Turning Point [cover feature]

VAN HANSIS (above) “Mad Men’s” Kit Williamson interviews “As the World Turns” Van Hansis. Daytime television’s first gay kiss, season two of “EastSiders” and what you should know about “Ms. Guidance.” BY KIT WILLIAMSON   Van Hansis was thrust into the national spotlight when he was cast in the now iconic role of Luke Snyder…

Crossing Over On GHB

    Your body wants to be present and in the moment, but you collapse and a power greater than yourself sucks you into darkness and that darkness is followed by nothingness. BY PAULO MURILLO   The first time I discovered GHB, was at an orgy in some WeHo apartment back in the early 2000s. …

Countdown To LA Pride

The Bangles Jennifer Hudson, Mary Lambert, Azealia Banks, The Bangles among the performers at LA TLGB Pride, June 6-8, 2014. BY VICTOR MELAMED   With a slew of bright talent—LA Pride is poised to make some noise when celebrating the community next month, on June 6-8, 2014! This year’s Pride, with a spotlight on the…

Reflections Of Pride

One of the premiere Pride events nationwide, Long Beach attracts over 80,000 participants during the two-day celebration. BY ORLY LYONNE   The Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Celebration, “Reflections of Pride,” will be held on May 17 & 18, 2014 from 11am – 11pm along Shoreline Drive. The annual Long Beach Lesbian & Gay…

The Road To IML

Mr. L.A. Leather 2014 Eric Paul Leue, R, with Mr. L.A. Leather 2013 Justin Emerick First runner-up Gabriel Green Eric Paul Leue, the newly sashed Mr. L.A. Leather 2014, will compete at International Mr. Leather (IML) at the end of this month. PHOTOS AND TEXT BY PAULO MURILLO After weeks of intense, excruciating, nail-biting anticipation,…

Proud To Serve

Being gay is no longer looked at as being taboo,” states Officer Nuria Vanegas, adding that her experience as a lesbian officer in the LAPD has been “nothing but positive.” In today’s world, “equal equality” in the workplace is no longer confined to the equality of men and women, but there is also a growing…

Tightening The Race

If elected, Robert Garcia would become Long Beach’s youngest, first Latino, and first openly gay mayor. BY VICTOR MELAMED   Openly gay vice Mayor Robert Garcia has tightened the race to becoming the next mayor of Long Beach in the runoff elections on June 3. Garcia emerged as a top candidate in unofficial votes last…

WEHO’s New Mayor

John D’Amico becomes mayor of West Hollywood. BY PAULO MURILLO   The City of Hollywood held its annual City Council Reorganization and Installation ceremony last month, with an outdoor reception held at Plummer Park. City Clerk Yvonne Quarker performed the swear-in of Mayor Pro Tempore John D’Amico as the new Mayor of the City of…

Weinstein’s Stand

Weinstein’s STAND AHF’s Michael Weinstein responds to the Truvada controversy and the call for his removal. BY MARK ARIEL   Eric Paul Leue, the recently titled Mr. LA Leather, launched a petition last month calling for the removal of Michael Weinstein as President and CEO of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). Leue’s discontent with Weinstein…

The Event | 05.2014

Jeffrey Sanker’s annual White Party in Palm Springs > Jeffrey Sanker’s annual White Party in Palm Springs celebrated 25 years with a diverse crowd of over 30,000 attendees. Gay men of all colors and backgrounds from all over the world attended the three-day event, which offered eight parties in a span of 72 hours. Actor singer and TV producer,…

The State | 05.2014

Judge Rules Against Anti-Trans Group Conservatives want to repeal law that protects rights of transgender students in public schools. BY ORLY LYONNE > A judge in Sacramento has ruled that elections officials in 30 California counties do not have to turn over records that would help sponsors of a failed ballot referendum challenge the invalidation…

The Money | 05.2014

MARRIED GAY COUPLES WITH UNEQUAL INCOMES Pre-planning for contingencies are a crucial factor in successful marriages. BY GRANT GOCHIN > Many working couples have unequal incomes, as well as different savings and spending patterns. What happens when one retires voluntarily or otherwise? There are uncertainties with Social Security, pensions and unstable markets. Lifetime spending, longevity…

The Law | 05.2014

Boys Behaving Badly Sexual harassment on the job. BY DAVID HAKIMFAR > A story is making the rounds about a certain heavyweight A-List film director who is being sued by a man claiming sexual harassment. The plaintiff claims that he was employed by an entertainment company as an actor when he was a minor, and…

The Final Fight | 05.2014

Confessions Of A Recovering Grindr Addict We’re so used to the perpetuity of the hunt, we don’t have a clue what to do if and when we find what we’re looking for. BY ROB SMITH > True confession: I used to be a Grindr guy. You know the type, right? I had the requisite torso photo…

The Epidemic | 05.2014

Coral Reef Extract Blocks Virus The proteins were found in a feathery coral collected in waters off Australia’s northern coast. BY VICTOR MELAMED > Researchers have discovered a new class of proteins capable of blocking the HIV virus from penetrating T-cells, raising hope that the proteins could be adapted for use in gels or sexual lubricants…

The Calendar | 05.2014

MATT YEE, SEE SATURDAY, MAY 10 WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 TINA AND GINA: KILLING US SOFTLY West Hollywood Auditorium – 647 N. San Vicente Blvd, 7pm – 9pm. Community discussion on sex, meth and GHB in the gay community. Panel will include former users in recovery, medical information/updates and therapeutic interventions. SATURDAY MAY 10 3RD ANNUAL…