NEON AT THE FAULTLINE

December 30th, 10pm NEON, the party that couldn’t even… is a monthly explosion of color and sound brought to you by the collective minds of DJ Mateo Segade, Queen of Crayola,  Rubella Spreads, and their rotating cast of the most creative characters in Drag representing all areas of the art form. NEON is a family…

Beating The Blues

Stress, depression and the holidays: tips for coping. BY VICTOR MELAMED Stress and depression can ruin your holidays and be detrimental to your health. Being realistic, planning ahead and seeking support can help ward off the holiday blues. Here are a few tips to prevent holiday stress and depression, courtesy of the Mayo Clinic at…

Being Undetectable

An interview with Kevin Stalter, CEO and Board Director of the Thrive Tribe Foundation—a Los Angeles based not-for-profit with a mission to end HIV through peer-to-peer empowerment, building community, and connecting members to care. By Paulo Murillo Meet Kevin Stalter. He was diagnosed as HIV positive at age 19 in 1989 and was given about…

Getting Covered

Guide for choosing a health plan through Covered California—for people living with HIV, hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and those considering PrEP. Five leading California HIV organizations—Access Support Network, AIDS Project Los Angeles, Los Angeles LGBT Center, Project Inform, and San Francisco AIDS Foundation—have released an updated guide for people living with HIV, hepatitis C (HCV),…

A Journey Of Redemption

Filmmaker Scott Bloom on the deadliest hate crime ever committed against the LGBT community. By Scott Bloom Dates of significance: June 24, 1973 an arsonist set fire to The Upstairs Lounge, a gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans. That evening 32 people lost their lives in what is the deadliest hate crime…

Nirvana for the People

Nirvana’s Dr. Andrew Vanderveer on cannabis and HIV. By Brenden Shucart I know first-hand how helpful cannabis can be when you are HIV-positive. I had smoked pot before being diagnosed (I was in my early twenties after all), but never with any consistency or  enthusiasm. I just didn’t like the high. But a friend suggested a…

Sex Wars

Battle of the billboards in Los Angeles. The Center versus AHF. BY MARK ARIEL The Los Angeles LGBT Center recently launched a campaign dubbed “What R U Into?” showing men at different WeHo hot spots conveying “what they’re into” by using various emojis on smart phone apps. Scrawled under the images, the message from the…

Terror Suspect’s Gay Connection

Salah Abdeslam, who is now believed to be in disguise (right) and going by a new name. Paris terror fugitive Salah Abdeslam was seen visiting gay bars in Brussels before the attacks. BY VICTOR MELAMED One of the terrorists involved in the deadly Paris shootings last month was thought to be a rent boy, after…

The Calendar | 12.2015

  SEE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13 ONYX SOCAL/SOUTHWEST JINGLE BALLS Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, 4pm–8pm. ONYX SoCal/Southwest Leather Men Of Color monthly beer bust.   MONDAY, DECEMBER 14 Exposure Drag Offbeat Bar, 6316 York Blvd., Los Angeles, 10pm–2pm, for more info: offbeatbar.com Every Monday Night. No Cover, Drink Specials! 21+. Featuring the fabulous talents…

The City | 12.2015

BY PAULO MURILLO West Hollywood Recognizes World AIDS Day  The City of West Hollywood recognized World AIDS Day this month with several events, including the World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil which was co-presented by the Alliance for Housing and Healing, AIDS/LifeCycle, AIDS Project Los Angeles, Being Alive, West Hollywood Cheerleaders, The Thrive Tribe, and The…

The Epidemic | 12.2015

Educating Healthcare Providers Grindr recently surveyed users about Truvada and found some noteworthy trends, reports The New York Times. They’re particularly interesting considering the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said last month that one out of four gay and bisexual men should take the pill. Among Grindr users who took the survey, more than 25 percent…

The Event | 12.2015

Palm Springs Leather Pride Last month’s Palm Springs Leather Pride was jam-packed with hot men and exciting events, including a Meet and Greet at Hunters Nightclub, a clothing optional pool party hosted by Clifton Tatum, Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2015, a Formal Leather Dinner at the Palm Springs Hilton, the Tool Shed/PSLOD Vendor Market and…

The Final Fight | 12.2015

AIDS Action Plan Implementing the updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy next year and through 2020. In conjunction with World AIDS Day this month, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy has released the Federal Action Plan for 2016-2020, which outlines specific Federal agency actions to implement the updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy next year and through 2020.…

The Joystick | 12.2015

Naughty Or NICE Some stocking stuffers and Santa approved recommendations that will even make the biggest video game fanatic drool. BY JOSEPH ARELLANO Fallout 4  Not only did this game get some of the biggest launch madness in history, but the game lived up to the hype. Being a hero, you roam the nuclear wasteland to…

The Share | 12.2015

Family Affair December is a month for family gatherings during the holiday season. We asked a list of local folks with different lengths of recovery time how their sobriety affected their relationship with their families.   Beyond Happy “My family is ecstatic that I’m sober. They love everything about it. It was not the best relationship…