Touched By Angels [cover feature]

L-R: Frieda Laye, Chita Parol, Kay Sedia, Duke Shoman. Chico’s Angels poke fun at racial and gender stereotypes. BY VICTOR MELAMED  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM With their hilarious trademark spanglish banter Chico’s Angels have become Los Angeles’ best known comedy drag troupe. Featuring Oscar Quintero as Kay Sedia, Danny Casillas as Frieda Laye and…

LA AUTO SHOW

The future of mobility in the car culture capital of the world. BY ORLY LYONNE One of the world’s largest auto shows returns with 1,000 vehicles on December 1-10, 2017 at the LA Convention Center at 1201 S. Figueroa St. in Downtown Los Angeles, next to LA Live and Staples Center. Founded in 1907, the Los…

Baby You Can Drive My Car

The Bryan Thompson Design Scholarship, created to reward exceptional talent in automotive design, will reward talented LGBT design students by helping pay for their education.  BY BRYAN THOMPSON  |  PHOTO BY DUSITI CUNNINGHAM A couple years ago I was approached to be on a car design reality tv competition called Motor City Masters. Having already penned…

The Power Of Hatred

Los Angeles LGBT Center responds to L.A. County’s hate crime report. BY ORLY LYONNE In response to the 2016 Hate Crime Report released by the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission, which documented more than 149 hate crimes against the LGBT community in Los Angeles County alone, Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Director of Policy and…

AIDS Under Trump

Nation’s HIV leaders raise  alarm over  lack of HIV, STD mention in “HHS Strategic Plan.” BY VICTOR MELAMED World AIDS Day takes place this month on December 1, and while advancements in eradicating the epidemic are promising—five of the nation’s leading organizations focused on ending the HIV and STD epidemics in the United States have expressed their grave…

Recovering From Sexual Violence

Shame too often grabs hold of us in the shadows but when we bring it to the light of day with trustworthy people, it dissipates. BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT In the past several weeks, multiple victims of sexual violence have highlighted the prevalence of their experiences in the entertainment industry as well as in politics.…

Body Shaming

DANIEL FRANZESE Daniel Franzese reveals constant homophobic harassment, ironically on the set of the movie “Bully.” Co-star Bijou Phillips apologizes. BY VICTOR MELAMED Motivated by Ellen Page’s recent account of homophobic abuse on the set of X-Men: The Last Stand by director Brett Ratner, actor and LGBT activist Daniel Franzese (Mean Girls) posted on his Facebook page last month a horrific account…

Being Of Service

Jax Kelly, (M) upon winning the Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2018 title, last month. Photo By Robert Green, Motorboot Photography. Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2018 Jax Kelly: “It takes a lot of confidence to represent the leather community. And I enjoy learning from fellow leathermen.” BY JAX KELLY I’m grateful to have been chosen as…

Address Unknown

  Outreach to LGBTQ homeless youth in LA. An interview with activist Rivianna Hyatt. BY ROXIE PERKINS Rivianna Hyatt is a queer homeless youth activist who works with the L.A. LGBTQ Center, the Youth Center on Highland, True Colors Foundation, and is an Executive Founding Member on the National Youth Forum on Homelessness. In an…

The Erection Expert

An interview with Joshua R Gonzalez, MD, an L.A. based urologic surgeon, on erectile dysfunction. BY VICTOR MELAMED Dr. Gonzales—let’s get right to it—what causes erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be caused be by a number of different issues. Erections are dependent on four factors working together: hormones, blood flow, nerves, and psychology. It…

Beating The Holiday 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. Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and…

The Art

Blake Armstrong Specializing in 2D mixed media. Originally from Texas, Blake Armstrong is a multi disciplined artist specializing in 2D mixed media as well as makeup and makeup fx. Armstrong currently resides in Los Angeles, translating his different disciplines in galleries and Editorial/TV/Film.” Link: Instagram.com/blkarmstron.

The Calendar

See Sunday, December 31. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3  TTF Brunch At Hamburger Mary’s  Hamburger Marys, 8288 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA, 11am–2pm. A delicious brunch menu, bottomless Mimosas, and a fabulous drag show! Celebrating The Life Of JD Disalvatore The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90038, 12pm–4pm. Remembering and celebrating…

The City

LOS ANGELES Efforts To Stop The Spread Of Hepatitis A  California health officials have stepped up their hepatitis A prevention efforts in recent days as new fronts emerge in the battle against the state’s massive outbreak, reports Los Angeles Times. L.A. County has seen 15 reported cases among those who are homeless or use recreational…

The Epidemic

Two-Drug Regimen The FDA approves Juluca, the first complete treatment regimen to treat those who are virologically suppressed. BY VICTOR MELAMED The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Juluca, the first complete treatment regimen containing only two drugs to treat certain adults with HIV instead of three or more drugs included in standard HIV…

The Final Fight

Kevin Spacey The Hollywood Closet  Excerpts from Michelangelo Signorile’s excellent Huffington Post op-ed on how the media’s “anti-outing” policies causes harm. BY MICHELANGELO SIGNORILE [Last month’s] death of 94-year-old Liz Smith, the queen of gossip columnists, brought some frank assessments of her complicated relationship with the closet, including in the New York Times, Vanity Fair and…

The Music

BLUE LIPS [Lady Wood Phase II] Tove Lo’s indulgent, hedonistic and idiosyncratic mix of sweet and tender yet explicit is always matter of fact, and never borders on patronizing. BY PAUL V. VITAGLIANO One look at the cover image for Tove Lo’s new album, and you get the idea this girl ain’t f#cking around! Or…