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 Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

“… There’s nothing like a Democratic governor to keep a state on an even keel. As a Texan, I’m jealous. And as a former Californian, I am mildly worried to see the Golden State once again devolve into recall mayhem.” CHEER’S MIDDLE FINGER I’m fascinated by the frustrated 14-year-old cheerleader, who got dropped from the…

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…

OUTFEST FUSION

Showcasing the work of queer and trans filmmakers of color, this year’s festival takes place on April 16th to April 20th.  Outfest, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to creating visibility for diverse LGBTQIA+ stories and empowering tomorrow’s artists and storytellers, has announced its lineup for the 2021 Outfest Fusion QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous and…

Silence Equals Death

Angered by Asian American attacks, Californians rally to demand change A grassroots anti-hate rally brought out a very large crowd in San Jose last month, reports CBS San Francisco. Rally participants said they were fed up and that they would no longer stay silent. Gay state assemblyman Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) fired up the crowd by…

Stay MAD

Lil Nas X claps back at critics of his new “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” video Lil Nas X isn’t taking any criticism sitting down, reports Anna Chan at Billboard.  The rapper, who dropped his new single and video “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” last month, is hitting back at critics who don’t…

The Feels

Using therapeutic tactics as tools for emotional manipulation: Jack Tracy’s new track Jack Tracy presents a moody blue-eyed soul number in “The Feels,” his brand-new track from his soon-to-be released Love Yah EP.  “The song is about a relationship that is being held together by the one thing that still works in it: the incredible…

Transgender Trailblazers

First Presidential Proclamation issued on Trans Day Of Visibility 2021 President Joe Biden issued the first presidential proclamation recognizing Transgender Day of Visibility last month. The day is dedicated to celebrating transgender people and bringing awareness to the discrimination and violence they face everyday. The full text of President Biden’s first “Presidential Proclamation on Transgender…

The Art

REMY GIERKE “I am interested in the intersection of the varied meanings of the word fantasy. Utilizing crafts and aesthetics from the literary style to examine a place where mundane idle thoughts, blend with sexual desire and magic. My work branches into two series: The first are the Landscape paintings, and the second are from the…