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    While LA Pride Lost $395,000 Last Year, a Tax Return Shows a Profit the Year Before

    While LA Pride Lost $395,000 Last Year, a Tax Return Shows a Profit the Year Before

    Wed, Jan 11, 2017 6 Comments

    A copy of Christopher Street West’s 2015 federal tax filing shows the organization ended the year with $298,781 in the bank, which likely explains its ability to survive after losing $395,000 last year.

    The tax return shows the non-profit organization earned $1.752 million in revenue from the annual L.A. Pride Festival, which includes admission charges, beverage and food sales and booth rentals.

    While the Internal Revenue Service 990 tax form doesn’t offer much detail, it appears that another $577,400 in revenue can be attributed to parade and festival sponsorships, bringing the overall total to $2.229 million.

    An additional $475,212 in revenue is attributed to the value of services provided by government entities such as the City of West Hollywood and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

    A copy of CSW’s financials made…

    WeHo Accepting Donations for Homeless LGBT Young People

    WeHo Accepting Donations for Homeless LGBT Young People

    Sat, Dec 31, 2016

    The City of West Hollywood is accepting donations of warm winter clothing and other accessories for homeless young people.

    The donations will be distributed by the L.A. LGBT Youth Center. Many of the young people to whom the center provides services do not have warm winter clothing or professional clothing for job interviews or for the jobs they hold. The center’s biggest need is shoes (men’s size 7 to 13, women’s size 6 to 12, tied together), jeans (all adult sizes), jackets, backpacks, new packages of socks and underwear and travel-sized hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, shaving items, etc.) Dress pants, shirts, suits, belts and casual clothing are also appreciated, as are gift cards for stores such as Target in any denomination to purchase items for interviews (please be sure to write the dollar value on…

    #Boom!, WeHo’s Sober New Year’s Celebration, Has a ‘Superhero’ Theme

    #Boom!, WeHo’s Sober New Year’s Celebration, Has a ‘Superhero’ Theme

    Wed, Dec 21, 2016

    On New Year’s Eve, join in the fun and celebrate the first moments of 2017 at the fourth-annual #Boom!, #Boom! #Boom!, West Hollywood’s annual alcohol- and drug-free New Year’s Eve event, will take place on the evening of Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the West Hollywood Park Auditorium. It will bring several hundred people together for a celebration with a DJ, dancing, food and a photo booth.

    The theme is “Superheroes” so come dressed in a cape or mask as your favorite superhero or villain. Marky Make Up will be there with free body art, there will be a costume contest and a “Be Your Own Hero” Super Station. At midnight there will be an alcohol-free toast and balloon drop. This year’s event is the fourth annual #Boom! and takes place at 647 N. San Vicente Blvd. Admission is free and limited validated parking will…

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    California Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Address New Lane Splitting Law

    California Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Address New Lane Splitting Law

    Fri, Nov 18, 2016 4 Comments

    While it’s been practiced and accepted by law enforcement agencies in California for decades, lane splitting has never officially been declared legal or illegal. The controversial and highly debated practice was officially legalized on August 19, 2016, when Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill No. 51 into law. Many motorcyclists insist lane splitting is safe, […]

    WeHo Solicits Nominations for Annual Rainbow Key Awards

    WeHo Solicits Nominations for Annual Rainbow Key Awards

    Tue, Dec 13, 2016

    The City of West Hollywood has begun collecting nominations for its 2017 Rainbow Key Awards, which recognize people who have made outstanding contributions to the lesbian and gay community. The awards event is anticipated to take place in June 2017.

    Since 1993, the city has presented Rainbow Key Awards to individuals and groups that have gone above and beyond in their service to the LGBT community. Contributions have come in many areas, including the arts, community service, humanitarian action, sports, medicine, armed services, leadership potential and benefit to the global gay and lesbian community. Past honorees have included activists, artists, civic leaders, educators, community organizations and many others.

    Nominations will be reviewed by the city’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board and awards will be determined by the West…

    LA LGBT Center Increases Health Services

    LA LGBT Center Increases Health Services

    Sat, Dec 03, 2016

    Faced with an increased demand for health services, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has added four new medical providers, shortened the wait time to see a doctor or therapist, opened a new, larger pharmacy with free monthly prescription delivery and launched a new secure patient website that facilitates communication with providers and offers a number of conveniences.

    “The biggest reason we’re growing is because of referrals from our current patients,” said Director of Health and Mental Health Services Christopher Brown. “In patient satisfaction surveys, 96% of people say they’d recommend the Center’s health services to their friends. It’s not just because of our great team, it’s also because we have a very sex-positive, nonjudgmental, and collaborative approach to care.”

    Brown said that with the addition of the new…

    World AIDS Day Commemorated with Events in WeHo

    World AIDS Day Commemorated with Events in WeHo

    Wed, Nov 30, 2016 1 Comment

    World AIDS Day will be commemorated in West Hollywood on Wednesday with the World AIDS Day Candlelight March and an exhibit on the north side of the West Hollywood Library of the names of people who have died of AIDS.

