SOUL Sisters [cover feature]

Three best friends, Willam Belli, Marco Morante and Ashton Hirota, working side by side, on their “little queer block in the heart of Hollywood.” Family values BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Fashion designers Ashton Hirota (Ashton Michael), Marco Morante (Marco Marco) and drag queen and recording artist Willam Belli met over a decade…

God’s Love

A heartbreaking letter from a boy asking Santa if he supports the LGBT+ community has been drawing emotional responses online, reports Pink News. The United States Postal Service’ Operation Santa, which coordinates responses to letters addressed to Father Christmas, shared a heartbreaking message from a boy named Will. His letter reads: “Dear Santa, do you support…

Real Men, REAL Depression

Many men do not recognize, acknowledge, or seek help for their depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Successful treatments are available.  BY VICTOR MELAMED An estimated six million men in the United States have a depressive disorder-major depression, dysthymia (chronic, less severe depression), or bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness). Although these illnesses are…

The Envelope Please

John Waters’ top 11 films of 2020. Includes a courtroom drama, an allegory about red states and blue states and a horror film about a woman who eats marbles Every fall, the Baltimore-based writer and filmmaker John Waters reveals his list of the movies he considers the year’s best in Artforum magazine, reports LGBTQ Nation…

Where Will We Go When We Go Back?

I eagerly await the day we all can skip through the gates at The Abbey, make eyes with Lance Bass at Rocco’s, or catch a show at Precinct—but when, with who, and at what bar? BY ALEJANDRO CERVANTES If one more gay bar closes you’ll find me outside its front door, mourning with flowers and…

World AIDS Day

The international theme of this year’s #WorldAIDSDay is “Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility” BY ORLY LYONNE World AIDS Day originated at the 1988 United Nations World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programmes for AIDS Prevention and is held each year on December 1.  Every year, United Nations agencies, governments, nonprofit organizations, and civil society join…

The Calendar

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 TOM OF FINLAND ART & CULTURE FESTIVAL: PLUGGED IN www.tomoffinland.org. Tom’s Foundation is proud to present its 25th annual art fair #tofARTfair the second weekend in December, celebrating #TOMs100 as well as ToFF’s 36th anniversary. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13 TRANS TEA TIME 8PM Register at: tinyurl.com/AOonline2020 A monthly young adult sober-socializing space exclusively…

The City

SAN DIEGO TODD GLORIA BECOMES FIRST OPENLY GAY MAYOR OF COLOR Todd Gloria is now the first openly LGBTQ+ person and first person of color elected mayor of San Diego. The new mayor is Native American, Filipino, Puerto Rican and Dutch. He vows to create opportunity for people of color like himself when he takes…

The Final Fight

POLAND IS BURNING One of the most homophobic countries in Europe is in a tizzy over a documentary claiming their national icon had (gasp!) male lovers People in Poland—one of the most prominent anti-LGBT countries in Europe—are smarting after a Swiss documentary claimed that their national icon, the Polish composer Frédéric Chopin , had male…

The Music

ALL IS BRIGHT Justin Utley brings much-needed cheer to the year with his new holiday single Out Music Award winner Justin Utley is out this holiday with his first original seasonal single, “All is Bright.”  In it, Utley sings how even during these dark and tumultuous times, there’s still a silver lining. “The pandemic has…

The Share

STAYING SOBER We asked three individuals with different lengths of recovery time, how they stayed clean and sober throughout the year amid the insanity of the coronavirus pandemic, the lockdown and stress over the 2020 elections REINVENT MYSELF “I remained willing to have my sobriety be my number one priority. Being part of the No…

The Transaction

BACK TO SCHOOL Educator of the Year trans teacher Tray Robinson on his expectations for the coming administration Transgender San Jose, California high school teacher and GLSEN’s 2020 Educator of the Year Tray Robinson spoke to LGBTQ Nation last month about his expectations for the coming administration. “Besides taking away Betsy Devos and everything she’s…