Bearing UP

Tom Goss on intimacy, training to become a priest, and how his musical career became an “unstoppable snowball tumbling down a hill.”  BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM A self-taught musician and songwriter, Tom Goss has performed to tens of thousands in the United States and Europe, and has been heard on ABC, HBO and several…

BACK To The FUTURE

The only way we’re all going to get through 2017 is if we do it together. BY BRENDEN SHUCART I’ve never been a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions. When I was a kid they always seemed like an exercise in narcissistic time-wasting: making a big deal about an arbitrary promise (“I’m gonna get to…

Taking Pride

Four community leaders resign from Christopher Street West.  BY PAULO MURILLO Turmoil from within continues to plague Christopher Street West (CSW), the non-profit organization responsible for organizing LA Pride in West Hollywood, as it now faces the New Year sans four valuable community leaders who jointly resigned as CSW board members in late December. Community…

A True Ally

Debbie Reynolds headlined an AIDS benefit concert at the Hollywood Bowl in 1983, when the disease was still highly stigmatized.  BY VICTOR MELAMED Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds passed away last month, just one day after her daughter, fellow Hollywood icon, Carrie Fisher, died of complications from a heart attack. In the days following the late…

Goodbye, Carrie Fisher

She invited us to look at ourselves outside of ourselves using her own life as an example, and saw that in that moment, we’re able to laugh at the insanity of our own folly. BY PICKLE When I was seven years old I sprawled out on the living room couch and lay in silence for…

Losing Will

San Diego activist who lost gay pride lawsuit found dead from apparent suicide. BY PAULO MURILLO Will Walters, the man who sued San Diego Police after he was allegedly manhandled and arrested for wearing a revealing leather gladiator kilt to the San Diego Pride festival in 2011, received a devastating blow last month. After two…

Text Your Knowledge

Ann Rostow’s long awaited, highly anticipated, often imitated, never duplicated annual LGBTQ news quiz. BY ANN ROSTOW It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone, and even harder to believe the shocking turns of events that befell us, and continue to befall us, in its waning weeks. I was just trying to offer an…

Raising Hope

  Johnny Ontiveros creates “Johnny Angel”—an L.A. based, non-profit, socially conscious business—raising funds and awareness for the disenfranchised. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Proving that the gift of giving still exists despite life’s sham, drudgery and broken dreams—L.A. based Johnny Ontiveros, 28, is determined to make this world a better place. Ontiveros…

The Naked Truth

The Warwick Rowers have a special message for Donald Trump. BY VICTOR MELAMED The Warwick Rowers—the men’s rowing team at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England, have tackled homophobia both on and off the fields since 2009, achieving instant recognition as a fundraising initiative that has reached over 140 countries, as well as the…

The Calendar

The Mismatch Game Returns To The LGBT Center A new edition of Dennis Hensley’s The Mismatch Game returns to the LA LGBT Center for two nights on Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21 at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theater. The show is a parody of the popular 70’s show. Creator, producer, and host Dennis…

The City

Center Joins Call For Sanctuary Campuses Together with more than 120 community, education, health, faith, labor, student, and parent organizations in California, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has released an open letter calling on California’s educational leaders to address the growing fear around deportation and the troubling spike in hate crimes, incidents, and bullying in K-12 schools and…

The Desert

International Bear Convergence 2017 Bears are coming out of hibernation and are heading to the International Bear Convergence (IBC) ,the premier winter event for Bears & admirers in Palm Springs, that will take place on February 9-13, 2017. This desert oasis opens its arms and welcomes you back to the hip Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs…

The Epidemic

Pumping PrEP Coming soon: a tiny drug pump implanted underneath the skin to prevent HIV infections. BY VICTOR MELAMED As the world celebrates a brand new year and a bevy of medical breakthroughs in 2016, the international scientific community could be one step closer toward discovering a cure for HIV and AIDS—in part thanks to billionaire…

The Event

BestInGear Awards Payasos LA and Mr Regiment 2017 Marco Valadez presented the 2nd Nutcracker Best In Gear Awards last month at Eagle LA to honor the individuals who proudly represent and support our communities. Payasos L.A. is a brotherhood of gay/bi Latino men who are committed to supporting and enhancing the quality of life for our…

The Final Fight

I Want Your Sex Excerpts from The Huffington Post’s Noah Michelson’s excellent opinion piece: “George Michael Was A ‘Filthy’ Gay ‘F***er’ And We Should Honor Him For That.” After word spread that pop star George Michael died at the age of 53, I sent out several tweets honoring the man who meant a lot to me…

The History

Mattachine Society One of the earliest gay rights organizations in the United States, headquartered first in Los Angeles. BY ORLY LYONNE The Mattachine Society, founded in 1950, was one of the earliest gay rights organizations in the United States. Harry Hay and a group of Los Angeles male friends formed the group to protect and improve…

The Joystick

StandByMe Final Fantasy XV: When the night has come and the land is dark and the moon is the only light we’ll see.  BY JOSEPH ARELLANO When you play Final Fantasy XV there is no hand holding. There is no explanation of the relationships prior to the beginning of the game unless you watch Kingsglaive.…