture in the Los Angeles gay leather community, reveals the inspiration for his new book on gay weddings, getting married in Canada and the…

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Calendar of Events |0914

A STAR IS BORN. SEE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 MAN MACHINE Faultline Bar, 4216 Melrose Ave, 9pm to 2am. For more info: faultlinebar.com/html/machine DJs Paul V. & Tommy Rocker for a night of non-stop elektropop, future / retro synthetics and visuals. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 GAY MEN’S CHORUS LOS ANGELES Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N.…

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The City | 09.14

  HUGE TURNOUT FOR OC LGBT PRIDE Thousands turned up to for Orange County Pride 2014—some say the largest turnout to date, which took place last month in Downtown Santa Ana.  The festival offered plenty of booths that featured youth activists, Orange County chapters of the Democratic Party and Log Cabin Republicans, the county’s Health…

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The Epidemic | 09.14

DETECTING THE VIRUS SOONER New HIV testing guidelines for laboratories could detect HIV weeks earlier than before. BY VICTOR MELAMED Roughly half of the 50,000 new HIV infections each year are transmitted by those who don’t know they are carrying the virus, so testing continues to be a key strategy in controlling the spread of…

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The Law | 09.14

WAITING FOR JUSTICE The vast majority of individuals, who are not members of the legal profession, are not aware of the increasing level of injustice that has emptied from the state of California’s civil judiciary system. BY DAVID HAKIMFAR In California, a most disturbing and far-reaching form of tort reform has taken effect. According to…