The Spotlight | 04.2016

Changing Hearts And Minds GMCLA’s 5th Annual Voice Awards: Focus Features, The Trevor Project CEO Abbe Land and Human Rights Advocate Subhi Nahas named as this year’s honorees. BY VICTOR MELAMED The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA), whose mission is to change hearts and minds through the power of music, has announced a stellar lineup…

The Spread | 04.2016

Shae Flanigan PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM BACKGROUND: Ms. Sanctuary Leather 2014, BDSM Educator & “Pro-Dom.” AGE: 35 as of April 7th. HOMETOWN: Spokane, WA—raised in Seattle. SELF IDENTIFY AS: Queer. RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Single. DEFINING AN ACTIVE BDSM LIFESTYLE: “Regularly enjoying your kink-of-choice with others.” PET PEEVE: “Lack of manners.” BEST / WORST QUALITY: “I’m am over-achiever…

The State | 04.2016

(NO) Thank You For Your Service   Trans army vet denied haircut after barber claimed religious objection. BY VICTOR MELAMED A barber has denied a trans man service after he claimed his religion prevents him from cutting women’s hair, reports Gay Star News. Kendall Oliver, who served for six years in Afghanistan, booked an appointment at Southern California’s The Barbershop…

The Talk | 04.2016

Stronger Together “Proud of @GovernorDeal for vetoing #HB757—Georgians are better than this bill. We’re stronger together.” —Television personality, radio talk show host, and actor Montel Williams in a tweet last month on the Republican Governor of Georgia’s veto of a controversial “religious freedom” bill that would have given businesses the freedom to discriminate against LGBT…

The Transaction | 04.2016

ALL IN THE FAMILY Study: transgender children fare well when allowed to live openly. BY VICTOR MELAMED Young transgender children allowed to live openly as the gender they identify with fared as well psychologically as other kids in a small study that suggests parental support may be the key, reported the Associated Press last month.…

The World | 04.2016

Death Penalty For Coming Out Online “The internet is the only safe haven to LGBT individuals in the Middle East. If this is taken…we won’t have anywhere else to go.” A new report out of Saudi Arabia states that Saudi citizens who come out online could face the death penalty, reports Cody Gohl at www.newnownext.com. Okaz, a Saudi…