Guys And Dolls [cover feature]

Daniel Randell on falling in love with a creative partner and bringing fashion into the toy space. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Currently managing partner at AY Collection—a line of luxury fashion dolls by multi-media artist and designer Andrew Yang—Daniel Randell, 33,  has been immersed in various creative fields since childhood. “I…

Blood, Sweat & Tears

Jordan Eagles on his “Blood Mirror”—a protest against the FDA’s 33 year long ban against the donation of blood by gay and bisexual men. BY BRENDEN SHUCART Made from human blood encased in resin, the Blood Mirror looms like something from another time. It casts strange red shadows and it’s inky scarlet surface hints at…

Models Of Pride

Challenging SoCal youth to “be the change” not only in their own lives, but also in their communities and throughout the world. BY ORLY LYONNE More than 1,500 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth (LGBTQ) and their allies from two dozen Southern California cities and more than 35 schools attended the Los Angeles LGBT…

Old Friends

Aging gayby boomers don’t fit the largely heteronormative beliefs and ideas about aging or caring for older adults. BY VICTOR MELAMED In “Queer Aging: The Gayby Boomers and a New Frontier for Gerontology” (Oxford Press, 2016), Jesus Ramirez-Valles, professor and head of community health sciences in the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public…

Pulse Hero

Imran Yousuf’s courageous actions in the face of mortal danger saved over 70 lives during the massacre at Pulse. Marine Corps veteran Imran Yousuf, credited with saving more than 70 people during the June mass shooting at Orlando gay nightclub Pulse, was recognized for his actions at a San Diego gala this past September for…

Sexually Expressive

Sexually Expressive Mr. Regiment 2017 Marco Valadez: “Sex is a gift that should be explored and enjoyed, not hinted at behind closed doors.” BY VICTOR MELAMED  |  PHOTO BY ROBERT GREEN Marco Valadez won the title of Mr. Regiment 2017 of the Black and Tan Club last month, and will compete for the coveted Mr. LA Leather…

To Be Able To Love

George Figares, DJ Blacklow George Figares and DJ Blacklow Reinvent a 15-year-old Club Anthem For Today’s Dance-floor BY JOHN STEIN | PHOTO BY SEAN JAMES MURPHY George Figares and DJ Blacklow are well known DJs in L.A. nightlife. Blacklow’s sets are noted for his big diva vocals, while Figares, a product of Miami’s underground house…

Who Is You?

Barry Jenkins’ introspective coming-of-age drama Moonlight: a poetic, visual, emotional journey. BY PICKLE One of the things I loved most about Barry Jenkin’s exquisite film Moonlight, which came out earlier this month, was the ocean. As the young Chiron (named “Little” in the first chapter) learns to float on his back from Juan, a crack…

The Calendar

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, PANTAGES THEATRE. THROUGH NOVEMBER 27 Hedwig And The Angry Inch Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles. Tickets: visit ticketmaster.com This genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12…

The City

AIDS Walk LA Raises Over Two Million Over 10,000 participants helped raise upwards of $2 Million to benefit APLA Health services and other area organizations at this year’s AIDS WALK Los Angeles, which debuted at its new home in Grand Park in Los Angeles. City of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Supervisor Hilda Solis, Peter…

The Desert

STDs On The Rise In Coachella Valley Health officials issued a warning last month regarding an increase in sexually transmitted disease cases in the Coachella Valley. The spread of syphilis is a growing concern among gay and bisexual men in Palm Springs. The extrapolated 2015 rate of syphilis cases was 167 to 192 for every…

The Epidemic

  Pricing PrEP New report examines annual PrEP costs through Covered California. BY VICTOR MELAMED APLA Health, in partnership with the Southern California HIV Policy Research Center, has released a new policy brief that will help consumers better understand the cost of accessing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) through Covered California health plans. Open enrollment for Covered California,…

The Event

Palm Springs Leather Pride PHOTOS BY ROBERT GREEN, MOTORBOOT PHOTOGRAPHY Palm Springs Leather Pride, which  took place at the end of last month, was an overwhelming success. The week leading up to the event, however, was clouded by the passing of long time member David Murdock. During the formal dinner and beginning of the contest…

The Final Fight

Man Of The Year Wentworth Miller to LGBTQ youth: “It gets better. One day, you’ll find your tribe.” Actor Wentworth Miller has been honored by Attitude as their Man of the Year, with a cover story that delves into his struggles with self-acceptance, leading to serious bouts of depression and suicide attempts. Miller came out in 2013 in an…

The Joystick

Switch It Up! Nintendo is finally making the leap with new power, titles, and once again, innovation.  BY JOSEPH ARELLANO Since the 1990s Nintendo has had first party exclusives that were legendary in all aspects of the gaming world. Legend of Zelda, Mario, Metroid, Pikmin, Animal Crossing, and Smash Bros have all conquered sales and…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

The big news of course is the Supreme Court’s decision to take on trans rights this term, accepting the case of a Virginia transgender boy—Gavin Grimm—who successfully fought for the right to use the boy’s facilities at his high school. A Bit Of Infighting Were you aware that our community’s legal and political leaders are indulging…