The Ties That Bind Us [PSLOD Guide 2019]

A letter from Dominic Chevalier, President of Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert How does one measure success? This is a question that I asked myself when I started writing this open letter. Then a thought occurred to me, every year that passes we have written a chapter in the book that details the…

The Contestants [PSLOD Guide 2019]

Seven good men competing for the title of Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2020. CHARLIE HARDING Mr. Hunters Leather 2020 I’m the guy next door that everyone wants to hang out with. I’m a single weatherman living in Palm Springs going on 2 years. In addition to my obsession with jocks, locker rooms, steam rooms, and…

The Schedule [PSLOD Guide 2019]

PalmSprings Leather Pride Events—October 24-27, 2019. For more info on these events and last minute updates visit: www.palmspringsleatherpride.org. PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 HAPPY HOUR, 8AM–8PM EAGLE 501 301 Arenas Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262. Starts early, finishes late—serving happy hour priced drinks and specials to Leather Pride VIPs & HARDON package holder’s…

The Judges, The Staff [PSLOD Guide 2019]

For more detailed bios—please visit: www.palmspringsleatherpride.org. Judge JACK THOMPSON, BALTIMORE, MD Jack Thompson, also known as Exile ONYX, is International Mr. Leather 2019! He is a widely respected leather craftsman, performer, and wolf. Naturally inclined to serve, Jack has been an active member of the leather community for 15 years. He is founding father of…

Living Your Truth

An exploration in search of one’s  authentic self, Trade is one of the first feature films to introduce gay and transgender sex scenes on the big screen. Trade, written and directed by Trae Briers, is a story inspired by real life events from the life of Christopher “Chris” Bryant, sibling of producer, Rubin Bryant. Chris has…

Palm Springs Pride

 November 1-3 in downtown Palm Springs: The wildly popular festival returns to Arenas Rd and Palm Canyon Drive with a multitude of performers and events. TLC, Heather Small, Kristine W and Maxine Nightingale top the lineup of the 2019 Palm Springs Pride Festival. The festival will take place November 1-3 in downtown Palm Springs on Arenas…

To T, Or Not To T

D’Lo, the acclaimed queer/transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American actor/writer/comedian, on his new solo show, opening this month. BY MARK ARIEL The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center has announced the LA premiere of a new solo show, To T, or Not to T, written and performed by D’Lo, the acclaimed queer/transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American…

The Art

XAVIER HAMEL Fascinated by the macabre, the avant-garde, the surreal & villainous, Xavier Hamel is an emergent film director from Montréal, Quebec. Meditative works of darkest symbolism & examined morality, questioned narrative & reconciled duality, his films explore anarchy & fear, lust & death, love & salvaged redemption, all in equal measure. His work has…

The Bay

SFPD ISSUES LGBTQ APOLOGY 53 years after the Compton’s Cafeteria Riots San Francisco Police Chief William Scott issued an apology for the SFPD’s history of harassment and brutality toward LGBTQ individuals—such as the indiscriminate assault of Gay men in the Castro and arresting Trans women for wearing feminine clothing. “Unless the wrongs of the past…

The Calendar

THROUGH OCTOBER 20 LIBERATE THE BAR!—QUEER NIGHTLIFE ACTIVISM, AND SPACEMAKING, 11AM–6PM ONE Archives Gallery & Museum, 626 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, 90069. A multimedia exhibition that sheds light on the intricate relationship between nightlife, activism, and creative expression across space and time.  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 MR REGIMENT 2020 CONTEST, 9PM Eagle LA, 4219 Santa…

The City

WEST HOLLYWOOD  ED BUCK ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH DEATH OF GEMMEL MOORE Former Democratic donor and West Hollywood resident Ed Buck, was arrested last month. It took a third overdose at his West Hollywood apartment for officials to finally slap him with overdue charges. The Los Angeles Times reports that the former LGBTQ political activist was…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

“Two women professed their love for one another on Bachelor in Paradise, a touching moment that those of us who have resisted this small screen genre sadly missed.” Hits Surge, Coverage Declines I was just reading an article in Real Clear Politics about how cable news coverage of LGBT issues has virtually vanished during the…

The Share

Van Ness Recovery House We asked three individuals what their experience was like getting sober at the Van Ness Recovery House, the oldest drug and alcohol treatment center in the country, serving the LGBTQ community for over 46 years. ROLLER COASTER “The Van Ness House was like a roller coaster ride. I got the opportunity…

The Talk

BE CLEAR “Just to be clear, LGBTQ media plays an increasingly important role, especially at a time like this.” —Gay Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg last month, retracting earlier remarks, where he said “I can’t even read the LGBT media anymore, because it’s all, ‘he’s too gay, not gay enough, wrong kind of gay.’” Buttigieg…