Where The Bears Are

International Bear Convergence (IBC), the premier winter event for bears & their admirers takes place in Palm Springs next month, February 2-8, 2016.  BY VICTOR MELAMED It’s that time again! The International Bear Convergence (IBC) comes to life next month in Palm Springs with DJs, live entertainment and thousands of bears from around the globe.…

Crown Of Leather

BDSM Educator & “Pro-Dom” Shae Flanigan is resurrecting the Ms. Los Angeles Leather after a 17-year-hiatus, bringing a renewed sense of unity to the Southland’s Leather community. BY BRENDEN SHUCART As far back as she can remember, Shae Flanigan has always been kinky. Where most kids play “tag,” she played ‘kidnapper.’ “I remember trying to tie…

From Holland With Love

Despite a number of complaints gay Squirt.org ad campaign will remain at train stations throughout the country. by Orly Lyonne Outdoor advertisements for the gay hook-up app Squirt will not be banned in the Netherlands, despite a number of complaints, reports PinkNews.co.uk. Squirt had put up the large signs and posters at major train stations…

Look Back In Shame

Michael Weinstein’s Anti-PrEP Crusade is a betrayal of AHF’s own mission to provide cutting-edge care. BY BRENDEN SHUCART People say nobody is angry about HIV anymore. But that’s untrue. I’m angry. I’m angry that I spent the first 24 years of my life terrified that I would get HIV, and the subsequent decade equally terrified…

Meet (The App)

Jordan Goodwin’s new social media platform helps people make friends with similar interests—a sort of “Grindr for everything else.” BY BRENDEN SHUCART It can be strangely difficult to make friends in the Digital Age, the vast oceans of the internet have a way of making islands of us despite our constant connection. My fiancé, Jordan…

The MORE You Know

Ann Rostow’s highly anticipated, most revered, insanely popular annual news quiz. BY ANN ROSTOW Don’t you hate end of year tests and reviews? Yes, me too, with the salient exception of my own clever version of the genre. I started this annual quiz in order to carve out time for myself over Christmas and New…

The Envelope, Please

The LGBT media monitoring organization GLAAD (glaad.org) has listed their “Most Intriguing LGBT Characters” of 2015. Here is a partial list of last year’s (mostly) new LGBT characters that stood out from the crowd in television and film. The Bold and The Beautiful This spring, the long running daily drama The Bold and The Beautiful…

What The Puck?

Glee actor Mark Salling (“Puck”) arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography.  BY VICTOR MELAMED Former Glee star Mark Salling was arrested at his Los Angeles home on child pornography charges last month. Salling is best known for playing Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the Fox TV show Glee from 2009-15. The series has been lauded for…

The Body | 01.2016

The VAMPIRE Facelift Restores shape, improves tone and texture, rejuvenates new and younger tissue. Recently seen on an episode of “Kim and Kourtney Take Miami,” “The Vampire FaceLift” has been gaining traction as a highly effective cosmetic procedure. Developed by Dr. Charles Runels, The Vampire Facelift Procedure uses your own blood to prepare highly concentrated platelets…

The Calendar | 01.2016

SEE WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27 FRIDAY, JANUARY 8 Red Light District Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd 9pm. Visit BulletBarLA.com for more information. The producers of Erotic City at Los Angeles Pride take you to the streets of Amsterdam in their Red Light District for a full evening of… hot gogo men, cigar bar, mini vendor mart,…

The Epidemic | 01.2016

Two-Drug Combination Savings Two-drug ART with dolutegravir-lamivudine more cost-effective. Virologically suppressive first-line antiretroviral treatment with a two-drug regimen of dolutegravir (Tivicay) and lamivudine would be highly cost effective and could save US health systems approximately $500 million over five years, according to the results of a mathematical model published in the online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases,…

The Event | 01.2016

Exposure DRAG Every Monday night in Highland Park at The Offbeat Bar, Exposure Drag rocks the East Side with a party and show dedicated to the notion of “exposing” (get it?) new talent as well as showcasing the continued growth of its regular queens. There is a new performer (often two!) every week, and everyone…

The Final Fight | 01.2016

Either Kill Us Or Give Us Rights A 26-year-old gay man in Malawi who came out this month was detained by police and has now gone into hiding. Meanwhile, a national politician called for the execution of all gay people. In what is being heralded as an “unprecedented” move, a gay man in Malawi came out…

The Joystick | 01.2016

Street Fighter V Fans reflect and say goodbye to the 7-8 year run of Street Fighter IV. We are now welcoming the era of Street Fighter V. BY JOSEPH ARELLANO Some people play video games as a form of entertainment. Others use it as therapy. But one man has been using it as a form of…