The Talk

Saving Lives “To those who do come out and make that brave act, you’re saving lives… There are a lot more gay kids out there who love football and want to play football and could be stars in football, but they’re afraid.” —Screenwriter, director, film and television producer Dustin Lance Black urging closeted queer sports…

The Transaction

Gender Recognition California introduces bill to create non-binary gender marker. BY ORLY LYONNE A bill that would create a third, non-binary gender designation and simplify the process to change one’s gender marker was introduced by California lawmakers last month. Senators Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) said that the Gender Recognition…

The Calendar

The Mismatch Game Returns To The LGBT Center A new edition of Dennis Hensley’s The Mismatch Game returns to the LA LGBT Center for two nights on Friday, January 20 and Saturday, January 21 at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theater. The show is a parody of the popular 70’s show. Creator, producer, and host Dennis…

The City

Center Joins Call For Sanctuary Campuses Together with more than 120 community, education, health, faith, labor, student, and parent organizations in California, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has released an open letter calling on California’s educational leaders to address the growing fear around deportation and the troubling spike in hate crimes, incidents, and bullying in K-12 schools and…

The Desert

International Bear Convergence 2017 Bears are coming out of hibernation and are heading to the International Bear Convergence (IBC) ,the premier winter event for Bears & admirers in Palm Springs, that will take place on February 9-13, 2017. This desert oasis opens its arms and welcomes you back to the hip Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs…

The Epidemic

Pumping PrEP Coming soon: a tiny drug pump implanted underneath the skin to prevent HIV infections. BY VICTOR MELAMED As the world celebrates a brand new year and a bevy of medical breakthroughs in 2016, the international scientific community could be one step closer toward discovering a cure for HIV and AIDS—in part thanks to billionaire…

The Event

BestInGear Awards Payasos LA and Mr Regiment 2017 Marco Valadez presented the 2nd Nutcracker Best In Gear Awards last month at Eagle LA to honor the individuals who proudly represent and support our communities. Payasos L.A. is a brotherhood of gay/bi Latino men who are committed to supporting and enhancing the quality of life for our…

The Final Fight

I Want Your Sex Excerpts from The Huffington Post’s Noah Michelson’s excellent opinion piece: “George Michael Was A ‘Filthy’ Gay ‘F***er’ And We Should Honor Him For That.” After word spread that pop star George Michael died at the age of 53, I sent out several tweets honoring the man who meant a lot to me…

The History

Mattachine Society One of the earliest gay rights organizations in the United States, headquartered first in Los Angeles. BY ORLY LYONNE The Mattachine Society, founded in 1950, was one of the earliest gay rights organizations in the United States. Harry Hay and a group of Los Angeles male friends formed the group to protect and improve…

The Joystick

StandByMe Final Fantasy XV: When the night has come and the land is dark and the moon is the only light we’ll see.  BY JOSEPH ARELLANO When you play Final Fantasy XV there is no hand holding. There is no explanation of the relationships prior to the beginning of the game unless you watch Kingsglaive.…

The Share

KeepComingBack By Paulo Murillo Jacqueline Habhab on being newly sober again, life as a transgender woman and what’s it like coming out (twice) to a Muslim family from Des Moines, Iowa. FACING FACTS Coming back and getting sober again is overwhelming. I now identify as transgender. Coming from a family that’s Muslim in Des Moines, Iowa,…

The State

New CA Laws A summary of LGBT-supportive bills taking effect this month. BY ORLY LYONNE California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law several LGBT-supportive bills this fall that have taken effect in 2017, including a bill aimed to combat discrimination at universities and legislation designed to prevent youth suicides, reports The Bay Area Reporter. Senate Bill…

The Talk

Gay Sensibility “I think I have a gay sensibility and I feel like I’m gay, because I’ve always transcended gender.” —Best-selling author (Interview with the Vampire) Anne Rice to The Daily Beast last month. Her son, author Christopher Rice, is gay.   Words Can’t “Words can’t really describe what it means to me. All you really…

The Transaction

Transgender Empowerment Empowering transgender individuals to secure jobs and become financially stable. The Los Angeles LGBT Center, with support from Citi Community Development, has announced the expansion of its Transgender Economic Empowerment Project (TEEP), which empowers transgender individuals to secure jobs and become financially stable. With Citi’s support, the Los Angeles LGBT Center will provide approximately…

To Watch:

Send In The ZOMBIE-CLOWNS “Dragula, Search for the World’s First Supermonster”—the captivating new web series produced and hosted by the Boulet Brothers. BY PICKLE It seems appropriate, as we watch very real monsters pack their bags for a stay in the White House, that this month’s subject is a celebration of fear, gore and everything…

The City

“Voices Of Hope” In Beverly Hills On December 1, which World AIDS Day, The Advocate hosted a community event “Voices of Hope” at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, where three panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt were on display. Speakers included Olympic gold medalist and advocate Greg Louganis, Here Media CEO Paul Colichman, Beverly Hills…