Broadway Rings (and Sings!) In The Holidays

Broadway’s Carols For a Cure is full of spirited holiday favorites sung by stars from musicals including  Mean Girls, Dear Evan Hansen, AND Hamilton. BY SKIP SHEFFIELD For twenty years, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ holiday CD, Broadway’s Carols for a Cure, has been a staple of every theatre-lover’s wish list.   The beloved series pairs casts…

Dancing With Britney

Alex Van Der Hoek on his musical journey, growing up in the South and how Britney Spears changed everything. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY MATT LYNN To be perfectly honest (if that’s even remotely possible), I must admit I had a few deeply shameful stereotypical misconceptions about writer, dancer, singer and actor Alex Van…

Double Digits

There will be at least ten LGBT members of Congress next year. BY VICTOR MELAMED After Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who is openly bisexual, was officially declared the next Democratic senator of Arizona last month, the amount of LGBT members of Congress next year will reach double digits, reported CBS News. The ten LGBT members are Democrats.…

Get Tested!

In Los Angeles County, an estimated 60,000 people are living with HIV, of which an estimated 1 in 7 people are unaware of their status. World AIDS Day is held on the 1st of December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV. “World AIDS Day is a…

Have You Lived Before?

  Carol Bowman, past life therapist: “Reincarnation is not an abstract religious concept or a philosophy. It’s a natural phenomenon.” BY VICTOR MELAMED The Orlando vigil for victims of the mass shooting at the gay club Pulse was attended by thousands of people. A bell tolled for each of the 49 victims killed when a…

Managing Holiday Stress

Focus on the fact that after we get through these potentially volatile exchanges with family, we get to return to our amazing queer lives.   BY BRENT HEINZE During the holiday season we often share time with people that we may not get to see frequently.   For some, this is our biological families with extended…

The Power Of Print

For marketers who are struggling to advertise their content online, it might be time to consider the new potential of an old medium—and that medium is print, reports Media Update. PRINT HAS STAYING POWER One of print’s major advantages over digital is its staying power. An ad printed in a magazine will stay alive for…

The Good Fight

Croce LGBTQ students fight for acceptance at Azusa Pacific University, after board reinstates its ban on same-sex relationships. BY MARK ARIEL An effort to accommodate LGBTQ students on the evangelical Christian Azusa Pacific University (APU) campus was derailed last October when its board reversed an administration decision to lift the ban on LGBTQ relationships, reported the…

Be The Change

Queer, feminist, activist, musician Madame Gandhi on misogynist rappers, inclusive diversity and inducing the vibration of your own humanity. BY ROXIE PERKINS  |  PHOTO BY WENDY FIGUEROA Madame Gandhi, headline performer at this month’s Palm Springs Pride festival, is the music and activism project helmed by drummer and Harvard graduate, Kiran Gandhi.  Gandhi rose to fame…

Fashion As Activism

Featuring non traditional models, a powerfully clear message of diversity inclusion. BY SEAN GALUSZKA History was made last month when queer designer Nik Kacy brought the first ever LGBTQ+-focused, Equality Fashion Week to Los Angeles. Kicking off with a Rooftop Runway Show (Carmen Carrera  hosted) at  the trendy and beautifully, newly renovated Montrose Hotel, cutting edge…

Fired Up!

The 2019 Australian Firefighters Calendars have just been revealed. A publishing staple since 1993, the calendar features members of the Australia’s Urban, Rural, Aviation, Armed Forces and Corporate fire-fighting services, reports Gay Star News. Proceeds from the calendars go to a range of causes, all benefiting animal charities. For more info: www.australianfirefighterscalendar.com.

A Forever Home

Celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz presents the Bullies And Biceps 2019 calendar. Benefitting New York Bully Crew Pet Rescue. BY VICTOR MELAMED Everyone loves photos of adorable pit bull pups. So what happens when you pair the cutest pooches on earth—who just happen to be in need of forever homes—with beautiful, hunky men? The year’s most buzzed-about…

In Loving Memory

Beloved artist and photographer Isauro Cairo passed away last month. Cairo had been paralyzed from a fall less than two years ago, and faced a new life in a wheelchair and a new home in Phoenix away from his beloved NYC. His strength in the face of disability served as the ultimate inspiration to so…

Trans Work

Los Angeles LGBT Center hosts 10th Annual Transgender Job and Resources Fair on Nov. 8 in West Hollywood. As transgender people face an unemployment rate three times higher than the average rate in the United States, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project (TEEP), along with the project’s community partner City of West…

Man In The Mirror

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)—struggling with body image issues—can be a life-long challenge. BY BRENT HEINZE One of the aspects of queer life is how we relate to our bodies.  Some of us may feel we’re too chubby or too skinny, or that we do not have enough muscle, lacking the beach-ready body sculpted from hours…

Models Of Pride

The world’s largest free conference of its kind, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s “Models of Pride” offered a full day of life-enriching programming.  BY VICTOR MELAMED Held for the first time at the California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) campus, more than 1,500 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth (LGBTQ) and their allies…