Angels Of Bread

Showcasing the gay latino political and sexual experience through provocative imagery, Leo Herrera helps fuel the resistance against racism and homophobia. BY VICTOR MELAMED Imagine the “Angels of Bread” is a visual exploration, by artist and activist Leo Herrera, of the experiences of gay Latino men. The exhibit is comprised of eight pieces that explore…

Pushing The Envelope

Bad Dragon’s body safe, unique fantasy toys are made by good people with positivity towards their clients’ wants and needs as individuals. BY VICTOR MELAMED Bad Dragon came about when our CEO, who was attending university in Scotland for electrical engineering, decided on a whim to grab some sculpting clay and take up a new…

The Halal Guys

Now open in West Hollywood. Get your gyro on! BY ORLY LYONNE From humble beginnings as a New York city hot dog cart to a world-renowned international restaurant chain, The Halal Guys has finally made it to West Hollywood! “We are so excited to be here and we look forward to serving WeHo’s diverse community,”…

Locali West Hollywood

Healthy, fresh and ready-made food in a friendly, quick-service environment. BY VICTOR MELAMED If 7-Eleven and Whole Foods had a love child, Locali would be it. We make eating healthy convenient. Locali provides a nonjudgmental bridge to a healthier lifestyle,” states Locali’s co-founder and CEO Melissa Rosen. Locali was created to provide consumers access to…

Mars Creations

An interview with owner and artist Marsha Robinson of Mars Creations in Palm Springs.  BY ROXIE PERKINS Tell us about yourself. My name’s Marsha Robinson, I own Mars Creations and I’m an artist and a political activist. I ended up in Palm Springs 20 years ago and started Mars Creations—and I believe I’m the only…

Palm Springs Pride

  Missing Persons The free pride festival takes place next month on November 3-5, featuring Missing Persons, The Gand Band, GayC/DC, Mama Tits and others. BY VICTOR MELAMED The organizers of Greater Palm Springs Pride have announced the entertainment line-up for Pride 2017, Viva la Vida, to celebrate diversity, equality and peacefully resist hate. This…

The Passing Of An Icon

Marriage equality pioneer Edith “Edie” Windsor dies, age 88. BY ORLY LYONNE Gay rights pioneer Edith Windsor, whose lawsuit against the federal government helped pave the way for same-sex marriage nationwide, died last month at 88. Windsor is survived by her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, whom she married last year. “I lost my beloved spouse, Edie,…

To 3 Or Not To Three

If You’re Thinking Of “Adopting” Seek Knowledge From Leather Mentors And Navigate These Waters Safely. BY SEAN WOLF GALUSZKA  They bought me a vacuum cleaner for Christmas. I said I loved it. I said I loved it for many reasons, none of which had to do with my fondness for vacuuming. My partner and his…

Yoga For Life [cover interview]

Thomas Harris on moments of clarity, windows of opportunity and how yoga became an integral part of his recovery. BY AUGUSTUS BRITTON  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Thomas Harris, a yoga teacher hailing from Laguna Beach, California. is a rare breed. A seeker. A man with an abundant curiosity. He traveled to the birthplace of yoga, in Rishikesh,…

The Color Of Kink

Take a minority (say, for instance, gay blacks in San Francisco) and cross section it with another (alternative sex scene people) and well—you get an even bigger minority. BY BRONTEZ PURNELL PHOTO BY ROBERT DIVERS HERRICK My first Folsom Street Fair happened about 15 years ago. I arrived at the Golden State plucky, wide eyed,…

Exhibit Aa

Aaron Valenzuela’s personal, intimate and revealing visual essay. Spanning over 10 years of work, Exhibit Aa: A Visual/Essay is an artist book created and written by Aaron Valenzuela featuring art, writing, poetry and self-portraiture. Included are never-before-seen images and personal anecdotes which turn this creative endeavor into an intimate experience that is both celebratory and…

Find Your PASSION

  Contemplating a career change? Check out this workshop in Palm Springs. BY JAY ZALTZMAN I’ve always felt lucky that I get to do what I love, but over the years, I’ve met a lot of people who aren’t completely satisfied with their lives or aren’t sure what they want to do.  Sometimes it’s young…

Folsom Street Fair

Sunday, September 24 in San  Francisco: 400,000 fetish enthusiasts spread out over 13 city blocks. BY VICTOR MELAMED Bigger IS better at this “only in San Francisco” event! With 400,000 fetish enthusiasts spread out over 13 city blocks, there is something for everyone. Located on historic Folsom Street, leather and fetish players from all over…

Got MILK?

  An interview with  Morgan “Goodboy” and  Steph “Bounce” of Milk Milk, a once a month, pop up, queer/lesbian dance party that takes place at locations throughout Los Angeles. BY ROXIE PERKINS How long have you been a part of the LA queer party scene? Goodboy: I’m a true Angeleno and was an early gay…

Mental Illness & Addiction

  Dual diagnosis in the LGBTQ community. Coping strategies, finding proper treatment and healing old wounds. BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT Many of us have witnessed or experienced first-hand some form of mental illness and/or addiction. While this kind of psychological and emotional pain is common enough for us to have some level of familiarity with…

Promoting Equality

Mayor John Hellman City of West Hollywood joins “Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate.” BY VICTOR MELAMED The City of West Hollywood has signed on to the Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate. In doing so, the City of West Hollywood joins with more than 240 cities and mayors across the nation to stand up against hate, violence,…

Here Come The Judges

This well rounded group of leather folk will select the next Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2018 on October 27, 2017. BY RANDY CARMENATY, PSLOD MEDIA/MARKETING DIRECTOR AND CONTEST CHAIR For the past 23 years, Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert (PSLOD) has placed careful thought in selecting a judging panel for the annual Mr.…