Louder, Prouder, Gayer

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Star Ongina on her drag mother, advocating for HIV and AIDS and dealing with pressures and expectations BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM When did you become interested in drag? I became interested in dressing up back when I first moved to NYC and started to make friends with…

The Stuff Of Legends

“I am one of the hundreds of thousands of gay men who would not be alive today if not for Larry Kramer.” Brenden Shucart on author, essayist, playwright and activist Larry Kramer, who passed away last month. BY BRENDEN SHUCART Before I eulogize Larry Kramer I feel obligated to state up front that I never…

Virtual Trans Pride

The two-day celebration takes place Friday and Saturday, June 19–20. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Trans Pride L.A. will be streamed live for the first time in the festivity’s history on Friday and Saturday, June 19–20. The two-day event remains as one of the nation’s oldest and largest celebrations of the vibrant Trans/Gender Non-Conforming/Non-Binary…

Hope Will Never Be Silent

Honoring Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person ever elected into public office. Governor Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation last month declaring May 22, 2020 as “Harvey Milk Day” in the State of California. Milk was the first openly gay person ever elected into public office in the US. “Milk stood firm in his belief…

Proud TV

CSW’s LA Pride goes virtual on ABC7 Christopher Street West (CSW), the producers of the annual LA Pride Parade and Festival, have partnered with KABC and iHeartMedia Los Angeles, to produce a virtual Pride Parade. The  90-minute primetime special will air exclusively on ABC7, on Saturday, June 13 (7:30–9:00pm PDT), with an encore presentation on…

Trading Up

Audiences are emotionally connecting with “Trade”—an independent film on the relationship between two men, one a streetwise hustler, the other a straight-laced lawyer. BY VICTOR MELAMED With over 30,000 streaming hours in its first 120 days on Amazon Prime, TRADE, written and directed by Trae Briers, is becoming a successful independent hit. This dark and…

The City

NORTH HOLLYWOOD GAY LATINO BAR CLUB COBRA WILL NOT REOPEN Club Cobra—the North Hollywood gay Latino bar—will not reopen after COVID-19, reports Phillip Zonkel at qvoicenews.com. The property owner is selling the building, according to a post on Club Cobra’s Instagram last month. Julio Licon, who owns Club Cobra with his business partner Marty Sokol,…

The Music

THE HAM AND CHEESE LA-based queer, hip hop artist Big Dipper releases video for “Like This” single, and spankin’ new “The Ham and Cheese EP” In his first release of the new decade Big Dipper follows his 2018 album release LATE BLOOMER with an ep project: THE HAM AND CHEESE EP. The five unique tracks…