“Are You Allowed To Go Back To Chattanooga?”

Singer songwriter Brandon Stansell, next month’s Palm Springs Hot Rodeo headliner, on country music, coming out and the Golden Girls. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Los Angeles-based “California country” performer Brandon Stansell, designated last year as one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone magazine, puts…

And The Winner Is

Mr. LA Leather Bear 2018 Ben Kaufher is the new Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2018.  BY MARK ARIEL Ben Kaufher of Bears LA won the coveted title of Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2018 last month at the Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2018 Contest which took place at The Globe Theater. The runner ups were Spike,…

Sex In The Age Of Trump

Sales of sex toys are up. “People are looking for ways to relieve stress.” BY ORLY LYONNE According to Mr. Hankey of mrhankeystoys.com, the recent political upheaval may have been bad for the country but good for sales in the sex industry. “Our sales are up 200% over last year—however I’m not really sure that…

Stronger Together

Mr. Bear LA 2018 Art Berkowitz: “I would like to see the LGBTQ community become more inclusive.” BY VICTOR MELAMED  |  PHOTO BY ROBERT GREEN Art Berkowitz recently won the title of Mr. Bear LA 2018. (His bear brother, Mr. LA Leather Bear 2018 Ben Kaufher became  the new Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2018 last month). Winning…

Tales Of The City

WeHo Reads celebrates National Poetry Month and One City One Pride. BY ORLY LYONNE The City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Arts program presents WeHo Reads, a literary series at the West Hollywood Library. Past authors who have been part of the WeHo Reads series include André Aciman (Call Me By Your Name), Armistead Maupin, Cecil…

Transforming Our Culture

Folsom Street Events announces partnership with legendary artist Clive Barker. BY KIAN KAMATAKI Folsom Street Events announced last month that the 2018 Folsom Street Fair and Magnitude posters will feature original images by writer, film director, painter, and photographer, Clive Barker. The images have been selected from the never before seen photographic series titled Imagining…

Yes Mistress

An interview with queer dominatrix and dungeon owner Mistress Justine Cross. BY ROXIE PERKINS Mistress Justine Cross is a queer professional and lifestyle dominatrix who also owns, runs, and operates Dungeon East and Dungeon West. As a BDSM educator Cross hosts speaking events and educational performances at college campuses including at UCLA’s “BDSM 101” workshop…

The Art

Franco Americano Exaggerated forms posed within a dark and dreamy realm, translating each person’s inner landscape. Los Angeles based artist Franco Americano  a self-taught artist, has exhibited in the US and abroad including shows in Barcelona, Spain and Paris, France. United States exhibitions include New York, Colorado, San Francisco, Chicago and Los Angeles.  His work…

The Calendar

PORTRAIT BY DAVID HOCKNEY. AT LACMA. SEE SUNDAY, APRIL 15. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4 DRAG QUEEN BINGO FUNDRAISER Hamburger Mary’s, 8288 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, 90046. 7pm. WH2O fundraiser for a fun evening of BINGO hosted by glamorous drag queens! A suggested donation of $20 will get you a stack of bingo sheets. They are raising…

The City

LOS ANGELES Supporting March For Our Lives  Tens of thousands of people gathered in Downtown Los Angeles for the March for Our Lives demonstration to call to action an end to gun violence. Among the thousands in attendance were members from the LGBT community who let their presence known with rainbow flags and sassy gay…

The Epidemic

DISRUPTING HIV The goal is to force the virus to be expressed so it is visible to the immune system. BY ORLY LYONNE New research published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation suggests that an epigenetic mechanism that controls gene expression may draw HIV out of hiding and make it vulnerable to antiretroviral therapy (ART), reports…

The Event

CUB SCOUT At The Eagle Cub Scout celebrated last month the “Queens of the Jungle” at The Eagle LA with special guests Meatball, Tony Berrow & Cassandra joining Lady Bear & Sarah Problem. Music by: Chris Bowen and Victor Rodriguez.

The State

Consumer Fraud Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) has authored a bill that would brand so-called gay conversion therapy as fraud under the state’s consumer protection laws. A bill has been introduced in California which would see practitioners of debunked gay “cure” therapies prosecuted for fraud, reports Pink News. Performing gay cure therapy on minors is already is…

The Talk

The Numbers “Think about how many black people there are in Hollywood. It’s a nice little number, especially, we’re growing now… Think about how many out gay black people there are in Hollywood. You can count them on one or two hands. The numbers don’t add up.”  —Writer and actress Lena Waithe, last month on…

The Transaction

New Trans Troop Ban Rep. Ted Lieu, D-California: “No evidence a trans sniper is less accurate or a trans pilot is less effective.” BY ORLY LYONNE President Trump released an order last month banning most transgender troops from serving in the military except under “limited circumstances,” following up on his calls last year to ban transgender individuals from…