Find Your PASSION

  Contemplating a career change? Check out this workshop in Palm Springs. BY JAY ZALTZMAN I’ve always felt lucky that I get to do what I love, but over the years, I’ve met a lot of people who aren’t completely satisfied with their lives or aren’t sure what they want to do.  Sometimes it’s young…

Mental Illness & Addiction

  Dual diagnosis in the LGBTQ community. Coping strategies, finding proper treatment and healing old wounds. BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT Many of us have witnessed or experienced first-hand some form of mental illness and/or addiction. While this kind of psychological and emotional pain is common enough for us to have some level of familiarity with…

Gender Transitioning In Recovery

  Without an easy check-in-the-box to apply, many substance abuse facilities simply don’t know what to with a transitioning individual. BY DR. RONAYE CALVERT Picture it: West Hollywood, California, 2016. It was a hot day, white petals fallen from nearby trees lined the pavement and the smell of a freshly lit cigarette filled the air. A teary-eyed…

You’re Not Alone

In recognition of Natural Recovery Month—an overview of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s addiction resources. BY ORLY LYONNE If you’re struggling with substance abuse, don’t struggle alone; The Los Angeles LGBT Center has many programs and services to help. In addition to one-on-one therapy and therapy groups—all facilitated by professional substance abuse counselors in confidential…

The Epidemic

Photo courtesy the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania HIV Status EXPOSED Aetna reveals HIV statuses of thousands of customers. BY VICTOR MELAMED The health insurer Aetna is facing criticism for revealing the HIV status of potentially thousands of customers after it sent out a mailer in which information about ordering prescription HIV drugs was clearly visible…

Aging Disgracefully

As the baby boomer generation reaches retirement age, it is clear that we are woefully unprepared to provide for the needs of older LGBT adults. BY ORLY LYONNE There are more than 2.7 million LGBT adults aged 50 or older—nearly one third of all LGBT adults, according to a recent report compiled by the Movement…

Kicking Balls

Will Hackner’s inclusive Varsity Gay League turns ten. BY LARRY BUHL  |  PHOTOS BY GILLIAN PERRY It was a balmy Wednesday evening when I dropped in on the Varsity Gay League’s (VGL) kickball scrimmage in Poinsettia Park in West Hollywood. The middle school memories were just flooding back—similar rules as baseball, a large ball that…

Senior Services

The L.A. LGBT Center’s Triangle Square offers affordable housing for LGBT seniors. BY ORLY LYONNE There are an estimated 65,000 LGBT people over the age of 64 who live in Los Angeles, 68% of whom live alone. More than others of their age, LGBT seniors struggle to afford housing because they’re four times less likely…

The Epidemic

Take Your Statins Studies have shown that HIV-positive people are more likely to suffer a heart attack. BY VICTOR MELAMED A new report published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes shows a majority of HIV-positive people at high risk for heart disease are not on statins, a lipid-lowering medication that’s been found to reduce heart…

The Epidemic

Generic Truvada A generic version of the drug has been approved by the FDA. BY VICTOR MELAMED The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic version of Truvada, the drug used as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), aimed at preventing HIV-negative people from becoming infected with the virus, reports The Advocate. Truvada, also used in HIV treatment in…

The Share

Summer Sobriety  The associates at My 12 Step Store in West Hollywood on how they’re staying sober these hot summer days. BY PAULO MURILLO HAVE FAITH ″When I was in my addiction, I’d be running around and always looking for the next place where I could get high. I’d be walking in the heat for hours…

Rebel With A Cause [cover interview]

MedMen co-founder Andrew Modlin on reshaping the cannabis industry.  BY CAITLIN DONOHUE  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Over the course of his 10 year career in the marijuana industry, Andrew Modlin, oil painter turned brand designer turned co-founder of the SoCal based marijuana investment firm MedMen, has made it his firm’s goal to bring professional…

The Epidemic

Eradicating HIV New treatment method might lead to the end of AIDS. BY VICTOR MELAMED Researchers believe they have found a new method to execute the “shock and kill” strategy aiming to eliminate HIV hiding in viral reservoirs inside our own T cells, reports David Artavia at hivplusmag.com. Even though an HIV-positive person on antiretroviral therapy…

The Share

Galvanizing The Community Robert Gamboa, one of the producers of the sober #SIZZLE at the LA Pride Festival, on staying on track, the #ResistMarch and “Take a Sober Stand.” The way I stay sober during Pride season is I am of service. I get to be of service at a multitude of capacities. Being of service…

House Republicans Vote for 30 More Years of HIV

The Republican controlled House of Representatives voted 217 to 213 today to kill Obamacare. And I’ve been trying to write about that vote for the last several hours but I have to keep stopping because I can’t see through the tears. 217 men and women voted to snatch basic healthcare out from underneath millions of…

The Epidemic

TSRI Senior Staff Scientist Jia Xie.  Resistant Cells A new generation of cells is able to block HIV.  BY VICTOR MELAMED Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found a way to stick HIV-fighting antibodies to immune cells, which may foster a cell population resistant to the virus. The experiments under lab conditions show resistant…