Puppet Master [cover feature]

Excerpts from a conversation with Long Beach puppeteer Matt Scott. Magic, imagination and keeping the dream alive. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM  |  MAKE UP BY ADAM WINTER “As a child I was always a loner and a wanderer. I sought out private spaces to be alone with my imagination, which always…

LA Pride: The Fight For Equality

World’s first LGBT pride parade, LA PRIDE, celebrates its 45th anniversary next month in West Hollywood. BY VICTOR MELAMED Next month, June 12-14, the world’s first Pride Parade, LA PRIDE, will set the stage for an epic 45th Anniversary celebration in West Hollywood. Originally, marking the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York,…

Long Beach Pride

The 2015 Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Celebration takes place this month on May 16 & 17 from 11am–10pm along Shoreline Drive. Over the past several years, the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Celebration has become one of the premiere Pride events nationwide now attracting over 80,000 participants over two days. The Festival…

Body Politic

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia welcomes you to Pride.  BY VICTOR MELAMED It has been almost a year since you have been in office—how would you sum up your first 12 months? “It’s been great. I’m extremely grateful to be able to represent the city I love, and we’ve been seeing a lot of positive…

Plastic Jesus For APLA

Art Project Los Angeles announces Plastic Jesus as featured artist of fifth annual AIDS fundraiser taking place June 6 at Bonhams in Hollywood.  BY ORLY LYONNE Art Project Los Angeles is excited to announce Plastic Jesus as the featured artist of the fifth annual fundraiser for AIDS Project Los Angeles, which takes place June 6…

Proudly Yours

Long Beach residents talk about their professions, their love for their city and what Pride means to them. PHOTOS BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM PORTER GILBERG Executive Director, The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach “I have lived in Long Beach for 12 years. I grew up near Temecula, CA and was itching for a bigger city with…

Fashion Forward

“Saint Laurent,” a bio-drama film on the famed designer, opens this month at select theaters in Los Angeles. BY ORLY LYONNE “Saint Laurent” a French biography drama film co-written and directed by Bertrand Bonello, and starring Gaspard Ulliel as Yves Saint Laurent, opens this month at select theatres in Los Angeles and New York. The…

SCAR LOVER

It’s the stomach scar that remains the greatest reminder of my life of addiction, the most profound physical memento of a life lived selfishly, a life not worth living at all. BY ANDY NICASTRO Ugly inside of me Taught me of beauty I wouldn’t trade that work of art for all the silk of perfect…

Sexual Healing

First annual WeHo Gay Men’s Health Fair promotes new campaign of “Getting to Zero.” BY VICTOR MELAMED The Men’s Health Foundation, a new non-profit based in West Hollywood, dedicated to the health & wellness of gay men, with focus on young gay men of color, has partnered with the City of West Hollywood to host…

The Calendar | 05.15

  SATURDAY, MAY 9 DOWN-N-DIRTY Tom of Finland Foundation, 1421 Laveta Terrace, Los Angeles, 3pm-8pm. Celebrate Tom’s Birthday with DJ sets by Maricón Collective, Go-Go boys, photo booth, new Maricón merch y mucho mas. DRAG QUEEN WORLD SERIES Glendale Sports Complex, 2200 Fern Ln, Glendale, 12:30pm-4pm. For tickets, visit dragqueenworldseries.com. It’s the LA Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence vs. The…

The City | 05.15

MAYOR LINDSEY P. HORVATH SWORN-IN The City of West Hollywood held its annual City Council Reorganization and Installation meeting last month. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti attended the ceremony to swear in Councilmember Lindsey P. Horvath as the City’s new Mayor. Screenwriter, producer and director Dustin Lance Black, swore in Councilmember Lauren Meister as the…

The Epidemic | 05.15

BEVERLY HILLS  MEDICAL PLAZA PHARMACY Specializing in HIV/AIDS medications and care. Beverly Hills Medical Plaza Pharmacy (BHMPP) is a family owned and operated community pharmacy. Established in 1992, they saw the need for a location that would provide general pharmaceutical services with individualized and personal care for both patients and practitioners. “As one of the…

The Final Fight | 05.15

THE OPPOSITE OF SEX Tyrone Rontganger, German Mr. Leather 2013/14, and a judge at the recent Mr. L.A. Leather 2015 contest, on the differences between leather bars in Berlin and Los Angeles. BY TYRONE RONTGANGER One of the biggest surprises I had during my visit to Los Angeles was on my first night out there for…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow | 05.15

Ian Reisner, who hosted Ted Cruz with his ex-partner Mati Weiderpass, said he had no idea that Cruz was adamantly opposed to marriage equality (and gay rights in general for that matter) and he apologized to the community, saying he had made “a terrible mistake.”   THE SUPREME COURT, ANCIENT GREEKS & THE FREEDOM TO…

The State | 05.15

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS IN PRISON Judge won’t delay order on inmate sex reassignment surgery. BY VICTOR MELAMED A federal judge refused last month to delay his order for California to provide sex reassignment surgery for a transgender inmate, reports The Associated Press. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar made his ruling in response to a request by state…