The Art

DAKOTA NOOT A Los Angeles-based artist and curator, Dakota Noot uses drawings, paintings, and installations to create animal-human hybrids that explore rural yet fantastical, queer identities. Originally from Bismarck, North Dakota, he continues to show in both North Dakota and Los Angeles, including solo and two-person shows at Highways Performance Space, MuzeuMM, and PØST. Noot has…

The Calendar

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6 PALM SPRINGS PRIDE WEEK Various locations. Info: visit www.pspride.org Pride Week is November 6-8 in Palm Springs and the Palm Springs Pride organization is encouraging the community to come together in solidarity, in the spirit of activism, and to demonstrate resilience under the theme Exist. Resist. Persist. A combination of social distance,…

The City

WEST HOLLYWOOD TRANSGENDER AWARENESS MONTH TO BE COMMEMORATED WITH ONLINE EVENTS The City of West Hollywood and its Transgender Advisory Board recognize November as Transgender Awareness Month. Kicking-off events this year, the City presented the Transgender Awareness Month Awards via Zoom. This year’s honorees included Nick Adams, GLAAD’s Director of Transgender Media & Representation. Awards…

The Final Fight

ENTRY DENIED Horrific Anti-LGBT Persecution in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras. United States blocks path to asylum The governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras have failed to effectively address violence and entrenched discrimination LGBT people, leading many to seek asylum in the United States, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Yet policies by…

The Share

FRESH OUT OF REHAB We asked these clean and sober individuals in early recovery what it’s like—after completing a rehabilitation program at the Van Ness Recovery House—moving into a sober living space.  Life With Tools “Getting out of rehab is fabulous. I now have a life with tools. Being in the house was very uncomfortable…

The Transaction

TRANS ELECTION VICTORIES Sarah McBride has become the highest ranking trans legislator in the country Trans candidate Taylor Small of Vermont, has made history as the new representative-to-be for two districts in the state legislator, reports LGBTQ Nation.  In the Midwest, Stephanie Byers becomes the first transgender person of color in a state legislature by…

The Art

CALEB BOYLES Cutedirtydog, also known as Caleb Boyles, is a queer illustrator based out of Los Angeles. As a full-time freelance artist he spends his days working out of his apartment alongside his boyfriend and their bichon poodle named Milk. His work embodies his own personal experiences of queerness and the emotions that come with…

The Calendar

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11 OUT UNDER THE STARS DRIVE—IN: BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER 5PM-8PM Parking Garage @1400 Ivar Ave. Behind The Cinerama Dome. The Los Angeles LGBT Center and Lionsgate host the ultimate socially distanced outdoor movie night benefitting the Center’s vital programs and services provided during the COVID-19 pandemic. TUESDAY, OCTOBER  13 TRANSLOUNGE: REDEFINING MASCULINITIES—EXPLORINGMASCULINITY…

The City

WEST HOLLYWOOD GOLD COAST BAR CLOSES AFTER 39 YEARS One of the oldest gay bars in West Hollywood, The Gold Coast bar, located on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and North La Jolla Avenue, on 8246 Santa Monica Blvd., becomes the fourth gay bar to close on Santa Monica Boulevard. After much speculation and…

The Profile

Brian Atchley Being Matter by Brian Atchley is currently on view at Matter Studio Gallery in Los Angeles PHOTOS BY GIL CORTES Artist Brian Atchley fell into painting when he discovered an abandoned canvas in a Chicago dumpster. He is an autodidact by choice, because he loves the process of learning through doing, rather than…

The Share

Sobriety Checkpoint We asked a few folks with various lengths of recovery time how they are handling not being to attend in-person meetings as COVID restrictions continue BY PAULO MURILLO More Present “There is not a better time for me to get sober than now during COVID. I’m taking advantage of the situation to focus…

The Transaction

Protecting Trans Inmates California to house transgender inmates by gender identity Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law on last month requiring California to house transgender inmates in prisons based on their gender identity—but only if the state does not have “management or security concerns,” reports NBC News. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation houses…

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…