Advancing Social Change

A new LGBTQ Research Fellowship Program, launched by The ONE Archives Foundation. The ONE Archives Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its new LGBTQ Research Fellowship Program, offering limited-term research fellowships to support scholars engaged in graduate-level, post-doctoral, and independent research. Faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars who are interested in conducting primary…

We Are All One

An interview with Reverend Jesse Brune-Horan, director of “Inspire LA”—an LGBTQ spiritual center. BY ROXIE PERKINS “Inspire LA” is a nonprofit, LGBTQ spiritual center led by Reverend Jesse Brune-Horan that provides mentorship, community and a variety of spiritual practices to the LGBTQ community through their weekly Sunday services in West Hollywood at 916 N. Formosa Ave.…

A Healing Home

Pride Recovery’s Matthew Bianchi on structure, accountability and accepting, without reservation, who you truly are. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Matthew Bianchi, Admissions and Outreach Coordinator at Pride Recovery Los Angeles, an LGBTQ Intensive Outpatient facility, knows a thing or two about becoming clean and sober. “At the age of 25 I…

Be You

27% of Californian youth identify as gender non-conforming. BY VICTOR MELAMED According to a new study out of UCLA, more than a quarter of California adolescents feel comfortable enough to dismiss societal pressures to identify with one gender or another, reports Vice at broadly.vice.com, Researchers out of the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law and…

Being Alive

The go to place for mental health and more. BY STEVE GANZELL AND GARRY BOWIE My introduction to Being Alive happened in one phone call. I was sitting with a close friend who had just heard that he had tested positive. It was overwhelming. It always is. The agony of being asked, will I live…

One Last Look Back

Ann Rostow’s annual LGBTQ news quiz—summing up the past year. 2018 cannot help but be an improvement. BY ANN ROSTOW It’s that time again, dear readers. Quiz time! These quizzes are more labor intensive than they seem, and they oblige me to reread my last 26 columns. For the record, my most over-used word this…

Buckle Up

Amanda Lepore puts the pedal to the metal in sultry new single, “Buckle Up.” The first release from her upcoming LEPORE. ep. BY ORLY LYONNE Get ready, you’re in for a bumpy ride says Amanda Lepore in “Buckle Up,” the first single from her soon-to-be-released LEPORE. ep. The flirty and playful song, with its burlesque,…

Chain Male

TONY PARKER (L), WITH HUSBAND ROB Locally handcrafted custom jewelry and fetish items.  BY VICTOR MELAMED Palm Springs resident Tony Parker has created “Chain Male” (chain-male.com) a site that offers unique, one of a kind, handcrafted custom jewelry and fetish items. Parker, who has been working in the travel industry for the past twenty years,…

Good Hair

Madin Lopez Trims the Hair of One of Their Youth Clients. Madin Lopez, a genderqueer hair stylist, gives free haircuts to gender nonconforming youth in Los Angeles. BY LARRY BUHL On the day before Thanksgiving, as Madin Lopez (they/them/their) introduced me to several homeless LGBTQIA youth—they asked me, “Are you a good white?” I was…

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.…