BREAKING: Thousand Oaks Shooter Identified

(Photo: Ian Long) The gunman who massacred 12 people at a country music bar in southern California on Wednesday night has been identified as an highly decorated ex-Marine. reports Daily Mail. Ian Long, 28, opened fire on the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks at 11.20pm. Long had been cleared by mental health experts after…

Be The Change

Queer, feminist, activist, musician Madame Gandhi on misogynist rappers, inclusive diversity and inducing the vibration of your own humanity. BY ROXIE PERKINS  |  PHOTO BY WENDY FIGUEROA Madame Gandhi, headline performer at this month’s Palm Springs Pride festival, is the music and activism project helmed by drummer and Harvard graduate, Kiran Gandhi.  Gandhi rose to fame…

Fashion As Activism

Featuring non traditional models, a powerfully clear message of diversity inclusion. BY SEAN GALUSZKA History was made last month when queer designer Nik Kacy brought the first ever LGBTQ+-focused, Equality Fashion Week to Los Angeles. Kicking off with a Rooftop Runway Show (Carmen Carrera  hosted) at  the trendy and beautifully, newly renovated Montrose Hotel, cutting edge…

Fired Up!

The 2019 Australian Firefighters Calendars have just been revealed. A publishing staple since 1993, the calendar features members of the Australia’s Urban, Rural, Aviation, Armed Forces and Corporate fire-fighting services, reports Gay Star News. Proceeds from the calendars go to a range of causes, all benefiting animal charities. For more info: www.australianfirefighterscalendar.com.

A Forever Home

Celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz presents the Bullies And Biceps 2019 calendar. Benefitting New York Bully Crew Pet Rescue. BY VICTOR MELAMED Everyone loves photos of adorable pit bull pups. So what happens when you pair the cutest pooches on earth—who just happen to be in need of forever homes—with beautiful, hunky men? The year’s most buzzed-about…

In Loving Memory

Beloved artist and photographer Isauro Cairo passed away last month. Cairo had been paralyzed from a fall less than two years ago, and faced a new life in a wheelchair and a new home in Phoenix away from his beloved NYC. His strength in the face of disability served as the ultimate inspiration to so…

Trans Work

Los Angeles LGBT Center hosts 10th Annual Transgender Job and Resources Fair on Nov. 8 in West Hollywood. As transgender people face an unemployment rate three times higher than the average rate in the United States, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project (TEEP), along with the project’s community partner City of West…

Man In The Mirror

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)—struggling with body image issues—can be a life-long challenge. BY BRENT HEINZE One of the aspects of queer life is how we relate to our bodies.  Some of us may feel we’re too chubby or too skinny, or that we do not have enough muscle, lacking the beach-ready body sculpted from hours…

Models Of Pride

The world’s largest free conference of its kind, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s “Models of Pride” offered a full day of life-enriching programming.  BY VICTOR MELAMED Held for the first time at the California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) campus, more than 1,500 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth (LGBTQ) and their allies…

We’re Here, We’re BI, Get Used To It

Whether it’s pausing before making an assumption, accepting bi people’s identities as they describe them, or holding a broader view of what it means to be queer, embracing bisexuals and their place in the LGBTQ world will only make our community stronger.  BY SYD PETERSON PHOTOS BY JON VISCOTT, COURTESY OF THE CITY OF WEST…

The Art

WILLIAM SCHULTZ A painter and illustrator currently living in Los Angeles, William Schultz studied painting in San Francisco and specializes in watercolor and colored pencil illustrations. Contact info: Instagram: williamfschultz. Etsy: etsy.com/shop/willfschultz

The Calendar

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 MEN OF STEEL 4TH ANNIVERSARY 9PM Casita Del Campo, 1920 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027. The Bearded Ladies Theater Troupe & Coffee Klatsch Presents. With Will Bethencourt, Nathan Carden, Mario Diaz, Aaron Elvis James, Chris Puckett, Ron Robbins and Chad Sanders. DESERT HEAT PALM SPRINGS PRIDE WEEKEND  The Saguaro Palm Springs, 1800…

The City

LOS ANGELES 10,000 Participate In AIDS Walk LA The 34th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles attracted approximately 10,000 participants last month in Downtown Los Angeles. The walk to end AIDS by raising money for AIDS research, is a 6.2-mile fundraising that began and ended at L.A. City Hall in Grand Park. Various celebrities attended the…

The Epidemic

Seeking Volunteers Study: treatment of abdominal obesity with daily injections of tesamorelin for six months to improve cognition in HIV+ individuals. BY VICTOR MELAMED Borrego Health has two Specialty Care clinics offering a number of primary services targeted toward those in the LGBTQ+ community, as well as those in treatment for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, PrEP…