Set In STONE

Commemorating Los Angeles’ All Black Lives Matter March Hollywood Boulevard from Highland Avenue to Orange Drive was closed to traffic last month as the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services worked to install a permanent street mural commemorating the June 14, 2020 All Black Lives Matter March, reported Brody Levesque with the Los Angeles Blade.…

A Hint Of Myint

Part-time Palm Springs resident Chef Arnold Myint—aka Suzy Wong—on the hospitality industry, neighborhood boys and Barbie dolls BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Renowned chef, restaurateur, entrepreneur, Food Network Star season 11 and Top Chef D.C. Arnold Myint (aka Suzy Wong—more on that later) didn’t initially intend to conquer the culinary world. “I was…

A Love To Die For

Trent Park releases new single and music video. BY VICTOR MELAMED Trent Park is out now with “Scare Me Most,” the first of his new singles and music videos that he will be releasing this summer. Written and produced by the artist in collaboration with his creative partner Bodes, the haunting Pop/hip-hop track paints love…

The Fear Of A Nation

“Snowflake”—a new fictional film dramatizes modern day political divides in the LGBTQ community. BY ORLY LYONNE “Snowflake,” a new film that evokes the sense of panic half of America experienced in 2016 when the presidential election was called for Donald Trump, began streaming on Vimeo this month, the ten-year anniversary of the historic overturn of…

In Memoriam

LADY RED COUTURE Members of the West Hollywood community and the Greater Los Angeles area are mourning the loss of Lady Red Couture, a trans activists, trans drag performer and the co-hostess of the gay talk show Hey Qween, reports WeHoTimes. Lady Red (also known as Mother Couture) passed away last month from complications related…

Masculinities: Liberation Through Photography

A newly reopened and extended exhibition at the Barbican in London through Aug. 23—“Masculinities: Liberation Through Photography”—features over 300 works by more than 50 international photographers, artists and filmmakers exploring how masculinity has been coded, performed, and socially constructed from the 1960s to the present day. The exhibition will travel to Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau from October until January…

Radiant Health Centers

An interview with Philip Yaeger, the Executive Director & CEO of the largest provider of LGBTQ+ healthcare in Orange County. BY MARK ARIEL Radiant Health Centers (RHC) in Orange County offers a full range of social services to clients who require assistance with the most basic of needs such as food, housing and transportation. They…

We Are Marilyn

Honoring Marilyn Monroe Cazares and transgender lives everywhere. The “I Am Marilyn” march and vigil was held at the beginning of the month in honor and remembrance of 22-year-old Brawley, CA resident, Marilyn Monroe Cazares.  The vigil honored Marilyn’s life, and transgender lives everywhere, by showcasing transgender voices and bringing awareness to the ongoing violence…

I Love The Nightlife

Kiki Xtravaganza on drawing inspiration from gender-bending performance artists, the ballroom and voguing scene and finding a support network BY VICTOR MELAMED | PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Kiki Xtravaganza is an icon in LA nightlife. As with other club fixtures and performance artists, however, her history is shrouded in a fair degree of mystery.  Behind…

Standing In Your TRUTH

Lauran Winnett on making it in Hollywood, the thick clouds of nepotism and blurring the lines between rigid gender categorizations BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Lauran Winnett (aka PuzziNiggrr) stumbled onto the Los Angeles Drag Scene in the Spring of 2014. She’s an actress, vocalist, songwriter and storyteller who has been fortunate…

A PART OF HIM

Australian born songwriter and pop artist Yanni Burton’s new single focuses on moving on from past relationships BY VICTOR MELAMED Yanni Burton turns the spotlight on his own struggles of letting go and moving on from past relationships in his new single and music video, A Part of Me. “I have a history of getting lost…

Workplace Protections

Los Angeles LGBT Center celebrates Supreme Court landmark decision to protect LGBT employees BY ORLY LYONNE In response to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decision last month in three employment discrimination cases that employees cannot be fired because of sexual orientation and gender identity, the Los Angeles LGBT Center issued the following…

The Tipping Point

How Little Things Got Us Here “Everyday I leave my house there’s a realization that today could be the day some local cop takes their insecurities and lack of training out on me. Making me the honoree of America’s next big protests and riots.” BY SULLIVAN LEWIS You want to know the most ridiculous thing…

Louder, Prouder, Gayer

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Star Ongina on her drag mother, advocating for HIV and AIDS and dealing with pressures and expectations BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM When did you become interested in drag? I became interested in dressing up back when I first moved to NYC and started to make friends with…

The Stuff Of Legends

“I am one of the hundreds of thousands of gay men who would not be alive today if not for Larry Kramer.” Brenden Shucart on author, essayist, playwright and activist Larry Kramer, who passed away last month. BY BRENDEN SHUCART Before I eulogize Larry Kramer I feel obligated to state up front that I never…

Virtual Trans Pride

The two-day celebration takes place Friday and Saturday, June 19–20. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Trans Pride L.A. will be streamed live for the first time in the festivity’s history on Friday and Saturday, June 19–20. The two-day event remains as one of the nation’s oldest and largest celebrations of the vibrant Trans/Gender Non-Conforming/Non-Binary…

Hope Will Never Be Silent

Honoring Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person ever elected into public office. Governor Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation last month declaring May 22, 2020 as “Harvey Milk Day” in the State of California. Milk was the first openly gay person ever elected into public office in the US. “Milk stood firm in his belief…

Proud TV

CSW’s LA Pride goes virtual on ABC7 Christopher Street West (CSW), the producers of the annual LA Pride Parade and Festival, have partnered with KABC and iHeartMedia Los Angeles, to produce a virtual Pride Parade. The  90-minute primetime special will air exclusively on ABC7, on Saturday, June 13 (7:30–9:00pm PDT), with an encore presentation on…

Trading Up

Audiences are emotionally connecting with “Trade”—an independent film on the relationship between two men, one a streetwise hustler, the other a straight-laced lawyer. BY VICTOR MELAMED With over 30,000 streaming hours in its first 120 days on Amazon Prime, TRADE, written and directed by Trae Briers, is becoming a successful independent hit. This dark and…