• ORANGE COUNTY PRIDE

    ORANGE COUNTY PRIDE

    IT’S TIME TO LIVE YOUR LIFE ~ by joel martens ~ It’s healthy advice we could all use… Live your life! That’s what Orange County Pride organizers want you to know as they set out to celebrate their 8th annual festival in the county on Saturday, June 25 and their 5th anniversary at the east […]

  • STEVE GRAND

    STEVE GRAND

    LOVING THAT ALL AMERICAN BOY ~ by joel martens ~ What you see is what you get…It’s a line we’ve all heard. Typically, it’s an indication of seeing something and making a judgment call based on its surface value. How often in life has that particular trick backfired? The web’s modus operandi, is a fine-tuned […]

  • TEGAN & SARA

    TEGAN & SARA

    SYNTHETIC PLEASURES ~by lawrence ferber ~ Are Canadian synthpop wonders Tegan and Sara trying to tell us something with their catchy new single, “Boyfriend?” Has one of the openly queer, identical Quin twins switched teams since their multiple award-winning 2013 record, Heartthrob? Tegan, older by eight minutes, assures that the answer is “No” and that […]

  • JASON STUART

    JASON STUART

    MEGA-STARDOM STALKING ~ by thom senzee ~ If you’ve never had the experience of catching a rising star up-close-and-personal when they’re right at the cusp of mega-stardom, seeing Jason Stuart this month in his one-man show at the Purple Room in Palm Springs may be just the chance you’ve been looking for. Stuart’s certainly not […]

  • 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 […]

National News

PENTAGON TO ANNOUNCE END TO TRANSGENDER MILITARY BAN ON JULY 1ST

PENTAGON TO ANNOUNCE END TO TRANSGENDER MILITARY BAN ON JULY 1ST

[ 0 ] June 24, 2016

Today, the American Military Partner Association (AMPA), the nation’s largest organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) military families, praised the news that the Pentagon is expected to make history on July 1st by announcing the much anticipated end to the military’s ban on open service by transgender people. “Our transgender service members and […]

MENTAL HEALTH AND THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY

MENTAL HEALTH AND THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY

[ 0 ] June 14, 2016

by james guay, lmft Due to societal prejudice, discrimination and violence against LGBTQ people, rates of depression, anxiety, suicide attempts, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use and physical health disparities, are common among sexual and gender minorities.  Experiencing repeated harm as an oppressed minority is a proven predictor of having mental health issues. According to the […]

SAN DIEGO LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER RESPONDS TO ORLANDO SHOOTING

SAN DIEGO LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER RESPONDS TO ORLANDO SHOOTING

[ 0 ] June 12, 2016

Community Vigil to Take Place in Hillcrest Monday Night This morning, Dr. Delores A. Jacobs, chief executive officer of The San Diego LGBT Community Center, responded to the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. The investigation in Orlando is still underway, and additional facts will become known in the coming hours and days. At this time, […]

San Diego News

SAN DIEGO PRIDE FESTIVAL WILL FEATURE METAL DETECTORS FOR THE FIRST TIME

SAN DIEGO PRIDE FESTIVAL WILL FEATURE METAL DETECTORS FOR THE FIRST TIME

[ 0 ] June 23, 2016

  San Diego Pride announced today that for the first time, the annual festival will feature metal detectors at the entrances. The festival will have more entry lanes to avoid long lines.  As always, there will also be a significant law enforcement presence, the San Diego Police Department’s mobile command unit will be stationed in […]

THE GREATER SAN DIEGO BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

THE GREATER SAN DIEGO BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

[ 0 ] June 21, 2016

TAKING THE NEXT STEPS ~by joel martens ~     Like most everything in life, change is inevitable. All things must evolve and grow, or as is often the case, they tend to fade away and eventually disappear.  The Greater San Diego Business Association (GSDBA) is working hard to avoid that as they strive to […]

SAN DIEGO FRINGE FESTIVAL

SAN DIEGO FRINGE FESTIVAL

[ 0 ] June 14, 2016

A Performance Smörgåsbord ~ by joel martens ~ What do you think of when you hear the word “fringe?”  Those dangly bits at the end of your mother’s old tablecloth, the sparkly Mylar trim at the edge of a Pride float, or maybe the jiggly bits from a 1920s flapper’s beaded dress?  The possibilities are […]

