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…

Rainbow Ruckus

In the current political climate, with the jackals sniffing at our collective door, the flag controversy feels like a potentially deadly distraction. BY BRENDEN SHUCART After a series of nasty events exposed deep fissures of racism within Philadelphia’s LGBT communities, that city’s Office of LGBT Affairs unveiled a new flag for Pride Month—a version of…

San Diego Pride

  San Diego’s Pride Festival will take place July 15–16, in Balboa Park, and will include over 90 acts across 4 different stages. The multi-platinum female music group En Vogue will be headlining at San Diego’s Pride Festival this month. “We are excited to perform at San Diego Pride this year! It’s always been important…

We Are One

#ResistMarch founder Brian Pendleton: “It was a moving human rights monument—and it was a beautiful thing to be part of.” BY MARK ARIEL A crowd estimated at about 100,000 took part in the #ResistMarch last month. The march for human rights, organized by LA Pride, was in solidarity with the National Equality March for Unity and…

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,…