City of West Hollywood and The Tweakers Project to Co-Host Tenth Anniversary Screening of the Documentary Tweakers, Followed by a Panel Discussion

The Film Chronicles the Impact of Crystal Meth Addiction in the LGBT Community; it will be Screened on  Fri., Feb. 17 at West Hollywood Library   WEST HOLLYWOOD, February 13, 2017 – The City of West Hollywood and The Tweakers Project will host the 10th anniversary screening of the documentary filmTweakers, on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 7 p.m.…

Leaving A Legacy

Stuart Timmons, gay author and LGBT historian, dies at 60. BY PAULO MURILLO Stuart Timmons, an LGBT activist, historian, journalist and author passed away last month. He was 60 years old. The cause of death appears to be due to breathing problems that led to heart failure. Timmons was best known as the author of…

Yearning To Breathe Free

U.S. immigration law and the new Trump presidency: what you need to know. BY LORRAINE P. D’ALESSIO, ATTORNEY AT LAW After barely a week in office, Donald Trump has already sent shockwaves throughout the immigrant community with a string of incendiary announcements. From his executive order authorizing the construction of a border wall, to his…

The Desert

Bears Converge On Palm Springs It’s finally here! The International Bear Convergence (IBC) for bears and their admirers takes place this month in Palm Springs on February 9-15, 2017. The four-day event will come to life with DJs, live entertainment and thousands of bears from around the globe. The last two years were hugely successful and the…

The Epidemic

HIV & Diabetes People infected with HIV may be more susceptible to developing diabetes. BY VICTOR MELAMED The prevalence of diabetes is higher among HIV-infected individuals living in the United States compared with the general adult US population, suggests research published in the online journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care. “Nationally representative estimates of…

The History

Harvey Milk  “Rights are not won on paper; they are won only by those who make their voices heard.” BY ORLY LYONNE Harvey Bernard Milk (May 22, 1930—November 27, 1978)—a politician, gay rights activist, and  cultural icon—became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California when he won the seat on San Francisco Board of…

The State

Protecting SENIORS New bill introduced to protect the aging LGBT community. BY VICTOR MELAMED LGBT seniors and HIV-positive people living in long-term care facilities throughout California would be protected from discrimination under a bill gay state Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced this month, reports The Bay Area Reporter at ebar.com. His bill is modeled after…

The Transaction

Gender Recognition California introduces bill to create non-binary gender marker. BY ORLY LYONNE A bill that would create a third, non-binary gender designation and simplify the process to change one’s gender marker was introduced by California lawmakers last month. Senators Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) said that the Gender Recognition…

Taking Pride

Four community leaders resign from Christopher Street West.  BY PAULO MURILLO Turmoil from within continues to plague Christopher Street West (CSW), the non-profit organization responsible for organizing LA Pride in West Hollywood, as it now faces the New Year sans four valuable community leaders who jointly resigned as CSW board members in late December. Community…

A True Ally

Debbie Reynolds headlined an AIDS benefit concert at the Hollywood Bowl in 1983, when the disease was still highly stigmatized.  BY VICTOR MELAMED Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds passed away last month, just one day after her daughter, fellow Hollywood icon, Carrie Fisher, died of complications from a heart attack. In the days following the late…

Goodbye, Carrie Fisher

She invited us to look at ourselves outside of ourselves using her own life as an example, and saw that in that moment, we’re able to laugh at the insanity of our own folly. BY PICKLE When I was seven years old I sprawled out on the living room couch and lay in silence for…

Losing Will

San Diego activist who lost gay pride lawsuit found dead from apparent suicide. BY PAULO MURILLO Will Walters, the man who sued San Diego Police after he was allegedly manhandled and arrested for wearing a revealing leather gladiator kilt to the San Diego Pride festival in 2011, received a devastating blow last month. After two…

Raising Hope

  Johnny Ontiveros creates “Johnny Angel”—an L.A. based, non-profit, socially conscious business—raising funds and awareness for the disenfranchised. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Proving that the gift of giving still exists despite life’s sham, drudgery and broken dreams—L.A. based Johnny Ontiveros, 28, is determined to make this world a better place. Ontiveros…

The City

Center Joins Call For Sanctuary Campuses Together with more than 120 community, education, health, faith, labor, student, and parent organizations in California, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has released an open letter calling on California’s educational leaders to address the growing fear around deportation and the troubling spike in hate crimes, incidents, and bullying in K-12 schools and…

The Desert

International Bear Convergence 2017 Bears are coming out of hibernation and are heading to the International Bear Convergence (IBC) ,the premier winter event for Bears & admirers in Palm Springs, that will take place on February 9-13, 2017. This desert oasis opens its arms and welcomes you back to the hip Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs…

The Epidemic

Pumping PrEP Coming soon: a tiny drug pump implanted underneath the skin to prevent HIV infections. BY VICTOR MELAMED As the world celebrates a brand new year and a bevy of medical breakthroughs in 2016, the international scientific community could be one step closer toward discovering a cure for HIV and AIDS—in part thanks to billionaire…