Zero Shame

Iconique’s Leo Paparella on true expression, the current political climate and worshipping Debbie Harry. BY PAUL V. VITAGLIANO  |  PHOTO BY ALLYSON LAQUIAN For those of you headed to Palm Springs Pride this year, you are in for a real treat, served up live on stage by the up and coming LA electro-soul trio, Iconique.…

Rising Star

Producer, writer Ben Cory Jones (HBO’s Insecure) on being black and gay in Hollywood, the Harvey Weinstein scandal and finding your passion. BY TIMOTHY RAY | PHOTO BY LUKE AUSTIN Ben Cory Jones is hot. Don’t take my word for it. Check out his Instagram (@Benthewriter) and search his exclusive hashtag #writersaresexytoo. With smoldering good looks…

Bond With Baby

Working with families in the LGBTQ community to ensure that both mothers in a relationship can choose to breastfeed their baby, regardless of how their family was created. BY DR. RONAYE CALVERT “I am a business-owner, artist, wife, daughter, lover, survivor, and activist. I feel empowered and even limitless, at times, but I can’t breastfeed my own…

Call Me By Your Name

A beautifully romantic gay coming-of-age drama.  BY ORLY LYONNE Critics are raving about the new film “Call Me By Your Name,” a sensual and transcendent tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman, directed by Luca Guadagnino. It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothée…

Creating Change

Iraqi war veteran and author Rob Smith on coming out in the military, the renewed battle for rights and rallying around the threat from a common enemy. BY MARK ARIEL In the relaunch of his memoir Confessions of a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Soldier: How a Black, Gay Man Survived the Infantry, Coming Out, and…

Cuties Coffee

An LGBTQ-owned & operated espresso bar in Los Angeles, with community events. BY ROXIE PERKINS “Cuties Coffee Bar,” a queer cafe in Los Angeles founded by Iris Bainum-Houle and Virginia Bauman aims to provide queer people a safe space to socialize and engage. The cafe grew out of “Cuties Weekly Brief,” a weekly newsletter produced…

Reversing Gender Roles

Campaign showing clothed women and nude men—a statement about how women are often presented as disembodied sex objects in clothing ads. Women’s clothing brand Suistudio USA has a series of ads that reverse common gender roles, reports LGBTQ Nation at lgbtqnation.com. The “Not Dressing Men” campaign shows women clothed and looking at the camera, while…

Hankey’s Toys

“Helping people spice up their sex lives for years to cum…” An interview with the one and only Mr. Hankey.  BY ORLY LYONNE When was Hankey’s Toys established? Hankey’s Toys was established in October, 2015. We began when we realized that there were other silicone toy makers but there seemed to be a gap. You…

Heartthrobs & Hounds

Celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz’s 2018 calendar benefits pet rescue groups. What happens when you pair the cutest pups on earth—who just happen to be in need of forever homes—with beautiful, hunky men? The year’s most buzzed-about calendar, that’s what! Mike Ruiz’s 2018 calendar, “HeartThrobs and Hounds,” is thirteen months of perfection (1 bonus month in…

Pride Recovery LA

PHOTO BY PAULO MURILLO Now open in West Hollywood, serving the LGBT community. BY PAULO MURILLO The City of West Hollywood has a new treatment center that specializes on the needs of LGBTQ people who suffer from substance abuse. Pride Recovery LA treatment center celebrated their grand opening on Thursday, October 26. “This is our…

Smart Health LA

Providing culturally sensitive, high quality primary care to the LGBTQ community, regardless of ability to pay. BY SEAN GALUSZKA Smart Health LA held a star-studded gala on September 26th with a lot to celebrate. Quite simply, they’re in the business of changing and saving lives. In 2012, Director of Smart Health LA Kevin Weiler conjoined…

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…