The Talk

Steer Clear “You should know that we’re unafraid of bullies. Our legal department is here, it’s queer, and it’s telling you to steer clear.” —Netflix in an email last month threatening the organizers of Boston’s “Straight Pride” with legal action after they listed the streaming platform as a “prospective corporate sponsor” for their anti-LGBT+ event…

Straight Female Muslim Produces Gay Comedy Show In WeHo

(Photo: Mona Shaikh)   Mona Shaikh, a straight, Muslim female comedian, produces a comedy show showcasing LGBTQIA comedians in Boystown called Minority Reportz presents Gay AF comedy show at Rage in West Hollywood.   “I come from a conservative Pakistani, Muslim background where being a woman alone is challenging let alone being an LGBTQIA person so…

“Will & Grace” (The Revival) Is Coming To An End

After an 11-season, 246-episode run, Will & Grace will end with the upcoming season (the revival’s third and 11th overall) in 2020, reports Deadline. “When NBC had the opportunity to reconnect this amazing cast and creative team, we jumped at the chance,” said George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy, Co-Chairmen, NBC Entertainment.”The impact and legacy of…

Heart Throb

  The seven colors of sex. BY LEON FOX  |  PHOTO BY BRADLEY ROBERGE For about seven years now, I’ve majored in the gay erotic arts, via escorting, adult film acting, sex and intimacy coaching, etc; and if there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that we’ve been programmed to believe that there is only one kind…

Pride Institute

Recovery doesn’t just mean living substance-free, it means living more integrated and expressive lives. BY VICTOR MELAMED Founded in 1986, Pride Institute is the nation’s first and leading provider of residential and outpatient treatment programs devoted to treating addiction and the mental health needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. At Pride Institute,…

Love Bizarre

Nathan Rapport and Suzy Mae, co-owners of downtown LA’s “A Love Bizarre” and “Neon Altar” on queer art, magic and community. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM A Los Angeles based queer focused fine art gallery and gift shop—A LOVE BIZARRE is a brick and mortar neon and glitter fantasy shopping experience. The shop also incorporates…

The Fight For CHANGE

Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on the story of equality since Stonewall, the importance of allies and taking up the unfinished work of achieving true freedom and dignity for every American. BY VICTOR MELAMED The LGBTQ Victory Fund, a political action committee dedicated to increasing the number of openly LGBTQ public officials in the U.S.,…

Beyond Sound Bites

The democratic debates briefly spotlight transgender rights, hopefully signaling the party is willing to embrace broader civil rights and social justice platforms.  BY ORLY LYONNE In a historic moment, Democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro used the televised debate stage last month to support civil rights for transgender people, reports Sony Salzman at www.rewire.news. His comments were…

Confirmation Bias

The Langer’s Deli incident. The false accusation of homophobia taps into our conscious and unconscious beliefs, dramatically undermining legitimate victims.  BY MARK ARIEL Last month, a lesbian couple accused the legendary Langer’s Deli, in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, opposite MacArthur Park, of homophobia. Rachel Curry, one of the women involved in the incident,…

Don’t Let Me Go

Dario’s new single on toxic relationships, from his new LP, Ascension. BY ORLY LYONNE LA based glam rocker Dario makes his return to pop radio with “Don’t Let Me Go”, an anthemic rock power ballad he wrote about his experience being trapped in a toxic relationship.   “Our minds often play games with us, convincing us…

I’m Fine

This season tackles themes of identity, monogamy, shame and the gay generational divide. BY VIXTOR MELAMED The final season of I’M FINE—Dekkoo’s multi-episode trilogy web series—follows Nate and his band of friends as they continue to splinter off into their own journeys as other friendships develop.  This season tackles themes of identity, monogamy, shame and…

The Art

On The Inside On the Inside is a group exhibition of LGBTQ+ artists who are currently incarcerated. The artworks are made from basic materials the prisoners have access to behind bars: mostly letter-sized paper, dull pencils, ballpoint pen ink tubes, and unlikely innovations such as an asthma inhaler filled with Kool-Aid to create an air…

The City

Rhys Ernst, sitting L, and the cast of “Adam”  LOS ANGELES  OUTFEST: ELEVEN DAYS OF WORLD-CLASS LGBTQ FILMS The nation’s premiere LGBTQ festival, Outfest,  takes place this month at various venues throughout the city. The annual festival will open on the evening of Thursday, July 18th at the Orpheum Theater with Rachel Mason’s intimate and…