The City

LOS ANGELES MOURNING THE LOSS OF LGBT ACTIVIST DON NORMAN The recovery community is mourning the loss of LGBT activist Don Norman, known as a pillar in the sober rooms with over 40 years of sobriety. He touched everyone he encountered with his inspirational speaking and LGBT activism. According to his eulogy by his grand…

The Final Fight

#RELEASE MARGOT Poland Punishes LGBT Rights Activist with Pretrial Detention Warsaw police have arrested a nonbinary activist, Margot Szutowicz, who has been placed in pretrial detention, in the latest example of Polish authorities’ anti-LGBT actions, reports The Human Rights Watch (www.hrw.org). Forty-eight other people, from a crowd of LGBT rights supporters protesting Szutowicz’s imminent arrest last…

The Profile

DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Los Angeles based photographer Dusti Cunningham grew up in a very clean single-wide trailer home in rural Kansas. His family didn’t own television so they watched tornadoes. None of his dogs were named Toto. Dolly Parton and his mother were his heroes, both wore wigs. His inspirations are gypsies, pirates, circuses, ‘70s porn,…

The Rostow Report

“Kansas is an example of a state that is taking proactive steps to  enforce [the] Bostock [ruling], announcing that gay and trans citizens  will be covered by all state non-discrimination laws that ban sex  discrimination.” ENFORCING OUR RIGHTS Last June, as you recall, the High Court handed our community an extraordinary 6-3 victory, ruling that…

The Share

STAYING GRATEFUL We asked these clean and sober individuals with various lengths of recovery time how they remain grateful during the COVID-19 pandemic. BY PAULO MURILLO A STEP BACK “Although being grateful can be difficult during these times, I am grateful for a lot of things. I was diagnosed with HIV back in 2018 as…

The City

WEST HOLLYWOOD LA PRIDE IS LEAVING WEST HOLLYWOOD Christopher Street West (CSW) the non-profit organization that produces and organizes the LA Pride parade and festival in the City of West Hollywood sent a letter of intent to move the LA Pride events out of the City of West Hollywood. The CSW Board of Directors cites…

The Final Fight

THE COST OF BEING QUEER AND ARAB Remembering Sarah Hegazi Sarah Hegazi raised a rainbow flag at a concert in Egypt. The Egyptian government imprisoned and tortured Ms. Hegazi for her perceived sexual orientation. Last month, two years after seeking asylum in Canada, Ms. Hegazi took her own life—leaving behind this note: “To my siblings:…

The Share

Sober No Matter What We checked in with these three clean and sober individuals with different lengths of recovery time to see how they continue to maintain their sobriety as the pandemic continues to shut down in-person recovery meetings and fellowship. BY PAULO MURILLO A MIRACLE Some people might think that it’s made things more…

The Tipping Point

THE POWER OF OTHERING We are all truly at the tipping point of losing our fundamental constitutional freedoms. BY SULLIVAN LEWIS Let’s get straight to the (tipping) point.  Black Americans are disproportionately targeted by our justice system, stripping us of our constitutional rights. People of color are negatively affected by socioeconomic factors resulting in fewer…

The City

WEST HOLLYWOOD COMMUNITY MOURNS DEATH OF ENTERTAINER AND HIV ADVOCATE IRENE SODERBERG The West Hollywood community is mourning the loss of entertainer, HIV Advocate, Fairy Godmother of Fundraising, and WeHo resident, Irene Soderberg, who passed away last month. Soderberg has been entertaining for over 30 years. Wherever there was a piano in West Hollywood, she…

The Final Fight

More Naturally “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”  —Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013.…

The Share

THE NEW NORMAL  We asked these clean and sober individuals with various lengths of sobriety time, what their new normal is like in recovery during the coronavirus pandemic. Stay Connected “I’ve been trying to get sober for 15 years. I recently got one year. It’s the longest I’ve been sober. When the pandemic hit, I…

The City

NORTH HOLLYWOOD GAY LATINO BAR CLUB COBRA WILL NOT REOPEN Club Cobra—the North Hollywood gay Latino bar—will not reopen after COVID-19, reports Phillip Zonkel at qvoicenews.com. The property owner is selling the building, according to a post on Club Cobra’s Instagram last month. Julio Licon, who owns Club Cobra with his business partner Marty Sokol,…

The Music

THE HAM AND CHEESE LA-based queer, hip hop artist Big Dipper releases video for “Like This” single, and spankin’ new “The Ham and Cheese EP” In his first release of the new decade Big Dipper follows his 2018 album release LATE BLOOMER with an ep project: THE HAM AND CHEESE EP. The five unique tracks…

The City

LOS ANGELES GARRY BOWIE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF BEING ALIVE, DIES OF COVID-19 COMPLICATIONS. RIP We are very saddened to report that Garry Bowie, the executive director of Being Alive Los Angeles, died last month due to lung complications after testing positive for COVID-19. Being Alive is a nonprofit organization that focuses on the mental health…