    The candlelight march will begin at 4 p.m. at the northwest corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and North Crescent Heights Boulevard at the Matthew Shepard Triangle. It will end building that houses the City Council Chambers at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. at West Hollywood Park. The march will pass by plaques at the West Hollywood Memorial Walk on Santa Monica Boulevard that remembers those we have lost to HIV/AIDS.

    The march is organized by AIDS/LifeCycle in partnership with the Alliance for Housing and Healing. A presentation of the Paul Starke Warrior Awards honoring individuals providing HIV and/or substance-use…

    AIDS Quilt Panels Will Be on Display at the Wallis Center

    AIDS Quilt Panels Will Be on Display at the Wallis Center

    Fri, Nov 25, 2016

    In honor of World AIDS Day, The Advocate is bringing three installation panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt to Los Angeles for display at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and the Beverly Hills Public Library. The panels will be on display at these venues beginning Monday and though Dec. 4. The AIDS Memorial Quilt was originally sewn together by friends, lovers and family members as a memorial to those who had died of AIDS.

    “Now is yet another time we need to remember the resilience of our community, and the people who we lost before someone listened to our protests,” said Lucas Grindley, editorial director for Here Media, publisher of the Advocate. “Rates of HIV infection are still far too high. The CDC reports that half of all young, gay black men will be HIV-positive in their lifetime. There’s work to do….

    WeHo’s John Duran a Recipient of LGBT Latino/a Activist Award

    WeHo’s John Duran a Recipient of LGBT Latino/a Activist Award

    Sun, Nov 20, 2016

    West Hollywood City Councilmember John Duran is one of 41 recipients of this year’s Honor 41 Awards, which acknowledge Latino/a activists in the LGBT community.
    Honor 41 is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote positive images of the Latino/a LGBT community and bring that community together online.

    “41” has long had a negative connotation in Mexican culture. The Honor 41 website notes that it has been used to label someone as a “maricon/joto which in English translates to calling someone faggot/gay.”

    That stems from an incident in 1901 known as the “Dance of the Forty One. Police in Mexico City raided a private party reportedly attended by some very influential people. Of the 41 people at the party, at least half were said to be “wearing elegant ladies’ dresses, wigs, false breasts, earrings, embroidered slippers,…

    ‘Blood Equality’ Panel to Discuss FDA Restriction on Gay Blood Donations

    ‘Blood Equality’ Panel to Discuss FDA Restriction on Gay Blood Donations

    Thu, Nov 17, 2016

    The Hammer Museum and the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law will present “Blood Equality,” a panel conversation organized by artist Jordan Eagles to address the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s policy restricting blood donations from gay and bisexual men.

    This free admission event, presented in advance of World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 and in response to the FDA’s new public comment period, takes place at the Hammer Museum from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 22 and will be live streamed online.

    In 1983, in an early response to the AIDS crisis, the FDA implemented a lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. More than 30 years later, the FDA proposed an updated policy that would allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood, but only if they are celibate for a full year. There is no celibacy requirement for…

    WeHo Public Safety Commission to Consider Ban on Sale of Meth Pipes

    WeHo Public Safety Commission to Consider Ban on Sale of Meth Pipes

    Tue, Nov 15, 2016 16 Comments

    Estevan Montemayor, chair of West Hollywood’s Public Safety Commission, has asked that it consider recommending the City Council enact a ban on the sale of meth pipes.

    Those devices typically are small pipes made of glass with a bulb on one end. They are sometimes called “oil burners” and frequently are available in tobacco shops.

    Montemayor’s request was the commission’s latest response to the meth epidemic in West Hollywood. Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug whose use is common among gay men, who make up 40% of WeHo’s population. Among other things, it stimulates one’s sex drive. It also can lead to a number of serious health issues including premature death.

    Montemayor and members Ben Coleman and Tory Berger raised the meth issue at the commission’s Oct. 10 meeting, urging the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station to do…

    WeHo and APLA Health Host Event on HIV Criminalization

    WeHo and APLA Health Host Event on HIV Criminalization

    Mon, Nov 14, 2016

    APLA Health and the City of West Hollywood will host an event on Wednesday about HIV criminal laws.

    The event, called “HIV is not a crime,” will feature stories from people who have been affected by laws that criminalize people with HIV in California.

    The keynote speaker will be state Sen. Ben Allen who wrote SB 1408, a bill signed into law earlier this year that eliminated criminal penalties for organ donations between HIV-positive individuals.

    The event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. south of Santa Monica Boulevard. It will be followed by a reception.

    Those attending can register online.

    With Meningitis, Local Gay Man Loses His Legs and Faces Large Medical Bills

    With Meningitis, Local Gay Man Loses His Legs and Faces Large Medical Bills

    Fri, Nov 11, 2016 8 Comments

    Meningitis, which created a panic in 2013 when the disease killed a young gay man in West Hollywood, continues to affect the gay community in Southern California.

    One prominent and painful incident has become public with a GoFundMe campaign to help pay the medical expenses of José Murillo, who was hospitalized on Sept. 16 and has had both of his legs and the tips of some fingers amputated as a result of his meningitis infection.

