Follow Your Dreams

An interview with Father Trey Saint Laurent: Community Leader. Activist. Chef. Muse. Icon. BY KOLBY KEENE  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM At the close of this past decade I had the pleasure of interviewing Father Trey Saint Laurent. He’s a hot Black chef who has cooked up quite an abundance of positive revelations, meaningful relationships…

Living Positively

Merce, the HIV-positive musical comedy web series, returns for second season BY VICTOR MELAMED The award-winning HIV-positive musical comedy web series, Merce—beloved for its MGM classic film ethos mixed with potty mouth flair—returns this month for its second season.      Produced by Skipping Boyz Productions and made possible via a crowdfunding campaign on Fractured…

Strike A Pose

Slay Model Management announces first worldwide transgender model search  BY ORLY LYONNE  |  PHOTO BY ALEXIS HUNLEY Slay Model Management, the world’s first Transgender exclusive model agency, has announced it will host its first ever Model Search on February 15, 2020 at One Culver in Los Angeles.  “We are looking for star quality,” says Cecilio…

True Colors

Growing up in a culture that co-signs racial inequality doesn’t mean we must inherit its sickness. BY SEAN GALUSZKA Writing about racial inequality as a White American male is like attempting to jazz scat in Korean. Everyone assumes you’ve no idea what you’re saying, but they’re dying to hear what comes out of your mouth.  Simple life…

Who Are You?

Dwyane Wade on parenting his gay son: “You can learn something from your kids” Matt Barnes asked Dwyane Wade what it’s like raising a gay son coming from a hyper-masculine NBA background—and what Wade says is powerful stuff, reported TMZ last month. Dwyane and his wife, Gabrielle Union, have been publicly supportive of 12-year-old Zion…

The Art

MANUEL PAUL Santee Alley Trade, created by Los Angeles based artist, Manuel Paul (M.P.), is a digital art Instagram account, named after a swap meet located in an actual alley in Downtown Los Angeles. Paul uses this center to localize the subject of his artwork that celebrates the classic Chicano male form and down-low, lifestyle.…

The City

LOS ANGELES BIG ASS GAY KISS BILLBOARD FOR “SCHITT’S CREEK” FINAL SEASON A billboard with a giant gay kiss was put up in Los Angeles to advertise the show Schitt’s Creek. The billboard shows gay actor Dan Levy, who plays David Rose, kissing Noah Reid, who plays David’s fiance Patrick Brewer. “F*ck yes we did.…

The State

LGBTQ SENIORS FACE CHALLENGES ACCESSING AGING SERVICES A groundbreaking new report by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) on the area’s growing LGBTQ senior population found that that one in five don’t use aging services because they feel unsafe or unwelcome. “These findings validate the need for us to listen to LGBTQ seniors as…

The Talk

THE MOMENT “What women wear. What men wear. For me it’s not a question of that. If I see a nice shirt and get told, ‘But it’s for ladies.’ I think: ‘Okaaaay? Doesn’t make me want to wear it less though.’ I think the moment you feel more comfortable with yourself, it all becomes a…

CHOSEN FAMILIES

Like birds of a feather—where everyone can shine and be their authentic selves. BY VICTOR MELAMED  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Four best friends, all working in the visual arts field, have proven that sometimes choosing your own family provides a unique support network—a place where everyone can shine and be their authentic selves. RAY…

EXPLORING QUEER KINSHIP

Photographs by disabled, queer artist and activist Robert Andy Coombs at the Palm Springs Museum of Art The “Touching History: Stonewall 50” exhibition at the Palm Springs Museum of Art—running through March 19, 2020—features, among others, photographs by disabled, queer artist and activist Robert Andy Coombs. Bringing together an intergenerational group of contemporary artists working…

HOLiDAYS SURVIVAL GUIDE. WATCH!

Coping with prejudice, discrimination and end-of-year stressors BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT Holiday experiences are so wide and varied that they can conjure up a diverse array of thoughts, feelings and memories. For some, they’re the best time of the year and for others it’s a continual reminder of what’s missing. As LGBTQ people, we face…

NOT JUST A PHASE

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Faze on his debut EP Eclipse BY VICTOR MELAMED Queer artist Faze released his debut EP Eclipse last month,  which includes the singles Right Here and Magic. The EP is available now through all digital retailers.  Produced by Dan and Tom Glashausser (aka Glashaus, a duo known for their work with artists…