Remembering TAB Hunter: “A Pioneer Of Self-Acceptance.”

Tab Hunter, who passed away yesterday, is being remembered as both an iconic Hollywood actor and as one of the very few stars of his 1950s peak era to eventually come out as gay, a decades-long process chronicled in Hunter’s 2005 autobiography Tab Hunter Confidential, and the 2015 Netflix documentary it inspired, reports Deadline. Zachary…

Jimmy Carter: JESUS Would Approve of Gay Marriage, and So Do I

(Photo: Jimmy Carter) Jesus wouldn’t have any issue with gay marriage, former president Jimmy Carter said Sunday, reports Reason. In an interview with HuffPost Live, Carter, a born-again Christian, was asked about his personal views on homosexual marriage. “That’s no problem with me,” the Democratic former president replied. “I think that everybody should have a…

Trump’s America: Army DISCHARGING immigrant recruits

Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged, reports the Associated Press The AP was unable to quantify how many men and women who enlisted through the special recruitment program have been booted from the Army, but immigration attorneys say they…

Trump’s America: Maine Gov VETOES Bill Protecting LGBTQ Youth

(Maine Republican Governor Paul LePage) The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has strongly condemned Maine Republican Governor Paul LePage’s veto of legislation that would have protected LGBTQ youth in the state from the dangerous and discredited practice of “conversion therapy.” LePage becomes the first governor in the nation to veto such critically important protections. “Governor LePage’s shameful…

Between The Shades

Director Jill Salvino on producing documentaries, queer films and “the female filmmaker question.” BY ROXIE PERKINS Jill Salvino is a writer and director who tells stories of under represented communities with particular interest in sharing authentic LGBTQ stories through the art of documentary filmmaking.  Her first feature documentary, Between The Shades, centers on interviews with…

Podcast Of Color

TOP L-R: RENE HERNANDEZ, RAKEEM CUNNINGHAM. BOTTOM L-R: BAIZE WHITE, JOHN ALEXANDER CAGANDAHAN. Four friends come together to create a weekly podcast “to make sense of the world.” BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY RAKEEM CUNNINGHAM A weekly show about four queer friends of color, from The Bay, LA and NYC, coming together to give their…

A Prince Of Two Cities

Actor, musician, adult film performer, therapist, and writer Aram Giragos on bridging the gap between San Francisco and Los Angeles. BY BRENDEN SHUCART  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Even if you don’t know who he is, you’ve seen his face; smoldering wolf-yellow eyes piercing your soul from party fliers and go-go boxes up and down…

The WAR on SEX

SESTA-FOSTA and its implications on stigma in gay culture. BY STEPHAN FERRIS SESTA-FOSTA stands for Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act and Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. The two pieces melded together to become law on April 11, 2018. Both purport to halt sex trafficking, but in reality, are a tool for censorship. Censorship through costly…

Valley Pride Street Festival

On August 12th, 2018, the first annual Valley Pride Street Festival will take place on Burbank Blvd from Cahuenga Blvd to Strohm Ave in North Hollywood. Celebrating  “diverse and alternative lifestyles,” Bullet bar owner and event creator Michael Lara explains that “there is a need for a Pride Festival in San Fernando Valley. We have  around …

We Don’t Serve Your Kind Here

Nothing says “you’re less than” like a business owner saying your life is too sinful to allow you to pay him for something he sells others. BY SYD PETERSON My partner and I stepped up to the hotel’s front desk. From past experience, I already knew what was going to happen. Like most couples, when…

Wrangler Weekend Los Angeles

WWLA: Country Western Ball & Dance Workshops, July 27–29 at The Garland. The L.A. Wranglers is a group of performing line dancers who hold a passion for all things country. This award-winning dance troupe, formed over 16 years ago by Rick Dominguez, has maintained a presence in the LGBTQ community, performing at numerous pride, rodeo, and fundraising events. The L.A. Wranglers have recently incorporated into…

The Art

JOE NIVENS A mix-media artist from Tuscola, Illinois, Joe Nivens is a graduate of the Experimental Animation department at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) with a focus in Stop Motion Animation as well as an MA recipient from Eastern Illinois University. In addition to his studies he has worked on productions for Stoopid Buddy,…

The Calendar

TLC (Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, left, and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas) will perform at San Diego Pride. More info at www.sdpride.org. TUESDAY, JULY 03 SHEETS EXHIBITION 11AM-6PM Kohn Gallery, 1227 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, 90038. Sheets, a solo exhibition of new work by Philadelphia-based artist Jonathan Lyndon Chase. His powerful figurative paintings highlight the daily lives of…

The City

LOS ANGELES Over 150 LGBTQ Films Throughout The City Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival—eleven days of not to be missed world-class films, panels, and parties—takes place this month, July 12–22, at state-of-the-art venues around the city of Los Angeles. Screening more than 150 feature and short films to an audience of more than 40,000…

The Epidemic

Breakthrough Vaccine We may be one giant step closer to solving HIV thanks to a new vaccine set to start human trials next year. A new experimental vaccine regimen, tailor made to fit of the structure of a vulnerable region on HIV, generated antibodies in mice, guinea pigs and monkeys, and it neutralized dozens of HIV strains.…