The Transaction

Trans Pride L.A. June 16-17 at The Village. With special guest trans activist and fitness model Aydian Dowling. BY ORLY LYONNE The 19th annual Trans Pride L.A. festival, one of the oldest and largest trans celebrations in the country, take places on Friday and Saturday, June 16-17, at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza in…

Los Angeles LGBT Center Responds to Alarming Analysis of President Trump’s Disastrous American Health Care Act

In response to the Congressional Budget Office’s scoring of President Donald J. Trump’s proposed America Health Care Act, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Director of Health and Mental Health Services Christopher Brown issued the following statement: “Not surprisingly, we’re learning from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office that the latest version of Trumpcare—the bill that barely…

Los Angeles LGBT Center Joins Solidarity March and Rally on May 20 to Help Stop Torture of LGBT People in Chechnya

In an urgent effort to help stop the atrocities happening against LGBT people in the Russian republic of Chechnya—in which hundreds of gay men are reportedly being kidnapped and tortured in concentration camp-like facilities to ‘purge’ the country of homosexuality—the world’s largest LGBT organization will participate in a solidarity march and rally on Saturday, May…

Lisa Vanderpump: Long Beach Pride Celebrity Parade Grand Marshal

Reality TV’s Lisa Vanderpump will be participating as the Celebrity Parade Grand Marshal in the 34th Annual Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade on May 21, 2017. She will be addressing the crowd at the festival on man stage, following the parade. The event will take place at 3:45 pm, on Sunday, May 21st, at…

Los Angeles Rams At Venice Pride

The Los Angeles Rams have sponsored all fourteen of the blue lights for the upcoming rainbow display at Venice Beach for LGBT Pride month. It is the first time an NFL team has sponsored such an event, which aims for inclusivity, reports theramswire.usatoday.com. The team has paid for the entire lot of blue “C” lights that will…

LA Pride’s Grand Marshal: Alexei Romanoff

On the 47th anniversary of the world’s first permitted LGBTQ+ parade, LA Pride and Christopher Street West, remain where they began, at the intersection of activism and celebration of our diverse community. For decades, the greater Los Angeles community has strived for equality only made possible through the endless efforts of activists like this year’s Grand Marshal, Alexei Romanoff.…

Hero of the #Resistance Sally Yates Testifies on Trump, Russia

Sally Q. Yates, the former Acting Attorney General for the Trump Administration, testified yesterday before the Senate panel investigating Russia’s efforts to influence the American political system alongside former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Yates, who became a hero to the #Resistance for refusing to defend Donald Trump‘s unconstitutional Muslim in the early days of…

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…

No Way Out

“Most gay men in North Korea end up marrying, whether they like it or not, because that’s the only way they know.”  BY VICTOR MELAMED In North Korea, no ordinary people conceptually understand what homosexuality is,” Joo Sung-ha, a reporter for a South Korean daily, told The New York Times in a recent interview. Sung-ha,…

S/He & Me

Alexandra Billings’ theatrical cabaret chronicles the unvarnished, complex and often hilariously wacky story of  her life, centering on the transition from the young Scott to the show-stopping Alexandra. BY ORLY LYONNE The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center has announced a limited engagement of S/He & Me: A Theatrical Cabaret, written…

“They Want To Exterminate Us”

Global outcry over horrifying gay holocaust in Chechnya. Here’s how you can help. BY VICTOR MELAMED Nikki Haley, United States ambassador to the United Nations, has spoken out against the kidnappings, torture, and murders of over 100 gay men reportedly taking place in the Southern Russian Republic of Chechnya at the behest of that semi-independent…

Upcoming Prides

LGBT Pride festivals and parades through May and June 2017.   LONG BEACH PRIDE CELEBRATION Saturday, May 20—Sunday, May 21,  11am–10pm. Entrances: MAIN GATE (On Shoreline Drive south of Ocean Blvd.) PINE GATE (On Shoreline Drive & Shoreline Village) LINDEN GATE (From the Convention Center parking lot). LB Pride Parade Sunday: 10:30am. Route: Ocean Ave. at…

WeHo: We Cannot Be Silent!

West Hollywood calls for sanctions in response to human rights violations against gays in Chechnya. BY ORLY LYONNE The City of West Hollywood adopted a Resolution last month condemning the Russian republic of Chechnya (Chechen Republic) for establishing concentration camps that detain and torture LGBT people for their sexual orientation. It is believed that the…

The City

POLICE SEEK LEADS TO MISSING GAY MAN IN SAN DIEGO The search continues for missing gay man David Issac Bernal-Medina who was last heard from on March 21. San Diego police found Medina’s vehicle, a 2016 GMC Terrain SUV, on  I-8 near I-805. According to reports, the car appears to have been involved in an…

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…

The Final Fight

The Fathers Project  Imagine a world where AIDS never happened and our heroes lived. Who would they be? Who would we be? BY BRENDEN SHUCART AIDS has been the defining feature of gay culture and politics for more than 30 years. It decimated us, changed the course of our history, and robbed us of almost an entire generation…