The Art

On The Inside On the Inside is a group exhibition of LGBTQ+ artists who are currently incarcerated. The artworks are made from basic materials the prisoners have access to behind bars: mostly letter-sized paper, dull pencils, ballpoint pen ink tubes, and unlikely innovations such as an asthma inhaler filled with Kool-Aid to create an air…

The Calendar

 SUNDAY, JULY 7  BROWN & OUT FEST V—THE FINAL PERFORMANCE Casa 0101, 2102 Esat 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033. A collection of short plays celebrating the Latinx LGBTQ+ experience.” SUMMERTRAMP  410 Boyd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Summertramp: A magical Brigadoon of decadence and delight. Burning brightly from the sunny shores of DTLA.  FRIDAY, JULY 12 …

The City

Rhys Ernst, sitting L, and the cast of “Adam”  LOS ANGELES  OUTFEST: ELEVEN DAYS OF WORLD-CLASS LGBTQ FILMS The nation’s premiere LGBTQ festival, Outfest,  takes place this month at various venues throughout the city. The annual festival will open on the evening of Thursday, July 18th at the Orpheum Theater with Rachel Mason’s intimate and…

The Profile

Metropolitan Animal Special Hospital Gay veterinarian Dr. Adam Strom, DVM, MS, DACVS, on what it’s like to be a surgeon at a cutting-edge and specialized animal hospital. Metropolitan Animal Special Hospital (MASH), located on 6565 Santa Monica Blvd., in the heart of Hollywood, is a 24-hour specialty and emergency animal hospital that offers veterinary surgery,…

The Nation

Pulse Nightclub Designated A National Memorial  On the third anniversary of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida lawmakers have proposed plans to designate the nightclub a national memorial. U.S. Reps. Darren Soto and Stephanie Murphy, both from Central Florida, announced their plan to declare Pulse a federal landmark at a service in…

The Talk

RIGHT NOW “We do not talk enough about trans Americans, especially African-American trans Americans and the incredibly high rates of murder right now.” —Presidential candidate Cory Booker during the first televised Democratic presidential debate of the 2020 election cycle, last month. Not Going “I’m not going to the fucking White House.” —Professional soccer player, Olympic…

The Transaction

Blocking The BAN House votes to block funding for Trump’s trans military ban. BY VICTOR MELAMED The House voted last month to block the Pentagon’s new transgender troop policy, taking a swipe at President Donald Trump’s move to ban transgender service in the military, reports Politico. During debate on a $1 trillion spending package, lawmakers voted…

The Art

IAN O’PHELAN Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Ian O’Phelan graduated from the University of Cincinnati, where he pursued a Frankenstein curriculum of fine art and graphic design classes. O’Phelan currently lives and works in Los Angeles.  Contact info: www.anophelan.com, IG @ianophelan, https://society6.com/ianophelan

The City

ORANGE COUNTY “STAND UP STAND OUT” AT OC PRIDE OC Pride 2019 will be held on  Saturday, June 22, 2019 in Downtown Santa Ana with an expected attendance of over 25,000.  The theme this year is  “Stand Up Stand Out.”   Dance legend Kristine W, ranked #3  in Billboard’s “Top Dance Artists of the Decade,”…

The Event

BEARS In SPACE PHOTOS BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM The warm weather brought LA’s own Critter Control with their Bears in Space season opener lot party that took place at Akbar in Silverlake. MYSTIC BILL (Dark Entries, Miami) and JEFFREY SFIRE (Macho City, Detroit) provided the tunes along with residents Chris Bowen, Victor Rodriguez, Stacy Christine and…

The Music

WOKE In Dreamland A queer kid of color, Billy Winn, on the inspiration for Another Broken Heart. BY ORLY LYONNE Billy Winn’s Dreamland II picks up where Dreamland I left off. Thematically, at least. Sonically, its debut single, Another Broken Heart, released last month, turns up the drama with a heavy-octane dance number. “I love…

The Nation

SUPREME COURT REJECTS TRANS POLICY CHALLENGE The Supreme Court declined to hear a case last month challenging a Pennsylvania school district’s bathroom policy allowing transgender students to use bathrooms of their choice, reports Politico. The conservative Alliance Defending Freedom represented a group of students in the case, Doe v. Boyertown Area School District, alleging that…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

“Whatever you may think of our allies in the business world, they are picking up most of the $12 million in costs associated with the dozens of mainstream GLBT pride events scheduled for New York alone… Like them or not, American businesses are not the enemy.” FIFTY YEARS LATER… Is it really that time of…

The Talk

Can Be Soulless “People [in Hollywood] may not always be as genuine as they should be. I come from New Orleans. It’s a city based on realness. It’s just a feeling and people lack that somewhat in Hollywood. It can be soulless, you know?” —Star’s Amiyah Scott, one of the first openly trans actors to…