The City | 04.15

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KELLY OSBOURNE QUEEN OF WHITE PARTY

Fashion icon and former star of E! Entertainment’s “Fashion Police,” Kelly Osbourne has been named “Queen of White Party 2015.”

Osbourne will be officially crowned at a special ceremony when she co-hosts the White Carpet arrivals on Saturday, April 25. White Party Ambassador and co-host Frankie Grande, will join her at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

“I’ve been blessed my entire life to be surrounded by members of the LGBT family who support me as I support them. I am beyond thrilled and honored,” Osbourne stated in a press release.

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0415_TheCity_JoelGAY GEEK LGBT TECH GROUP

Gay techies from across Los Angeles gathered at Revolver Bar in West Hollywood last month for an inaugural meeting of “Gay Geeks.” The geek group was organized by Grindr creator Joel Simkhai. The Grindr app is one of the most popular mobile phone apps for gay men. The purpose of the meeting was to build a successful LGBT tech community in Los Angeles and to bounce ideas off one another through networking.

 

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AMERICAN VETERANS “SHARE THE PRIDE”

The American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) hosted an open house and luncheon last month at the T Lounge in the Hillcrest area of San Diego.

“Share the Pride” was the theme of the luncheon, which kicked off this new chapter that was open to all LGBT armed forces veterans and service members.

Gay combat veteran and AVER President, LTC Steve Loomis (Ret) and Vice President CPO Julz Carey (Ret) welcome all LGBT American armed forces active duty service members, veterans, reservists, guardsmen, and supporters “to share the Pride” at this chapter start-up luncheon honoring LGBT military service past and present.

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0415_TheCity_KylarRALLY PROTESTING VIOLENCE AGAINST TRANS PEOPLE

Activists from FAMILIA: Trans and Queer Liberation Movement and the TransLatin Coalition, along with the National LGBTQ Task Force staged a rally to protest violence against transgender people, last month, reports Wehoville.com.

The “Spring into Love Rally,” called to put an end to violence against and killings of transgender people and gender non-conforming individuals in Southern California and throughout the country.

“Eight transgender and gender non-conforming people have been murdered across the U.S. this year alone,” Kylar Broadus, Transgender Civil Rights Project Director at the National LGBTQ Task Force told WEHOville “This epidemic of violence must end and we urge everyone to join us in creating a safe, just and equitable society free from discrimination and prosecution.”

0415_TheCity_TeofilBrankPORN STAR ACCUSED OF BLACKMAIL

A gay porn star is accused of blackmailing an unidentified wealthy California man out of $500,000 by threatening to broadcast the lurid details of his personal life, according to federal officials, reports the Los Angeles Times.

FBI agents arrested Teofil Brank—better known by his stage name Jarec Wentworth—last month.

In a March 20 indictment, Brank, 25, was charged with one felony count of extortion by threatening to injure someone’s reputation. If convicted, he faces up to two years in federal prison.

According to a sworn affidavit, Brank began sending the man text messages in February this year, demanding $500,000 cash and the man’s Audi sports car.

The adult performer pledged to post photos and other details of the man’s trysts through his Twitter account, according to the affidavit.