We Are Family

Cain Andrade (L), Gina Bigham (R) The LA LGBT Center in Hollywood offers an abundance of support and social networking groups. BY ROXIE PERKINS Cain Andrade and Gina Bigham are facilitators of the LA LGBT Center’s weekly social networking groups, providing a space for queer people to find community and support. In an interview with THE…

What Makes A Man

Reality TV star Derek J’s new documentary “Gay Like Me” explores the lives of “masculine” gay black men. BY TIMOTHY RAY @FREEMAN.JASPER  |  DEREK J. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRAVO   Derek J is fierce, hunny. Not just because the award-winning celebrity hairstylist, television star and entrepreneur wears flashy, flamboyant styles with stilettos, or has a face…

Touched By Angels [cover feature]

L-R: Frieda Laye, Chita Parol, Kay Sedia, Duke Shoman. Chico’s Angels poke fun at racial and gender stereotypes. BY VICTOR MELAMED  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM With their hilarious trademark spanglish banter Chico’s Angels have become Los Angeles’ best known comedy drag troupe. Featuring Oscar Quintero as Kay Sedia, Danny Casillas as Frieda Laye and…

LA AUTO SHOW

The future of mobility in the car culture capital of the world. BY ORLY LYONNE One of the world’s largest auto shows returns with 1,000 vehicles on December 1-10, 2017 at the LA Convention Center at 1201 S. Figueroa St. in Downtown Los Angeles, next to LA Live and Staples Center. Founded in 1907, the Los…

Baby You Can Drive My Car

The Bryan Thompson Design Scholarship, created to reward exceptional talent in automotive design, will reward talented LGBT design students by helping pay for their education.  BY BRYAN THOMPSON  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM A couple years ago I was approached to be on a car design reality tv competition called Motor City Masters. Having already penned…

The Power Of Hatred

Los Angeles LGBT Center responds to L.A. County’s hate crime report. BY ORLY LYONNE In response to the 2016 Hate Crime Report released by the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission, which documented more than 149 hate crimes against the LGBT community in Los Angeles County alone, Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Director of Policy and…

AIDS Under Trump

Nation’s HIV leaders raise  alarm over  lack of HIV, STD mention in “HHS Strategic Plan.” BY VICTOR MELAMED World AIDS Day takes place this month on December 1, and while advancements in eradicating the epidemic are promising—five of the nation’s leading organizations focused on ending the HIV and STD epidemics in the United States have expressed their grave…

Recovering From Sexual Violence

Shame too often grabs hold of us in the shadows but when we bring it to the light of day with trustworthy people, it dissipates. BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT In the past several weeks, multiple victims of sexual violence have highlighted the prevalence of their experiences in the entertainment industry as well as in politics.…

Body Shaming

DANIEL FRANZESE Daniel Franzese reveals constant homophobic harassment, ironically on the set of the movie “Bully.” Co-star Bijou Phillips apologizes. BY VICTOR MELAMED Motivated by Ellen Page’s recent account of homophobic abuse on the set of X-Men: The Last Stand by director Brett Ratner, actor and LGBT activist Daniel Franzese (Mean Girls) posted on his Facebook page last month a horrific account…

Being Of Service

Jax Kelly, (M) upon winning the Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2018 title, last month. Photo By Robert Green, Motorboot Photography. Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2018 Jax Kelly: “It takes a lot of confidence to represent the leather community. And I enjoy learning from fellow leathermen.” BY JAX KELLY I’m grateful to have been chosen as…

Address Unknown

  Outreach to LGBTQ homeless youth in LA. An interview with activist Rivianna Hyatt. BY ROXIE PERKINS Rivianna Hyatt is a queer homeless youth activist who works with the L.A. LGBTQ Center, the Youth Center on Highland, True Colors Foundation, and is an Executive Founding Member on the National Youth Forum on Homelessness. In an…

The Erection Expert

An interview with Joshua R Gonzalez, MD, an L.A. based urologic surgeon, on erectile dysfunction. BY VICTOR MELAMED Dr. Gonzales—let’s get right to it—what causes erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be caused be by a number of different issues. Erections are dependent on four factors working together: hormones, blood flow, nerves, and psychology. It…

Beating The Holiday Blues

Stress, depression and the holidays: tips for coping. BY VICTOR MELAMED Stress and depression can ruin your holidays and be detrimental to your health. Being realistic, planning ahead and seeking support can help ward off the holiday blues. Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and…

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…