Who Are You?

Dwyane Wade on parenting his gay son: “You can learn something from your kids” Matt Barnes asked Dwyane Wade what it’s like raising a gay son coming from a hyper-masculine NBA background—and what Wade says is powerful stuff, reported TMZ last month. Dwyane and his wife, Gabrielle Union, have been publicly supportive of 12-year-old Zion…

CHOSEN FAMILIES

Like birds of a feather—where everyone can shine and be their authentic selves. BY VICTOR MELAMED  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Four best friends, all working in the visual arts field, have proven that sometimes choosing your own family provides a unique support network—a place where everyone can shine and be their authentic selves. RAY…

EXPLORING QUEER KINSHIP

Photographs by disabled, queer artist and activist Robert Andy Coombs at the Palm Springs Museum of Art The “Touching History: Stonewall 50” exhibition at the Palm Springs Museum of Art—running through March 19, 2020—features, among others, photographs by disabled, queer artist and activist Robert Andy Coombs. Bringing together an intergenerational group of contemporary artists working…

HOLiDAYS SURVIVAL GUIDE. WATCH!

Coping with prejudice, discrimination and end-of-year stressors BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT Holiday experiences are so wide and varied that they can conjure up a diverse array of thoughts, feelings and memories. For some, they’re the best time of the year and for others it’s a continual reminder of what’s missing. As LGBTQ people, we face…

NOT JUST A PHASE

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Faze on his debut EP Eclipse BY VICTOR MELAMED Queer artist Faze released his debut EP Eclipse last month,  which includes the singles Right Here and Magic. The EP is available now through all digital retailers.  Produced by Dan and Tom Glashausser (aka Glashaus, a duo known for their work with artists…

A PLACE OF HEALING

An interview with Pastor Peg, from the Lutheran Church of the Master (LCM). Can you tell our readers about your journey with the church? Church community has long been a part of my life. I grew up assuming, however, that serving as a pastor was reserved only for men. The predecessor bodies of the Evangelical Lutheran…

INDUSTRY FAVORITE

Built at the end of WWII The Smoke House is one of the few L.A. restaurants of that era to survive to today. It has the decor and aura of a different age and has grown steadily with the growth of the movie industry and through word of mouth in the Burbank community. The original…

THE FUTURE OF HIV/AIDS

Men’s Health Foundation’s Anthony Mills MD on what lies ahead in the next decade BY ANTHONY MILLS MD In 2015, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) launched an ambitious goal of ending the worldwide HIV epidemic by 2030.  The aim is that no child will be born with HIV and anybody already infected will be…

THE GOOD FIGHT

Greyson Chance: “If the industry wants LGBTQ+ artists to keep on delivering the art that we deliver, good treatment cannot be exclusive to only a few of the letters.”  BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY BRODERICK BAUMANN Singer, songwriter and performer Greyson Chance released his new single, Boots (Arista Records) with an accompanying music video…

We Are The WORLD

LA Pride announces bid to host WorldPride 2025 BY VICTOR MELAMED Christopher Street West (CSW)—the 501(c)3 non-profit that produces the annual LA Pride Festival and Parade – has announced an official bid to host WorldPride in Los Angeles for 2025. As the first permitted pride parade in the world, LA Pride has been advocating for…

Love Conquers All

Palm Springs Pride headliners OneUp Duo on living and working together, pushing each other to be better versions of themselves and love at first sight. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY JOSH DRAKE OneUp Duo is a pop/soul vocal combo comprised of  husbands Adam and Jerome Bell-Bastien. The Duo was featured on Season 15 of…

End Of An Era

Scotty Bowers, “Male Madame” to the stars, dies at 96. RIP BY VICTOR MELAMED Scotty Bowers, whose explicit, best-selling 2012 memoir revealed a covert realm of Golden Age Hollywood sexuality, died last month of natural causes at his home in Laurel Canyon, documentary director Matt Tyrnauer told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 96. The former…

From KARMA To DHARMA

Gay author Johnson Chong on how to feel a little more love in the Trump era BY ANDY REYNOLDS  |  PHOTO BY CHAD WAGNER Many in the LGBTQ community have been traumatized by the current political climate, which feels inescapable. International yogi, meditation teacher, and author of the frank and funny new coming out autobiography…

Justice For GUSTAVO

CA Police Officer Who Beat, Mocked Gay Man Gets $100K A Year A California police officer was put on leave earlier this year after he was recorded hitting and berating a gay man. Now, he’s retired and receiving a pension of over a hundred thousand dollars a year, reports LGBTQ Nation. Gustavo Alvarez filed a federal…

Saving The Planet

Never leave home without it. Big Gay Bidet Introduces the Portable Bidet. BY ORLY LYONNE Big Gay Bidet is introducing the latest gadget craze: the portable travel bidet. The Bio Bidet TP-200 Portable Travel Bidet is the must-have travel accessory to keep fresh and clean while on the go.  It does not require batteries and…

Sense Of Purpose

Folsom Street Events® Announces Departure Of Executive Director, Patrick Finger BY VICTOR MELAMED Folsom Street Events® (FSE) announced last month the resignation of its Executive Director, Patrick Finger, effective October 2, 2019. According to Jennifer Schuster, FSE Board President, “Earlier this year, Patrick shared his plans to step down as Executive Director of Folsom Street…