Fighting HIV in the Latino Community of Los Angeles

The Latino community of Los Angeles makes up nearly half of new HIV diagnoses. To spread awareness and honor Dia de Los Muertos, AltaMed...

10 Reasons Halloween is the Best Queer Holiday

The memories of yesterday's Halloween chaos recede to the back of your mind, much like the migraine creeping up the back of your skull....

GAY L.A. – How Lesbian Filmmaker Dorothy Arzner Transformed Filmmaking

During a time when filmmaking was all about grit, the all-but-out Arzner rose to the top. Early Hollywood was full of ambitious women intent...

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....

When Flowers BLOOM; WeHo Selects Queer Publication Founder as Poet Laureate

Founder and editor of LGBT literary magazine BLOOM, Charles Flowers is the new City of West Hollywood Poet Laureate. The City of east Hollywood’s...

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...

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...

Postcard from Long Beach Pride

The Long Beach Pride festival kicked off Pride month.

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