More Prides

In addition to DTLA Proud—Ventura County and Santa Barbara are also celebrating Pride this month. BY ORLY LYONNE Ventura County Pride Festival is a weekend-long event that celebrates the LGBTQ community, supporters, and allies in Ventura County. All proceeds raised go to sustain the Community Resource Center and Diversity Collective programs and services.  This year…

Meadowhawk Sanctuary

Queer-friendly Glamping in an idyllic protected wetland just outside of Seattle. BY BRENDEN SHUCART Fifteen miles as the crows flies from Seattle and across the Puget Sound travelers will find idyllic Meadowhawk Sanctuary, a nature and relaxation retreat nestled in protected seasonal wetlands. It’s the perfect getaway for Queers seeking to enjoy the beauty and…

The Rainbow Road

A social calendar for those seeking the country’s biggest and brightest queer events BY CAITLIN DONOHUE  |  PHOTOS BY LEO HERRERA There are a near infinite number of big-name queer outings around which to organize your year, but a few of them stick out as such perennial favorites that they’ve earned stations on the party circuit called…

Owning Yourself

“I knew that by putting shame on one part of my life, I was putting shame on others parts of me as well.” An interview with singer-songwriter Iman, appearing this month at DTLA Proud. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Iman Jordan, formerly known by his stage name Mateo, is a pop/R&B singer-songwriter…

Breaking Away From The Binary

How to talk about gender as a brown femme that’s frustrated by bigotry in every aspect of this society BY ANJELIKA ROSE I don’t know who I am before noon, but please don’t ask me ever. I can tell you what or whom I was born as, but before noon?  Imagine Cinderella, but as a brown…

Demon Semen

Pastor said he was sucking demons out of men he sexually assaulted, lawsuit claims. BY VICTOR MELAMED A Presbyterian minister in New Jersey is accused of sexually assaulting several parishioners under the guise of exorcising evil spirits reports Newsweek. Three men have come forward claiming Rev. Dr. William Weaver performed sex acts on them when they…

Hate Is Hate

California’s “Straight Pride” event, taking place this month, is a thinly veiled white supremacist rally. BY ORLY LYONNE A failed US Senate candidate who believes that the LGBTQ community is waging a “cultural attack” on society is planning a “straight pride” rally in Modesto this month to promote “whiteness” and “Western civilization,” and is asking members…

It Takes A Village

DTLA Proud—Downtown’s LGBTQ Pride Festival—takes place this month August 23-25 in Pershing Square. BY VICTOR MELAMED DTLA Proud, a non-profit organization founded by a grassroots group of local residents, business owners, community leaders and nightlife promoters, is focused on creating an all-inclusive community that represents the diverse LGBTQ+ population living, working and playing in the…

It’s A Mess

Cazwell and Miss Peppermint launch hilarious new podcast show. BY VICTOR MELAMED Out rapper Cazwell and drag superstar Miss Peppermint are announcing the launch of their exciting new podcast, “It’s a Mess.” Produced with ForeverDog Entertainment, the advice show covers everything from how to tell your coworker their breath smells like an old lobster roll to…

La Vida Justa

Ricky Martin posts victory speech after resignation of Puerto Rico’s homophobic governor. BY VICTOR MELAMD Out pop star Ricky Martin took to Instagram last month to celebrate the resignation of Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló, reports queerty.com. Rosselló’s resignation came after weeks of mass protests around Puerto Rico, in which a number of celebrities, including Martin,…

Pam Ann Returns

A brand-new show full of magical surprises and hysterical movie spoofs. One night only—Sept. 7, 2019 at The Montalbán Theatre. BY ORLY LYONNE Pam Ann is inviting everyone on a jolly fucking holiday in “Pam Ann Returns,” her brand-new show starring the perfectly-inappropriate-in-everyway air-hostess Pam Ann.  From feeding the birds in coach to flying kites…

SoCal CLUB

Health and wellness through community, education and empowerment. BY VICTOR MELAMED Located in South Los Angeles, SoCal Club is a safe space for young men, ages 12–29, focusing on health and wellness through community, education and empowerment. Here are some of the activities and events taking place at the SoCal Club: Fitness Activities Several times…

The City

LONG BEACH CITY NAMES NEW LIBRARY AFTER BILLY JEAN KING The City of Long Beach named its new main library after Long Beach native and tennis icon Billie Jean King. The new Billie Jean King Library is a 93,000 square foot building located downtown at the southwest corner of the intersection of Broadway and Pacific…

The Nation

HOUSE PASSES PRIDE ACT PROVIDING TAX REFUNDS TO GAY COUPLES The Pride Act, approved last month by the House, which will now head to the Senate, would amend the Internal Revenue Code to remove gender-specific references to marriage and allow couples to amend their filing status to married filing jointly for tax returns outside of…