Rebel With A Cause [cover interview]

MedMen co-founder Andrew Modlin on reshaping the cannabis industry.  BY CAITLIN DONOHUE  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Over the course of his 10 year career in the marijuana industry, Andrew Modlin, oil painter turned brand designer turned co-founder of the SoCal based marijuana investment firm MedMen, has made it his firm’s goal to bring professional…

American Beauty

The #ResistMarch takes place on Sunday, June 11, 8am-1pm. It will start in Los Angeles, at the intersection of Hollywood and Highland.  It will end in West Hollywood. When any American’s rights are under threat, all our rights are threatened. We are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. We are people of color. We are people of…

Be The Storm

“Fighting for justice, and winning, is what we know how to do. It’s one of the things we do best.” Excerpts from a speech by Lorri L. Jean, CEO, Los Angeles LGBT Center at “An Evening With Women,” last month.  …When we gathered here last May, I began my remarks with a joke about Donald Trump.…

Cam4 Performers

Web cam performers have slowly become recognized as a force to be recognized in the adult entertainment industry. One of the largest live cam websites in the world, CAM4, offers many different types of performers and are dedicated to ensuring those performers get the support they need in order to succeed and grow. They are…

Celebrating PRIDE

The LA Pride Festival returns to West Hollywood park for two days of live entertainment and community programming on June 10th and 11th.   BY VICTOR MELAMED This year’s Main stage at the LA Pride Festival, renamed the Park Stage Presented by Blue Shield, will feature a collection of pop artists including established and emerging…

Downtown Proud

Redline’s Oliver Alpuche on DTLA Proud, diversity and expanding the festival’s footprint. BY MARK ARIEL DTLA Proud is committed to celebrating everyone’s story, to spreading optimism, to growing our community and to expanding our definition of diversity,” states California native and Redline bar owner Oliver Alpuche. Alpuche, along with other downtown bar owners and community members,…

Looks Like He Made It

Singer songwriter Barry Manilow on why he didn’t come out till now. BY ORLY LYONNE Veteran singer Barry Manilow said coming out publicly about being gay was a “beautiful experience,” as he was honored for his long-standing career in the music industry, reports Reuters. Manilow, 73, spoke about being gay for the first time last…

Maurice Release

Merchant Ivory’s classic gay period drama has been restored ahead of a rerelease in New York and Los Angeles. BY VICTOR MELAMED A new 4K restoration of Maurice—the 1987 romantic drama about gay love in early-20th-century England, based on E.M. Forster’s novel—will open theatrically in Los Angeles on June 2 reports Variety. Directed by James Ivory, featuring…

One City One Pride 2017

A sampling of West Hollywood City’s June Pride events. For a complete list visit: www.weho.org/pride.   FRIDAY, JUNE 2 LESBIANS TO WATCH OUT FOR: ‘90S L.A. ACTIVISM Plummer Park, Long Hall, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. Opening reception June 2 from 7pm-9pm. Runs through June 30. This year marks the 24th anniversary of the National Dyke March…

OUTFEST Los Angeles

God’s Own Country Eleven days of not to be missed world-class films, panels, and parties. July 6–16, 2017. BY ORLY LYONNE Each summer Outfest Los Angeles screens more than 150 feature and short films to an audience more than 40,000 people. Outfest Los Angeles is the oldest film festival in Los Angeles and is considered…

United Equality: Resist Campaign

  PHOTOS BY JOSEPH DANIELS United Equality is an artistic social movement in which subjects bare their bodies with the exception of a single bandanna. The subjects, photographed by Joseph Daniels,  appear bare as a symbol of equality. The current campaign—#Resist—was created to “fight back against bigotry, sexism, racism, homophobia and xenophobia” in Trump’s America.…

A Win Win Situation [cover feature]

Iranian born Arad Winwin on Trump’s immigration policy, oppressed regimes, personal choice and life changing careers. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM An Iranian gay refugee, adult film actor, model and bodybuilder Arad Winwin, 27, believes in love. “Never lose hope, stay blessed and keep your heart clean,” he advises in an interview…

Broadway Bares

The annual burlesque show fundraiser for HIV/AIDS is back—hotter than ever! PHOTOS BY ANDREW ECCLES Class will be in session this summer at the only college campus where clothing is optional and bodacious burlesque is always in the curriculum. This year’s theme for Broadway Bares is Strip U, an unrivaled evening of seductive striptease production…

No Way Out

“Most gay men in North Korea end up marrying, whether they like it or not, because that’s the only way they know.”  BY VICTOR MELAMED In North Korea, no ordinary people conceptually understand what homosexuality is,” Joo Sung-ha, a reporter for a South Korean daily, told The New York Times in a recent interview. Sung-ha,…

Mr. CCBC Leather 2018 John Thomas

First Mr. Palm Springs Leather contestant selected for new class.  BY VICTOR MELAMED Mr. CCBC Leather 2018 John Thomas represents Cathedral City Boys Club—which itself is somewhat of Cathedral City/Palm Springs institution. For years CCBC has been known as the gay men’s getaway no holds bar resort. Recently undergoing a major renovation it continues be…

Radical Inclusion

  Dismissiveness is the gay adult version of bullying. BY AARON STELLA East side vs. west side—the rickety tracks of Us vs Them snakes through every city where more than two gays are gathered: in Los Angeles, it’s the Weho Muscle Queens vs the Silver Lake Bears; in San Francisco, the Castro Twinks vs Soma Leather…

S/He & Me

Alexandra Billings’ theatrical cabaret chronicles the unvarnished, complex and often hilariously wacky story of  her life, centering on the transition from the young Scott to the show-stopping Alexandra. BY ORLY LYONNE The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center has announced a limited engagement of S/He & Me: A Theatrical Cabaret, written…