California Prides

JUSSIE SMOLLETT, LONG BEACH PRIDE EVE, LA PRIDE A record number of Pride Festivals, taking place throughout the state over the next few months. Actor, singer and songwriter Jussie Smollett of Fox’s hit television series Empire, will showcase his musical talents at the 35th Annual Long Beach Pride Festival on Saturday, May 19 at the…

Community Ties

Former West Hollywood city council member, Los Angeles County Assessor, Jeffrey Prang is running for re-election. BY MARK ARIEL Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang, former West Hollywood council member, currently running for re-election,  is no stranger to politics.  A gay man, originally from Warren, Michigan, Prang says that “public service has appealed to me…

Fronting Femininity

Ariana and The Rose’s Ariana DiLorenzo on musical influences, Studio 54 and female front women. BY ROXIE PERKINS Ariana DiLorenzo, the creator of Ariana and The Rose, the synth, art-pop band that headlined at The Dinah last month, says that she “decided early on that with my music I want to make spaces for the…

Hidden Truths

PHOTOS BY ANDREW LEIGH GREEN Andrew Leigh Green, an award winning photographic artist based in Launceston, Tasmania, was the odd, creative kid who didn’t fit in, the one who just wasn’t normal and should be ostracized in the eyes of the conservative community. As a proud gay photographic artist Green makes full use of his…

Pride & Prejudice

Olympic Diver Robert Páez: “It was up to me whether I lived in happiness, or sank and lived in a lie that never would be.” Robert Páez, 23, a professional diver from Venezuela, who represented his country in the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics, came out publicly last month in a moving op-ed at outsports.com. “I’ve been…

The Sex Police

(Photo: Danny Cruz) New laws, on local, state and federal levels, are driving more sex workers into the streets, putting their lives at risk. BY LARRY BUHL On April 17, a new California bill meant to expand the definition of “pandering,” which means solicitation and recruitment for prostitution, was tabled in the Senate Public Safety…

The Art

Steve MacIsaac An expat Canadian living in Los Angeles after several years in Japan, Steve MacIsaac’s comics explore contemporary gay culture, identity, and sexuality.  MacIsaac has released five issues of his solo series Shirtlifter, with the sixth due for release later in 2018.  His wordless collaboration with Dale Lazarov, Sticky, was recently re-released in a…

The City

SAN PEDRO Man Who Threatened To Kill Rep. Maxine Waters Pleads Guilty A 45-year-old San Pedro man pleaded guilty last month to threatening to kill Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, over her opposition to President Donald Trump, reports Los Angeles Daily News. Anthony Scott Lloyd faces sentencing July 16 on the single count of threatening a…

The Event

Queen Kong  At Precinct DTLA Last month at Precinct—with Mistresses of Ceremonies The BOULET BROTHERS featuring stage shows by: YUHUA HAMASAKI (RPDR S10), HOLLOW EVE (San Francisco), ROXY-COTTEN CANDY and MILITIA TOWERS (San Francisco). DJ: Mateo Segade. KING DONG DANCERS: Aram & Teddy Bear. QUEER POP UP SHOP BY GAYPIN’ GUYS. PHOTOS BY JEREMY LUCIDO

The Music

A Happy Accident New York-based duo Sofi Tukker releases Treehouse, an outstanding debut album. BY PAUL V. VITAGLIANO You might not know Sofi Tukker by name yet, but I bet you know their music Apple Watch featured their debut single “Drinkee” (that went on to rack up over 40 million Spotify streams) which received a…

The Spread

JC Mounduix PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM AGE: 25. HOMETOWN: Miami. SELF IDENTIFY AS: Gay. CURRENT AND PAST OCCUPATIONS: Event production, dancer, some modeling gigs. CHILDHOOD CRUSH: I was never sexual at all while I was a child. (I know, weird). RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Single. PET PEEVE: People who aren’t humble. HOBBIES: Different things. Always something new.…

The State

Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur Pushing Forward Legislators and advocates meet at Equality California’s Fair Share for Equality event. BY VICTOR MELAMED Equality California held its fourth annual Fair Share for Equality event last month at the Paramount Studios lot in Hollywood. The program, with close to 400 attendees, included TED-style presentations from LGBTQ community…

The Talk

Most Trusted “From now on, HIV status data will be isolated from the rest of the information that we have, so that it’s inaccessible to even our most trusted partners who we work with every day.”  —Jack Harrison-Quintana, vice president of Social Impact at Grindr, in a video on Grindr.com last month, after BuzzFeed reported…

The Transaction

(L-R) April Saravia, Leslie Monroy, Marianna Marroquin, Lori L Jean. Photo by Paulo Murillo. Trans Wellness Center  Providing hormone therapy, transition resources, occupational training, housing and legal services and more. BY PAULO MURILLO Transgender and non-binary people will now get comprehensive services and support under one roof at the nation’s first-of-its-kind Trans Wellness Center (TWC),…

“Are You Allowed To Go Back To Chattanooga?”

Singer songwriter Brandon Stansell, next month’s Palm Springs Hot Rodeo headliner, on country music, coming out and the Golden Girls. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Los Angeles-based “California country” performer Brandon Stansell, designated last year as one of the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone magazine, puts…