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    WeHo City Council Looks for New Locations for LA Pride Festival

    WeHo City Council Looks for New Locations for LA Pride Festival

    Wed, Feb 22, 2017 1 Comment

    The City Council last night instructed city staffers to explore the possibility of further subsidizing the financially troubled Christopher Street West (CSW) and guaranteeing CSW access to city streets and West Hollywood Park for its annual L.A. Pride events through 2019.

    It also asked city staffers to take steps to keep the Pride festival off Melrose Avenue by negotiating with the Pacific Design Center (PDC) and the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) to see if CSW could use their properties for festival events. As much as 55% of the West Hollywood Park area typically used for the festival will be closed during its redevelopment. Metro owns the bus depot property on Santa Monica Boulevard near San Vicente and the PDC has a large plaza on San Vicente Boulevard.

    Mayor Lauren Meister expressed concern about…

    In Case You Missed It: ‘Not My Presidents Day’ at The Abbey

    In Case You Missed It: ‘Not My Presidents Day’ at The Abbey

    Tue, Feb 21, 2017

    If you spent Presidents Day evening at home (we hope with CNN and Fox turned off) lamenting the election of Donald Trump you might have had more fun at The Abbey.

    The popular WeHo gay bar and restaurant celebrated last night with “Not My Presidents Day” as part of the #Resist protest against conservative efforts against LGBT and womens’ rights as well as those of immigrants.

    The event featured some go go dancers in President Trump wigs and was hosted by Misty Violet, a more vocal version of First Lady Melania Trump. The cocktails like “The Travel Ban,” “Putin’s Lover,” “Tweeter-In-Chief,” “Stolen Justice” and “Warned and Persisted.”

    In announcing the event, The Abbey said it displays gay pride flags with “Don’t

    Ask A Gay: Do Gay Guys Find Straight Guys Attractive?

    Ask A Gay: Do Gay Guys Find Straight Guys Attractive?

    Tue, Feb 21, 2017 3 Comments

    Dear Hank:

    I have some gay coworkers, and most of the guys on the hall in my apartment building are (it is West Hollywood, after all). My mother, who lives in Iowa, keeps asking me if I’m “comfortable” in West Hollywood. The other day she finally explained what she meant. She’s afraid gay guys are hitting on me. I’ve never noticed the slightest flirt. So my question: Do gay guys find straight guys attractive? Do gay men want to sleep with straight men?

    Bruce

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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, […]

    West Hollywood West Neighbors Object to Moving Pride to Melrose

    West Hollywood West Neighbors Object to Moving Pride to Melrose

    Fri, Feb 17, 2017 18 Comments

    UPDATE: CSW board member Craig Bowers has informed WEHOville that the Pride parade and festival will not move to Melrose Avenue.

    Bowers said the parade will remain on Santa Monica Boulevard.

    “We are not shifting the Festival to Melrose Ave.,” Bowers said in an email. “More precisely we have asked to use the space at the intersection of Melrose and San Vicente for the Festival.

    “There will be NO Festival programming SOUTH of Melrose Ave. There will be NO Festival entrance at San Vicente and Melrose Ave. Pedestrian access on BOTH sides of Melrose Ave. will remain intact during the Festival weekend.”

    Not Your President? You Can Celebrate That Monday at The Abbey

    Not Your President? You Can Celebrate That Monday at The Abbey

    Wed, Feb 15, 2017 5 Comments

    With Donald Trump occupying the White House, some WeHo residents might be a little reluctant to celebrate Presidents Day on Monday.

    If you are one of them, there is an option to sitting home and fretting while you watch the news. Consider getting a drink and a laugh by participating in “Not My President’s Day” at The Abbey.

    The popular bar and restaurant and its adjacent The Chapel are putting on the event as part of its #Resist protest against Trump, who has campaigned on promises to deport immigrants, eliminate the national health insurance program and, depending on who Trump is talking to, push back against the progress in recent years on LGBT rights.

    Monday’s party will feature The Abbey’s go go dancers in President Trump wigs and is hosted by Misty Violet with her impersonation of First Lady Melania Trump. The day…

    The Big “V” This Week on GayTV with the Empress of Weho

    The Big “V” This Week on GayTV with the Empress of Weho

    Wed, Feb 15, 2017

    This week we dish the “T” with Bro’laska about virginity, then we beat some face with Superfruit and finally wrap it all up with some hotties and lots of body….conscious ways for men, on the go, to stay fit thanks to Tom Daley and the Lean Machines.

