The City

Solidarity March, Rally For Gay Chechens In an urgent effort to help stop the atrocities happening against LGBT people in the Russian republic of Chechnya—in which hundreds of gay men are reportedly being kidnapped and tortured in concentration camp-like facilities to “purge” the country of homosexuality—a solidarity march and rally—“Eyes On Chechnya”—was held downtown last…

The Epidemic

Eradicating HIV New treatment method might lead to the end of AIDS. BY VICTOR MELAMED Researchers believe they have found a new method to execute the “shock and kill” strategy aiming to eliminate HIV hiding in viral reservoirs inside our own T cells, reports David Artavia at hivplusmag.com. Even though an HIV-positive person on antiretroviral therapy…

The History

Back To The Future The first CSW Pride parade in L.A. was considered a protest march, as well as a celebration. Christopher Street West (CSW) is named after New York City’s famed Christopher Street, the June 1969 site of the Stonewall Rebellion. The CSW parade was started in June 1970 the year following the Stonewall Riot,…

The Music

Fake Sugar Beth Ditto succeeds in spades by serving up sweet but urgent songs with shades of funk, disco, indie rock, and country flourishes. BY PAUL V. VITAGLIANO As the founder and lead singer of queer indie stalwarts Gossip, Beth Ditto seemingly came out of nowhere with a voice that was able to blow the roof…

The Review

PUMP Restaurant A hidden oasis just a few feet away from the West Hollywood strip—that feels like a million miles away from the world. BY ROXIE PERKINS The lights. The music. The crowd. These things all could describe any great party yet they are also the predominant impression one gleans from an evening spent at…

The Share

Galvanizing The Community Robert Gamboa, one of the producers of the sober #SIZZLE at the LA Pride Festival, on staying on track, the #ResistMarch and “Take a Sober Stand.” The way I stay sober during Pride season is I am of service. I get to be of service at a multitude of capacities. Being of service…

The Spread

Cody Evan Silver      PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM AGE: 25 HOMETOWN: Orange SELF IDENTIFY AS: A gay dude. CURRENT AND PAST OCCUPATIONS: Currently working at Precinct in DTLA and doing freelance illustration, previously worked in tech. CHILDHOOD CRUSH: Trunks from Dragon Ball Z. RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Excruciatingly single. PET PEEVE: People who ask “what are…

The Talk

Holy Hell “I don’t think about it. It’s not a thing. I go to work. I manage a lot of people. I cover the news. I deal with holy hell around me. I go home to the man I’m in love with.” —Fox News anchor Shepard Smith speaking at the University of Mississippi’s Meek School…

The Transaction

Trans Pride L.A. June 16-17 at The Village. With special guest trans activist and fitness model Aydian Dowling. BY ORLY LYONNE The 19th annual Trans Pride L.A. festival, one of the oldest and largest trans celebrations in the country, take places on Friday and Saturday, June 16-17, at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza in…

The Calendar

WEDNESDAY MAY 3 OUTFEST—90 MILES West Hollywood Library, 625 N San Vicente Blvd. 7:30pm. Juan Carlos Zaldivar’s 90 Miles (2001) tells the personal tale of the filmmaker’s journey at age 13 from a small town in Cuba to Miami. Zaldivar will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A. GIRL POWER! A DRAGALICIOUS SPICE GIRLS TRIBUTE Redline…

The City

POLICE SEEK LEADS TO MISSING GAY MAN IN SAN DIEGO The search continues for missing gay man David Issac Bernal-Medina who was last heard from on March 21. San Diego police found Medina’s vehicle, a 2016 GMC Terrain SUV, on  I-8 near I-805. According to reports, the car appears to have been involved in an…

The Epidemic

TSRI Senior Staff Scientist Jia Xie.  Resistant Cells A new generation of cells is able to block HIV.  BY VICTOR MELAMED Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found a way to stick HIV-fighting antibodies to immune cells, which may foster a cell population resistant to the virus. The experiments under lab conditions show resistant…

The Event

Off Sunset Festival 2017 The official wrap up of LA Leather Pride Week last month—the Off Sunset Street Party brought all the boys to the yard—in all their beautiful, kinky, fetishy glory! The event featured live music, gourmet food trucks and dozens of hand-picked merchandise, art and novelty vendors. PHOTOS BY ROBERT GREEN, MOTORBOOT PHOTOGRAPHY

The Final Fight

The Fathers Project  Imagine a world where AIDS never happened and our heroes lived. Who would they be? Who would we be? BY BRENDEN SHUCART AIDS has been the defining feature of gay culture and politics for more than 30 years. It decimated us, changed the course of our history, and robbed us of almost an entire generation…

The History

Ellen Degeneres  Twenty years ago last month Ellen Degeneres came out of the closet on the April 14, 1997 cover of TIME magazine—and the uproar it caused would seem almost inconceivable today. BY BRENDEN SHUCART It’s hard to remember a time before Ellen was the reigning queen of daytime talk shows, a time before she…