Love Bizarre

Nathan Rapport and Suzy Mae, co-owners of downtown LA’s “A Love Bizarre” and “Neon Altar” on queer art, magic and community. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM A Los Angeles based queer focused fine art gallery and gift shop—A LOVE BIZARRE is a brick and mortar neon and glitter fantasy shopping experience. The shop also incorporates…

The Fight For CHANGE

Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on the story of equality since Stonewall, the importance of allies and taking up the unfinished work of achieving true freedom and dignity for every American. BY VICTOR MELAMED The LGBTQ Victory Fund, a political action committee dedicated to increasing the number of openly LGBTQ public officials in the U.S.,…

Beyond Sound Bites

The democratic debates briefly spotlight transgender rights, hopefully signaling the party is willing to embrace broader civil rights and social justice platforms.  BY ORLY LYONNE In a historic moment, Democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro used the televised debate stage last month to support civil rights for transgender people, reports Sony Salzman at www.rewire.news. His comments were…

Confirmation Bias

The Langer’s Deli incident. The false accusation of homophobia taps into our conscious and unconscious beliefs, dramatically undermining legitimate victims.  BY MARK ARIEL Last month, a lesbian couple accused the legendary Langer’s Deli, in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, opposite MacArthur Park, of homophobia. Rachel Curry, one of the women involved in the incident,…

Don’t Let Me Go

Dario’s new single on toxic relationships, from his new LP, Ascension. BY ORLY LYONNE LA based glam rocker Dario makes his return to pop radio with “Don’t Let Me Go”, an anthemic rock power ballad he wrote about his experience being trapped in a toxic relationship.   “Our minds often play games with us, convincing us…

I’m Fine

This season tackles themes of identity, monogamy, shame and the gay generational divide. BY VIXTOR MELAMED The final season of I’M FINE—Dekkoo’s multi-episode trilogy web series—follows Nate and his band of friends as they continue to splinter off into their own journeys as other friendships develop.  This season tackles themes of identity, monogamy, shame and…

Preserve And Share

Participants in the 1977 San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade. Photograph by Marie Ueda. Marie Ueda photographs (#2006-12), Courtesy of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society. Five questions with Terry Beswick, Executive Director of the GLBT Historical Society. BY BRENDEN SHUCART What is the GLBT Historical Society and what is its mission? Our mission is…

We Are Family

Transgender community members Gracie Cartier and Jacob Rostovsky on LGBTQ solidarity, the pros and cons of a separate Trans Pride celebration and living authentically. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM First off—please tell us a little about yourselves. Gracie:I am Gracie Cartier aka Madame Jeuge (My IG is @madamejeuge). I’m a 40 year…

LA Pride 2019

The festival takes place on Saturday, June 8 through Sunday, June 9. 2019. The opening ceremony takes place on Friday, June 7. The parade is on Sunday. June 9. For last minute notifications or changes visit: www.lapride.org. Paula Abdul FRIDAY, JUNE 7 FREE OPENING CEREMONY  West Hollywood Park, (San Vicente Blvd. between Santa Monica and…

A Sense Of Belonging

As Pride Season begins, I would like to highlight the need for sincere and true connection between members of our community.  BY GABRIEL UHURU I recently completed the first season of Pose [the second season premieres on FX on June 11]. Thank you Netflix! (Praise dance!) I know I’m hella late, but, cable just happens not…

More Than Enough

Jack Thompson became the first trans man of color to win the title of International Mr Leather last month. BY VICTOR MELAMED Jack Thompson, the reigning Leatherman of Color 2019, beat out 67 other titleholders last month to win International Mr Leather (IML) 2019 on Sunday, reported out.com. The occasion, hosted in Chicago as it has…

Non-Binary Love

Ethan Alexander Patron (he/they), 29, transmasculine and Addison Rose Vincent (they/them), 26, transfeminine, on creating a completely new, beautiful vision.  We first met technically on the dating app Tinder in July 2016, but with Addison having just moved back to Detroit to live with their family and Ethan still living in Los Angeles, the conversation did…

2019 Outfest Los Angeles

  Nisha Ganatra The nation’s premiere LGBTQ festival, Outfest,taking place next month at various venues throughout the city, announces gala screenings. BY VICTOR MELAMED Outfest—the Los Angeles based non-profit organization promoting equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBTQ stories on the screen—has announced its 2019 Achievement Award recipient, Nisha Ganatra, and its galas, including Opening…