BIG TECH’S WAR ON SEX

The deplatforming of sexuality and how to resist it. BY STEPHEN MOLLDREM On December 17th, Tumblr—a social network notorious and celebrated for the many varieties of niche pornography and kinky communities that it once hosted on its servers and allowed to flourish on its playful interface – made its first major move to effectively purge…

A LIFE WORTH LIVING

Setting intentions for a new year. Be careful about allowing insecurity, fear, or apprehension to discourage you from working towards your aspirations. BY BRENT HEINZE At this time of year, many of us start thinking about those pesky new resolutions that we will thoughtfully plan out and then often leave twitching by the side of…

Fight For LOVE

Courtney Act’s new dance-pop single competes to be Australia’s entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. BY VICTOR MELAMED RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist and 2018 UK Celebrity Big Brother champion Courtney Act released her brand new single Fight For Love on iTunes and Spotify last month. Courtney is bidding for this instantly memorable dance-pop smash to…

HOW VERY DARE YOU!

Conservatives in a tizzy over kiss between a gay sailor and his husband.  BY VICTOR MELAMED A kiss between a gay sailor and his husband had some conservatives’ blood boiling, reports LGBTQ Nation. Last month, when the U.S.S. The Sullivans returned to the Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida, after a seven-month deployment, News 4 Jax…

MAPPLETHORPE: THE MOVIE

A nuanced portrait of an artist at the height of his craft. BY VICTOR MELAMED The story of legendary gay photographer Robert Mapplethorpe will be the subject of the upcoming biopic Mapplethorpe, reports Rolling Stone. Dr. Who and The Crown actor Matt Smith portrays the photographer in the Ondi Timoner directed biopic that chronicles his sexual…

STRIKING A POSE

RuPaul’s Drag Race Naomi Smalls releases her new single Pose.  BY VICTOR MELAMED  |  PHOTO BY ADAM OUAHMANE Naomi Smalls, currently competing on the fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars, premiered her fierce new ballroom house anthem on the show last month. “Naomi Smalls is a fashion model and ‘Pose’ is her dream…

THE FATHERS PROJECT: 2

Leo Herrera’s docuseries imagines sex without consequence. Viral filmmaker Leo Herrera has released Episode 2 in his a sci-fi docuseries Fathers Project to bring awareness and a ray of optimism to World AIDS Day on December 1. This latest installment also shines a light on the importance of making Truvada/PrEP available to everyone. PrEP reduces the…

THE KILLING FIELDS

New report documents horrific anti-LGBTQ crimes against humanity in the Russian republic of Chechnya. BY ORLY LYONNE The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) responded last month to a new report released by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) documenting horrific anti-LGBTQ crimes against humanity in the Russian republic of Chechnya that first made headlines…

The Art

ERIN BURRELL Born in Salt Lake City, Utah—Erin Burrell currently lives in Los Angeles, California, where he studied fine art at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Burrell’s work is influenced and affected by music, film, and the queer community that surrounds him in Los Angeles. He focuses on the discovery of new…

The Big Dill

by Pickle Navigating Bodies Pickle interviews activist Bella Bathory on the fight to decriminalize sex work, the nature of kink and her love for Jayne Mansfield. I meet a lot of fabulous people in my line of work. I am, after all, in the business of being fabulous. I thought it would be keen to interview…

The Calendar

THROUGH JANUARY 27 MICHAEL CHILDERS: DISTORTIONS ONE Gallery, West Hollywood, 626 North Robertson Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069. Guest curated by Joseph Daniel Valencia. The exhibition is organized by the ONE Archives Foundation, Inc. THROUGH MARCH 17 OUTLIERS AND AMERICAN VANGUARD ART LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036. The first major exhibition to explore key…

The City

PASADENA ROSE PARADE’S FIRST LESBIAN ROSE QUEEN Louise Deser Siskel made history this month during the Rose Parade as the first Rose Queen to publicly identify as a lesbian, reports www.qvoicenews.com. Siskel, the 101st Rose Queen, held court over the 130th Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1. Candy Carlson, a spokeswoman with the Tournament…

The Event

BEARRACUDA HOLIDAY PARTY AT PRECINCT DTLA Bearracuda was back on December 8th for the final party of 2018. The “Drunk Holiday Party” with non-denominational excitement all around, included a drunk Santa who roamed around the dance floor, Mrs. Claus, Krampus and elves, with DJ Ryan Jones on the decks.

The Nation

GAY AMTRAK VICTIM: “I DID NOT JUMP FROM THE TRAIN” Aaron Salazar, the young man who was found in May critically injured along train tracks outside of Truckee, Calif., continues to improve and is speaking, reports ThisisReno. A video shared by his family with ThisisReno shows Salazar saying that he did not jump from the…

The Spread

 IAN DEVOGLAER PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM AGE: 25 HOMETOWN: Austin, Texas. SELF IDENTIFY AS: I’ve always identified as a Bear Chaser and nail polish enthusiast. Also, Gay/Male/6ft/Can host. CURRENT AND PAST OCCUPATIONS: Stage Manager for The Boulet Brothers and Line Producer for “The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula.” CHILDHOOD CRUSH: Bowser, of Super Mario fame. He’s a total…