Bearing UP

Tom Goss on intimacy, training to become a priest, and how his musical career became an “unstoppable snowball tumbling down a hill.”  BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM A self-taught musician and songwriter, Tom Goss has performed to tens of thousands in the United States and Europe, and has been heard on ABC, HBO and several…

BACK To The FUTURE

The only way we’re all going to get through 2017 is if we do it together. BY BRENDEN SHUCART I’ve never been a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions. When I was a kid they always seemed like an exercise in narcissistic time-wasting: making a big deal about an arbitrary promise (“I’m gonna get to…

Taking Pride

Four community leaders resign from Christopher Street West.  BY PAULO MURILLO Turmoil from within continues to plague Christopher Street West (CSW), the non-profit organization responsible for organizing LA Pride in West Hollywood, as it now faces the New Year sans four valuable community leaders who jointly resigned as CSW board members in late December. Community…

A True Ally

Debbie Reynolds headlined an AIDS benefit concert at the Hollywood Bowl in 1983, when the disease was still highly stigmatized.  BY VICTOR MELAMED Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds passed away last month, just one day after her daughter, fellow Hollywood icon, Carrie Fisher, died of complications from a heart attack. In the days following the late…

Goodbye, Carrie Fisher

She invited us to look at ourselves outside of ourselves using her own life as an example, and saw that in that moment, we’re able to laugh at the insanity of our own folly. BY PICKLE When I was seven years old I sprawled out on the living room couch and lay in silence for…

Losing Will

San Diego activist who lost gay pride lawsuit found dead from apparent suicide. BY PAULO MURILLO Will Walters, the man who sued San Diego Police after he was allegedly manhandled and arrested for wearing a revealing leather gladiator kilt to the San Diego Pride festival in 2011, received a devastating blow last month. After two…

Text Your Knowledge

Ann Rostow’s long awaited, highly anticipated, often imitated, never duplicated annual LGBTQ news quiz. BY ANN ROSTOW It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone, and even harder to believe the shocking turns of events that befell us, and continue to befall us, in its waning weeks. I was just trying to offer an…

Raising Hope

  Johnny Ontiveros creates “Johnny Angel”—an L.A. based, non-profit, socially conscious business—raising funds and awareness for the disenfranchised. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Proving that the gift of giving still exists despite life’s sham, drudgery and broken dreams—L.A. based Johnny Ontiveros, 28, is determined to make this world a better place. Ontiveros…

The Naked Truth

The Warwick Rowers have a special message for Donald Trump. BY VICTOR MELAMED The Warwick Rowers—the men’s rowing team at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England, have tackled homophobia both on and off the fields since 2009, achieving instant recognition as a fundraising initiative that has reached over 140 countries, as well as the…

Family Ties [cover feature]

Club promoter and actor Mario Diaz and Drag Superstar Jackie Beat on Trump’s America, reinforcing community ties and their framily, a family of friends. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM In the horrific aftermath of the new world order, when our most fundamental values—values such as decency, reason, and compassion—are under attack—Drag Superstar…

Holiday Survival Guide

How to survive the holidays if your family voted for Trump. BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT Did your family vote for Trump? Feeling betrayed, depressed, hurt, angry, or scared? Finding it difficult to imagine being with your family of origin during the holidays? This presidential election has certainly brought out the worst in people and in…

Aging And HIV

In L.A., almost half of all adults living with HIV are least 50 years old. Those growing older with HIV represent an important group that requires attention, care, and advocacy. BY KESHAV TYAGI, MPH Mark is a typical gay male. At 51, he regularly exercises, works as a home health caregiver for seniors, and has…

Luxury On A Budget

Bobby Trendy’s guide to being fabulous in Palm Springs. BY BOBBY TRENDY I jumped on the Hollywood-to-downtown Red Line subway, and ended up in Palm Springs. This was thanks to the LA to Palm Springs ride share program Tesloop. For $39 each way, I was chauffeured to Palm Springs. Traveling in luxury style on a budget…

RAY Of LIGHT

Madonna visits LGBTQ homeless youth center. “Because everyone deserves to be loved and everyone deserves a home.”   Madonna took some time to celebrate with the clients of a New York City youth center for homeless LGBTQ people this past Thanksgiving holiday, reports Curtis M. Wong at The Huffington Post. The Queen of Pop undoubtedly made a…

Rules Of Engagement

“Gay Groom” Robert Blackmon: “Creating your own customs and traditions are how new things begin.” BY ROBERT BLACKMON I often run the gamut of emotions when I see a friend’s Facebook status change from “Single” to “Engaged.” This is especially true if that friend or friends are from my LGBT community. I don’t know why, but…

The Fabric Of The Republic

We must never stand for the normalization of white supremacy in the White House. We must dissent. BY BRENDEN SHUCART When Hillary Clinton conceded the election to Donald Trump, the news hit me like a punch in the gut. It wasn’t that I didn’t see it coming, I just couldn’t bring myself to believe it,…

Every Day Is WORLD AIDS DAY

Take charge, get educated, get tested and live fully in the knowledge that you have done everything you could to stop the spread of HIV — starting with you. BY PETER FITZGERALD Yesterday was World AIDS Day, and millions of well-meaning social media mavens hailed triumph over HIV and posted ‘sad’ emojis for its victims. I have…