Breaking Away From The Binary

How to talk about gender as a brown femme that’s frustrated by bigotry in every aspect of this society BY ANJELIKA ROSE I don’t know who I am before noon, but please don’t ask me ever. I can tell you what or whom I was born as, but before noon?  Imagine Cinderella, but as a brown…

Demon Semen

Pastor said he was sucking demons out of men he sexually assaulted, lawsuit claims. BY VICTOR MELAMED A Presbyterian minister in New Jersey is accused of sexually assaulting several parishioners under the guise of exorcising evil spirits reports Newsweek. Three men have come forward claiming Rev. Dr. William Weaver performed sex acts on them when they…

Hate Is Hate

California’s “Straight Pride” event, taking place this month, is a thinly veiled white supremacist rally. BY ORLY LYONNE A failed US Senate candidate who believes that the LGBTQ community is waging a “cultural attack” on society is planning a “straight pride” rally in Modesto this month to promote “whiteness” and “Western civilization,” and is asking members…

It Takes A Village

DTLA Proud—Downtown’s LGBTQ Pride Festival—takes place this month August 23-25 in Pershing Square. BY VICTOR MELAMED DTLA Proud, a non-profit organization founded by a grassroots group of local residents, business owners, community leaders and nightlife promoters, is focused on creating an all-inclusive community that represents the diverse LGBTQ+ population living, working and playing in the…

It’s A Mess

Cazwell and Miss Peppermint launch hilarious new podcast show. BY VICTOR MELAMED Out rapper Cazwell and drag superstar Miss Peppermint are announcing the launch of their exciting new podcast, “It’s a Mess.” Produced with ForeverDog Entertainment, the advice show covers everything from how to tell your coworker their breath smells like an old lobster roll to…

La Vida Justa

Ricky Martin posts victory speech after resignation of Puerto Rico’s homophobic governor. BY VICTOR MELAMD Out pop star Ricky Martin took to Instagram last month to celebrate the resignation of Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló, reports queerty.com. Rosselló’s resignation came after weeks of mass protests around Puerto Rico, in which a number of celebrities, including Martin,…

Pam Ann Returns

A brand-new show full of magical surprises and hysterical movie spoofs. One night only—Sept. 7, 2019 at The Montalbán Theatre. BY ORLY LYONNE Pam Ann is inviting everyone on a jolly fucking holiday in “Pam Ann Returns,” her brand-new show starring the perfectly-inappropriate-in-everyway air-hostess Pam Ann.  From feeding the birds in coach to flying kites…

SoCal CLUB

Health and wellness through community, education and empowerment. BY VICTOR MELAMED Located in South Los Angeles, SoCal Club is a safe space for young men, ages 12–29, focusing on health and wellness through community, education and empowerment. Here are some of the activities and events taking place at the SoCal Club: Fitness Activities Several times…

Heart Throb

  The seven colors of sex. BY LEON FOX  |  PHOTO BY BRADLEY ROBERGE For about seven years now, I’ve majored in the gay erotic arts, via escorting, adult film acting, sex and intimacy coaching, etc; and if there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that we’ve been programmed to believe that there is only one kind…

Pride Institute

Recovery doesn’t just mean living substance-free, it means living more integrated and expressive lives. BY VICTOR MELAMED Founded in 1986, Pride Institute is the nation’s first and leading provider of residential and outpatient treatment programs devoted to treating addiction and the mental health needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. At Pride Institute,…

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…