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    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....

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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

    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’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...

    Opinion: A Vote ‘Yes’ on Prop 56 Will Help Save LGBT Lives

    Opinion: A Vote ‘Yes’ on Prop 56 Will Help Save LGBT Lives

    Tue, Nov 01, 2016 2 Comments

    With political ads flying fast and furiously, facts can get lost among the slogans. Here are some facts about Proposition 56: Tobacco companies have engineered an expensive, deceitful campaign against an initiative that will save lives and protect children, LGBT communities, the poor and others. RJ Reynolds and Phillip Morris are blanketing our state with ads that have been exposed repeatedly by fact checkers and newspapers as flat out lies. Meanwhile, California’s LGBT community pays a steep price for tobacco use. Lesbian, gay and bisexual Californians smoke at more than double the rate of heterosexual Californians, with a 27.4 percent smoking rate compared to a heterosexual smoking rate of 12.9 percent. It’s shocking, but also shameful in that it’s not by happenstance. Tobacco companies have long deliberately marketed...

    Hundreds of Thousands Celebrate a Safe Carnaval in WeHo

    Hundreds of Thousands Celebrate a Safe Carnaval in WeHo

    Tue, Nov 01, 2016 18 Comments

    Hundreds of thousands of people turned West Hollywood into the country's most colorful and playful (and most densely populated) city for several hours last night. Visitors to the annual Halloween Carnaval paid tribute to the Creative City's creativity with an eccentric variety of costumes ranging from lavish bridal gowns (worn by boys) to enormous dragons to colorful clowns that no one saw as dangerous. And of course, given the (other) season, there was a plethora of political costumes. The event also was safe. The L.A. County Sheriff's Department reported only four arrests, all related to drunk and disorderly conduct. That compares to three last year. In nearby Hollywood a Halloween crowd experienced 40 arrests, most alcohol-related. Given worries about terrorist attacks in crowds in California and around the world, the...

    Sheriff’s Department Announces Halloween Security Measures

    Sheriff’s Department Announces Halloween Security Measures

    Mon, Oct 31, 2016 1 Comment

    Nervous about tonight? No, we don't mean about how your costume looks. We're talking about whether WeHo's Carnaval will be a safe one The L.A. County Sheriff's Department has released some information that should make you feel more at ease about wandering through tonight's eccentric and colorful crowd of as many as 500,000 people (more than live in Sacramento, and vastly more colorful and fun). According to the Sheriff's Department: -- 100 additional sworn personnel have been hired as compared to the numbers of deputies deployed in past years. This includes more uniformed personnel, support personnel, and other “eyes and ears” at the festival. -- The LASD added personnel from specialized units such as our Arson Explosives Detail, K-9 units, Sheriff’s Response Team Members (SRT), and members of the Special Weapons Teams,...

    LA LGBT Center Makes Recommendations on 11 State Ballot Propositions

    LA LGBT Center Makes Recommendations on 11 State Ballot Propositions

    Thu, Oct 27, 2016 1 Comment

    he Los Angeles LGBT Center has announced its recommendations on 11 of California’s statewide propositions, including the controversial Prop. 61 regarding pharmaceutical drug costs, and one of the Los Angeles City measures. “If any election was proof that California’s ‘make the law by ballot measure’ system is broken, it’s this one,” said Dave Garcia, the Center's director of policy and community building. “So many measures are on the ballot—and of such complexity—that few voters will have the opportunity to fully educate themselves on all the issues. We believe that passing legislation is the role of elected officials, not a simple majority of voters. But because this is the system we have, the Center has studied the propositions and is making recommendations on many of the propositions.” The Center is...

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