Orange County News

ORANGE COUNTY PRIDE

ORANGE COUNTY PRIDE

[ 0 ] June 9, 2016

IT’S TIME TO LIVE YOUR LIFE ~ by joel martens ~ It’s healthy advice we could all use… Live your life! That’s what Orange County Pride organizers want you to know as they set out to celebrate their 8th annual festival in the county on Saturday, June 25 and their 5th anniversary at the east […]

PACIFIC SYMPHONY SUMMER FESTIVAL: SERVING UP SUMMER HEAT

PACIFIC SYMPHONY SUMMER FESTIVAL: SERVING UP SUMMER HEAT

[ 0 ] June 7, 2016

by tony reverditto –  The Pacific Symphony is presenting an extraordinary grand finale season as they bid farewell to the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater performance venue at 8808 Irvine Center Drive in Irvine. The nostalgic entertainment package includes five unforgettable SoCal summer nights of music: The Music of Michael Jackson, Beethoven’s Ninth, Raiders of the Lost […]

ROYAL SWEDISH BALLET RETURNS TO ORANGE COUNTY

ROYAL SWEDISH BALLET RETURNS TO ORANGE COUNTY

[ 0 ] June 6, 2016

The Royal Swedish Ballet, one of Europe’s first and most revered ballet companies, returns to Segerstrom Center for the Arts Friday, June 10 through Sunday, June 12 with the West Coast debut of Juliet and Romeo by choreographer Mats Ek. This production provides a contemporary twist and retelling of Shakespeare’s most treasured and tragic love […]

Long Beach News

AN EVENING OF REMEMBRANCE AND HEALING: COMMUNITY GATHERING IN RESPONSE TO EVENTS IN ORLANDO

AN EVENING OF REMEMBRANCE AND HEALING: COMMUNITY GATHERING IN RESPONSE TO EVENTS IN ORLANDO

[ 0 ] June 16, 2016

Several community groups and leaders will convene a gathering of remembrance and healing in response to the recent mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. The gathering will be held on Thursday, June 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Temple Israel (269 Loma Avenue in Long Beach). The developing list of sponsors for the evening includes: The LGBTQ Center […]

JEWELS’ GEMS: JUNE EDITION

JEWELS’ GEMS: JUNE EDITION

[ 0 ] June 7, 2016

  Pride Season is in full swing! After an action-packed Long Beach Pride weekend full of fabulous pool parties, parades, and festival action, the season continues in West Hollywood with LA Pride from Friday, June 10 through Sunday, June 12. The bevy of celebrations leading up to the large festival days are somewhat overwhelming, but […]

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 […]

Los Angeles News

S.T.A.G.E. 2016: SONDHEIM... N°5

S.T.A.G.E. 2016: SONDHEIM… N°5

[ 0 ] June 6, 2016

by tony reverditto – Since its inception in 1984, Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.) has become the longest-running, annual HIV/AIDS fundraiser in the world. To date, over the course of its three decades-long history, more than 350 Broadway, film and television stars have performed Great White Way music selections. Originally started when Michael Kearns […]

HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL: EXPRESSION UNLEASHED

HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL: EXPRESSION UNLEASHED

[ 0 ] June 5, 2016

by ken knox – The Hollywood Fringe Festival makes its way back to L.A. for its seventh go-round of innovative and uncensored art and entertainment. For its seventh outing, the Hollywood Fringe Festival is upping the ante in exploring some fresh, “out there” concepts. From a story drawing on the traditions and rituals of the […]

AIDS/LIFECYCLE: THE RIDE OF A LIFETIME

AIDS/LIFECYCLE: THE RIDE OF A LIFETIME

[ 0 ] June 3, 2016

by tim parks –  As the famous saying goes, “The journey of a lifetime begins with a single step” and in the case of those participating in AIDS/LifeCycle, the ride of a lifetime begins as soon as their feet are placed on the pedals. During the course of the seven-day event, bicyclists will trek 80 […]

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

HAMILTON COMING TO SAN DIEGO DURING 2017-2018 SEASON

HAMILTON COMING TO SAN DIEGO DURING 2017-2018 SEASON

[ 0 ] June 9, 2016

  The national tour of the Broadway musical HAMILTON will play in San Diego as part of the 2017-2018 season, it was announced today by producer Jeffrey Seller and Broadway San Diego.  The best way to guarantee tickets to HAMILTON is to purchase a season subscription for the 2016-2017 season. Subscribers who renew their subscription […]