TALKING POINT: Hook-up apps have a public health responsibility

TALKING POINT: Hook-up apps have a public health responsibility

BY JIM KEY, Chief Marketing Officer  |  Engaging naked guys in bathhouses wasn’t a job for the shy or prudish, but it was a job (several jobs, actually) that helped the Los Angeles LGBT Center combat the spread of HIV in the ’80s and ‘90s, particularly among those who were otherwise hard to reach: closeted men […]

LA Pride needs a reboot

LA Pride needs a reboot

BY TROY MASTERS | The time for massive change has come. That’s the firm conclusion I came to after meeting last week with Chris Classen, President of Christopher Street West, organizers of the annual 3-day LA Pride parade and festival in West Hollywood. And, yes, change has been called for before over the years, repeatedly. […]

OPINION: Trump fails his own LGBT litmus test on immigration

OPINION:  Trump fails his own LGBT litmus test on immigration

BY TROY MASTERS  | Donald Trump invoked gay rights today while saying “a new immigration policy is needed immediately,” and that “the common thread” among all terrorist attacks is that “they have involved immigrants or the children of immigrants. Clearly, new screening procedures are needed.”  “I call it extreme vetting,” he said during a policy position speech delivered in Ohio. […]

VIDEO: California Legislative Caucus Honors LGBT Pioneers

VIDEO: California Legislative Caucus Honors LGBT Pioneers

BY KAREN OCAMB  |  A gust of memories swept over me as I exited the taxicab in front of the State Capitol in Sacramento Mondaymorning to participate in the 2016 LGBT Legislative Caucus Pride ceremony. Suddenly it was the fall of 1991 again, and everywhere I saw activists with ACT UP tee shirts and signs excoriating Gov. Pete Wilson […]

Hotel development threatens historic WeHo nightclub “The Factory” as preservation efforts stall

Hotel development threatens historic WeHo nightclub “The Factory” as preservation efforts stall

BY MATTHEW BAJKO with supplemental reporting by Karen Ocamb and Troy Masters  |  A state historic commission deadlocked on recognizing a West Hollywood building that housed several gay bars and hosted fundraisers early in the AIDS epidemic. In June, members of the West Hollywood City Council held Mayor Lauren Meister’s Pride reception at The Factory […]

Trump to embrace antigay forces at gathering near Pulse Nightclub in Orlando

Trump to embrace antigay forces at gathering near Pulse Nightclub in Orlando

BY TROY MASTERS  |  On the same day that Donald Trump drew the political spotlight by suggesting ‘Second Amendment folks’ should assassinate Hillary Clinton if she becomes President, it was announced that Trump will join Senator Marco Rubio Thursday August 11 in addressing an Orlando, Florida event hosted by anti-LGBT evangelical leaders. The convention will be […]

Death reported as Meningitis outbreak grows

Death reported as Meningitis outbreak grows

BY TROY MASTERS  |  Three new cases, including one additional death, has been reported in the Southern California Outbreak of Invasive Meningococcal Disease, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency. In it’s press release Orange County immediately urges all gay men to get vaccinated against the disease, leading some to speculate that the death […]

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