A Force For Change

Aria Sa’id, co-founder and executive director of the Compton’s Transgender Cultural District: We want to support the beautification of the neighborhood while acknowledging its rich Transgender history.” BY KELLY LOVEMONSTER  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Occupying six blocks in the South East Tenderloin (which also crosses over Market Street to include two blocks of 6th…

A More Inclusive Leader

The gay Mayor of Solvang, Ryan Toussaint on preconceived notions, social change movements and being a voice for the future. BY SEAN GALUSZKA Elected Councilman at age of 29 in 2016 then running for Mayor of Solvang in 2018 and receiving 61.47% of the vote, Ryan Toussaint says that serving as a city council member…

Celebrating OUR Freedom

An interview with Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. Pride, trans equality and making sure young people know they are not alone. BY MARK ARIEL This year Long Beach Pride is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. As the first openly gay mayor of your city—can you reflect on how the LGBTQ community has evolved since that…

The Nation

Pastor Warns: Buttigieg Will Turn Country Into A “Homocracy” Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who served as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve and deployed for the war in Afghanistan in 2014, found himself in the crosshairs of a firebrand pastor last month, who claimed the openly-gay politician would crack down on Christianity…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

In happier news, lesbian Jane Castor was elected Mayor of Tampa, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand hung out with the drag queens at a gay bar in Des Moines, exchanging fashion tips and trading outfits. Okay. I like it, Kirsten! But I still don’t forgive you for rousting Al Franken. Brace For A Devastating Answer There’s…

Support Our Troops

House passes resolution opposing Trump’s transgender military ban. The House of Representatives passed a resolution last month expressing opposition to the Trump administration’s ban on transgender service members in the military, reports CNN. The resolution “strongly opposes President (Donald) Trump’s discriminatory ban on transgender members of the Armed Forces,” and “rejects the flawed scientific and…

The Nation

Trump Admin Declines To Directly Condemn Brunei For “STONE GAYS TO DEATH” Law On April 3, Brunei legalized the stoning to death of LGBT people. The Daily Beast asked the State Department for their response to this horrific new law. After nearly 24 hours of declining to clarify its position, the State Department finally sent…

The Transaction

Support For SEX Workers Volunteer outreach workers will walk along Santa Monica Boulevard, from Vermont Avenue to La Brea Avenue. BY VICTOR MELAMED A total of $80,000 in funding for a program that helps transgender people who are engaging in sex work or experiencing homelessness along Santa Monica Boulevard was unanimously approved last week by the…

Empire starJussie Smollett’s violent attackers yelled racial and homophobic slurs, shouting “this is MAGA country.”  BY VICTOR MELAMED Surveillance video has captured potential persons of interest in the homophobic, racist attack on Empire actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago last month, authorities say. At about 2am on Tuesday, January 29, Smollett, 36, reported he was walking…

SHAMEFUL

Not A single LGBT Chechen has received asylum in the United States amidst deadly anti-gay purge. BY VICTOR MELAMED A violent crackdown on LGBT people in the Russian region of Chechnya has resulted in the arrest and torture of dozens of people so far—as well as at least two deaths. Advocates, attorneys, and activists say…

Double Digits

There will be at least ten LGBT members of Congress next year. BY VICTOR MELAMED After Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who is openly bisexual, was officially declared the next Democratic senator of Arizona last month, the amount of LGBT members of Congress next year will reach double digits, reported CBS News. The ten LGBT members are Democrats.…

The Nation

First Gay CA Democratic Party Leader Steps Down Eric Bauman, the leader of the California Democratic Party, the first gay person to lead the state’s party, has resigned following allegations of sexual misconduct—the latest politician forced to step down in the #MeToo era, reports Vox. Allegations that he had made sexually explicit comments and inappropriately…