The Art

IAN O’PHELAN Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Ian O’Phelan graduated from the University of Cincinnati, where he pursued a Frankenstein curriculum of fine art and graphic design classes. O’Phelan currently lives and works in Los Angeles.  Contact info: www.anophelan.com, IG @ianophelan, https://society6.com/ianophelan

The City

ORANGE COUNTY “STAND UP STAND OUT” AT OC PRIDE OC Pride 2019 will be held on  Saturday, June 22, 2019 in Downtown Santa Ana with an expected attendance of over 25,000.  The theme this year is  “Stand Up Stand Out.”   Dance legend Kristine W, ranked #3  in Billboard’s “Top Dance Artists of the Decade,”…

The Event

BEARS In SPACE PHOTOS BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM The warm weather brought LA’s own Critter Control with their Bears in Space season opener lot party that took place at Akbar in Silverlake. MYSTIC BILL (Dark Entries, Miami) and JEFFREY SFIRE (Macho City, Detroit) provided the tunes along with residents Chris Bowen, Victor Rodriguez, Stacy Christine and…

The Music

WOKE In Dreamland A queer kid of color, Billy Winn, on the inspiration for Another Broken Heart. BY ORLY LYONNE Billy Winn’s Dreamland II picks up where Dreamland I left off. Thematically, at least. Sonically, its debut single, Another Broken Heart, released last month, turns up the drama with a heavy-octane dance number. “I love…

The Nation

SUPREME COURT REJECTS TRANS POLICY CHALLENGE The Supreme Court declined to hear a case last month challenging a Pennsylvania school district’s bathroom policy allowing transgender students to use bathrooms of their choice, reports Politico. The conservative Alliance Defending Freedom represented a group of students in the case, Doe v. Boyertown Area School District, alleging that…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

“Whatever you may think of our allies in the business world, they are picking up most of the $12 million in costs associated with the dozens of mainstream GLBT pride events scheduled for New York alone… Like them or not, American businesses are not the enemy.” FIFTY YEARS LATER… Is it really that time of…

The Talk

Can Be Soulless “People [in Hollywood] may not always be as genuine as they should be. I come from New Orleans. It’s a city based on realness. It’s just a feeling and people lack that somewhat in Hollywood. It can be soulless, you know?” —Star’s Amiyah Scott, one of the first openly trans actors to…

The Transaction

Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera Transgender Icons Honored The statues of these pioneering trans women of color will be the first in the United States to honor  transgender people. BY VICTOR MELAMED The riots at the Stonewall Inn in June 1969 in New York were a turning point for LGBTQ rights, however for transgender activists Marsha…

The Art

AARON SMITH Aaron Smith attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he is now an associate chair. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions in galleries in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York and in group shows at galleries and museums nationwide including Laguna Art Museum, Frye Art Museum and Museum…

The Spread

Ian Utterback & Josue Oliva PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM NAME: Ian Utterback AGE: 27 HOMETOWN: Omaha, NE SELF IDENTIFY AS: Gay CURRENT AND PAST OCCUPATIONS: Used to be a hairstylist and go-go dancer. CHILDHOOD CRUSH: SEAN William Scott RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Single PET PEEVE: I hate it when someone uses the one squat rack in the…

The City

LONG BEACH GRAND MARSHALS CHOSEN FOR LONG BEACH PRIDE The Long Beach LGBTQ Pride Festival and Parade, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, will take place May 18 and 19 at Marina Green Park and Rainbow Lagoon along Shoreline Drive, reports www.Qvoicenews.com.  The Long Beach Pride Parade grand marshals are actress Kate Linder,…

The Epidemic

Once-A-Month HIV Treatment  Progress made in developing a monthly injectable to treat HIV. BY ORLY LYONNE GlaxoSmithKline’s ViiV Healthcare has continued to lead the way when it comes to simplifying drug treatment regimens for those living with HIV, and now they are closer than ever to releasing a once-a-month injectable treatment in the United States,…

The Event

Invisible Men’s First Year Anniversary The trans group Invisible Men celebrated their first year anniversary at THE FIGHT’s April issue launch party at The Abbey in West Hollywood. For more info on Invisible Men please visit: www.invisibletmen.com, FB: @invisibletmen. PHOTOS BY MELANIE CHAPMAN

The Nation

Pastor Warns: Buttigieg Will Turn Country Into A “Homocracy” Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who served as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve and deployed for the war in Afghanistan in 2014, found himself in the crosshairs of a firebrand pastor last month, who claimed the openly-gay politician would crack down on Christianity…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

In happier news, lesbian Jane Castor was elected Mayor of Tampa, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand hung out with the drag queens at a gay bar in Des Moines, exchanging fashion tips and trading outfits. Okay. I like it, Kirsten! But I still don’t forgive you for rousting Al Franken. Brace For A Devastating Answer There’s…

The Share

Overcoming Triggers  With summer fast approaching, we asked these clean and sober folks with various lengths of recovery time how they deal with triggers ortemptations during the warm weather party season. SUPPORT GROUP “The summer was always a little triggering for me. The smell of chemicals trigger me (laughs). Anything that smells like a chemical,…