The Man Within [cover feature]

Calpernia Addams interviews transman Buck Angel. Life-changing moments, sex positivity and educating heterosexuals. BY CALPERNIA ADDAMS | PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM  I caught up with trans male icon Buck Angel in Los Angeles amidst his busy travel schedule from Mexico to Los Angeles to Sweden and spoke to him about his breakout Netflix hit documentary “Mr.…

Addicted to Exercise

When your passion become a problem. BY MONIQUE FUNK Exercise helps to control weight, combat health conditions and diseases, improve mood, boost energy, promote better sleep, and improve your sex life … as long as it is done in moderation. But when one’s passion for fitness becomes a compulsion or an addiction, a once life…

Putting A Ring On It

Cambria Pines Lodge: a destination wedding facility like no other. BY ORLY LYONNE The beautifully majestic Cambria Pines Lodge, located in Cambria, ten minutes south of Hearst Castle, midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, has the feel of a mountain lodge, the look of a garden, and a five-minute proximity to the ocean. As…

Dancing With The Stars

Arthur Murray Dance Centers of Pasadena launches Same-Sex/LGBT ballroom dance classes.  BY VICTOR MELAMED While the dance community has always been a known supporter of the LGBT community, there have been few opportunities of direct interaction between the two. However, over the past few months, these communities have grown closer together—all because of George Estrada, a current…

Uncomfortable Truth

A non-surgical, quick, painless treatment for hemorrhoids. Unfortunately, hemorrhoids are a taboo topic of conversation—not a typical Sunday night dinner discussion. For the most part, people are embarrassed or fearful to seek medical treatment and opt to purchase over the counter creams that only temporarily treat the symptoms and not the underlying problem. The truth…

Pasadena Certified Farmers’ Market

Bringing quality produce to the community. BY ORLY LYONNE If you have never been to the Pasadena Certified Farmers’ Market, you are in for a real treat. You’ll love the experience of buying directly from the farmer that grows the food. What you’ll love even more is the fresh, delicious taste of locally grown, nutritious…

Getting Transparent

IAN HARVIE Stand-up comedian Ian Harvie adds actor to his resume. “It’s …  exciting to be a trans guy playing a trans guy on TV.” BY VICTOR MELAMED Trans man comic Ian Harvie has been cast in Amazon’s “Transparent,” a new television series exploring gender issues. The show focuses on a family in Los Angeles…

Here’s Jordan

“Growing up—I leaned on comedy for everything,” says stand-up comedian and author Jordan Pease. “It got me through my parent’s divorce, my father’s death, drug addiction—it’s a cure all.” BY MARK ARIEL Born and raised in New Jersey into an Italian-American family that has embraced his adult identity (“When I came out to my grandparents,…

A Life In Freedom And Truth

Kaitlin Sine Riordan, transgender author of the book “Bondage of Self,” on recovery, masking the pain and finding peace. BY ORLY LYONNE As a recovery tech at Desert Palms Treatment Center, Kaitlin Sine Riordan, transgender author of the book “Bondage of Self,” has seen her fair share of ineptitude when it comes to treating a…

Off Sunset Festival

Celebrate Silverlake’s diverse community and history: Sunday, July 6, 2014.  BY MARK ARIEL While it may seem difficult, at times, to escape a  world of corporate takeovers, mega-malls and neighborhood gentrification—there are still a few good people out there supporting small businesses, cultural diversity and local artists. In an effort to celebrate and preserve Silverlake’s…

Path To Recovery

Morningside Recovery Treatment Center’s open, non-lockdown treatment model integrates care in a real-world setting. By Joel Edwards Morningside Recovery is an LGBTQ-friendly treatment center in beautiful Orange County, CA, that specializes in dual-diagnosis treatment, with focus on the psychological issues that often go hand-in-hand with addiction. Our open, non-lockdown treatment model differs from many traditional…

Pride And Prejudice

I’m now clean and sober and I can’t help but look at gay pride with a whole new pair of glasses. It is what it is, but it can also be what you make of it. BY PAULO MURILLO The year was 1992. My scrawny ass wasn’t fully out of the closet when my gay…

Qweening Out With Jonny McGovern

From L to R: Miles Davis Moody, Todd Masterson, RuPaul, Jonny McGovern, Greg McKeon, Lady Red Couture, Walter Delmar Queens, haters, the struggle to pump out new content and the life of a “gay pimp.” BY PAULO MURILLO Nobody said the life of a gay pimp was easy. Jonny McGovern has been busy. He recently…

Words With Friends

Calpernia Addams on the “T” word, separate communities fighting the same battles and respecting everybody’s right to self-determination and self-identification. BY PAULO MURILLO | PHOTO BY ERIC SCHWABEL Actress, musician, author and LGBT activist Calpernia Addams grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and served as a Hospital Corpsman with the Navy and United States Marine Corps.…

The Calendar | 06.14

MARY LAMBERT, SEE FRIDAY JUNE 6   FRIDAY JUNE 6 LA PRIDE’S OFFICIAL LAVENDER MENACE West Hollywood Park, 5pm – 12am, free. For more info: lapride.org. Celebrating women, featuring headliners Mary Lambert, Betty Who and others. Sponsored by Showtime. Come out and get your GIRL on. BEARRACUDA LA – PRIDE 2014! Dragonfly, 6510 Santa Monica Blvd,…

The Money | 06.14

Giving And Receiving Charitable giving is as much a part of financial planning as planning for retirement is. BY GRANT GOCHIN • The LGBTQ community has long been held to unequal standards by society; we have felt the yoke of oppression and know what it means to be a minority. As such, we are likely more sensitized…

The Event | 06.14

LONG BEACH GAY PRIDE > The Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Celebration, “Reflections of Pride,” the 3rd largest in the nation, attracted over 80,000 participants over the two-day celebration last month. More than 200 marching groups and floats comprised the parade entries, representing various religious, human service, governmental and social organizations. Performers this year…

The State | 06.14

HONORING HARVEY MILK  The first openly LGBT elected official to be featured on a U.S. stamp. BY VICTOR MELAMED > Lines formed at the Post Office in San Francisco’s Castro District last month on Harvey Milk Day, as people rushed to purchase the new Harvey Milk stamp, dedicated to the first openly gay San Francisco…

The Law | 06.14

WHEN TALK ISN’T SO CHEAP The Donald Sterling tapes: the legality of recording private  conversations. BY DAVID HAKIMFAR • Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has certainly landed himself in a lot of trouble. In late April, a recorded conversation he had with his alleged mistress, V. Stiviano, was leaked to the gossip site TMZ.com. On…