Picture Perfect

Matt “Bearracuda” Consola and Christeene on promoters, dream tour bookings and what makes a “gay family.” BY PAUL V. VITAGLIANO  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Chances are, if you’ve been out clubbing over the last decade, you’ve stepped through the doors of a packed Bearracuda party. Created by club promoter Matt Consola in San Francisco…

A Crisis Of Hate

A report on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer hate violence homicides. BY VICTOR MELAMED Fifty-two LGBTQ people were killed last year as a result of hate violence, according to a new report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). The number represents a trend in rising violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender…

Life Is A Highway

Van Hansis (L), Kit Williamson, EastSiders EastSiders’ Kit Williamson and John Halbach on working together and being in a relationship, spending time on the road and sexual health. BY MARK ARIEL Kit Williamson’s acclaimed LGBT series EastSiders has returned for a six-episode third season after two Daytime Emmy nominations and overwhelming crowdfunding support, with special…

Champion Of Sisterhood

Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend, aka The Dinah, welcomes Madame Gandhi to its entertainment roster. BY ORLY LYONNE Kiran Gandhi, known by her stage name as Madame Gandhi, is joining the entertainment line-up of the 2018 installment of Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend, aka The Dinah. Commemorating its 28th Anniversary March 28 through April 1,…

Love Actually

Derrick Young (L), Jonathan Allen  Gay love story goes viral and inspires.  BY TIMOTHY RAY, @FREEMAN.JASPER PHOTO BY@MARCUS.MEDLEY (ANDERSON) Finding love is not always easy. Whether searching for lasting romance on a dating app, online, through mutual friends or randomly in person, it can be daunting. For some, finding true love can take nearly a…

Openly Bob

Groundbreaking comedian Bob Smith dead at 59. BY ORLY LYONNE Humorist and author Bob Smith, 59, the first openly gay comedian to appear on prominent national TV showcases in 1990s, died last month in New York City after a 12-year battle with amyltrophic lateral sclerosis, reports The Buffalo News. “I knew this was a big…

It’s Raining Bears

Martha Wash Martha Wash headlines the International Bear Convergence (IBC) this month in Palm Springs. BY VICTOR MELAMED International Bear Convergence (IBC), the premier event for Bears and admirers in Palm Springs, takes place this month on February 8-12, 2018. This desert oasis opens its arms and welcomes you to the hip Hard Rock Hotel…

Sexual Healing

An interview with Derek Young, administrative manager at Bad Dragon, a company specializing in custom, handmade fantasy sex toys. BY VICTOR MELAMED In dealing with the LGBTQ community—what are the most common questions you are asked about your products? It may come as a surprise, but questions that the LGBTQ community have regarding are products…

Advancing Social Change

A new LGBTQ Research Fellowship Program, launched by The ONE Archives Foundation. The ONE Archives Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its new LGBTQ Research Fellowship Program, offering limited-term research fellowships to support scholars engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research. Faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars who are interested in conducting primary…

We Are All One

An interview with Reverend Jesse Brune-Horan, director of “Inspire LA”—an LGBTQ spiritual center. BY ROXIE PERKINS “Inspire LA” is a nonprofit, LGBTQ spiritual center led by Reverend Jesse Brune-Horan that provides mentorship, community and a variety of spiritual practices to the LGBTQ community through their weekly Sunday services in West Hollywood at 916 N. Formosa Ave.…

The Art

Dustin Bailard Salem native Dustin Bailard was born with an instinctual passion for creation. His father was a pastor, so he spent much of his childhood growing up in the church where he developed a deep appreciation for anything spiritual or supernatural. Moving to Los Angeles in his adulthood, Bailard became a successful makeup artist—spending…

The Calendar

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2 FOX HOLE: LEATHER EDITION (MBL 2018 WEEKEND) The Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd. EAST NoHo CA 91601. 9pm–2am. Green Mirror Entertainment and Bullet Bar present a bathhouse theme party celebrating the golden days. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 THE GENTLEMEN  Lyric Hyperion Theatre & Cafe, 2106 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, 8pm–10pm. Tickets & Info: thegentlemenplay.bpt.me An…

The City

VICCKY GUTIERREZ,  RIP LOS ANGELES Suspect Arrested In The Murder Of Trans Woman Viccky Gutierrez 29-year old Kevyn Ramirez was arrested last month as a suspect in the murder of trans woman Victoria Ramos Gutierrez, who is believed to have been set on fire after she was killed. On Wednesday, Jan. 10, authorities responded to…

The Epidemic

New Spit Test More accurate than current tests, it is reportedly able to detect the HIV virus two weeks after exposure. Stanford University scientists are developing a new spit test for HIV, reports GayStarNews.com. The new test is between 1,000 and 10,000 more sensitive than current ones available. Scientists published a report in the Proceeding of the…

The Event

BEARRACUDA At PRECINCT DTLA After a long break from a Bearracuda dance night in LA, the party returned for a spectacular night last month at Precinct in DTLA, with DJ Paul Goodyear from Sydney and a Hairy Palm Reading by Christeene. PHOTOS BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM KESHA BALL At The FAULTLINE Kesha Ball, a glittery explosion…

The Final Fight

Matt Palazzolo Remembering Matt Family and friends mourn the death of local gay activist Matt Palazzolo. BY ORLY LYONNE Matt Palazzolo, an actor and writer who was a longtime member of West Hollywood’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board (LGAB), a member of the Christopher Street West board and very well known in the city’s gay community,…