Changing Lives

There are not enough parents to care for all of the children in the foster care system. You can make a difference. BY ORLY LYONNE RaiseAChild.US is a national nonprofit that promotes family building to a broad spectrum of prospective parents to solve the U.S. foster care crisis. They do not discriminate based on sexual orientation,…

Finding Your Way Home

How one gay man’s guardian angels saved the day.  BY ERIC SLAYTON I was a six-year-old child raising my two-year-old and infant brothers. My mother was a drug addict and my father was no where to be seen. I remember my childhood being a merry go-round of insecurity and change, not understanding what I was witnessing.…

Maybe Baby

An interview with Dr. Sam Najmabadi, the medical director of the Center for Reproductive Health & Gynecology, on LGBT family building. Dr. Najmabadi, what options are currently available for a gay couple interested in having their own children? Same sex male couples have to use an egg donor and a surrogate. The egg donor and…

Out For Safe Schools

Los Angeles LGBT Center’s student safety program goes nationwide. BY VICTOR MELAMED A pilot program developed and launched two years ago by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) with community partners to help make schools safer for LGBTQ students, has proven so successful—with students, teachers and administrators—that it’s being…

When Three Is Not a Crowd

Is the queer community on the edge of assimilation, or a sexual revolution? BY BRENDEN SHUCART 2015 has been a monumental year for the queer communities. The admittance of gays into the military and the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage represent the culmination of the long fought equality agenda that has dominated the LGBTQ political…

Fighting The Sex Police

“The National Coalition of Rent Boys & Allies” advocates for the legal rights of male escort workers. BY VICTOR MELAMED An association of rent boys and their supporters has organized a national advocacy group in response to the Homeland Security and NYPD raid on Rentboy.com in New York city, August 25, 2015. The National Coalition…

Sexual Health In WEHO

Los Angeles LGBT Center opens new West Hollywood facility to promote, protect sexual health. HIV/STD testing capacity triples; PrEP and PEP services expanded. BY ORLY LYONNE  |  PHOTOS BY LISALISA PHOTOGRAPHY Hundreds of people turned out last month to celebrate the opening of the new Los Angeles LGBT Center-WeHo. Located just above Gym Sportsbar and…

Tough Love

Report on intimate partner violence in LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities: transgender people face increased risk of violence. BY VICTOR MELAMED The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has released its report “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Intimate Partner Violence in 2014.” Key findings in the report include the following: • For a fourth…

The Calendar | 11.2015

  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 PALM SPRINGS PRIDE FESTIVAL Downtown Palm Springs, Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 7-8. On Palm Canyon Dr. from Amado to Baristo Rd. and on Arenas Rd from Belardo to Calle Encilia. For more info visit pspride.org. Palm Canyon Drive will be closed to traffic and transformed into a vibrant, pedestrian friendly Pride Festival, unique to Southern California.…

The City | 11.2015

Archbishop Gets HIV/AIDS Advocacy Award  Archbishop Rev. Carl Bean will receive an award of distinction from the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF) at the upcoming Aston-Brooks Gala on November 7. Archbishop Bean is the third and final honoree who has been selected to receive the Sunshine Brooks HIV/AIDS Advocacy Award. “Archbishop Bean has taken…

The Epidemic | 11.2015

A World Without AIDS Engineered protein awakens resting immune cells infected with HIV and facilitates their destruction. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have created a protein that awakens resting immune cells infected with HIV and facilitates their destruction in laboratory studies, reports sciencedaily.com The protein potentially could contribute to a cure for HIV infection…

The Event | 11.2015

Project Nunway L.A. Organized by the legendary Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the third annual Project Nunway L.A. exploded last month at The Mayan Theatre with over 25 designers showcasing their designs inspired by the “Tarot” theme. An extravagant celebration of design, art, fashion, and music, the event raised over $20,000, for two local…

The Final Fight | 11.2015

Radical Muslims & Double Standards Where is the outrage when Muslims publicly murder Muslim men for being gay? BY MICHAEL LUCAS The relatively modest amount of news coverage and the surprising absence of protest over the executions of men suspected of being gay by Islamic extremists in Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and elsewhere in the Muslim…

The Joystick | 11.2015

Star Wars: Battlefront The game is being recognized to be the most detailed Star Wars title to date. Releases November 17. BY JOSEPH ARELLANO Luke… I am your father. Those five words became movie history when the amazing and jaw dropping “Empire Strikes Back” hit theaters right after “A New Hope.” “Star Wars” is a movie…