The Centerfold

MR. & MS. LA LEATHER AND LA BOOTBLACK CONTESTANTS 2019 PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: DUKE RUFF, LOS ANGLES BOOTBLACK CONTESTANT; JACOB POPE, MR. CSW LEATHER 2019; ELLIOT MUSGRAVE, MR. PRECINCT 2019; ISMAEL FUENTES, MR. FAULTLINE 2019; ERIC DE LEON, MR. LA LEATHER BEAR 2019; ROBERT SALCEDO, MR. OIL CAN HARRY’S 2019;…

The Art

DAVID MARVEL A self-taught painter from the east coast, Palm Springs artist David Marvel focuses on exploring new and empowered representations of trans and gender non-conforming people in his life, creating visually inclusive portrayals outside of the borders of traditional social convention. His work celebrates the subject’s strength and raw beauty, as well as their vulnerability…

The Big Dill

FINDING HOME Pickle chats with comedian, writer, actor, Solomon Georgio about breaking into stand-up comedy, Spongebob Squarepants and sad white people. Solomon Georgio drew his own pornography. That is to say, he is quite creative. He was obsessed with comic books as a child and wanted to be a cartoonist. Then, “puberty happened,” and he…

The City

WEST HOLLYWOOD SHOCK, DISBELIEF OVER DEATH OF CHARLES KINSLEY The West Hollywood community was in shock last month after learning of the death of Charles Kinsley, a man widely known for his lengthy bartending gig at Mother Lode in the heart of WeHo’s Boystown. Kinsley has been a fixture in the city of West Hollywood…

The Nation

CHEADLE STANDS UP FOR TRANS CHILDREN Don Cheadle used his time in the Saturday Night Live spotlight last month to offer support to transgender children—and a dig at President Donald Trump.The Oscar-nominated actor, 54, hosted the long-running comedy show this weekend and wore a shirt with the words “Protect Trans Kids” emblazoned across the front…

The Talk

That Poisons “You know what it’s like, Ellen… You know what it’s like to grow up and internalize homophobia and live with that shame and how much that poisons you.” —Actress Ellen Page on Ellen DeGeneres’ show, last month. DeGeneres has been criticized recently for being too forgiving of homophobia. No Place “Hate has no…

The Transaction

Support For SEX Workers Volunteer outreach workers will walk along Santa Monica Boulevard, from Vermont Avenue to La Brea Avenue. BY VICTOR MELAMED A total of $80,000 in funding for a program that helps transgender people who are engaging in sex work or experiencing homelessness along Santa Monica Boulevard was unanimously approved last week by the…