New, Again

How can we create new hope when our world is in chaos? BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT As we enter a New Year in the midst of a worsening pandemic, how do we hold space for hope and possibilities? Our lives have been upended in 2020 and we’re still in the midst of increasing infections, deaths and…

It’s About Time

Pete Buttigieg makes history as first gay cabinet nominee Nearly a year ago in Des Moines, Pete Buttigieg hugged his husband onstage after his win in the Iowa caucuses made him the first openly LGBTQ candidate to earn delegates toward a major political party’s presidential nomination. Last month, reported USA Today, he made history again…

Dirty Movies

Dan Savage’s HUMP! Film Festival—the “Sundance of amateur porn”—online January 30th through March 6th 2021. BY ALEJANDRO CERVANTES If you’ve ever wanted to be a porn star without the internet presence, consider submitting to the HUMP! Film Festival—it’s the Sundance of amateur porn. Multi-hyphenate media pundit, co-founder of the It Gets Better Project and creator…

And The Winner Is

Tom of Finland Foundation Awards 2020: Bruce LaBruce, Annie Sprinkle and Dan Savage. Last month Tom of Finland Foundation (ToFF) proudly presented awards to stellar individuals who have demonstrated their vast commitment to our community. These awards were given on the final day of ToFF’s 25th Art & Culture Festival: Plugged In, which marked both…

The Art

GLEN HANSON Whatever the medium, Glen Hanson brings his unique talent, passion  and enthusiasm to everything he creates… writing comics and TV shows, conceptualizing visual merchandise and campaigns for entertainment or corporate clients, or just capturing the likenesses of the famous and the fabulous with his signature style. www.glenhanson.com, IG @instaglenhanson

The City

WEST HOLLYWOOD SEPI SHYNE FIRST LGBTQ IRANIAN WOMAN ELECTED TO OFFICE Sepi Shyne and John M. Erickson were sworn in to the city council of West Hollywood during a teleconference council meeting last month, in adherence to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. Councilmember Sepi Shyne made history when she was elected to the West Hollywood…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

A staunch family values Hungarian member of the European Parliament was caught “fleeing along the gutter” to escape Brussels police during the raid of a gay orgy [which violated Belgium’s strict lockdown rules]. RAYS OF HOPE FROM SCOTUS? Last month, I spared you the recap of a lawsuit that pitted Indiana against two married women…

The Share

STAYING GRATEFUL We asked these clean and sober individuals with various lengths of recovery time how they stayed thankful through a year that gave us a pandemic, a quarantine, high unemployment rate and a nail-biting election MY FAMILY “I’m grateful I kept my sanity and peace of mind during the pandemic. I have to say…

God’s Love

A heartbreaking letter from a boy asking Santa if he supports the LGBT+ community has been drawing emotional responses online, reports Pink News. The United States Postal Service’ Operation Santa, which coordinates responses to letters addressed to Father Christmas, shared a heartbreaking message from a boy named Will. His letter reads: “Dear Santa, do you support…

Real Men, REAL Depression

Many men do not recognize, acknowledge, or seek help for their depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Successful treatments are available.  BY VICTOR MELAMED An estimated six million men in the United States have a depressive disorder-major depression, dysthymia (chronic, less severe depression), or bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness). Although these illnesses are…

The Envelope Please

John Waters’ top 11 films of 2020. Includes a courtroom drama, an allegory about red states and blue states and a horror film about a woman who eats marbles Every fall, the Baltimore-based writer and filmmaker John Waters reveals his list of the movies he considers the year’s best in Artforum magazine, reports LGBTQ Nation…

Where Will We Go When We Go Back?

I eagerly await the day we all can skip through the gates at The Abbey, make eyes with Lance Bass at Rocco’s, or catch a show at Precinct—but when, with who, and at what bar? BY ALEJANDRO CERVANTES If one more gay bar closes you’ll find me outside its front door, mourning with flowers and…

The Calendar

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11 TOM OF FINLAND ART & CULTURE FESTIVAL: PLUGGED IN www.tomoffinland.org. Tom’s Foundation is proud to present its 25th annual art fair #tofARTfair the second weekend in December, celebrating #TOMs100 as well as ToFF’s 36th anniversary. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13 TRANS TEA TIME 8PM Register at: tinyurl.com/AOonline2020 A monthly young adult sober-socializing space exclusively…

The City

SAN DIEGO TODD GLORIA BECOMES FIRST OPENLY GAY MAYOR OF COLOR Todd Gloria is now the first openly LGBTQ+ person and first person of color elected mayor of San Diego. The new mayor is Native American, Filipino, Puerto Rican and Dutch. He vows to create opportunity for people of color like himself when he takes…

The Final Fight

POLAND IS BURNING One of the most homophobic countries in Europe is in a tizzy over a documentary claiming their national icon had (gasp!) male lovers People in Poland—one of the most prominent anti-LGBT countries in Europe—are smarting after a Swiss documentary claimed that their national icon, the Polish composer Frédéric Chopin , had male…

The Music

ALL IS BRIGHT Justin Utley brings much-needed cheer to the year with his new holiday single Out Music Award winner Justin Utley is out this holiday with his first original seasonal single, “All is Bright.”  In it, Utley sings how even during these dark and tumultuous times, there’s still a silver lining. “The pandemic has…