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DEAR AIDAN COLUMN: Navigating the Negative Views on my “Lesbian Lifestyle” This Holiday Season

Question: I am lesbian and every year I go back home, I have to deal with family members making ignorant comments to me about my "Lesbian Lifestyle.” It makes me so angry and I don't want to deal with it for the entire week I am home... What should...

Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Community Supports Immigration Rights

By Christian Balderas It’s not news that the Trump Administration’s actions and rhetoric vehemently denounce undocumented immigration into the United States. Yet, a recent proposal by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) suggests that even lawful immigration may be under threat. On Sept. 22, the DHS unveiled a proposal...

The Fruitful Reign of Los Angeles’ Queer Mother Karina Samala

Since the 1990s, one woman has been keeping queer culture alive from Long Beach to L.A. With Ryan Murphy’s “Pose” sweeping the Golden Globes this month and everyone’s thoughts turning to holiday pageantry and celebration, it’s no surprise that the concept of the queer mother has taken hold in the...

Hulu’s Fresh Take on Bisexuality

With a title as blunt as “The Bisexual,” one can’t help but assume that Hulu’s latest queer 6-episode series will be negging for shock factor and ultimately a flat piece of work. However, five minutes into the first episode viewed will find that that preconceived review is far from...

This Record Label is Raising Money for LGBTQ+ International Rights with Perfume Genius

The great queer music artist Perfume Genius (Mike Hadreas) has joined forces with W Records to release two exclusive tracks for which all proceeds will go to Immigration Equality to further the the rights of LGBTQ immigrants. Immigration Equality is the nation’s leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization. W Records...

President Trump’s Footnote Nullifies LGBTQ+ Provision in NAFTA Replacement

President Donald Trump has rendered a  North America trade agreement’s LGBTQ provisions meaningless by a footnote. The trade deal replacing NAFTA. United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), includes a paragraph that protects LGBTQ+ people from discrimination in the workplace. It says that the three countries will “implement policies that protect workers against employment...

Long Beach City Officials authorize policies protecting transgender and gender nonconforming citizens

Councilmember Rex Richardson, in collaboration with the LB LGBTQ+ Center, create legislation which combats discrimination and upholds inclusivity. By Jorge Paniagua Long Beach City officials, specifically North Long Beach Councilmember and Vice Mayor Rex Richardson, in collaboration with the Long Beach LGBTQ+ Center, are working conscientiously to make the city a...

SMC Music Dept. to Honor World AIDS Day

In honor of the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day this year, the Santa Monica College Music Department will premiere "Seven Living Words of the HIV+" by Thomas Schuttenhelm at its "World AIDS Day Celebration & Contemporary Mass for Volatile Times"  performances this weekend. The music department is hosting...

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