“Are You Allowed To Go Back To Chattanooga?”

Singer songwriter Brandon Stansell, next month’s Palm Springs Hot Rodeo headliner, on country music, coming out and the Golden Girls. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Los Angeles-based “California country” performer Brandon Stansell, designated last year as one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone magazine, puts…

Picture Perfect

Matt “Bearracuda” Consola and Christeene on promoters, dream tour bookings and what makes a “gay family.” BY PAUL V. VITAGLIANO  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Chances are, if you’ve been out clubbing over the last decade, you’ve stepped through the doors of a packed Bearracuda party. Created by club promoter Matt Consola in San Francisco…

A Healing Home

Pride Recovery’s Matthew Bianchi on structure, accountability and accepting, without reservation, who you truly are. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Matthew Bianchi, Admissions and Outreach Coordinator at Pride Recovery Los Angeles, an LGBTQ Intensive Outpatient facility, knows a thing or two about becoming clean and sober. “At the age of 25 I…

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…

Zero Shame

Iconique’s Leo Paparella on true expression, the current political climate and worshipping Debbie Harry. BY PAUL V. VITAGLIANO  |  PHOTO BY ALLYSON LAQUIAN For those of you headed to Palm Springs Pride this year, you are in for a real treat, served up live on stage by the up and coming LA electro-soul trio, Iconique.…

Yoga For Life [cover interview]

Thomas Harris on moments of clarity, windows of opportunity and how yoga became an integral part of his recovery. BY AUGUSTUS BRITTON  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Thomas Harris, a yoga teacher hailing from Laguna Beach, California. is a rare breed. A seeker. A man with an abundant curiosity. He traveled to the birthplace of yoga, in Rishikesh,…

The Makeup Man [cover feature]

  Makeup artist Anthony Gordon on creating things last minute, polyamorous relationships and heteronormative models. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Grandson of actor/stuntman Jack Gordon and son of Emmy winner Stan Gordon, makeup artist Anthony Gordon, 54, grew up on the movie lots of Hollywood. Gordon began his career in the Los Angeles…

The Femme Four

A gay street gang from Little Rock, Arkansas, “The House of Avalon” is redefining party life and fashion in L.A. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Performance artists, event planners and fashion queens “The House of Avalon” have taken Los Angeles by storm, throwing fabulous queer parties throughout the the city (the next…

A Win Win Situation [cover feature]

Iranian born Arad Winwin on Trump’s immigration policy, oppressed regimes, personal choice and life changing careers. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM An Iranian gay refugee, adult film actor, model and bodybuilder Arad Winwin, 27, believes in love. “Never lose hope, stay blessed and keep your heart clean,” he advises in an interview…

Community Service [cover feature]

Ms. LA Leather 2016, Goddess Moon, and Mr. LA Leather 2016, Jeffrey Erdman on their year as titleholders. BY VICTOR MELAMED  |  PHOTOS BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM How would you describe your past year as Mr / Miss LA Leather? Goddess Moon: It has been an overwhelming joy. I am humbly thankful for those who choose…

Muscle Car

Automotive designer Bryan Thompson on living your passion, mentoring young people and listening to the tiny voice inside. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM “Car design is just like bodybuilding,” states automotive designer Bryan Thompson. “I’m really into surface development.  Creating a beautiful surface on a car is just like doing it in…

Bearing UP

Tom Goss on intimacy, training to become a priest, and how his musical career became an “unstoppable snowball tumbling down a hill.”  BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM A self-taught musician and songwriter, Tom Goss has performed to tens of thousands in the United States and Europe, and has been heard on ABC, HBO and several…

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…

Guys And Dolls [cover feature]

Daniel Randell on falling in love with a creative partner and bringing fashion into the toy space. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Currently managing partner at AY Collection—a line of luxury fashion dolls by multi-media artist and designer Andrew Yang—Daniel Randell, 33,  has been immersed in various creative fields since childhood. “I…

Love Story

The musical duo Branden and James, appearing at Palm Springs Pride in November, on relationships, being marginalized and finding your truth.  BY MARK ARIEL | PHOTO BY JUSTIN E. BAKER, FUZZY IMAGE MEDIA Two artists meet on a dating app, fall madly in love, create a musical duo and travel the world spreading joy and…