The Big Dill

BEING CHESTER Pickle breaks bread with internet personality, actor, singer, dancer and musician Chester Lockhart at Paley Hollywood. BY PICKLE Chester Lockhart’s ears shimmer. I mean that literally. When we settled in to our booth at the beautiful Paley in Hollywood, I couldn’t help but notice that his ears almost seemed as if they were…

The Body

NHI MEDICAL A Different Approach to Hair Restoration Patients often leave NHI Medical in happy disbelief. They are pleasantly surprised that their scheduled consultation is with the doctor that will be performing their hair restoration procedure, versus a salesperson. They are even more surprised that the doctor they meet with actually tells them the truth…

The Calendar

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7 INTERNATIONAL BEAR CONVERGENCE 2019—IBC Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, 150 South Indian Canyon Drive.Tickets & Info: www.ibc-ps.com. Runs through Monday, February 11. The International Bear Convergence (IBC) – the premier event for Bears and Admirers.  3 GIRLS 1 BAR 9PM-2AM Redline Gay Bar DTLA, 131 E 6th St, Los Angeles. The New…

The City

ORANGE COUNTY RADIANT HEALTH CENTERS HOST 35TH ANNUAL RADIANT ROYAL GALA  Radiant Health Centers hosted their 35th annual Radiant Royal Gala last month at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana.  The non-profit fundraiser celebrated the golden age of Las Vegas from the 1950s and 1960s.  Poverty, stigma, cultural misunderstandings and other health barriers have led…

The Music

HELLO HAPPINESS Chaka Khan returns with a renewed sense of purpose BY PAUL V. VITAGLIANO We’ve been losing so many of our musical icons and heroes the past few years, it’s been like a shock to the system. To lose both Bowie and Prince in 2016, and then Aretha Franklin last year, the truly great…

The Nation

TRUMP ADMIN: AGENCY CAN TURN AWAY JEWS AND GAYS The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a waiver to a South Carolina foster care agency, granting it a blanket license to discriminate based on its religious beliefs. Miracle Hill Ministries refuses to partner with any foster parents that do not share its…

The Talk

NOW CHOOSING  “I continue to support the rights of individuals to choose how they will respond to their sexual attractions and identity… With that freedom, I am now choosing to pursue life as a gay man.” —Former “gay conversion” therapist David Matheson announcing that he identifies as gay, to the LGBTQ nonprofit Truth Wins Out,…

The Transaction

HOLLYWOOD EVOLVING First out trans actor cast in big budget superhero film. Zach Barack, a 23-year-old transgender actor from the suburbs of Chicago, will appear in Marvel’s upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home movie. He is believed to be the first out trans actor to be cast in a big budget superhero film, reports NBC News.…

AIDS/LifeCycle Expo At Griffith Park, February 9 

A once-a-year free event for cycle enthusiasts and those interested to learn more about AIDS/LifeCycle—the seven-day, 545-mile ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. At the Expo, you can register for AIDS/LifeCycle; swap cycling apparel and gear; meet AIDS/LifeCycle exhibitors, sponsors, and other ride participants; purchase AIDS/LifeCycle clothing; participate in a pre-Expo training ride; and…

Sexually Fluid Nyle DiMarco Strips (Partially) For Deaf Rights. WATCH!

Nyle DiMarco, the sexually fluid deaf model and activist, appeared this week on Full Frontal With Samantha Bee to address problematic police mistreatment of deaf people, often due to misunderstandings related to an untrained officer’s verbal instructions, reports NewNowNext. Spoofing an old-school training video for police officers, DiMarco demonstrates how officers can peacefully deal with the deaf…

Jussie Smollett Last Night At The Troubadour In WeHo. WATCH!

Jussie Smollett stood tall Saturday night as he made his first public appearance since Tuesday’s attack, telling hundreds of fans, “I had to be here tonight. I couldn’t let these motherf*****s win,” reports TMZ. Jussie performed in WeHo at the famed Troubadour in front of a packed audience of 400 and generally addressed the incident in…

A First: India’s Bollywood Features Same Sex Love Story

While the Indian film industry is one of the biggest and most profitable moviemakers worldwide — a feat accomplished in large part because of the hundreds of Bollywood films it releases each year — it has never released a mainstream movie featuring a same-sex relationship — until now, reports NBC News. Starring the real-life father and daughter…