Long, Dark History of West Hollywood’s Barney Beanery Against the LGBTQ+ Community

“Fagots Stay Out,” a misspelled sign over the bar at Barney’s Beanery in West Hollywood read since the 1940s. The founder of Barney’s Beanery,...

Social Groups and Sororities United the L.A. Trans Community of the 1960s

Imagine body dysphoria prior to the 1950s and ‘60s – No support, no rights. Heck, the term “transgender” didn’t even exist until the ‘60s....

Q&Ace: Common questions for the ACE Community during Asexuality Awareness Week

National Asexuality Awareness Week is upon us! One of the least represented members of the LGBTQ+ community, ACE people, or asexuals, make up roughly...

Assless Chaps and other Leather Paraphernalia; How a WWII Era Biker Club Revolutionized the...

A group of mostly gay veterans who remained in Los Angeles after WWII created the Satyrs Motorcycle Club in 1954. Satyrs launched the gay...

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...

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