The Art

QueerMaps From the makers of Spotlight comes a new online resource to track down the queer spaces, politically-significant sites, and secret spots that have helped shape Los Angeles into the culturally-rich city we know today. Queer Maps is an interactive, online map of active LGBTQ organizations, bars, nightclubs, etc. in Los Angeles from 1871 to…

The City

LOS ANGELES JUSTIN WELLS, WESTWIND RECOVERY TREATMENT CENTER CEO, FOUND DEAD. RIP  Justin Wells, the co-founder and CEO of Westwind Recovery Treatment Centers and Sober Livings in Los Angeles was found dead in his home last month by his husband Zack Ament, who is Chief Operating Officer at Westwind Recovery. No official report has been…

The State

Attorney General Joins Brief Defending Trans Students California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced last month that the state is joining a coalition of 23 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in support of the rights of transgender students in Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board, reported Sierra Sun Times. The case stems from a…

The Talk

STAND FOR “My wife and I stand for inclusion and acceptance, and we’ve done work with refugees, people that come from, you know, the ‘shithole countries.’” —Pitcher Sean Doolittle with the Washington Nationals refusing to visit the White House last month after his team won the World Series, in part because he wants to be…

The Transaction

Casa De Zulma The First Ever Housing Project For Trans Women in Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, along with Councilmen Herb Wesson and Mitch O’Farrell, announced the grand opening of Casa de Zulma last month, the first publicly funded bridge housing project for transgender women in LA County, reported Hayley Smith at USC Annenberg Media.…

The Art

CRYSTAL VIELULA A queer San Francisco based artist and art educator Crystal Vielula as selected as a MUNI artist in 2019. Vielula has been involved as a muralist with Clarion Alley Mural Project for over 10 years and her current LGBTQ Pride mural is one of the most photographed in the city. Recently her work…

The Bay

IMPEACH TRUMP BILLBOARD IN SAN FRANCISCO A billboard with the word “impeach” in all capital letters next to a picture of President Trump went up in the Fisherman’s Wharf area of San Francisco. The billboard, which was paid for by the  Courage Campaign, was on display through Oct. 21. The billboard features a link to…

The Calendar

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 PALM SPRINGS PRIDE Arenas Rd and Palm Canyon Drive, Though Sunday, November 3. The wildly popular festival returns with a multitude of performers and events. For more info visit: www.pspride.org. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4  QUEER BOOK CLUB WITH CB LEE 7:30PM–9PM The Last Bookstore, 453 S Springs St, Los Angeles, CA. Led by…

The City

LOS ANGELES 35TH AIDS WALK LOS ANGELES RAISES NEARLY $1.6 MILLION AIDS Walk Los Angeles held its 35th annual walk last month raising vital funds that help to build support and awareness of the continuing need to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Ten thousand participants, volunteers and sponsors raised nearly $1.6 million. Individuals are able to…

The Event: Tom of Finland

TOM OF FINLAND ART AND CULTURE FESTIVAL The 24th annual Tom of Finland Art and Culture Festival took place last month at TOM House in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Nearly 700 people came through the gates to view the works of over 40 artists throughout the weekend. This year’s theme was OUR…

The Event: Onyx Southwest

ONYX SOUTHWEST: BLACKOUT 2019 The Men of ONYX and Pearls celebrated Blackout 24, the Men of ONYX’s  twenty-four-year anniversary leather run from October 10–13 at the Hilton Glendale. ONYX men and women from all nine chapters (Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Cleveland/Detroit, San Francisco, Dallas and Fort Lauderdale) were in attendance for this…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

A straight Trump supporter accidentally spawned a gay meme. THE FACTS OF LIFE AND SILVER LININGS  Proctor & Gamble subsidiary, Always, will change its packaging on feminine hygiene products to embrace those transmen and non-binary people who menstruate and might use their pads and tampons. This means they will remove the Venus female sign, the…

The Share

Attitude Of Gratitude Three individuals with various lengths of sobriety on why gratitude is important in their recovery. THE CURE “Addiction is a disease of forgetfulness. If I forget that I had nothing and I was living on the street, then I forget to be grateful for having a home and a bed to sleep…

The Sport

WWE Signs Jake Atlas World Wrestling Entertainment gets its first openly gay wrestler. One of the most prolific out gay pro wrestlers going today, Jake Atlas, appears to be ready for the big time, reports outsports.com. According to multiple reports, the purveyor of the LGB-DDT has signed a developmental contract with WWE. Last Word On…

The Talk

My Hope “It is my hope that the facts will win the day.”  —Shepard Smith, Fox News’ only gay anchor, announcing he is leaving the network last month, saying he was looking forward to spending more time with his partner, Giovanni “Gio” Graziano, and their dog Lucia. An Excuse “The right to religious freedom ends…