A Healing Home

Pride Recovery’s Matthew Bianchi on structure, accountability and accepting, without reservation, who you truly are. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Matthew Bianchi, Admissions and Outreach Coordinator at Pride Recovery Los Angeles, an LGBTQ Intensive Outpatient facility, knows a thing or two about becoming clean and sober. “At the age of 25 I…

Be You

27% of Californian youth identify as gender non-conforming. BY VICTOR MELAMED According to a new study out of UCLA, more than a quarter of California adolescents feel comfortable enough to dismiss societal pressures to identify with one gender or another, reports Vice at broadly.vice.com, Researchers out of the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law and…

Being Alive

The go to place for mental health and more. BY STEVE GANZELL AND GARRY BOWIE My introduction to Being Alive happened in one phone call. I was sitting with a close friend who had just heard that he had tested positive. It was overwhelming. It always is. The agony of being asked, will I live…

One Last Look Back

Ann Rostow’s annual LGBTQ news quiz—summing up the past year. 2018 cannot help but be an improvement. BY ANN ROSTOW It’s that time again, dear readers. Quiz time! These quizzes are more labor intensive than they seem, and they oblige me to reread my last 26 columns. For the record, my most over-used word this…

Buckle Up

Amanda Lepore puts the pedal to the metal in sultry new single, “Buckle Up.” The first release from her upcoming LEPORE. ep. BY ORLY LYONNE Get ready, you’re in for a bumpy ride says Amanda Lepore in “Buckle Up,” the first single from her soon-to-be-released LEPORE. ep. The flirty and playful song, with its burlesque,…

Chain Male

TONY PARKER (L), WITH HUSBAND ROB Locally handcrafted custom jewelry and fetish items.  BY VICTOR MELAMED Palm Springs resident Tony Parker has created “Chain Male” (chain-male.com) a site that offers unique, one of a kind, handcrafted custom jewelry and fetish items. Parker, who has been working in the travel industry for the past twenty years,…

Good Hair

Madin Lopez Trims the Hair of One of Their Youth Clients. Madin Lopez, a genderqueer hair stylist, gives free haircuts to gender nonconforming youth in Los Angeles. BY LARRY BUHL On the day before Thanksgiving, as Madin Lopez (they/them/their) introduced me to several homeless LGBTQIA youth—they asked me, “Are you a good white?” I was…

We Are Family

Cain Andrade (L), Gina Bigham (R) The LA LGBT Center in Hollywood offers an abundance of support and social networking groups. BY ROXIE PERKINS Cain Andrade and Gina Bigham are facilitators of the LA LGBT Center’s weekly social networking groups, providing a space for queer people to find community and support. In an interview with THE…

What Makes A Man

Reality TV star Derek J’s new documentary “Gay Like Me” explores the lives of “masculine” gay black men. BY TIMOTHY RAY @FREEMAN.JASPER  |  DEREK J. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRAVO   Derek J is fierce, hunny. Not just because the award-winning celebrity hairstylist, television star and entrepreneur wears flashy, flamboyant styles with stilettos, or has a face…

The Art

Danyol Leon  Exploring intersectional identity and the inconsistencies in our social fabric. A San Francisco-based multidisciplinary Latinx artist Danyol Leon has been active in the Bay Area arts community for over 14 years. His saccharine, pop-influenced mixed media art utilizes bright colors and cartoon-like figures to explore intersectional identity and the inconsistencies in our social fabric. Leon has hosted over 30 solo exhibitions at venues…

The City

LOS ANGELES Death Penalty For Man Who Killed 8-Year Boy He Believed Was Gay A man in Los Angeles faces the death penalty after being convicted for killing an 8-year-old boy because he believed the boy was gay. A jury recommended the death penalty after deliberating for seven hours. Isauro Aguirre was found guilty of first…

The Event

Daddy Issues At The Lash Since Daddy Issues touched down in LA in June, the party has been giving you life every month downtown at The Lash. Last month, at “Daddy Issues Sausage Fest,” music from the awesome Chris Bowen and David Oh kept everyone dancing till closing time. Daddy Issues is back at The…

The Final Fight

In God’s Hands Masturbation will make you gay, according to leaked Mormon handbook. BY VICTOR MELAMED Masturbation should be strictly banned because it can turn young people into homosexuals and criminals, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes, according to a leaked guidebook issued to members, reports Newsweek at newsweek.com. The 1981 guidebook,…

The Home

Winter Home Tips As winter approaches, now is the best time to make sure your home is well protected, especially due to the extreme climate elements we are experiencing. Here are a few home safety tips. 1. The most important part of life is to have a roof over your head, so the first tip is…

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…