Recovering From Sexual Violence

Shame too often grabs hold of us in the shadows but when we bring it to the light of day with trustworthy people, it dissipates. BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT In the past several weeks, multiple victims of sexual violence have highlighted the prevalence of their experiences in the entertainment industry as well as in politics.…

Body Shaming

DANIEL FRANZESE Daniel Franzese reveals constant homophobic harassment, ironically on the set of the movie “Bully.” Co-star Bijou Phillips apologizes. BY VICTOR MELAMED Motivated by Ellen Page’s recent account of homophobic abuse on the set of X-Men: The Last Stand by director Brett Ratner, actor and LGBT activist Daniel Franzese (Mean Girls) posted on his Facebook page last month a horrific account…

Being Of Service

Jax Kelly, (M) upon winning the Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2018 title, last month. Photo By Robert Green, Motorboot Photography. Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2018 Jax Kelly: “It takes a lot of confidence to represent the leather community. And I enjoy learning from fellow leathermen.” BY JAX KELLY I’m grateful to have been chosen as…

Address Unknown

  Outreach to LGBTQ homeless youth in LA. An interview with activist Rivianna Hyatt. BY ROXIE PERKINS Rivianna Hyatt is a queer homeless youth activist who works with the L.A. LGBTQ Center, the Youth Center on Highland, True Colors Foundation, and is an Executive Founding Member on the National Youth Forum on Homelessness. In an…

The Erection Expert

An interview with Joshua R Gonzalez, MD, an L.A. based urologic surgeon, on erectile dysfunction. BY VICTOR MELAMED Dr. Gonzales—let’s get right to it—what causes erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be caused be by a number of different issues. Erections are dependent on four factors working together: hormones, blood flow, nerves, and psychology. It…

The Art

Blake Armstrong Specializing in 2D mixed media. Originally from Texas, Blake Armstrong is a multi disciplined artist specializing in 2D mixed media as well as makeup and makeup fx. Armstrong currently resides in Los Angeles, translating his different disciplines in galleries and Editorial/TV/Film.” Link: Instagram.com/blkarmstron.

The Calendar

See Sunday, December 31. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3  TTF Brunch At Hamburger Mary’s  Hamburger Marys, 8288 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA, 11am–2pm. A delicious brunch menu, bottomless Mimosas, and a fabulous drag show! Celebrating The Life Of JD Disalvatore The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90038, 12pm–4pm. Remembering and celebrating…

The City

LOS ANGELES Efforts To Stop The Spread Of Hepatitis A  California health officials have stepped up their hepatitis A prevention efforts in recent days as new fronts emerge in the battle against the state’s massive outbreak, reports Los Angeles Times. L.A. County has seen 15 reported cases among those who are homeless or use recreational…

When Designing Women Taught America About AIDS

(Photo: Dixie Carter) In the 1980s, where could Americans turn for the truth about HIV? Oddly enough, Designing Women was educating the country about AIDS when few others would. Season 2, Episode 4, entitled “Killing all the Right People” featured AIDS, gay men, and condoms … and of course a shouting speech by Julia Sugarbaker.…

The Epidemic

Two-Drug Regimen The FDA approves Juluca, the first complete treatment regimen to treat those who are virologically suppressed. BY VICTOR MELAMED The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Juluca, the first complete treatment regimen containing only two drugs to treat certain adults with HIV instead of three or more drugs included in standard HIV…

The Final Fight

Kevin Spacey The Hollywood Closet  Excerpts from Michelangelo Signorile’s excellent Huffington Post op-ed on how the media’s “anti-outing” policies causes harm. BY MICHELANGELO SIGNORILE [Last month’s] death of 94-year-old Liz Smith, the queen of gossip columnists, brought some frank assessments of her complicated relationship with the closet, including in the New York Times, Vanity Fair and…

The Music

BLUE LIPS [Lady Wood Phase II] Tove Lo’s indulgent, hedonistic and idiosyncratic mix of sweet and tender yet explicit is always matter of fact, and never borders on patronizing. BY PAUL V. VITAGLIANO One look at the cover image for Tove Lo’s new album, and you get the idea this girl ain’t f#cking around! Or…

The Share

Recreational Cannabis Local professionals in the recovering field on the legalization of recreational cannabis use in California, effective January 2018. IT’S HEALTHIER “I think legalizing it will eliminate some of the sneakiness. Anytime you can take away the sneakiness around drugs or alcohol use—drug use in this case—it’s better. When you take guilt and shame from…

The State

CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Trans Ban, Sex Sting, California Legislature, Porn Star Arrest CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra has joined Massachusetts and 14 other states in an amicus brief in the case Stockman v. Trump—a federal lawsuit challenging Trump’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the military. Five men in San Jose have filed a federal lawsuit…

Trump Tax Plan Is Really Bad For LGBT People

The current tax bill in the Senate would devastate support systems and services for LGBT Americans, especially transgender people, by making deep cuts in their accessibility to healthcare and other programs they rely on, reports Newsweek. The bill would raise the cost for people living with HIV/AIDS, cut food stamps, housing and homelessness efforts and…