Love, Simon

Next March, a new teen romantic dramedy is coming out with two guys as the romantic leads. This is a pretty big deal considering it’s being marketed and released as a mainstream comedy reports http://www.refinery29.com. Based on the YA novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Love, Simon tells the story of a teen,…

City of West Hollywood will Crown Jake DuPree as “Queen of Halloween” at the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval 2017

(Photo: Jake DuPree. By Ruben Chamorro/Cosmopolitan.com) The City of West Hollywood will crown Jake DuPree, also known as Glitter Fantasy, as the Queen of the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval. DuPree is a shimmering web sensation as Cosmopolitan.com’s first-ever Unicorn Correspondent. The coronation will take place during the City’s annual Halloween Carnaval, which will take place…

Senate Condemns Persecution Of LGBT People In Chechnya

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed Senate Resolution 211 yesterday, condemning the violence against and persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya. The resolution, led by Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Edward Markey (D-MA), joins a nearly identical resolution passed by the House in June, reports Amnesty International at www.amnestyusa.org. “This resolution is a victory not just for…

Whack Job Roy Moore: Impeach Judge for Blocking Trans Military Ban

Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore issued a Monday night statement calling for the removal of a judge who struck down President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people in the military, reports Daily Beast at www.thedailybeast.com. Moore, a hardline religious conservative who has argued to remove Muslim congressman Keith Ellison from office, has made anti-transgender sentiment…

Zero Shame

Iconique’s Leo Paparella on true expression, the current political climate and worshipping Debbie Harry. BY PAUL V. VITAGLIANO  |  PHOTO BY ALLYSON LAQUIAN For those of you headed to Palm Springs Pride this year, you are in for a real treat, served up live on stage by the up and coming LA electro-soul trio, Iconique.…

Rising Star

Producer, writer Ben Cory Jones (HBO’s Insecure) on being black and gay in Hollywood, the Harvey Weinstein scandal and finding your passion. BY TIMOTHY RAY | PHOTO BY LUKE AUSTIN Ben Cory Jones is hot. Don’t take my word for it. Check out his Instagram (@Benthewriter) and search his exclusive hashtag #writersaresexytoo. With smoldering good looks…

Bond With Baby

Working with families in the LGBTQ community to ensure that both mothers in a relationship can choose to breastfeed their baby, regardless of how their family was created. BY DR. RONAYE CALVERT “I am a business-owner, artist, wife, daughter, lover, survivor, and activist. I feel empowered and even limitless, at times, but I can’t breastfeed my own…

Call Me By Your Name

A beautifully romantic gay coming-of-age drama.  BY ORLY LYONNE Critics are raving about the new film “Call Me By Your Name,” a sensual and transcendent tale of first love, based on the acclaimed novel by André Aciman, directed by Luca Guadagnino. It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothée…

Creating Change

Iraqi war veteran and author Rob Smith on coming out in the military, the renewed battle for rights and rallying around the threat from a common enemy. BY MARK ARIEL In the relaunch of his memoir Confessions of a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Soldier: How a Black, Gay Man Survived the Infantry, Coming Out, and…

Cuties Coffee

An LGBTQ-owned & operated espresso bar in Los Angeles, with community events. BY ROXIE PERKINS “Cuties Coffee Bar,” a queer cafe in Los Angeles founded by Iris Bainum-Houle and Virginia Bauman aims to provide queer people a safe space to socialize and engage. The cafe grew out of “Cuties Weekly Brief,” a weekly newsletter produced…

Reversing Gender Roles

Campaign showing clothed women and nude men—a statement about how women are often presented as disembodied sex objects in clothing ads. Women’s clothing brand Suistudio USA has a series of ads that reverse common gender roles, reports LGBTQ Nation at lgbtqnation.com. The “Not Dressing Men” campaign shows women clothed and looking at the camera, while…

Hankey’s Toys

“Helping people spice up their sex lives for years to cum…” An interview with the one and only Mr. Hankey.  BY ORLY LYONNE When was Hankey’s Toys established? Hankey’s Toys was established in October, 2015. We began when we realized that there were other silicone toy makers but there seemed to be a gap. You…

Heartthrobs & Hounds

Celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz’s 2018 calendar benefits pet rescue groups. What happens when you pair the cutest pups on earth—who just happen to be in need of forever homes—with beautiful, hunky men? The year’s most buzzed-about calendar, that’s what! Mike Ruiz’s 2018 calendar, “HeartThrobs and Hounds,” is thirteen months of perfection (1 bonus month in…

Pride Recovery LA

PHOTO BY PAULO MURILLO Now open in West Hollywood, serving the LGBT community. BY PAULO MURILLO The City of West Hollywood has a new treatment center that specializes on the needs of LGBTQ people who suffer from substance abuse. Pride Recovery LA treatment center celebrated their grand opening on Thursday, October 26. “This is our…

Smart Health LA

Providing culturally sensitive, high quality primary care to the LGBTQ community, regardless of ability to pay. BY SEAN GALUSZKA Smart Health LA held a star-studded gala on September 26th with a lot to celebrate. Quite simply, they’re in the business of changing and saving lives. In 2012, Director of Smart Health LA Kevin Weiler conjoined…

The Art

Homo Riot Promoting strong positive gay and queer identities. The artist known as Homo Riot began a street art campaign in Los Angeles in 2008 after the passage of the anti-gay marriage Prop 8 in California. With art and imagery that promotes strong positive gay and queer identities, Homo Riot has been an active voice internationally…

The Calendar

See Thursday, November 30. PLATICA: WHO IS DOCUMENTING QUEER HISTORY IN L.A.? THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2  LESBIAN / QUEER NIGHT   Revolver Video Bar, 8851 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069. 8pm-2am. A new lesbian night every Thursday featuring DJs, Go-Go Dancers, Drink Specials, changing themes, and more. BIG FAT DICK   Fubar, 7994 Santa Monica Blvd,…