Family Ties [cover feature]

Club promoter and actor Mario Diaz and Drag Superstar Jackie Beat on Trump’s America, reinforcing community ties and their framily, a family of friends. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM In the horrific aftermath of the new world order, when our most fundamental values—values such as decency, reason, and compassion—are under attack—Drag Superstar…

Holiday Survival Guide

How to survive the holidays if your family voted for Trump. BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT Did your family vote for Trump? Feeling betrayed, depressed, hurt, angry, or scared? Finding it difficult to imagine being with your family of origin during the holidays? This presidential election has certainly brought out the worst in people and in…

Aging And HIV

In L.A., almost half of all adults living with HIV are least 50 years old. Those growing older with HIV represent an important group that requires attention, care, and advocacy. BY KESHAV TYAGI, MPH Mark is a typical gay male. At 51, he regularly exercises, works as a home health caregiver for seniors, and has…

Luxury On A Budget

Bobby Trendy’s guide to being fabulous in Palm Springs. BY BOBBY TRENDY I jumped on the Hollywood-to-downtown Red Line subway, and ended up in Palm Springs. This was thanks to the LA to Palm Springs ride share program Tesloop. For $39 each way, I was chauffeured to Palm Springs. Traveling in luxury style on a budget…

RAY Of LIGHT

Madonna visits LGBTQ homeless youth center. “Because everyone deserves to be loved and everyone deserves a home.”   Madonna took some time to celebrate with the clients of a New York City youth center for homeless LGBTQ people this past Thanksgiving holiday, reports Curtis M. Wong at The Huffington Post. The Queen of Pop undoubtedly made a…

Rules Of Engagement

“Gay Groom” Robert Blackmon: “Creating your own customs and traditions are how new things begin.” BY ROBERT BLACKMON I often run the gamut of emotions when I see a friend’s Facebook status change from “Single” to “Engaged.” This is especially true if that friend or friends are from my LGBT community. I don’t know why, but…

The Fabric Of The Republic

We must never stand for the normalization of white supremacy in the White House. We must dissent. BY BRENDEN SHUCART When Hillary Clinton conceded the election to Donald Trump, the news hit me like a punch in the gut. It wasn’t that I didn’t see it coming, I just couldn’t bring myself to believe it,…

Every Day Is WORLD AIDS DAY

Take charge, get educated, get tested and live fully in the knowledge that you have done everything you could to stop the spread of HIV — starting with you. BY PETER FITZGERALD Yesterday was World AIDS Day, and millions of well-meaning social media mavens hailed triumph over HIV and posted ‘sad’ emojis for its victims. I have…

The City

“Voices Of Hope” In Beverly Hills On December 1, which World AIDS Day, The Advocate hosted a community event “Voices of Hope” at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, where three panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt were on display. Speakers included Olympic gold medalist and advocate Greg Louganis, Here Media CEO Paul Colichman, Beverly Hills…

The Desert

HRC Annual Garden Party Fundraiser The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) held its 17th Annual Palm Springs Garden Party Fundraiser last month to celebrate and recognize those who work tirelessly to achieve equality and to acknowledge the work that remains ahead. Palm Springs resident and longtime HRC Foundation board member Andy Linsky presented the Advocate for…

The Event

MR. Precinct Leather 2017 PHOTOS BY ROBERT GREEN. MOTORBOOT PHOTOGRAPHY Congratulations to FiFi LaFille—Mr. Precinct Leather 2017. The contest took place last month, presented by The Precinct Bar DTLA and The Boulet Brothers during Queen Kong.  

The Final Fight

Rebel Heart We can’t let Trump be our new normal. We need to call him out. We need to put him on blast while he fills every cabinet seat with members who oppose LGBT rights. PHOTOS AND TEXT BY PAULO MURILLO I was there. I joined the massive gathering of thousands of anti-Donald Trump demonstrators at…

The Profile

Revive Wellness Centers Behind the lab-coats of Revive’s medical providers. It’s important to know about the medical providers who take care of your appearance, health and wellness. The medical providers at Revive are happy to introduce themselves to you. Shonda Chase FNP Ms. Chase, a Family Nurse Practitioner, has been performing aesthetic medical treatments since…

The State

Photo Courtesy of SFGMC Going RED SFGMC to tour red states to “build some bridges.” BY ORLY LYONNE The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) announced last month that they’ll be bringing their harmonies and spirit of activism to the Southern United States, reports SFGate.com. After the recent election, the first LGBTQ chorus in the…

The Talk

Make America “I know many of you are deeply disappointed about the results of the election. I am, too—more than I can ever express… I know this isn’t easy… A lot of people have asked themselves whether America was the country we thought it was. But please listen to me when I say this: America…