Muscle Car

Automotive designer Bryan Thompson on living your passion, mentoring young people and listening to the tiny voice inside. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM “Car design is just like bodybuilding,” states automotive designer Bryan Thompson. “I’m really into surface development.  Creating a beautiful surface on a car is just like doing it in…

Bear With Us

The award-winning gay comedy mystery web series Where the Bears Are launching Kickstarter campaign for a Season 6. BY VICTOR MELAMED Where the Bears Are, one of the most successful gay web series to date, was created by Rick Copp (The Brady Bunch Movie, The Golden Girls) Ben Zook (Jack and Jill, Reno 911!) and…

Leaving A Legacy

Stuart Timmons, gay author and LGBT historian, dies at 60. BY PAULO MURILLO Stuart Timmons, an LGBT activist, historian, journalist and author passed away last month. He was 60 years old. The cause of death appears to be due to breathing problems that led to heart failure. Timmons was best known as the author of…

Love Is Blind

Single men on off-the-wall, unpredictable, and blind-as-a-bat first dates. BY VICTOR MELAMED Following on the heels of their hit drama Feral, international gay subscription streaming service Dekkoo will release their second original series, “Love Is Blind” this coming Valentine’s Day (February 14). Foregoing the reality TV trappings of rented real estate, dubious “drama” and elimination…

Thanks For The Memories

Excerpts from late night conversations with a man facing the inevitable. BY MARK ARIEL Just because you were never promised a rose garden doesn’t mean that you can’t proudly walk down that thorny path to whatever it is you think is your final destination to self fulfillment. It’s that simple. It’s that complex. But in…

Revenge Body

When his boyfriend of 20 years voted for Trump, Fired Up Athletics founder Eldon Hernandez didn’t just get upset. He got physical. BY SEAN GALUSZKA Humans are negatively affected by break ups.  It’s universal.  After all, hope and stability just “broke up” with America.  Now we face a slew of blind dates with insanity and…

Shameless

David Pevsner’s first CD of original gay songs—funny, raunchy, sexy, and sweet. BY ORLY LYONNE As an actor, writer and live performer in his one-man musicals “Musical Comedy Whore” and “To Bitter and Back,”  David Pevsner has never shied away from sensitive, risqué, or outrageous subject matter. On his CD of comedy songs “Most Versatile” he…

The Ex Factor

Overcoming a break up. Utilizing your pain as an opportunity for growth. BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT Remember the exquisite pain of your first long-term relationship break up? Going through the ending of a significant relationship can be exponentially more difficult for LGBTQ people, having been rejected, demeaned and devalued by society-at-large and too often by our…

We Are Everywhere

The One National Gay and Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries: the oldest continuing LGBTQ organization in the United States, here in Los Angeles. BY PICKLE Nestled in what used to be a Delta Tau Delta fraternity house at USC lives the largest repository of LGBTQ materials in the world. The ONE National Gay and…

Yearning To Breathe Free

U.S. immigration law and the new Trump presidency: what you need to know. BY LORRAINE P. D’ALESSIO, ATTORNEY AT LAW After barely a week in office, Donald Trump has already sent shockwaves throughout the immigrant community with a string of incendiary announcements. From his executive order authorizing the construction of a border wall, to his…

The Calendar

946: The Amazing Story Of Adolphus Tips Artistic director Emma Rice and Michael Morpurgo have adapted Morpurgo’s The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, about a botched rehearsal for the D-day landings that ended in a catastrophe, concealed for years. This family show mixes carnival and tragedy in a series of mash-ups, both merry and sad.…

The Desert

Bears Converge On Palm Springs It’s finally here! The International Bear Convergence (IBC) for bears and their admirers takes place this month in Palm Springs on February 9-15, 2017. The four-day event will come to life with DJs, live entertainment and thousands of bears from around the globe. The last two years were hugely successful and the…

The Epidemic

HIV & Diabetes People infected with HIV may be more susceptible to developing diabetes. BY VICTOR MELAMED The prevalence of diabetes is higher among HIV-infected individuals living in the United States compared with the general adult US population, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care. “Nationally representative estimates of…

The Event

MR. LA LEATHER BEAR CONTEST Congrats to Daniel Soto—Mr LA Leather Bear 2017. The contest, which took place last month at Eagle LA, celebrated the amazing title year of Mr. L.A. Leather Bear 2016, David Cosio and included raffles, entertainment, hot bear studs strutting the stage and more! PHOTOS BY ROBERT GREEN. MOTORBOOT PHOTOGRAPHY

The Final Fight

Sexual RACISM Cecilio Asuncion, the star of Strut, Oxygen’s reality show about transgendered fashion models, on stereotypes about masculinity. BY JOHN STEIN At the start of a new year, the gay community still faces discrimination and marginalization by mainstream society. So it may come as a surprise to learn that within a community fighting for equality,…

The History

Harvey Milk  “Rights are not won on paper; they are won only by those who make their voices heard.” BY ORLY LYONNE Harvey Bernard Milk (May 22, 1930—November 27, 1978)—a politician, gay rights activist, and  cultural icon—became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California when he won the seat on San Francisco Board of…