Love, Simon

Next March, a new teen romantic dramedy is coming out with two guys as the romantic leads. This is a pretty big deal considering it’s being marketed and released as a mainstream comedy reports http://www.refinery29.com. Based on the YA novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Love, Simon tells the story of a teen,…

City of West Hollywood will Crown Jake DuPree as “Queen of Halloween” at the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval 2017

(Photo: Jake DuPree. By Ruben Chamorro/Cosmopolitan.com) The City of West Hollywood will crown Jake DuPree, also known as Glitter Fantasy, as the Queen of the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval. DuPree is a shimmering web sensation as Cosmopolitan.com’s first-ever Unicorn Correspondent. The coronation will take place during the City’s annual Halloween Carnaval, which will take place…

Zero Shame

Iconique’s Leo Paparella on true expression, the current political climate and worshipping Debbie Harry. BY PAUL V. VITAGLIANO  |  PHOTO BY ALLYSON LAQUIAN For those of you headed to Palm Springs Pride this year, you are in for a real treat, served up live on stage by the up and coming LA electro-soul trio, Iconique.…

Rising Star

Producer, writer Ben Cory Jones (HBO’s Insecure) on being black and gay in Hollywood, the Harvey Weinstein scandal and finding your passion. BY TIMOTHY RAY | PHOTO BY LUKE AUSTIN Ben Cory Jones is hot. Don’t take my word for it. Check out his Instagram (@Benthewriter) and search his exclusive hashtag #writersaresexytoo. With smoldering good looks…

Bond With Baby

Working with families in the LGBTQ community to ensure that both mothers in a relationship can choose to breastfeed their baby, regardless of how their family was created. BY DR. RONAYE CALVERT “I am a business-owner, artist, wife, daughter, lover, survivor, and activist. I feel empowered and even limitless, at times, but I can’t breastfeed my own…

Call Me By Your Name

A beautifully romantic gay coming-of-age drama.  BY ORLY LYONNE Critics are raving about the new film “Call Me By Your Name,” a sensual and transcendent tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman, directed by Luca Guadagnino. It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothée…

Creating Change

Iraqi war veteran and author Rob Smith on coming out in the military, the renewed battle for rights and rallying around the threat from a common enemy. BY MARK ARIEL In the relaunch of his memoir Confessions of a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Soldier: How a Black, Gay Man Survived the Infantry, Coming Out, and…

Cuties Coffee

An LGBTQ-owned & operated espresso bar in Los Angeles, with community events. BY ROXIE PERKINS “Cuties Coffee Bar,” a queer cafe in Los Angeles founded by Iris Bainum-Houle and Virginia Bauman aims to provide queer people a safe space to socialize and engage. The cafe grew out of “Cuties Weekly Brief,” a weekly newsletter produced…

Reversing Gender Roles

Campaign showing clothed women and nude men—a statement about how women are often presented as disembodied sex objects in clothing ads. Women’s clothing brand Suistudio USA has a series of ads that reverse common gender roles, reports LGBTQ Nation at lgbtqnation.com. The “Not Dressing Men” campaign shows women clothed and looking at the camera, while…

Hankey’s Toys

“Helping people spice up their sex lives for years to cum…” An interview with the one and only Mr. Hankey.  BY ORLY LYONNE When was Hankey’s Toys established? Hankey’s Toys was established in October, 2015. We began when we realized that there were other silicone toy makers but there seemed to be a gap. You…

Heartthrobs & Hounds

Celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz’s 2018 calendar benefits pet rescue groups. What happens when you pair the cutest pups on earth—who just happen to be in need of forever homes—with beautiful, hunky men? The year’s most buzzed-about calendar, that’s what! Mike Ruiz’s 2018 calendar, “HeartThrobs and Hounds,” is thirteen months of perfection (1 bonus month in…

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 Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

North Carolina Democratic Governor Roy Cooper has signed an Executive Order ending LGBT discrimination throughout state government.  IT’S NOW OR NEVER I know I tend to fixate on Supreme Court news, but you know what? It’s exciting, it’s complicated and it can be scary…an irresistible combination (kind of like Scandinavian noir on Netflix). Our big…

The Share

Grief And Recovery Three clean and sober men who recently lost friends from their sober circles on how their loss effects them. CURVE BALL The recent death of my friend Eric Danko hit me hard and it shifted my program. I realize that I need to be spiritually fit. I’m now doing 30 meetings in 30 days.…

The State

LGBT History In Schools, New HIV Exposure Law, Gender Recognition Act Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 179, or the Gender Recognition Act, last month. The bill adds non-binary as a gender option on all state-issued IDs. California isn’t the first state to offer a third gender option, but it is the broadest and most…

The Talk

Free And Equal “When my kids are born, I want them to live in a free and equal world, no matter how beautifully different they turn out to be.” —Olympic diving medalist Tom Daley, while hosting the Virgin Holiday’s Attitude Awards in London, on his desire to start a family with husband Dustin Lance Black.…

Angels Of Bread

Showcasing the gay latino political and sexual experience through provocative imagery, Leo Herrera helps fuel the resistance against racism and homophobia. BY VICTOR MELAMED Imagine the “Angels of Bread” is a visual exploration, by artist and activist Leo Herrera, of the experiences of gay Latino men. The exhibit is comprised of eight pieces that explore…