• LIFE, DEATH AND THE THINGS IN BETWEEN

    LIFE, DEATH AND THE THINGS IN BETWEEN

    LOVE IN THE HERE AND THE HEREAFTER  ~ by joel martens ~  Ever had an experience that you couldn’t explain—the sense that someone is in the room with you—or watching over you? A “sixth sense,” which sometimes makes you feel that you are not alone? For some it’s all just “gobbledygook” and silliness, but for […]

  • SOLIDARITY THROUGH PRIDE

    SOLIDARITY THROUGH PRIDE

    2016 LONG BEACH LGBT PRIDE ~ by joel martens ~ Established in 1983, the first Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival and Parade took place in June of 1984. Long Beach was known to have a large LGBT population, so the idea was, as is the case for most Pride celebrations, to unite the […]

  • CYNDI LAUPER

    CYNDI LAUPER

    ONE OF A KIND… BUT NOT SO UNUSUAL ~ by joel martens ~ Her remarkable career has spanned more than 30 years. Raw talent, unrelenting drive and a unique vision, propelled this gifted woman deeply into our consciousness, forever establishing her not only as one of the world’s true pop icons, but as a brilliant […]

  • OUT IN THE WORLD

    OUT IN THE WORLD

    THE CURRENT STATE OF LGBT TRAVEL ~ by david duran ~ The travel industry has seriously been targeting the LGBT travel market segment big time lately. I think the world has finally woken up to the fact that LGBT travelers are just like any other type of traveler, meaning, they spend money too. The realities […]

  • JAKE HEGGIE

    JAKE HEGGIE

    MUSCIAL TALES ~ by joel martens ~ The world of music is a better, richer one because of the work of this skilled composer and those with whom he has collaborated. The list reads like a “Who’s Who” in the world of classical music, opera and Broadway: Collaborations that include librettists Terrence McNally and Gene […]

National News

ERIC FANNING BECOMES FIRST OPENLY GAY MAN TO BE CONFIRMED ARMY SECRETARY

ERIC FANNING BECOMES FIRST OPENLY GAY MAN TO BE CONFIRMED ARMY SECRETARY

[ 0 ] May 17, 2016

  The U.S. Senate has confirmed Eric Fanning to be the next U.S. Secretary of the Army, making him the first openly LGBT leader of a U.S. military service. Matt Thorn, Executive Director of OutServe-SLDN has issued the following statement: “Eight months ago our Commander-in-Chief, President Barack Obama nominated a man who has a resume […]

MORRO BAY

MORRO BAY

[ 0 ] May 17, 2016

ALL THE GOLD IN CALIFORNIA ~ by joel martens ~ They don’t call it the gold coast without reason. Aside from the state’s past as a land rich in the 24-karat nuggets and the glinting flakes filling its rivers and streams, inspiring the fevered rush to the region of the mid 1800s. It’s a title […]

LAVERNE COX TO STAR IN UPCOMING CBS LAW DRAMA 'DOUBT'

LAVERNE COX TO STAR IN UPCOMING CBS LAW DRAMA ‘DOUBT’

[ 0 ] May 16, 2016

from edge media network –  From “Orange is the New Black” to Fox’s broadcast of “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” Laverne Cox has landed another major role: Deadline reports Cox will co-star in the CBS law drama “Doubt.” The series will also star Katherine Heigl. The show is being produced by Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, who […]

San Diego News

LIFE, DEATH AND THE THINGS IN BETWEEN

LIFE, DEATH AND THE THINGS IN BETWEEN

[ 0 ] May 16, 2016

LOVE IN THE HERE AND THE HEREAFTER  ~ by joel martens ~  Ever had an experience that you couldn’t explain—the sense that someone is in the room with you—or watching over you? A “sixth sense,” which sometimes makes you feel that you are not alone? For some it’s all just “gobbledygook” and silliness, but for […]

FILMOUT COMES OF AGE

FILMOUT COMES OF AGE

[ 0 ] May 12, 2016

by ken knox –  As it enters its 18th year, San Diego’s FilmOut Film Festival continues to put the focus back on quality LGBT filmmaking. For many, turning 18 is a monumental experience in one’s life. It is typically the year when people are considered to have reached the age of adult maturity. That’s certainly […]

NEWSIES: WATCH WHAT HAPPENS!

NEWSIES: WATCH WHAT HAPPENS!

[ 0 ] May 10, 2016

by joel martens –  Like many theatrical tales, Newsies is based on a true story pulled from history’s pages. In this case, it’s a story directly associated with the pages of New York’s two most powerful news sources The New York World and The New York Journal, owned by tycoons Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph […]

Orange County News

NEWSIES: WATCH WHAT HAPPENS!

NEWSIES: WATCH WHAT HAPPENS!

[ 0 ] May 10, 2016

by joel martens –  Like many theatrical tales, Newsies is based on a true story pulled from history’s pages. In this case, it’s a story directly associated with the pages of New York’s two most powerful news sources The New York World and The New York Journal, owned by tycoons Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph […]

MAY THEATRE BRIEFS

MAY THEATRE BRIEFS

[ 0 ] May 7, 2016

  CHRIS BOTTI WITH PACIFIC SYMPHONY Back by popular demand for an all-new show, the world’s most popular trumpeter, Chris Botti returns to Pacific Symphony for a concert overflowing with his astute mastery, as he effortlessly crosses the boundaries of jazz, classical, rock and pop. Botti makes his fourth Pacific Symphony appearance for a night […]

