No Apologies

>> COVER FEATURE << White Party Ambassador Jai Rodriguez on life after “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” learning to be true to yourself and pushing through doors that were not open. BY PAULO MURILLO | PHOTO BY ADAM BOUSKA | STYLIST: RACHELLE BLANCO IT’S BEEN SEVEN YEARS since he filmed the last episode of the groundbreaking…

Leading With A Capital “T”

Christopher Street West to spotlight transgender community at LA Pride: The TLBG (Transgender, Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual) Celebration. BY ORLY LYONNE CHRISTOPHER STREET WEST (CSW), the non-profit producers of the LA Pride celebration, unveiled last month what it called “an important educational initiative” as it gears up for the 44th annual event taking place June…

Coming Of Age

Throwback to White Party Weekend, 1990’s style. Hot guys, mesh tank tops and glorified jockstraps. BY PAULO MURILLO I WANT TO SAY THE YEAR WAS 1992, but it could’ve been ‘93. I was under 21 and still living with my parents in Inglewood when I first hit up Jeffrey Sanker’s White Party weekend in Palm…

Finding Purpose

Aiden Leslie’s newest track, “Nobody Said,” continues his journey in search of life’s ideal. BY ORLY LYONNE “MY FANS ARE ALWAYS MY PRIORITY and meeting them makes it all worth it,” says out gay pop artist Aiden Leslie, after performing to enthusiastic crowds at various venues throughout Los Angeles last month. Leslie’s newest track, “Nobody…

No Ordinary Love

After a very public Instagram courtship and an intimate wedding in West Hollywood, Mr. and Mr. Austin-Paglialoga use their social media powers for a good cause—raising money for AIDS/LifeCycle. BY PAULO MURILLO THIS IS THE STORY of how Luke Austin—a male fashion and portraiture photographer from Sydney, Australia, and Marcus Paglialoga—a fashion designer based in…

The Problem With Party Drugs

Just because Miley Cyrus and Kanye West are seemingly okay after partying with Molly and other drugs, (depending on your personal definition of what “okay” is), it doesn’t mean that you will be. BY JOEL EDWARDS WITH THE WAKE OF DAYLIGHT SAVINGS and warmer temperatures every year comes not just spring, but a deluge of…

Project Tech Support

An innovative new text messaging intervention tailored specifically for meth users. METHAMPHETAMINE (METH) is a powerful stimulant often used by men who have sex with men (MSM) to intensify sexual interactions. Meth use among MSM has been associated with HIV infection and other STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections), largely as a result of high-risk sexual behaviors…

Smooth Operator

After a recent murder-for-hire scare, it’s business as usual for WeHo’s skincare guru Gabriel Suarez, owner of “Smooth Cheeks.” BY VICTOR MELAMED WEST HOLLYWOOD’s GABRIEL SUAREZ, the owner of the local skincare salon “Smooth Cheeks,” was thrown into the headlines last month after a competing salon owner allegedly tried to hire a former NFL player…

Broadway’s Greatest Hits

The amazing Susan Egan belts it out for one night only at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. TONY-AWARD WINNING CONDUCTOR, Todd Ellison welcomes Susan Egan to the stage for a night of Broadway’s best, on May 3 at 8pm at Long Beach Performing Arts Center—Arena. Susan Egan has received both Tony Award and Drama…

The Envelope, Please

Jeffrey Sanker announces White Party Palm Springs Icon Awards and reveals plans for 25th anniversary celebration. BY VICTOR MELAMED IN CELEBRATION OF HIS 25TH ANNIVERSARY, White Party Founder and Producer Jeffrey Sanker has created the White Party Palm Springs Icon Awards. These awards recognize a select group whose unique and varied achievements have stood out…

The Calendar | 04.2014

  SATURDAY, APRIL 5 SAME SEX/LGBT BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES Arthur Murray Dance Center, 100 N. Lake Ave Pasadena, for more info call: (626) 793-1030, or visit: danceinpasadena.com. Every 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month.   MONDAY, APRIL 7 BYOB GAY PAINT NIGHT Paint & Sip Studio Los Angeles, 351 S. La Brea Ave #3,…

The City | 04.2014

White Party’s Jeffrey Sanker Gets Star • The Palm Springs Walk of Stars awarded Jeffrey Sanker the 364th star in front of LuLu California Bistro last month, which recognizes notable individuals who have contributed to the cultural and or civic life of Palm Springs. Sanker’s White Party—now in its 25th year—brings 30,000 visitors to Palm…

The Epidemic | 04.2014

Progress Towards Vaccine Antibodies that may cut risk of HIV infection better understood. > What immune response should a vaccine elicit to prevent HIV infection? Two studies published online last month bring scientists closer to answering this question by identifying previously unrecognized attributes of antibodies that appear to have reduced the risk of HIV infection…

The Final Fight | 04.2014

For too long, I had this image of myself as a gay man that was too defined by what others tell us we need to be. Sports Therapy Stepping onto the field for football league tryouts brought up all the anxieties that kept me out of sports in high school. BY ROB SMITH > I…

The Law | 04.2014

  The Changing Face Of Cannabis Laws In California The conflict between federal and state laws continues to be played out in court. BY DAVID HAKIMFAR • No matter what your views about the recreational or medical use of marijuana, California is on a path to the eventual legalization of pot. Marijuana laws in California…

The Media | 04.2014

THE “H” WORD That five-syllable word has never been more loaded, more deliberately used and, to the ears of many of us, more pejorative. BY VICTOR MELAMED • The newspaper that was perhaps the single most targeted for its own use of the word “homosexual” to describe gay and lesbian people is now declaring the…

Planning For The Future

THEMONEY Investment vehicles for gay individuals and families. BY GRANT GOCHIN  • Newspapers and magazines are filled with advertisements touting the investment products offered by various vendors. Every insurance vendor’s pitch claims to be the exact right product for you and your family; for every investment company, their investments are apparently the best. Magazines write…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

Guys like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson were also claiming that “God Hates Fags.” They were just using nicer language. Fred Phelps was a grotesque caricature of what they saw when they looked in the mirror. And after a time, the rest of America could hardly miss the similarity. THE GOWNED CRUSADERS, HOBBY LOBBY AND…

The State | 04.2014

BROWN AWARDED FOR ADVANCING EQUAL RIGHTS Equality California presented the Democratic governor with its leadership award. > Gov. Jerry Brown praised gay rights advocates last month for being on “the cutting edge” in pushing for equality over the last several decades, as he was honored with an award for what supporters said was his lifelong…