A War on Cross-Dressing: Los Angeles’ Anti-Masquerading Ordinance of 1889 Targeted the Growing Queer...

A little over a hundred years after the City of Los Angeles was founded, the Anti-Masquerading Ordinance of 1889 was enacted to intimidate and...

COLUMN: Gay L.A. – Decades Later, Matthew Shepard Lives On in the Heart of...

The hate crime that got the world talking about tragic queer lives and deaths turns 20 this year. The late ‘90s were not quite...

The Radicalized foundation of PRIDE for the LGBTQ+ Community

Considered a more radical LGBTQ+ activist group, Personal Rights in Defense and Education (PRIDE), was founded in 1966 and paved the way for radical...

The Founding Folk of L.A. Were LGBTQ-Friendly, Celebrated “Two-Spirited” Tribe Members

LGBTQ+ history in Los Angeles begins well before Los Angeles even existed. Before colonial settlers took over in 1781, L.A. was called Yang Na...

From “Sociopathic” to “Sexual Deviation,” Dr. Hooker Fought for the L.A. LGBTQ+ Community

One of the larger, uphill battles for the LGBTQ+ community has been fighting the classification of “criminal” or “crazy.” One woman on the forefront...

First LGBTQ+ Church in Los Angeles Celebrates 50 years or Resilience and Acceptance

For many religious members of the LGBTQ+ community, accepting oneself can mean rejecting the Church. However, for Reverend Troy D. Perry, it simply meant...

Remembering an Unjustly Forgotten LGBTQ+ Author

Richard Hall’s stories are unflinching about gay life. So why isn’t he remembered more widely? It’s no secret that during the ‘80s and...

LGBT HISTORY MONTH: Los Angeles’ First Porn Theatre Getting Renovated

Often titled the oldest stage venue in Los Angeles, Theatre Merced has a long standing, titillating history in the LGBTQ+ community. In January 1971,...

The Pride L.A. Wants Your Coming Out Stories!

Everyone has a story, and the Pride L.A. wants to hear yours. With National Coming Out Day right around the corner (Thursday, Oct. 11), the...

A Look at the first AIDS Unit in WeHo in Honor of LGBT History...

A documentary tells the stories and experiences of those on the ground floor of the AIDS Unit at Cedars Sinai Hospital in the '90s.  By Elijah...

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