Love Conquers All

Palm Springs Pride headliners OneUp Duo on living and working together, pushing each other to be better versions of themselves and love at first sight. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY JOSH DRAKE OneUp Duo is a pop/soul vocal combo comprised of  husbands Adam and Jerome Bell-Bastien. The Duo was featured on Season 15 of…

End Of An Era

Scotty Bowers, “Male Madame” to the stars, dies at 96. RIP BY VICTOR MELAMED Scotty Bowers, whose explicit, best-selling 2012 memoir revealed a covert realm of Golden Age Hollywood sexuality, died last month of natural causes at his home in Laurel Canyon, documentary director Matt Tyrnauer told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 96. The former…

From KARMA To DHARMA

Gay author Johnson Chong on how to feel a little more love in the Trump era BY ANDY REYNOLDS  |  PHOTO BY CHAD WAGNER Many in the LGBTQ community have been traumatized by the current political climate, which feels inescapable. International yogi, meditation teacher, and author of the frank and funny new coming out autobiography…

Justice For GUSTAVO

CA Police Officer Who Beat, Mocked Gay Man Gets $100K A Year A California police officer was put on leave earlier this year after he was recorded hitting and berating a gay man. Now, he’s retired and receiving a pension of over a hundred thousand dollars a year, reports LGBTQ Nation. Gustavo Alvarez filed a federal…

Saving The Planet

Never leave home without it. Big Gay Bidet Introduces the Portable Bidet. BY ORLY LYONNE Big Gay Bidet is introducing the latest gadget craze: the portable travel bidet. The Bio Bidet TP-200 Portable Travel Bidet is the must-have travel accessory to keep fresh and clean while on the go.  It does not require batteries and…

Sense Of Purpose

Folsom Street Events® Announces Departure Of Executive Director, Patrick Finger BY VICTOR MELAMED Folsom Street Events® (FSE) announced last month the resignation of its Executive Director, Patrick Finger, effective October 2, 2019. According to Jennifer Schuster, FSE Board President, “Earlier this year, Patrick shared his plans to step down as Executive Director of Folsom Street…

Sublime Beauty and Pain

Dorian Wood’s  Xavela Lux Aeterna, a riveting personal tribute with songs made popular by Chavela Vargas. Coinciding with the centenary of Chavela Vargas, the unforgettable voice of La Llorona, Los Angeles-based artist Dorian Wood honors Chavela with Xavela Lux Aeterna, a riveting personal tribute with songs made popular by Chavela, original compositions and folk music from…

Breaking The Silence

The HRC/CNN Democratic LGBTQ Town Hall: What I wasn’t hearing BY LUCKIE ALEXANDER I was in attendance last month at the HRC/CNN Democratic LGBTQ Town hall and it was beyond an interesting experience. First I applaud the candidates for agreeing being present in the space. Initially I thought this was going to be an empowering experience…

Transgender Day Of Remembrance

Wednesday, November 20. Honoring the memory of people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence that year. The observance was founded by transgender advocate…

The Art

CRYSTAL VIELULA A queer San Francisco based artist and art educator Crystal Vielula as selected as a MUNI artist in 2019. Vielula has been involved as a muralist with Clarion Alley Mural Project for over 10 years and her current LGBTQ Pride mural is one of the most photographed in the city. Recently her work…

The Bay

IMPEACH TRUMP BILLBOARD IN SAN FRANCISCO A billboard with the word “impeach” in all capital letters next to a picture of President Trump went up in the Fisherman’s Wharf area of San Francisco. The billboard, which was paid for by the  Courage Campaign, was on display through Oct. 21. The billboard features a link to…

The Calendar

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 PALM SPRINGS PRIDE Arenas Rd and Palm Canyon Drive, Though Sunday, November 3. The wildly popular festival returns with a multitude of performers and events. For more info visit: www.pspride.org. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4  QUEER BOOK CLUB WITH CB LEE 7:30PM–9PM The Last Bookstore, 453 S Springs St, Los Angeles, CA. Led by…

The City

LOS ANGELES 35TH AIDS WALK LOS ANGELES RAISES NEARLY $1.6 MILLION AIDS Walk Los Angeles held its 35th annual walk last month raising vital funds that help to build support and awareness of the continuing need to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Ten thousand participants, volunteers and sponsors raised nearly $1.6 million. Individuals are able to…

The Event: Tom of Finland

TOM OF FINLAND ART AND CULTURE FESTIVAL The 24th annual Tom of Finland Art and Culture Festival took place last month at TOM House in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Nearly 700 people came through the gates to view the works of over 40 artists throughout the weekend. This year’s theme was OUR…

The Event: Onyx Southwest

ONYX SOUTHWEST: BLACKOUT 2019 The Men of ONYX and Pearls celebrated Blackout 24, the Men of ONYX’s  twenty-four-year anniversary leather run from October 10–13 at the Hilton Glendale. ONYX men and women from all nine chapters (Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Cleveland/Detroit, San Francisco, Dallas and Fort Lauderdale) were in attendance for this…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

A straight Trump supporter accidentally spawned a gay meme. THE FACTS OF LIFE AND SILVER LININGS  Proctor & Gamble subsidiary, Always, will change its packaging on feminine hygiene products to embrace those transmen and non-binary people who menstruate and might use their pads and tampons. This means they will remove the Venus female sign, the…

The Share

Attitude Of Gratitude Three individuals with various lengths of sobriety on why gratitude is important in their recovery. THE CURE “Addiction is a disease of forgetfulness. If I forget that I had nothing and I was living on the street, then I forget to be grateful for having a home and a bed to sleep…