The Art

BRANDAN RAY LEATHEAD A Mexican-American visual artist based in Los Angeles, Brandan Ray Leathead’s work reimagines the aesthetics/themes of Americana andnostalgia through the lens of Queer Futurism/Fantasy. He uses spaceas a foggy home for memory and reality. Contact info: https://brandanray.com, https://www.instagram.com/brandamsel

The Calendar

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10 (VIRTUAL) FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER WORKSHOP PT.1: BUDGETING, SAVING, CREDIT, & DEBT 5PM-8PM Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-time-homebuyer-workshop-pt1-budgeting-saving-credit-debt-tickets-133356221047 In this virtual SF LGBT Community Center workshop, you will learn to use goals, budgets and technology to gain more control over spending habits, discover specific ways to save and utilize tools to help you manage your money. FRIDAY,…

The City

LOS ANGELES  FAULTLINE BAR CLOSES AT ITS FOUNDING LOCATION, SEEKS NEW HOME The Fautline Bar has closed at its founding location at 4216 Melrose Avenue. In an interview with Qvoice News, the bar’s co-owner Ruby De Fresno confirmed the bar has moved out of its home on Melrose Ave after 26 years. De Fresno says…

The Final Fight

THE KILLING FIELDS Puerto Rico declares a state of emergency over murders of multiple transgender people. Puerto Rican Gov. Pedro R. Pierluisi has declared a state of emergency as transgender people continue to be murdered on the island, reports LGBTQ Nation. Can you imagine going to jail for who you are or who you love? …

The Art

GLEN HANSON Whatever the medium, Glen Hanson brings his unique talent, passion  and enthusiasm to everything he creates… writing comics and TV shows, conceptualizing visual merchandise and campaigns for entertainment or corporate clients, or just capturing the likenesses of the famous and the fabulous with his signature style. www.glenhanson.com, IG @instaglenhanson

The Calendar

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10 TOM OF FINLAND FOUNDATION DRAWING SESSION ONLINE, 10AM www.tomoffinland.org/events-2/ With models: Eric @cometevans and Don @donhfit. Link to Zoom meeting will be sent ahead of time. TUESDAY, JANUARY 12 IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES www.filmmaudit.org Curated by Dakota Noon and Christopher Velasco, a virtual exhibition that’s part of the multitude of…

The City

WEST HOLLYWOOD SEPI SHYNE FIRST LGBTQ IRANIAN WOMAN ELECTED TO OFFICE Sepi Shyne and John M. Erickson were sworn in to the city council of West Hollywood during a teleconference council meeting last month, in adherence to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. Councilmember Sepi Shyne made history when she was elected to the West Hollywood…

The Final Fight

Rainbow Railroad Support LGBTQI individuals living in fear and isolation due to government and police supported persecution and violence. Can you imagine living in fear of persecution, torture or murder?  Can you imagine going to jail for who you are or who you love?  That is a reality for so many LGBTQI individuals around the…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

A staunch family values Hungarian member of the European Parliament was caught “fleeing along the gutter” to escape Brussels police during the raid of a gay orgy [which violated Belgium’s strict lockdown rules]. RAYS OF HOPE FROM SCOTUS? Last month, I spared you the recap of a lawsuit that pitted Indiana against two married women…

The Share

STAYING GRATEFUL We asked these clean and sober individuals with various lengths of recovery time how they stayed thankful through a year that gave us a pandemic, a quarantine, high unemployment rate and a nail-biting election MY FAMILY “I’m grateful I kept my sanity and peace of mind during the pandemic. I have to say…

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…

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…