The State

Glass Ceilings Equality California congratulates first LGBTQ and first female Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León announced last month that Senator Toni Atkins is the consensus pick of the Senate Democratic Caucus to succeed him as leader. The formal vote will be held early this month and the…

The Talk

Exceeding Any Dream “Still recovering from the most emotional beautiful day, exceeding any dream I ever had. To marry the man I love in front of all of my loved one’s was not something I grew up thinking would ever happen.” —Former Los Angeles Galaxy player Robbie Rogers on his marriage to producer Greg Berlanti,…

The Theater

The Gentlemen  A special one night only event at The Lyric Hyperion Theatre in Silverlake.  BY ORLY LYONNE An original comedic play—The Gentlemen explores the infidelity that occurs when a beautifully-handsome online “star” decides to break-up a seemingly perfect gay marriage. Hilarity ensues when the scandalous affair causes calamity amongst a close-knit community of friends. Meant…

The Art

Blake Armstrong Specializing in 2D mixed media. Originally from Texas, Blake Armstrong is a multi disciplined artist specializing in 2D mixed media as well as makeup and makeup fx. Armstrong currently resides in Los Angeles, translating his different disciplines in galleries and Editorial/TV/Film.” Link: Instagram.com/blkarmstron.

The City

LOS ANGELES Efforts To Stop The Spread Of Hepatitis A  California health officials have stepped up their hepatitis A prevention efforts in recent days as new fronts emerge in the battle against the state’s massive outbreak, reports Los Angeles Times. L.A. County has seen 15 reported cases among those who are homeless or use recreational…

The Epidemic

Two-Drug Regimen The FDA approves Juluca, the first complete treatment regimen to treat those who are virologically suppressed. BY VICTOR MELAMED The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Juluca, the first complete treatment regimen containing only two drugs to treat certain adults with HIV instead of three or more drugs included in standard HIV…

The Final Fight

Kevin Spacey The Hollywood Closet  Excerpts from Michelangelo Signorile’s excellent Huffington Post op-ed on how the media’s “anti-outing” policies causes harm. BY MICHELANGELO SIGNORILE [Last month’s] death of 94-year-old Liz Smith, the queen of gossip columnists, brought some frank assessments of her complicated relationship with the closet, including in the New York Times, Vanity Fair and…

The Music

BLUE LIPS [Lady Wood Phase II] Tove Lo’s indulgent, hedonistic and idiosyncratic mix of sweet and tender yet explicit is always matter of fact, and never borders on patronizing. BY PAUL V. VITAGLIANO One look at the cover image for Tove Lo’s new album, and you get the idea this girl ain’t f#cking around! Or…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

WES GOODMAN Ohio state representative Wes Goodman, a 33-year-old Family Values Come to Jesus type who worked for the Conservative Action Project was caught having gay sex in his office… He resigned. Great Victories At The Ballot Box I was watching Jeff Sessions testify before the House the other day, and I couldn’t help but…

The Share

Recreational Cannabis Local professionals in the recovering field on the legalization of recreational cannabis use in California, effective January 2018. IT’S HEALTHIER “I think legalizing it will eliminate some of the sneakiness. Anytime you can take away the sneakiness around drugs or alcohol use—drug use in this case—it’s better. When you take guilt and shame from…

The State

CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Trans Ban, Sex Sting, California Legislature, Porn Star Arrest CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra has joined Massachusetts and 14 other states in an amicus brief in the case Stockman v. Trump—a federal lawsuit challenging Trump’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the military. Five men in San Jose have filed a federal lawsuit…

The Talk

COMING FORWARD “I was emasculated, I was humiliated, and at that time, no one was coming forward…” —Sordid Lives actor Jason Dottley telling The Advocate last month that renowned TV and music manager Benny Medina attempted to rape him. Make Her Realize “He looked at a woman standing next to me… pointed to me and said:…

The Transaction

A Better Future Transgender Day of Remembrance in West Hollywood honors trans lives lost. TEXT & PHOTOS BY PAULO MURILLO The City of West Hollywood joined its Transgender Advisory Board to host the city’s annual Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20. The day serves to honor and memorialize people who have lost their lives…

The Art

Homo Riot Promoting strong positive gay and queer identities. The artist known as Homo Riot began a street art campaign in Los Angeles in 2008 after the passage of the anti-gay marriage Prop 8 in California. With art and imagery that promotes strong positive gay and queer identities, Homo Riot has been an active voice internationally…

The Calendar

See Thursday, November 30. PLATICA: WHO IS DOCUMENTING QUEER HISTORY IN L.A.? THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2  LESBIAN / QUEER NIGHT   Revolver Video Bar, 8851 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069. 8pm-2am. A new lesbian night every Thursday featuring DJs, Go-Go Dancers, Drink Specials, changing themes, and more. BIG FAT DICK   Fubar, 7994 Santa Monica Blvd,…

The Epidemic

Block&Lock Newly-developed HIV therapy stops the virus’s replication. BY VICTOR MELAMED Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in Florida announced last month that their new drug may reduce an infected person’s viral load so far that HIV can no longer spread to healthy cells when used in combination with the current recommended cocktail of antiretroviral…

The Final Fight

Photo by Zelimkhan Bakaev SILENCE = DEATH Russian pop star tortured, murdered: the latest victim of Chechnya’s anti-gay purge. BY VICTOR MELAMED Sources are reporting that Russian singer Zelimkhan Bakaev was arrested, tortured, and murdered by by Chechen authorities due to “suspicion of homosexuality,” reports Back2Stonewall.com. Bakaev was last seen on August 8 in Grozny,…