THIS IS WHY WE WALK - AIDS WALK ORANGE COUNTY AT 30

THIS IS WHY WE WALK – AIDS WALK ORANGE COUNTY AT 30

[ 0 ] May 5, 2016

by tim parks – Saturday, May 14 marks the 30th anniversary of AIDS Walk Orange County and with that milestone comes reflection on why we still walk. The face of HIV/AIDS has changed over the last three decades from a certain death sentence in the early days of the disease, to something that has in […]

Long Beach News

THELMA HOUSTON

THELMA HOUSTON

[ 0 ] May 11, 2016

SHE’S NEVER LEFT US ~ by joel martens ~ “Don’t Leave Me This Way” began its life on Thelma Houston’s third album Any Way You Like It back in 1976, hitting both the Billboard and Club Play Singles charts in 1977 and winning her the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the Grammys that same […]

SOLIDARITY THROUGH PRIDE

SOLIDARITY THROUGH PRIDE

[ 0 ] May 11, 2016

2016 LONG BEACH LGBT PRIDE ~ by joel martens ~ Established in 1983, the first Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival and Parade took place in June of 1984. Long Beach was known to have a large LGBT population, so the idea was, as is the case for most Pride celebrations, to unite the […]

THE RIPPLE EFFECT: A STAPLE FOR THE LGBT COMMUNITY TAKES ITS FINAL BOW

THE RIPPLE EFFECT: A STAPLE FOR THE LGBT COMMUNITY TAKES ITS FINAL BOW

[ 1 ] May 9, 2016

by tony reverditto –  The backstory of Ripples at Belmont Shore in Long Beach, has a history that dates back to the 1950s. The space was an “under the radar” bar called Oceania and was a haven for the repressed gay scene in those days. Closed in 1968, the location was next purchased by actor John […]

Los Angeles News

MAY THEATRE BRIEFS

MAY THEATRE BRIEFS

[ 0 ] May 7, 2016

  CHRIS BOTTI WITH PACIFIC SYMPHONY Back by popular demand for an all-new show, the world’s most popular trumpeter, Chris Botti returns to Pacific Symphony for a concert overflowing with his astute mastery, as he effortlessly crosses the boundaries of jazz, classical, rock and pop. Botti makes his fourth Pacific Symphony appearance for a night […]

FROM OZ TO CALIFORNIA - THE ESSENCE OF PETER ALLEN

FROM OZ TO CALIFORNIA – THE ESSENCE OF PETER ALLEN

[ 0 ] April 11, 2016

  by ken knox –  For the West Coast premiere of the Tony-winning musical The Boy from Oz, the Celebration Theatre is trying something very different. The director of Celebration Theatre’s production, Michael Shepperd, discusses the show’s SoCal debut, the lasting legacy of its hero, Peter Allen and scaling it for a smaller space. The […]

FULL THROTTLE MONTY - GET READY TO DROP EVERYTHING

FULL THROTTLE MONTY – GET READY TO DROP EVERYTHING

[ 0 ] April 8, 2016

by tony reverditto – Six unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo, New York are at a stalemate in their unproductive lives. They’re all broke, with no work prospects in sight. During their down time,. A “lightbulb” moment takes place when they catch their wives amongst a crowd of crazed women at a male strip club. The unlikely […]

Palm Springs News

ERIKA JAYNE AND WHITE PARTY 2016

ERIKA JAYNE AND WHITE PARTY 2016

[ 0 ] April 6, 2016

Dance Music, “House” Work and the White Party ~ by bill biss ~ Devotees of dance music have been delighting in the glamour, glitz and fun of Erika Jayne since her first number one Billboard dance hit, “Rollercoaster” in 2007. Her instinct for a solid beat and her persona as a “pretty mess” princess of […]

PALM SPRING

PALM SPRING

[ 1 ] March 9, 2016

JUST OVER THE HILL ~ by joel martens ~ “It’s the place people go to die…” a friend blurted when I said I was spending six days in Coachella Valley’s Palm Springs. A harsh critique that started me thinking about perceptions and how easy it is to dismiss something out-of-hand because of an assumption. My […]

Know Your Rights Town Hall Meeting

Know Your Rights Town Hall Meeting

[ 0 ] September 23, 2015

Know Your Rights Initiative/California to Hold Local Town Hall About Social Security Benefits Now Available Less than three months after the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare Foundation (NCF) in partnership with The LGBT Community Center of the Desert and the […]

Other Recent Articles

ARE WE CAPABLE OF PRESERVING FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY?

ARE WE CAPABLE OF PRESERVING FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY?

[ 0 ] May 11, 2016

Think About It – by william e kelly Mindful of the impact that the 2012 presidential elections would have for decades to come, in that year’s December issue I wrote, “…there are no magical wands or miracle elixirs to make every man, woman and child of the same mind, race, color, religion, political ideology, social, […]

DR. JENN'S BIG THREE

DR. JENN’S BIG THREE

[ 0 ] May 11, 2016

CONNECT… COMMUNICATE… LISTEN ~ by tony reverditto ~ Dr. Jenn Mann is a well-known marriage and family therapist, author, speaker and radio host. Her popular call-in advice program, The Dr. Jenn Show on The Starz Channel, airs on Sirius XM. People see Mann in her private practice for a variety of reasons: relationship issues, parenting […]

WHY WE STILL MARCH: JUSTICE AND PRIDE FOR ALL

WHY WE STILL MARCH: JUSTICE AND PRIDE FOR ALL

[ 0 ] May 10, 2016

gender 101 by porter gilberg –  As Long Beach gears up for the 33rd Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival and Parade taking place Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22 this year, I’m thinking about our community’s collective history. Pride parades have their roots in commemorating the historic Stonewall Riots. The first Long Beach Pride […]