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Devoted to His Country, Dismissed by Trump

Transgender U.S. Army veteran, Rudy Akbarian, shares how the Trump Administration's transphobic policymaking will not undo his patriotism. By Jorge Paniagua Rudy Akbarian is a transgender veteran of the United States Army. Akbarian, a descendent of Armenian ancestry, is not only filled with patriotism for serving in his country’s military but...

LGBTQ+ Community Keeps Watch on 2020 Democratic Candidates

A condensed look at who’s running, who’s likely to run and how their foregoing LGBTQ+ advocacy ranks. By Jorge Paniagua With the 2019 State of the Union Address fresh on our minds, many look to see just who’s announcing their bid for the 2020 primary elections. Among these candidates: former Housing...

California Legislation to Prohibit Unnecessary Genital Surgery on Intersex Babies

Legal rights for intersex individuals (people born with variations in their sex characteristics, including genitalia) took a large step forward this week, thanks to Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and a coalition of civil rights, intersex, healthcare and LGBT advocates. Last week, Weiner introduced Senate Bill 201 – legislature...

Black, Queer and Proud

L.A.’s Queer POC community has always been a strong part of the city’s culture. Black History Month has been a contentious subject since its official creation in 1970. Is one month--and the shortest month of the year, at that--really enough time in which to pack in all the accomplishments...

“The L Word” Reboot Season Confirmed for 2019

"It’s the way that we live ... And loveee" The long wait for fans of Showtime’s “The L Word” is soon over. Showtime announced today that a revival season will air later this year. At the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena Thursday, Jan. 31, it was announced that the...

REVIEW: The Absurd Realism of “Hir” at the Odyssey Theatre

Art is an escape mechanism; We go to museums and live performances to get away from reality, but what happens when life follows you to the stage and is exacerbated and warped into a sad,  dark comedy that vaguely reflects the raw emotion raging inside? You get the Odyssey's...

DEAR AIDAN: Date and Dining Etiquette

Dear Aidan, How does one go about splitting the bill when it comes to dating? Dear Bill Splitter, There are many answers to this, depending on the situation. Here it is: • If you are the person that invited the person on the date then you should probably pay. • If you have...

GAY L.A. – In 1958, Gay Rights Won For the First Time

When the Supreme Court sided with a gay magazine, history was made. Before the 1950s, America didn’t have any gay publications. While there may have been pulpy Gay and Lesbian fiction for folks to read and a few movies about gay life playing in cinemas (1936’s “These Three” and 1944’s...

Supreme Court Approves Trump’s Trans Military Ban

The Supreme Court  on on Tuesday, Jan. 22  approved the Trump Administration’s ban on transgender people from serving in the military.  "The Supreme Court’s decision today to grant the Trump administration's request to allow temporary enforcement of its ban on transgender people serving in the military is both wrong-headed and...

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