A Sense Of Belonging

As Pride Season begins, I would like to highlight the need for sincere and true connection between members of our community.  BY GABRIEL UHURU I recently completed the first season of Pose [the second season premieres on FX on June 11]. Thank you Netflix! (Praise dance!) I know I’m hella late, but, cable just happens not…

More Than Enough

Jack Thompson became the first trans man of color to win the title of International Mr Leather last month. BY VICTOR MELAMED Jack Thompson, the reigning Leatherman of Color 2019, beat out 67 other titleholders last month to win International Mr Leather (IML) 2019 on Sunday, reported out.com. The occasion, hosted in Chicago as it has…

Non-Binary Love

Ethan Alexander Patron (he/they), 29, transmasculine and Addison Rose Vincent (they/them), 26, transfeminine, on creating a completely new, beautiful vision.  We first met technically on the dating app Tinder in July 2016, but with Addison having just moved back to Detroit to live with their family and Ethan still living in Los Angeles, the conversation did…

2019 Outfest Los Angeles

  Nisha Ganatra The nation’s premiere LGBTQ festival, Outfest,taking place next month at various venues throughout the city, announces gala screenings. BY VICTOR MELAMED Outfest—the Los Angeles based non-profit organization promoting equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBTQ stories on the screen—has announced its 2019 Achievement Award recipient, Nisha Ganatra, and its galas, including Opening…

Pink At Root 246

Chef Pink’s creations at Hotel Corque’s Root 246 in Solvang rival any Parisian, Italian, or even Deep South food experience one could have. BY SEAN GALUSZKA I’m a food snob and have enjoyed meals from Romanian cafes to an Alaskan base camp where I found the most perfect salmon, (and chocolate cake). Chef Pink’s creations…

Right Now

Matthew James’ single “Right Now” on suicide and victimization also elevates the message of brotherhood within the LGBTQ+ community.  Matthew James, a Los Angeles based Moroccan-American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and professional pianist has released his debut single, Right Now—just in time for Pride month.  The single sleeve for Right Now contains a strong dedication…

Trans Pride L.A. 2019 Events

Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story author Jacob Tobia Transparent cast member Alexandra Grey.  All events take place June 14-15, at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden PL. Los Angeles, and the Anita May Rosenstein Campus across the street at 1118 N. McCadden Pl, CA 90038.  FRIDAY, JUNE 14  7:30-9pm:…

Better Late Than Never: NYPD Apologizes For Stonewall Raid

Fifty years after the historic Stonewall riots, the New York Police Department apologized to the LGBT community for its role in the violence, reports CNN. “The actions taken by the NYPD [at Stonewall] were wrong, plain and simple,” police commissioner James O’Neill said Thursday during a Pride Month safety briefing.   He called the frequent…

What Makes A Man

No one has the right to dictate who someone is or identifies as. The only person who has permission to identify you is yourself. BY GABRIEL GREEN Jack Thompson, Mr Leatherman Of Color 2019, is the newly crowned International Mr. Leather 2019.  Jack Thompson is a proud bi-racial transman. In his IML speech Jack said…

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…