The Crown Jewel

Jewel Thais-Williams, founder of the legendary Jewel’s Catch One Disco, on activism, life in sobriety and her holistic care organization. BY PICKLE  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM In the early 70s, a young Jewel Thais-Williams purchased the Diana Club on Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles and, against resistance and all odds, transformed the space into the…

Bitch Please

A no holds barred expression of queer identity and a yearning for solace in a world on the brink. BY KIAN KAMATAKI Bitch Please was formed during the last gay gasps of San Francisco’s freak culture before the tech belch blew up and swallowed the scene whole. Broke, distressed and disillusioned, Bretchen Towers and Jacob…

Everybody Hurts

Steven Ganzell, Ph.D. Therapists try to create a space and a relationship that allows you to examine your concerns and understand them. BY DR. STEVE GANZELL Most people don’t go to therapy because they have a serious mental illness. Most people try therapy because they feel stuck or are grappling with an issue they don’t quite understand. …

Late Bloomer

LA-based queer rapper Big Dipper on body positivity, recovery and his new album. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY RAKEEM CUNNINGHAM Everyday is an uphill battle… I’m a white person making hip hop and rap music. I’m a queer person fighting to cut through a predominantly heteronormative industry. I’m a fat person sexualizing my body. These…

The Joy Of Being Queer

To define LGBTQ lives solely by our hardships is to be blind to the joys and advantages of queerness. BY SYD PETERSON I don’t think being gay is a choice. But if it were, I’d choose it.  Messaging about LGBTQ people has evolved a lot in the past 15 years. About thirty ballot measures, a…

Queering Your Sex

Back to school with The Pleasure Chest, the only sex industry store to host free weekly sex education workshops. At the Pleasure Chest we often say that your sexiest body part is your mind. It’s even printed on our class flyers every month along with a list of free workshops we offer at four of our…

Safe Recovery

7 reasons why choosing an LGBTQ-affirmative program matters. BY MANNY RODRIGUEZ | PHOTO BY AARON JAY YOUNG There is much to consider when choosing a treatment program for substance abuse and addiction, but one of the most important aspects of this process is to make sure the facility of your choice takes all your needs, even those…

Treatment Matters

MATTHEW BIANCHI Pride Recovery LA delivers evidence-based addiction treatment to serve the whole queer person. BY MATTHEW BIANCHI | PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM LGBTQ people are outsiders everywhere they go. Sure, “things get better,” but “better” is in comparison to centuries of “other.”  Under the best of circumstances, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) people are…

The Calendar

WOMEN IN CONCERT. SEE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 RUSH—TOM OF FINLAND FOUNDATION 9PM–2AM Tom of Finland Foundation, 1421 Laveta Ter, Los Angeles, 90026. Tickets & Info: www.labandofbrothers.com/rush-2018. A play party for men presented by the Los Angeles Band of Brothers. Discover the depths of fraternity. Pledging is only the beginning! MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 STANDUP…

The City

SACRAMENTO New Bill Approved Supporting  LGBTQ Seniors California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a new bill into law that will support the inclusion of LGBTQ seniors in state-administered programs and services for the elderly, reports NewNowNext. AB 2719, authored by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin and co-sponsored by SAGE and Equality California, adds sexual orientation, gender identity,…

The Epidemic

Undetectable—Untransmittable Confidence in the protective power of an undetectable viral load is strengthened by receiving consistent test results, study reports. BY VICTOR MELAMED Having a relationship based on trust, commitment and familiarity helps gay men rely on undetectable viral load as a means of HIV prevention, according to interviews with HIV-positive and HIV-negative members of…

The Music

Master Showman Full of campy, glitzy, queer swagger and some deeply personal lyrics, lead Scissor Jake Shears has just dropped his first official solo album. BY PAUL V. VITAGLIANO For those of you (like myself) who were beyond forlorn when our beloved Scissor Sisters announced they were on an indefinite hiatus in 2012, I have…

The Talk

Ruby Rose Never Felt “This is a childhood dream. This is something I would have died to have seen on TV when I was a young member of the LGBT community who never felt represented on TV and felt alone and different.” —Actress Ruby Rose on being cast as Batwoman for Greg Berlanti’s series of Arrowverse…

The Transaction

Todd Gloria Support For Trans Foster Kids Groundbreaking state bill approved ensuring hormone access for transgender youth in foster care. BY VICTOR MELAMED California lawmakers have passed a historic bill ensuring that trans youth in foster care can access proper medical care, reports Gay Star News. The bill, AB-2119, introduced by gay Assemblymember Todd Gloria, mandates…