Doing The Work

Musical artist Ken X Y on honesty, creating change and his first album Escapism BY MARK ARIEL | PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM “As a young person, there is no shortage of people who tell you ‘you don’t know what you’re doing,’” says multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer and dancer Ken X Y. “As an ‘artist who…

Supporting BIDEN/HARRIS

“Four more years of an administration that openly embraces racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic and transphobic appointees and policies is ntenable.” BY VICTOR MELAMED Over 300 LGBTQ+ community leaders have signed their name to an op-ed in support of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, reports Matt Baume at them.us. It urged voters to support the 2020 Democratic…

AIM FOR LOVE

“Disarm Hate” chronicles nine LGBTQ+ activists’ trip to an anti-gun rally and differences among them BY VIC GERAMI Narrated by the iconic actor Harvey Fierstein, “Disarm Hate” seeks to create awareness about gun violence against the LGBTQ+ community following the 2016 Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando that took 49 lives. Directed by Julianna Brudek, the…

The Boys In The Band

Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of the landmark play premieres at the end of the month Netflix has revealed the first stills from its upcoming adaptation of the Broadway revival of the late Mart Crowley’s 1968 landmark play The Boys in the Band, co-produced by Ryan Murphy and directed, as on Broadway, by Joe Mantello, reports Towleroad.…

CARE During COVID-19

Dignity Health—St. Mary Medical Center expands services to meet the needs of the community 2020 is certain to be a year no one will ever forget. The COVID-19 Pandemic has been challenging, but one thing that has become evident through this challenge is that St. Mary Medical Center is a strong pillar in the Long Beach…

Getting Relief

Ketamine as a medical treatment. An interview with NeuroRelief Founder Dr. Austin Harris BY MARK ARIEL How did you get involved with ketamine and infusion therapy? During my medical school, internship and anesthesiology residency, I developed an interest in Ketamine due to its unique properties, methods of action, and the fact that it was the…

LOVE In ACTION

Two-hour star-studded telethon benefitting the Los Angeles LGBT Center live this month on KTLA 5  BY ORLY LYONNE On Saturday, September 12, from 7–9 p.m. PDT, the Los Angeles LGBT Center will host its first-ever telethon, Love in Action, presented by The Ariadne Getty Foundation, that will air live on television station KTLA 5 benefiting…

Pushing The Envelope

Steamy party gear at AddictedUSA.com Clubs doors may be closed but that isn’t stopping Addicted from getting the party started.  “This fall’s clubwear collection is all about fun,” says Chris Lynch of Addicted USA. The brand’s new “Party” collection features crop tops, fetish shorts, mesh tanks and feathers (yes, feathers!) in bold black, white, silver and…

Set In STONE

Commemorating Los Angeles’ All Black Lives Matter March Hollywood Boulevard from Highland Avenue to Orange Drive was closed to traffic last month as the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services worked to install a permanent street mural commemorating the June 14, 2020 All Black Lives Matter March, reported Brody Levesque with the Los Angeles Blade.…

The City

LOS ANGELES MOURNING THE LOSS OF LGBT ACTIVIST DON NORMAN The recovery community is mourning the loss of LGBT activist Don Norman, known as a pillar in the sober rooms with over 40 years of sobriety. He touched everyone he encountered with his inspirational speaking and LGBT activism. According to his eulogy by his grand…

The Final Fight

#RELEASE MARGOT Poland Punishes LGBT Rights Activist with Pretrial Detention Warsaw police have arrested a nonbinary activist, Margot Szutowicz, who has been placed in pretrial detention, in the latest example of Polish authorities’ anti-LGBT actions, reports The Human Rights Watch (www.hrw.org). Forty-eight other people, from a crowd of LGBT rights supporters protesting Szutowicz’s imminent arrest last…

The Profile

DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Los Angeles based photographer Dusti Cunningham grew up in a very clean single-wide trailer home in rural Kansas. His family didn’t own television so they watched tornadoes. None of his dogs were named Toto. Dolly Parton and his mother were his heroes, both wore wigs. His inspirations are gypsies, pirates, circuses, ‘70s porn,…

The Rostow Report

“Kansas is an example of a state that is taking proactive steps to  enforce [the] Bostock [ruling], announcing that gay and trans citizens  will be covered by all state non-discrimination laws that ban sex  discrimination.” ENFORCING OUR RIGHTS Last June, as you recall, the High Court handed our community an extraordinary 6-3 victory, ruling that…

The Share

STAYING GRATEFUL We asked these clean and sober individuals with various lengths of recovery time how they remain grateful during the COVID-19 pandemic. BY PAULO MURILLO A STEP BACK “Although being grateful can be difficult during these times, I am grateful for a lot of things. I was diagnosed with HIV back in 2018 as…