Doing The Work

Musical artist Ken X Y on honesty, creating change and his first album Escapism BY MARK ARIEL | PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM “As a young person, there is no shortage of people who tell you ‘you don’t know what you’re doing,’” says multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer and dancer Ken X Y. “As an ‘artist who…

Supporting BIDEN/HARRIS

“Four more years of an administration that openly embraces racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic and transphobic appointees and policies is ntenable.” BY VICTOR MELAMED Over 300 LGBTQ+ community leaders have signed their name to an op-ed in support of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, reports Matt Baume at them.us. It urged voters to support the 2020 Democratic…

AIM FOR LOVE

“Disarm Hate” chronicles nine LGBTQ+ activists’ trip to an anti-gun rally and differences among them BY VIC GERAMI Narrated by the iconic actor Harvey Fierstein, “Disarm Hate” seeks to create awareness about gun violence against the LGBTQ+ community following the 2016 Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando that took 49 lives. Directed by Julianna Brudek, the…

The Boys In The Band

Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of the landmark play premieres at the end of the month Netflix has revealed the first stills from its upcoming adaptation of the Broadway revival of the late Mart Crowley’s 1968 landmark play The Boys in the Band, co-produced by Ryan Murphy and directed, as on Broadway, by Joe Mantello, reports Towleroad.…

CARE During COVID-19

Dignity Health—St. Mary Medical Center expands services to meet the needs of the community 2020 is certain to be a year no one will ever forget. The COVID-19 Pandemic has been challenging, but one thing that has become evident through this challenge is that St. Mary Medical Center is a strong pillar in the Long Beach…

Getting Relief

Ketamine as a medical treatment. An interview with NeuroRelief Founder Dr. Austin Harris BY MARK ARIEL How did you get involved with ketamine and infusion therapy? During my medical school, internship and anesthesiology residency, I developed an interest in Ketamine due to its unique properties, methods of action, and the fact that it was the…

LOVE In ACTION

Two-hour star-studded telethon benefitting the Los Angeles LGBT Center live this month on KTLA 5  BY ORLY LYONNE On Saturday, September 12, from 7–9 p.m. PDT, the Los Angeles LGBT Center will host its first-ever telethon, Love in Action, presented by The Ariadne Getty Foundation, that will air live on television station KTLA 5 benefiting…

Pushing The Envelope

Steamy party gear at AddictedUSA.com Clubs doors may be closed but that isn’t stopping Addicted from getting the party started.  “This fall’s clubwear collection is all about fun,” says Chris Lynch of Addicted USA. The brand’s new “Party” collection features crop tops, fetish shorts, mesh tanks and feathers (yes, feathers!) in bold black, white, silver and…

Set In STONE

Commemorating Los Angeles’ All Black Lives Matter March Hollywood Boulevard from Highland Avenue to Orange Drive was closed to traffic last month as the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services worked to install a permanent street mural commemorating the June 14, 2020 All Black Lives Matter March, reported Brody Levesque with the Los Angeles Blade.…

A Hint Of Myint

Part-time Palm Springs resident Chef Arnold Myint—aka Suzy Wong—on the hospitality industry, neighborhood boys and Barbie dolls BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Renowned chef, restaurateur, entrepreneur, Food Network Star season 11 and Top Chef D.C. Arnold Myint (aka Suzy Wong—more on that later) didn’t initially intend to conquer the culinary world. “I was…

A Love To Die For

Trent Park releases new single and music video. BY VICTOR MELAMED Trent Park is out now with “Scare Me Most,” the first of his new singles and music videos that he will be releasing this summer. Written and produced by the artist in collaboration with his creative partner Bodes, the haunting Pop/hip-hop track paints love…

The Fear Of A Nation

“Snowflake”—a new fictional film dramatizes modern day political divides in the LGBTQ community. BY ORLY LYONNE “Snowflake,” a new film that evokes the sense of panic half of America experienced in 2016 when the presidential election was called for Donald Trump, began streaming on Vimeo this month, the ten-year anniversary of the historic overturn of…

In Memoriam

LADY RED COUTURE Members of the West Hollywood community and the Greater Los Angeles area are mourning the loss of Lady Red Couture, a trans activists, trans drag performer and the co-hostess of the gay talk show Hey Qween, reports WeHoTimes. Lady Red (also known as Mother Couture) passed away last month from complications related…

Masculinities: Liberation Through Photography

A newly reopened and extended exhibition at the Barbican in London through Aug. 23—“Masculinities: Liberation Through Photography”—features over 300 works by more than 50 international photographers, artists and filmmakers exploring how masculinity has been coded, performed, and socially constructed from the 1960s to the present day. The exhibition will travel to Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau from October until January…

Radiant Health Centers

An interview with Philip Yaeger, the Executive Director & CEO of the largest provider of LGBTQ+ healthcare in Orange County. BY MARK ARIEL Radiant Health Centers (RHC) in Orange County offers a full range of social services to clients who require assistance with the most basic of needs such as food, housing and transportation. They…

We Are Marilyn

Honoring Marilyn Monroe Cazares and transgender lives everywhere. The “I Am Marilyn” march and vigil was held at the beginning of the month in honor and remembrance of 22-year-old Brawley, CA resident, Marilyn Monroe Cazares.  The vigil honored Marilyn’s life, and transgender lives everywhere, by showcasing transgender voices and bringing awareness to the ongoing violence…

I Love The Nightlife

Kiki Xtravaganza on drawing inspiration from gender-bending performance artists, the ballroom and voguing scene and finding a support network BY VICTOR MELAMED | PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Kiki Xtravaganza is an icon in LA nightlife. As with other club fixtures and performance artists, however, her history is shrouded in a fair degree of mystery.  Behind…

Standing In Your TRUTH

Lauran Winnett on making it in Hollywood, the thick clouds of nepotism and blurring the lines between rigid gender categorizations BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Lauran Winnett (aka PuzziNiggrr) stumbled onto the Los Angeles Drag Scene in the Spring of 2014. She’s an actress, vocalist, songwriter and storyteller who has been fortunate…

A PART OF HIM

Australian born songwriter and pop artist Yanni Burton’s new single focuses on moving on from past relationships BY VICTOR MELAMED Yanni Burton turns the spotlight on his own struggles of letting go and moving on from past relationships in his new single and music video, A Part of Me. “I have a history of getting lost…