Local Transgender Activist Viccky Gutierrez’s House Fire Death Under Investigation

(Photo: Viccky Gutierrez) Transgender acitivst Viccky Gutierrez was killed in what authorities are calling a suspicious Pico-Union area house explosion, and investigators are trying to figure out if it was an accident or a murder, reports ABC 7 Eyewitness News. Wednesday evening, Bamby Salcedo, President & CEO of TransLatin@ Coalition, announced in a Facebook post the death…

Golden Globes: Who Won – And Who Should Have Won

(Photo: Chalamet, Hammer, Call Me By Your Name) Thank you GQ magazine for reporting this morning on the winners from last night’s Golden Globes  –  and, in some cases, the more deserving nominees who SHOULD have won their category. We totally agree with GQ‘s assessment regarding the following: Best Performance by an Actor in a…

It’s Back! California-Based Charity Advises Teens To Pray Away The Gay

An evangelical Christian group in California is using social media to promote the scientifically discredited and flat-out lethal idea that gay, lesbian, or bisexual people can change their sexual orientation if they pray hard enough, reports The Huffington Post. Anchored North, a conservative Christian charity, tells the story of a young woman named Emily Thomes in a video titled…

God To Michele Bachmann: “You’re Kidding, Right?”

Former Republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann is considering a run for Democrat Al Franken’s senate seat. The notoriously batty conservative says she is waiting on a sign from God telling her to get back into politics, reports LGBTQ Nation. Franken and Bachmann couldn’t possibly be further apart in political and social ideology. While Franken has been…

A Healing Home

Pride Recovery’s Matthew Bianchi on structure, accountability and accepting, without reservation, who you truly are. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Matthew Bianchi, Admissions and Outreach Coordinator at Pride Recovery Los Angeles, an LGBTQ Intensive Outpatient facility, knows a thing or two about becoming clean and sober. “At the age of 25 I…

Speak Truth To Power

The Trump administration wants to ban the word “transgender,” among others. The Los Angeles LGBT Center responds. In response to the Trump Administration’s mandate to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) to not use the words: diversity, entitlement, evidence-based, fetus, science-based, transgender, and vulnerable, the Los Angeles LGBT Center issued the following statement: “The Trump Administration’s effort to…

Be You

27% of Californian youth identify as gender non-conforming. BY VICTOR MELAMED According to a new study out of UCLA, more than a quarter of California adolescents feel comfortable enough to dismiss societal pressures to identify with one gender or another, reports Vice at broadly.vice.com, Researchers out of the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law and…

Being Alive

The go to place for mental health and more. BY STEVE GANZELL AND GARRY BOWIE My introduction to Being Alive happened in one phone call. I was sitting with a close friend who had just heard that he had tested positive. It was overwhelming. It always is. The agony of being asked, will I live…

One Last Look Back

Ann Rostow’s annual LGBTQ news quiz—summing up the past year. 2018 cannot help but be an improvement. BY ANN ROSTOW It’s that time again, dear readers. Quiz time! These quizzes are more labor intensive than they seem, and they oblige me to reread my last 26 columns. For the record, my most over-used word this…

Buckle Up

Amanda Lepore puts the pedal to the metal in sultry new single, “Buckle Up.” The first release from her upcoming LEPORE. ep. BY ORLY LYONNE Get ready, you’re in for a bumpy ride says Amanda Lepore in “Buckle Up,” the first single from her soon-to-be-released LEPORE. ep. The flirty and playful song, with its burlesque,…

Chain Male

TONY PARKER (L), WITH HUSBAND ROB Locally handcrafted custom jewelry and fetish items.  BY VICTOR MELAMED Palm Springs resident Tony Parker has created “Chain Male” (chain-male.com) a site that offers unique, one of a kind, handcrafted custom jewelry and fetish items. Parker, who has been working in the travel industry for the past twenty years,…

Good Hair

Madin Lopez Trims the Hair of One of Their Youth Clients. Madin Lopez, a genderqueer hair stylist, gives free haircuts to gender nonconforming youth in Los Angeles. BY LARRY BUHL On the day before Thanksgiving, as Madin Lopez (they/them/their) introduced me to several homeless LGBTQIA youth—they asked me, “Are you a good white?” I was…

We Are Family

Cain Andrade (L), Gina Bigham (R) The LA LGBT Center in Hollywood offers an abundance of support and social networking groups. BY ROXIE PERKINS Cain Andrade and Gina Bigham are facilitators of the LA LGBT Center’s weekly social networking groups, providing a space for queer people to find community and support. In an interview with THE…

What Makes A Man

Reality TV star Derek J’s new documentary “Gay Like Me” explores the lives of “masculine” gay black men. BY TIMOTHY RAY @FREEMAN.JASPER  |  DEREK J. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRAVO   Derek J is fierce, hunny. Not just because the award-winning celebrity hairstylist, television star and entrepreneur wears flashy, flamboyant styles with stilettos, or has a face…