Mess Your Hair Up

Stewart Taylor releases new single and music video. BY VICTOR MELAMED In Mess Your Hair Up, singer/songwriter Stewart Taylor encourages fans to be playful and adventurous with their significant others. Produced by David Pramick and John Silos, the R&B funk track is reminiscent of Off the Wall-era Michael Jackson and was inspired by Taylor’s own…

Never Give Up

Civil rights attorney Peter Perkowski on committing to the fight for equality and justice for the long haul. BY VIC GERAMI If being white, male, cisgender, and of the professional class are temptations for people like civil rights attorney Peter Perkowski to luxuriate in the comforts of acceptance and privilege in 21st century America, count…

Stand By Me

Straight, Muslim female comedian produces queer comedy show in West Hollywood. BY ORLY LYONNE Mona Shaikh, a straight, Muslim female comedian, produces a comedy show showcasing LGBTQIA comedians in Boystown called Minority Reportz Presents Gay AF comedy show at Rage in West Hollywood. “I come from a conservative Pakistani, Muslim background where being a woman…

Trans Lives Matter

A rally in support of trans women forcibly removed from a DTLA bar after a straight couple attacked them. BY VICTOR MELAMED Several transgender women were aggressively and forcibly removed from a downtown Los Angeles bar-restaurant last month during DTLA Proud weekend—after they were attacked by a straight couple. The transgender group, along with several…

The Art

JEFFREY BERTOLINI A Los Angeles based multidisciplinary artist Jeffrey Bertollini focuses on painting, drawing, sculpture and commercial installation. Currently working on a solo show, his personal body of work is a reflection of “self.” His, self.  Your, self.  Their, self.  Our, self. It’s meant to start a conversation with the inner turmoil of depression, anxiety…

The Calendar

THROUGH OCTOBER 20 LIBERATE THE BAR!—QUEER NIGHTLIFE ACTIVISM, AND SPACEMAKING, 11AM–6PM ONE Archives Gallery & Museum, 626 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, 90069. A multimedia exhibition that sheds light on the intricate relationship between nightlife, activism, and creative expression across space and time.  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 DIRTY LOOKS: PRESENTS: FERTILE LA TOYAH JACKSON THE VIDEO…

The City

WEST HOLLYWOOD PROTEST AT EQUINOX DUE TO TRUMP FUNDRAISER West Hollywood activists brought an anti-Trump demonstration to the front doors of Equinox and Soul Cycle in West Hollywood last month. The protest was in response to Equinox and Soul Cycle owner Stephen Ross hosting a top dollar fundraiser to benefit the re-election of Donald Trump.…

The Event

DTLA PROUD FESTIVAL Last month’s DTLA Proud Festival in Pershing Square was one of the largest LGBTQ gatherings in downtown history. With over 13,000 attendees, including over 100 queer-identified performers, artists, merchants and advocates, DTLA Proud Festival served up unity within the community. DTLA Proud Festival will return in 2020.

The Nation

TRUMP ADMIN ASKS COURT TO LEGALIZE FIRING LGBTQ WORKERS  Federal lawyers are asking the Supreme Court, for the first time, to explicitly limit the Civil Right Act’s protections to exclude LGBTQ people. The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court last month to declare that federal law allows private companies to fire workers based only on…

The Profile

Mosaic Wellness “I have not taken an OTC or prescription drug for inflammation, pain, arthritis, lack of sleep or anxiety since discovering all the benefits of the different CBD products.” Karin Clarke, a certified integrative health coach and owner of Mosaic Wellness, has been working in the cannabis industry for close to a decade. “I…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

Now, a contractor basically need only wave a bible around in order to make those anti discrimination requirements vanish. TOUCHING ANECDOTE  It’s not exactly LGBT news, but I wanted to pass along a truly heart-warming story about the bond formed between a little 4-year-old girl and some construction workers that will make you believe that we…

The Talk

LIKE ME “It’s so crazy to be standing up here because you’d never think in a million years you’d get an award like this being a woman like me.” —Pose star Mj Rodriguez on becoming the first transgender woman to win Best Actress—Television at the Imagen Awards last month, an annual event honoring positive representations…

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…