The Art

CALEB BOYLES Cutedirtydog, also known as Caleb Boyles, is a queer illustrator based out of Los Angeles. As a full-time freelance artist he spends his days working out of his apartment alongside his boyfriend and their bichon poodle named Milk. His work embodies his own personal experiences of queerness and the emotions that come with…

The Calendar

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11 OUT UNDER THE STARS DRIVE—IN: BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER 5PM-8PM Parking Garage @1400 Ivar Ave. Behind The Cinerama Dome. The Los Angeles LGBT Center and Lionsgate host the ultimate socially distanced outdoor movie night benefitting the Center’s vital programs and services provided during the COVID-19 pandemic. TUESDAY, OCTOBER  13 TRANSLOUNGE: REDEFINING MASCULINITIES—EXPLORINGMASCULINITY…

The City

WEST HOLLYWOOD GOLD COAST BAR CLOSES AFTER 39 YEARS One of the oldest gay bars in West Hollywood, The Gold Coast bar, located on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and North La Jolla Avenue, on 8246 Santa Monica Blvd., becomes the fourth gay bar to close on Santa Monica Boulevard. After much speculation and…

The Profile

Brian Atchley Being Matter by Brian Atchley is currently on view at Matter Studio Gallery in Los Angeles PHOTOS BY GIL CORTES Artist Brian Atchley fell into painting when he discovered an abandoned canvas in a Chicago dumpster. He is an autodidact by choice, because he loves the process of learning through doing, rather than…

The Share

Sobriety Checkpoint We asked a few folks with various lengths of recovery time how they are handling not being to attend in-person meetings as COVID restrictions continue BY PAULO MURILLO More Present “There is not a better time for me to get sober than now during COVID. I’m taking advantage of the situation to focus…

The Transaction

Protecting Trans Inmates California to house transgender inmates by gender identity Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law on last month requiring California to house transgender inmates in prisons based on their gender identity—but only if the state does not have “management or security concerns,” reports NBC News. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation houses…

The City

LOS ANGELES MOURNING THE LOSS OF LGBT ACTIVIST DON NORMAN The recovery community is mourning the loss of LGBT activist Don Norman, known as a pillar in the sober rooms with over 40 years of sobriety. He touched everyone he encountered with his inspirational speaking and LGBT activism. According to his eulogy by his grand…

The Final Fight

#RELEASE MARGOT Poland Punishes LGBT Rights Activist with Pretrial Detention Warsaw police have arrested a nonbinary activist, Margot Szutowicz, who has been placed in pretrial detention, in the latest example of Polish authorities’ anti-LGBT actions, reports The Human Rights Watch (www.hrw.org). Forty-eight other people, from a crowd of LGBT rights supporters protesting Szutowicz’s imminent arrest last…

The Profile

DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Los Angeles based photographer Dusti Cunningham grew up in a very clean single-wide trailer home in rural Kansas. His family didn’t own television so they watched tornadoes. None of his dogs were named Toto. Dolly Parton and his mother were his heroes, both wore wigs. His inspirations are gypsies, pirates, circuses, ‘70s porn,…

The Rostow Report

“Kansas is an example of a state that is taking proactive steps to  enforce [the] Bostock [ruling], announcing that gay and trans citizens  will be covered by all state non-discrimination laws that ban sex  discrimination.” ENFORCING OUR RIGHTS Last June, as you recall, the High Court handed our community an extraordinary 6-3 victory, ruling that…

The Share

STAYING GRATEFUL We asked these clean and sober individuals with various lengths of recovery time how they remain grateful during the COVID-19 pandemic. BY PAULO MURILLO A STEP BACK “Although being grateful can be difficult during these times, I am grateful for a lot of things. I was diagnosed with HIV back in 2018 as…

The City

WEST HOLLYWOOD LA PRIDE IS LEAVING WEST HOLLYWOOD Christopher Street West (CSW) the non-profit organization that produces and organizes the LA Pride parade and festival in the City of West Hollywood sent a letter of intent to move the LA Pride events out of the City of West Hollywood. The CSW Board of Directors cites…

The Final Fight

THE COST OF BEING QUEER AND ARAB Remembering Sarah Hegazi Sarah Hegazi raised a rainbow flag at a concert in Egypt. The Egyptian government imprisoned and tortured Ms. Hegazi for her perceived sexual orientation. Last month, two years after seeking asylum in Canada, Ms. Hegazi took her own life—leaving behind this note: “To my siblings:…

The Share

Sober No Matter What We checked in with these three clean and sober individuals with different lengths of recovery time to see how they continue to maintain their sobriety as the pandemic continues to shut down in-person recovery meetings and fellowship. BY PAULO MURILLO A MIRACLE Some people might think that it’s made things more…

The Tipping Point

THE POWER OF OTHERING We are all truly at the tipping point of losing our fundamental constitutional freedoms. BY SULLIVAN LEWIS Let’s get straight to the (tipping) point.  Black Americans are disproportionately targeted by our justice system, stripping us of our constitutional rights. People of color are negatively affected by socioeconomic factors resulting in fewer…

The City

WEST HOLLYWOOD COMMUNITY MOURNS DEATH OF ENTERTAINER AND HIV ADVOCATE IRENE SODERBERG The West Hollywood community is mourning the loss of entertainer, HIV Advocate, Fairy Godmother of Fundraising, and WeHo resident, Irene Soderberg, who passed away last month. Soderberg has been entertaining for over 30 years. Wherever there was a piano in West Hollywood, she…

The Final Fight

More Naturally “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”  —Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013.…