Meet Me At The Abbey

David Cooley celebrates the 30th anniversary of West Hollywood landmark The Abbey Food & Bar BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM The Abbey Food & Bar in West Hollywood, opened in 1991, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month. Hailing from Ohio and armed with a degree in Hotel Management from the University…

At The Baths

Roman Holiday Spa locations close permanently after 52 years PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Roman Holiday Spa “Health Clubs” have been added to the list of gay spaces that are forever lost to COVID-19, reported  WEHO TIMES last month. Both gay men’s bathhouse locations, one at 12814 Venice Blvd in Mar Vista, and the other at…

Deleriously DeLaria

Film Festival honors Lea DeLaria for her contribution in helping to tell LGBTQ+ stories OUTshine Film Festival Miami honored actress, comedian, and jazz singer Lea DeLaria with their Vanguard Award at their opening night ceremony last month.  The Vanguard Award recognizes notable individuals in entertainment for their contributions in helping to tell LGBTQ+ stories, as…

Free Kick

This soccer team’s response to a fan asking for “straight pride” is everything The USL Championship soccer league is returning to action this month, and the Phoenix Rising are starting their season against the San Diego Loyal.  Last fall, when the two teams last faced each other, the Loyal walked off the field after a…

Get Your Flag On

Conservatives in a tizzy over Biden’s new rainbow flag directive The Biden administration will allow US embassies around the world to fly the gay Pride flag on the same flagpole as the American flag, reversing a Trump-era policy. In 2019, then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blocked embassy requests to fly the symbol of support for…

Making History

Drag Race Alum Honey Mahogany announces run for chair of San Francisco Democratic Party BY VICTOR MELAMED Honey Mahogany, who currently holds a vice-chair seat in her local County Central Committee, has announced that she will be seeking the role of Chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party when current Party Chair David Campos vacates the…

Men Having Babies

Interactive sessions with medical, legal and financial experts on everything gay men need to know when considering surrogacy May 15-16, 2021 will be the last opportunity for gay men around the world who are considering fatherhood to get comprehensive guidance on surrogacy in an online-version of MHB’s signature “bootcamp” weekend-long conference. Unique programs at this…

Taking Control

Queen Shannon on peer pressure, wanting to be the “cool kid” and how she eventually overcame tobacco use BY QUEEN SHANNON My name is Queen Shannon Gipson, I’m a black trans women and representative from the Unique Woman’s Coalition, a black trans led organization here in Los Angeles.  I want to share my own experience…

TOM OF FINLAND: THE DARKROOM

The exhibition consists of photographic portraits which served as reference images for his famed homoerotic drawings In celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth, Fotografiska, in collaboration with Tom of Finland Foundation, has produced The Darkroom, an exciting study in artist Tom of Finland’s (born Touko Laaksonen, 1920 – 1991) life and work process. …

The Art

LAUREN YS (they/them/儉) Lauren YS is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work is influenced by multiple stages of focus, both geographically and in practice. With dynamic bouts in academics, literature and writing, teaching, illustration, and animation leading up to their arrival in the urban art sphere, the influences of these phases of their own career…

The Calendar

MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, FRIDAYS TRANSACTION 1PM–3PM  Trans Wellness Center. For more info: (323) 993-2900 or visit: www.mytranswellness.org. A social support group for transgender women at any stage of gender transition, many participants are in a marginal or transitional living situation. Facilitated by Friends Community Center.  EVERY TUESDAY BLUSH 2PM–4PM Trans Wellness Center. For more info: (323)…

The City

LOS ANGELES LGBT CENTER CELEBRATES OPENING OF NEW YOUTH HOUSING Two years after opening its flagship Anita May Rosenstein Campus, the Los Angeles LGBT Center celebrated the grand opening of its newest building: the Michaeljohn Horne & Thomas Eugene Jones Youth Housing, last month. Located directly across the street from the revolutionary Campus and next…

The Final Fight

STAND IN YOUR TRUTH “Stand in your truth. Never let anyone intimidate you. Continue the work to move the conversation forward, especially now with the assault on the trans community. It’s important to remember that no matter how hard others may try to stop progress, they will never succeed. They might slow it down, but…

The Share

POST COVID SOBRIETY We asked these clean and sober individuals where they are in their recovery and what they look forward to most as LA County lifts restrictions on indoor group gatherings BY PAULO MURILLO THE CENTER “I wouldn’t feel as solidified in my sobriety if the pandemic hadn’t happened because I’m doing a Zoom…

TALES FROM THE FRONT LINE

Three registered nurses on dealing with the pandemic and how to tap into some joy and whimsy after such a challenging year BY DARSEEN  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Jon Sugiuchi (He/She/They),J Cagandahan (She/Her/Hers), and Diego Montoya (He/She/They) are three registered nurses working in Southern California.  In an interview with THE FIGHT they talk about…

Back To The FUTURE

Former Rage nightclub space in WeHo gets new life Lance Bass, of NSYNC boyband fame, who is also part owner to Rocco’s WeHo, signed a lease and he has been handed the keys to the former Rage Nightclub space located at 8911 Santa Monica Boulevard, reports WEHO TIMES. “West Hollywood is reborn!!!” reads a caption…

EVERYTHING JONAH

Question: What do “Swan Song,” “Another Gay Movie,” “Pet Peeves” and “Claw” have in common? Award-winning actor Jonah Blechman celebrates the release of four dynamically diverse projects in 2021.  To kick the year off, Blechman and Director/Writer/Producer Todd Stephens (Edge Of Seventeen) teamed up once more for this year’s SXSW darling film Swan Song which…