Zero Shame

Iconique’s Leo Paparella on true expression, the current political climate and worshipping Debbie Harry. BY PAUL V. VITAGLIANO  |  PHOTO BY ALLYSON LAQUIAN For those of you headed to Palm Springs Pride this year, you are in for a real treat, served up live on stage by the up and coming LA electro-soul trio, Iconique.…

Rising Star

Producer, writer Ben Cory Jones (HBO’s Insecure) on being black and gay in Hollywood, the Harvey Weinstein scandal and finding your passion. BY TIMOTHY RAY | PHOTO BY LUKE AUSTIN Ben Cory Jones is hot. Don’t take my word for it. Check out his Instagram (@Benthewriter) and search his exclusive hashtag #writersaresexytoo. With smoldering good looks…

Bond With Baby

Working with families in the LGBTQ community to ensure that both mothers in a relationship can choose to breastfeed their baby, regardless of how their family was created. BY DR. RONAYE CALVERT “I am a business-owner, artist, wife, daughter, lover, survivor, and activist. I feel empowered and even limitless, at times, but I can’t breastfeed my own…

Call Me By Your Name

A beautifully romantic gay coming-of-age drama.  BY ORLY LYONNE Critics are raving about the new film “Call Me By Your Name,” a sensual and transcendent tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman, directed by Luca Guadagnino. It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothée…

Creating Change

Iraqi war veteran and author Rob Smith on coming out in the military, the renewed battle for rights and rallying around the threat from a common enemy. BY MARK ARIEL In the relaunch of his memoir Confessions of a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Soldier: How a Black, Gay Man Survived the Infantry, Coming Out, and…

Cuties Coffee

An LGBTQ-owned & operated espresso bar in Los Angeles, with community events. BY ROXIE PERKINS “Cuties Coffee Bar,” a queer cafe in Los Angeles founded by Iris Bainum-Houle and Virginia Bauman aims to provide queer people a safe space to socialize and engage. The cafe grew out of “Cuties Weekly Brief,” a weekly newsletter produced…

Reversing Gender Roles

Campaign showing clothed women and nude men—a statement about how women are often presented as disembodied sex objects in clothing ads. Women’s clothing brand Suistudio USA has a series of ads that reverse common gender roles, reports LGBTQ Nation at lgbtqnation.com. The “Not Dressing Men” campaign shows women clothed and looking at the camera, while…

Hankey’s Toys

“Helping people spice up their sex lives for years to cum…” An interview with the one and only Mr. Hankey.  BY ORLY LYONNE When was Hankey’s Toys established? Hankey’s Toys was established in October, 2015. We began when we realized that there were other silicone toy makers but there seemed to be a gap. You…

Heartthrobs & Hounds

Celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz’s 2018 calendar benefits pet rescue groups. What happens when you pair the cutest pups on earth—who just happen to be in need of forever homes—with beautiful, hunky men? The year’s most buzzed-about calendar, that’s what! Mike Ruiz’s 2018 calendar, “HeartThrobs and Hounds,” is thirteen months of perfection (1 bonus month in…

Pride Recovery LA

PHOTO BY PAULO MURILLO Now open in West Hollywood, serving the LGBT community. BY PAULO MURILLO The City of West Hollywood has a new treatment center that specializes on the needs of LGBTQ people who suffer from substance abuse. Pride Recovery LA treatment center celebrated their grand opening on Thursday, October 26. “This is our…

Smart Health LA

Providing culturally sensitive, high quality primary care to the LGBTQ community, regardless of ability to pay. BY SEAN GALUSZKA Smart Health LA held a star-studded gala on September 26th with a lot to celebrate. Quite simply, they’re in the business of changing and saving lives. In 2012, Director of Smart Health LA Kevin Weiler conjoined…

The Art

Homo Riot Promoting strong positive gay and queer identities. The artist known as Homo Riot began a street art campaign in Los Angeles in 2008 after the passage of the anti-gay marriage Prop 8 in California. With art and imagery that promotes strong positive gay and queer identities, Homo Riot has been an active voice internationally…

The Calendar

See Thursday, November 30. PLATICA: WHO IS DOCUMENTING QUEER HISTORY IN L.A.? THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2  LESBIAN / QUEER NIGHT   Revolver Video Bar, 8851 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069. 8pm-2am. A new lesbian night every Thursday featuring DJs, Go-Go Dancers, Drink Specials, changing themes, and more. BIG FAT DICK   Fubar, 7994 Santa Monica Blvd,…

The Epidemic

Block&Lock Newly-developed HIV therapy stops the virus’s replication. BY VICTOR MELAMED Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in Florida announced last month that their new drug may reduce an infected person’s viral load so far that HIV can no longer spread to healthy cells when used in combination with the current recommended cocktail of antiretroviral…

The Final Fight

Photo by Zelimkhan Bakaev SILENCE = DEATH Russian pop star tortured, murdered: the latest victim of Chechnya’s anti-gay purge. BY VICTOR MELAMED Sources are reporting that Russian singer Zelimkhan Bakaev was arrested, tortured, and murdered by by Chechen authorities due to “suspicion of homosexuality,” reports Back2Stonewall.com. Bakaev was last seen on August 8 in Grozny,…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

North Carolina Democratic Governor Roy Cooper has signed an Executive Order ending LGBT discrimination throughout state government.  IT’S NOW OR NEVER I know I tend to fixate on Supreme Court news, but you know what? It’s exciting, it’s complicated and it can be scary…an irresistible combination (kind of like Scandinavian noir on Netflix). Our big…

The Share

Grief And Recovery Three clean and sober men who recently lost friends from their sober circles on how their loss effects them. CURVE BALL The recent death of my friend Eric Danko hit me hard and it shifted my program. I realize that I need to be spiritually fit. I’m now doing 30 meetings in 30 days.…