Magick Man

Author Jason Louv on discovering your own unique reason for existing in the world and your reason for being born in this place and time. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DEVI BRULE Los Angeles based journalist, author and futurist Jason Louv teaches courses on magick and spirituality at magick.me.  As a journalist, he has…

Dancing With Britney

Alex Van Der Hoek on his musical journey, growing up in the South and how Britney Spears changed everything. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY MATT LYNN To be perfectly honest (if that’s even remotely possible), I must admit I had a few deeply shameful stereotypical misconceptions about writer, dancer, singer and actor Alex Van…

Double Digits

There will be at least ten LGBT members of Congress next year. BY VICTOR MELAMED After Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who is openly bisexual, was officially declared the next Democratic senator of Arizona last month, the amount of LGBT members of Congress next year will reach double digits, reported CBS News. The ten LGBT members are Democrats.…

Get Tested!

In Los Angeles County, an estimated 60,000 people are living with HIV, of which an estimated 1 in 7 people are unaware of their status. World AIDS Day is held on the 1st of December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV. “World AIDS Day is a…

Have You Lived Before?

  Carol Bowman, past life therapist: “Reincarnation is not an abstract religious concept or a philosophy. It’s a natural phenomenon.” BY VICTOR MELAMED The Orlando vigil for victims of the mass shooting at the gay club Pulse was attended by thousands of people. A bell tolled for each of the 49 victims killed when a…

Managing Holiday Stress

Focus on the fact that after we get through these potentially volatile exchanges with family, we get to return to our amazing queer lives.   BY BRENT HEINZE During the holiday season we often share time with people that we may not get to see frequently.   For some, this is our biological families with extended…

The Power Of Print

For marketers who are struggling to advertise their content online, it might be time to consider the new potential of an old medium—and that medium is print, reports Media Update. PRINT HAS STAYING POWER One of print’s major advantages over digital is its staying power. An ad printed in a magazine will stay alive for…

The Good Fight

Croce LGBTQ students fight for acceptance at Azusa Pacific University, after board reinstates its ban on same-sex relationships. BY MARK ARIEL An effort to accommodate LGBTQ students on the evangelical Christian Azusa Pacific University (APU) campus was derailed last October when its board reversed an administration decision to lift the ban on LGBTQ relationships, reported the…

The Art

Jack Foster GUN, the comic created by artist Jack Foster, follows Trevor Werner, the super villain known as Mr. Twist, as he makes his crooked way through the super criminal underworld. The comic is “hand painted, watercolor, very old school,” reveals Foster. “There aren’t a ton of artists working analog anymore in comics, but I think…

The Calendar

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 DIRTY LOOKS: HOLIDAY BAZAAR 8PM-12AM Faultline, 4216 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029. The annual festive gathering, a messy Holiday Bazaar to queer the necessary seasonal pull of late-stage capitalism. Ten vendors, a photo booth, the caroling shenanigans of Tammie Brown and Trap Girl will resound with joy throughout our ears and hearts. …

The City

LONG BEACH  Ricardo Lara Makes History California Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) made history last month—winning the race to become California’s next State Insurance Commissioner, making him the state’s first openly LGBTQ statewide elected official. “Ricardo has been a champion for California’s LGBTQ and immigrant communities throughout his career, working to tear down barriers, ensure…

The Event

APLA Health’s 23rd Annual TOY BOX Gift Party PHOTOS BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM The 23rd annual Toy Box Gift Party presented by APLA Health took place at West Hollywood’s Kimpton La Peer Hotel last month. This toy drive collects toys and gifts for Southern California families affected by HIV/AIDS. Toys will be distributed at APLA Health sites throughout…

The Nation

First Gay CA Democratic Party Leader Steps Down Eric Bauman, the leader of the California Democratic Party, the first gay person to lead the state’s party, has resigned following allegations of sexual misconduct—the latest politician forced to step down in the #MeToo era, reports Vox. Allegations that he had made sexually explicit comments and inappropriately…