    “On September 17, 2016 our life changed, as José Murillo fell victim to bacterial meningitis,” writes Murillo’s husband, José Delgado, on the GoFundMe page. “My loving husband spent two weeks in the ICU intubated in multisystem organ failure at which time I thought I would lose the only person that I have truly loved.”

    Murillo currently is in acute rehab learning how to walk on temporary prosthetics,…

    Grindr Will Offer Users an Option to Declare HIV Status

    Grindr Will Offer Users an Option to Declare HIV Status

    Wed, Nov 09, 2016 1 Comment

    Grindr, the popular gay hookup app, will add options for users to note their HIV status in their profiles.

    A post on The Body, a website about HIV for gay men, quotes Grindr’s Jack Harrison-Quintana as saying the app hope to “create an open dialogue among our users about sexual health. Honesty, compassion, and education lay the foundation to make Grindr an even safer space for guys to connect, and we can all contribute to getting there.”

    “Users won’t be able to filter who they see in the app based on HIV status,” Harrison-Quintana said. “Filling out the HIV status field is entirely optional.”

    The options, not visible as of publication, include:

    — HIV-positive.
    — HIV-positive, Undetectable.
    — HIV-negative.
    — HIV-negative, On PrEP.

    Harrison-Quintana said the options would help HIV positive men seeking other HIV…

    Brit YouTube Star Convicted on Charge of Felony Vandalism in WeHo

    Brit YouTube Star Convicted on Charge of Felony Vandalism in WeHo

    Tue, Nov 08, 2016

    Callum McSwiggan, the British gay YouTube personality, pled guilty Monday to a felony vandalism charge and has been sentenced to three years probation and ordered to complete 52 anger management classes.

    McSwiggan, 26, also paid $7,000 in restitution in connection with his guilty plea, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

    McSwiggan was arrested in West Hollywood in June after an altercation with three men, according to prosecutors.

    McSwiggan, who has a large YouTube following, took to social media to allege that he had been brutally beaten in West Hollywood’s gay nightlife area. His allegations created an uproar, with many lamenting what they saw as a hate crime. But later the uproar turned against McSwiggan, who was accused of lying.

    APLA Study Shows Options for PrEP Insurance Coverage

    APLA Study Shows Options for PrEP Insurance Coverage

    Mon, Nov 07, 2016

    APLA Health, in partnership with the Southern California HIV Policy Research Center, has released a new policy brief that will help consumers better understand the cost of accessing pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) through Covered California health plans.

    Open enrollment for Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace began Nov. 1 and continues through Jan. 31, 2017.

    PrEP is an HIV prevention strategy in which HIV-negative individuals take a daily medication to reduce their risk of becoming infected. When taken every day PrEP is up to 99% effective. Truvada, the only medication currently approved for PrEP, is expensive and it is important for individuals who are considering PrEP to carefully examine their options before enrolling in a new health plan.

    The study, titled “PrEP Cost Analysis for Covered…

    And the Winner Is? Here’s Where to Find Out (with a Drink) in WeHo

    And the Winner Is? Here’s Where to Find Out (with a Drink) in WeHo

    Mon, Nov 07, 2016 1 Comment

    And there are at least two bars that won’t be hosting Election Night reveries if you want to get away from the craziness without leaving town.

    Documents from L.A. LGBT Center Highlight Issues with Homeless Youth

    Documents from L.A. LGBT Center Highlight Issues with Homeless Youth

    Thu, Nov 03, 2016

    The odd release of a document from the L.A. LGBT Center has added fuel to the fight between the Center and some nearby residents who claim the homeless young people it serves at its building on Highland Avenue are causing problems in their neighborhood.

    Jonathan Theriault, one of the activists who lives near the Youth Center on Highland, found a 160-page document on his doorstep last month that details by name and date violations of Youth Center policies by its clients (with their photographs). Theriault, who provided that information to WEHOville, argues that the number of violations and the type of violations indicates the Center’s young homeless clients are the likely source of break-ins and assaults in areas adjacent to the Youth Center. In at least one instance, a young man whose photo is included in the document also appears in…

    WeHo Events Celebrate Transgender Awareness Month

    WeHo Events Celebrate Transgender Awareness Month

    Tue, Nov 01, 2016

    The City of West Hollywood and its Transgender Advisory Board tonight celebrated Transgender Awareness Month by lighting City Hall in the colors of the transgender flag. Transgender Awareness Month is recognized throughout the United States in November each year.

    Members of the Transgender Advisory Board raised the transgender flag and then, at dusk, City Hall was lit in blue, pink, and white lights in observance of Transgender Awareness Month.Following the lighting ceremony, WeHo Arts and the Outfest West Hollywood presented “We’ve Been Around,” a series of short documentaries created by Rhys Ernst, co-producer of the Amazon hit show “Transparent.”

    On Nov. 9 at 7 p.m., the Transgender Advisory Board will host its annual awards presentation at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. The awards will…

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