The Makeup Man [cover feature]

  Makeup artist Anthony Gordon on creating things last minute, polyamorous relationships and heteronormative models. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Grandson of actor/stuntman Jack Gordon and son of Emmy winner Stan Gordon, makeup artist Anthony Gordon, 54, grew up on the movie lots of Hollywood. Gordon began his career in the Los Angeles…

Aging Disgracefully

As the baby boomer generation reaches retirement age, it is clear that we are woefully unprepared to provide for the needs of older LGBT adults. BY ORLY LYONNE There are more than 2.7 million LGBT adults aged 50 or older—nearly one third of all LGBT adults, according to a recent report compiled by the Movement…

Changing The Face Of Pride

Ryan Cassata The DTLA Proud Festival takes place this month on August 26 and 27—once again at Pershing Square—from 12pm-10pm. BY ORLY LYNNE Last year a grassroots group of local residents, business owners, community leaders and queer nightlife producers came together to form DTL A Proud. “We were born from the idea that together we could…

Fighting for Visibility

Black gay men are more than what you see on television. BY TIM PULLIAM Recently, I traveled to Puerto Rico with a group of eight gay and bisexual men. Some of them I knew well, the others I had either just met or knew in passing. The trip was a celebration for a friend turning…

Get A Clue

See the 1985 cult classic Clue, outdoors at the iconic Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Friday, August 11, benefiting the LA LGBT Center. BY ORLY LYONNE Lesley Ann Warren has never seen a movie in a cemetery before. That will change on Friday, August 11 when the Golden Globe Award-winning actress takes part in the screening of…

Kicking Balls

Will Hackner’s inclusive Varsity Gay League turns ten. BY LARRY BUHL  |  PHOTOS BY GILLIAN PERRY It was a balmy Wednesday evening when I dropped in on the Varsity Gay League’s (VGL) kickball scrimmage in Poinsettia Park in West Hollywood. The middle school memories were just flooding back—similar rules as baseball, a large ball that…

Paperback Writer

In addition to being forbidden fruit, these books also marked a period in time that was finite: the golden era of narrative porn.  BY VICTOR MELAMED In a recent profile in Rolling Stone publisher and film scholar Maitland McDonagh explained why she launched 120 Days Books, a press dedicated to republishing unjustly forgotten gay adults-only…

Senior Services

The L.A. LGBT Center’s Triangle Square offers affordable housing for LGBT seniors. BY ORLY LYONNE There are an estimated 65,000 LGBT people over the age of 64 who live in Los Angeles, 68% of whom live alone. More than others of their age, LGBT seniors struggle to afford housing because they’re four times less likely…

Ventura County Pride

Live entertainment with Lady Bunny as emcee, over 60 vendors, food trucks, beer, wine, and more! Ventura County Beachside Pride Festival, taking place Friday–Sunday, August 18-20, 2017, is a weekend-long event that celebrates the LGBT community, supporters, and allies in Ventura County. Friday–Sunday, August 18-20, a weekend-long event celebrating the LGBT community Friday, August 18:…

The Femme Four

A gay street gang from Little Rock, Arkansas, “The House of Avalon” is redefining party life and fashion in L.A. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Performance artists, event planners and fashion queens “The House of Avalon” have taken Los Angeles by storm, throwing fabulous queer parties throughout the the city (the next…

Artists To Watch

  Local artists to look out for in 2017. The first in an ongoing series promoting local queer art. DAVIS MALLORY Singer-Songwriter, DJ, Actor Davis Mallory from MTV’s The Real World is gearing up to get Loud this spring with the release of the title track from his upcoming album. Cowritten with Mitchell Rose and…

Behind The Curtain: Todrick Hall

West Coast Premiere of Katherine Fairfax Wright’s documentary, part of the Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival. Last year Todrick Hall, the singer, dancer, actor, director, American Idol sensation, and YouTube superstar unveiled his biggest project yet: The Wizard Of Oz—inspired musical Straight Outta Oz. Influenced largely by his small-town Texas upbringing and his close…

Finding Your Tribe

Excerpts from a conversation between International Mister Leather (IML) 1989 Guy Baldwin and IML 2017 Ralph Bruneau. TRANSCRIBED BY SEAN GALUSZKA Guy Baldwin: Hello Ralph. First off—can you tell us a little about yourself? Ralph Bruneau: I’m a psychotherapist here in Los Angeles, been doing this for a little over 20 years. Originally I became…

Friday Flights

A summer series of interdisciplinary happenings, brings together Los Angeles-based artists to respond to the Getty Center’s unique architecture and gardens and forge new connections to the collections and exhibitions. July 14 Visual artist Molly Surno presents We of Me, a choreographed soundscape featuring Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and 20 men who…

The Glitter Run

A 7-color 5k fun run/walk to celebrate city’s diversity. Register at GlitterRun.org. BY ORLY LYONNE Be bold, be proud, and bedazzled while participating in The Glitter Run, a 7-color 5K fun run/walk on Sunday, August 20, that benefits the Los Angeles LGBT Center and its newest initiative, Mi Centro, a partnership with the Latino Equality…

Let Love Win

Violence Against Russian LGBTS Prompts Young Violinist To Come Out to The World.  BY LARRY BUHL Artem Kolesov didn’t plan to be a spokesperson for Russian LGBT rights. The 23-year-old violinist thought his coming-out would be limited to a Facebook status update on his birthday that a few people, and his mother, might see. In an…

Loose Wrists

Rapper Cazwell aims to make America femme again through music and fashion. BY ORLY LYONNE Cazwell’s Loose Wrists, the first single off his new music label Snow Cone, is old-school hip-hop with a beat that is purposely simple and bass driven. “I moved to Los Angeles a year ago and I wanted to make a…