New Anti-Gay Crackdown in Chechnya

Police in Chechnya have carried out a new round of unlawful detentions, beatings, and humiliation of men they presume to be gay or bisexual, Human Rights Watch said this week. Human Rights Watch interviewed four men who were detained for between three and 20 days, between December 2018 and February 2019, at the Grozny Internal…

One Of The School Shooters Is 16 Year Old Transgender Boy

(Photo: Alec McKinney, Instagram) Local media is reporting that one of the suspects in the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting in Colorado is transgender, reports LGBTQ Nation. On Tuesday, two students at the STEM School opened fire on their classmates, killing one and injuring eight others before they were stopped. Both of the shooters were…

Pete Buttigieg: God Doesn’t Belong To A Political Party. WATCH!

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has made clear throughout his upstart 2020 presidential bid that he believes Democrats should embrace religion and decry those who try to suggest God belongs to one political party or another, reports CNN. But in an interview with NBC’s Today Show that aired on Tuesday, Buttigieg suggested that if God did have a political…

George Clooney Responds To Brunei’s LGBTQ Death Penalty Back-Down

Following the Sultan of Brunei’s decision to back down on death penalty laws for those engaging in gay sexual acts, George Clooney, who has been a pivotal part of the global outcry against the country’s acerbic and inhumane legal codes, issued a statement today in response to the country’s reversal, reports Deadline. “This is a huge step forward after…

Michael Urie’s Gender Bending Sensation At The Met Gala

Why choose between a dress and a suit when you can wear both? That’s what Michael Urie did at last night’s Met Gala,reports Huffington Post. The Ugly Betty actor arrived for fashion’s big night wearing a gender-bending Christian Siriano creation that was half pink tulle ballgown, half pinstripe suit. Siriano posted about the outfit on Instagram, captioning a picture of Urie,…

Keeping It Fresh: What’s New And Different At Folsom Street Events

An interview with Patrick Finger, Executive Director of Folsom Street Events on upcoming changes of magnitude proportions. BY MARK ARIEL Let’s get right to the nitty gritty. Is it true that Folsom will not be producing Magnitude this year? If so, why is that not happening? Correct, we will not be producing Magnitude this year.…

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 Promising Treatment

Healing the trauma: MDMA-assisted therapy for Queer PTSD.  BY COLIN STACK-TROOST, MA, AMFT It’s been over 30 years since MDMA, known in the club scene as “molly” or “ecstasy,” received an emergency Schedule I classification from the US government. At the time, there were a number of factors contributing to this: tens of thousands of…

Keeping It Fresh

An interview with Patrick Finger, Executive Director of Folsom Street Events on upcoming changes of magnitude proportions. BY MARK ARIEL Let’s get right to the nitty gritty. Is it true that Folsom will not be producing Magnitude this year? If so, why is that not happening? Correct, we will not be producing Magnitude this year.…

Making California Affordable Again

SB-50: Scott Wiener’s plan to build new housing and fight urban sprawl (whether California wants it or not). BY BRENDEN SHUCART There is a housing crisis in California. Decades of underbuilding have left us with a 3.5 million home deficit. While a combination of housing speculation and a booming economy in the Tech, Bio Tech,…

Which Road In Los Angeles Has Been Renamed Obama Boulevard?

A stretch of road in Los Angeles has been renamed after former President Barack Obama, reports The Associated Press. A concert and ceremony Saturday unveiled Obama Boulevard. The street replaced Rodeo Road, a 3 ½-mile street that runs across the city’s historic black neighborhood. It also intersects with Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and further…