    These episodes will leave you gagging for more, and here on GayTV we are all about filling your gaping need for entertainment. As always don’t forget to like, subscribe and show your support for these amazing and talented YouTubers who work hard to bring you entertaining videos. If you ever have any questions or would like an audience with your Empress just email me at empressofweho@gmail.com or message me on Instagram or Twitter @empressofweho. Visit the GayTV page for this week’s new highlights, and as always, the Royal Playlist.

    LA LGBT Center Is Recruiting Someone to Organize Against Federal Threats

    LA LGBT Center Is Recruiting Someone to Organize Against Federal Threats

    Tue, Feb 14, 2017

    The Los Angeles LGBT Center is working with CenterLink, the national organization of LGBT community centers, to recruit someone to help centers organize against threats from the federal government and protect federal funding for vital client services.

    The new national community center policy manager will be based in Los Angeles, embedded with the policy and community building team of the L.A. LGBT Center, the nation’s largest LGBT organization. CenterLink works with more than 280 LGBT centers.

    “Our community centers have the greatest potential for mobilizing people who live in each of their cities,” said CenterLink CEO Terry Stone. “With this new policy manager, we’ll be able to more effectively tap into and unite the tremendous power of LGBT people and allies throughout the country.”

    The L.A. LGBT Center is the…

    Available? GMCLA Video Shows How to Get the Word Out

    Available? GMCLA Video Shows How to Get the Word Out

    Tue, Feb 14, 2017

    Available? Taken? It’s complicated? If you’re a gay man, you know it is complicated, and not just in the sense that while he’s cruising you on Grindr he already has a boyfriend.

    “I’m Available,” the funny and sometimes moving video posted above, promotes Gay Men’s Chorus Los Angeles (GMCLA) and also shines some light (albeit in the darkly lit Revolver bar) on how complicated it all can be.

    “We’ve all been there,” says GMCLA’s description of the video. “You see a handsome stranger across the room for the first time. Your heart starts beating faster. A bead of sweat forms on your brow. Before you know it, every waking thought is focused on this person. Are they single? Are they interested? More importantly, ARE THEY AVAILABLE? “

    The video stars the singer Daniel Franzese, who makes his availability loudly known, and Sean Cruz,…

    AIDS Activist Matt Redman Will Be Memorialized on Sunday

    AIDS Activist Matt Redman Will Be Memorialized on Sunday

    Tue, Feb 14, 2017

    A memorial service will be held this coming Sunday at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers for Matt Redman, co-founder of AIDS Project Los Angeles and a former board member.

    Redman died on Dec. 27 at the age of 67 of cardiopulmonary arrest. Redman, who was HIV positive, and three friends launched APLA in 1982 when AIDS was beginning to take its toll on the gay community and no one knew much about it. APLA has since rebranded itself as AIDS Health and operates health centers.

    Redman and his fellow APLA members created an early awareness campaign about HIV/AIDS and dealt with the discrimination from those who saw it only as a gay sexual disease. One of APLA’s most successful ventures was the launch of the annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles in 1985, which to date has raised almost $80 million for APLA and other HIV/AIDS…

    Ask a Gay: Gay Boi’s and the Daddyhunt

    Ask a Gay: Gay Boi’s and the Daddyhunt

    Thu, Feb 09, 2017

    Dear Hank:

    I was at a party the other night and overheard two gay men in their early 30s talking about the boyfriend of one of them. One guy said to the other: “So how’s the relationship going with daddy?” Apparently he was referring to the other guy’s boyfriend, who was at the party and appeared to be in his mid-50s. Daddy? Isn’t that a creepy, and maybe perverse, way for someone to refer to his boyfriend? It conjures up images of incest and pedophilia. My husband is five years younger than me, and if he ever called me “mommy” I’d put a diaper on him and kick him to the curb.

    Just call me Mommy Dearest

    Empress of Weho Co-Hosts “Listen Sweetie” Tonight

    Empress of Weho Co-Hosts “Listen Sweetie” Tonight

    Wed, Feb 08, 2017

    An all new “Listen Sweetie” is coming at you today at 5 p.m. (8 p.m. EST) . Your @empressofweho Enoch Miller will be co-hosting with the amazing @ericrestivo Eric Restivo ready to dish on all things West Hollywood. Matthew Ludwinski @mattludwinski will also be in house to discuss his successful acting/modeling career and we have […]

    Anti-Trump Demonstration Planned for Thursday in WeHo

    Anti-Trump Demonstration Planned for Thursday in WeHo

    Thu, Feb 02, 2017 19 Comments

    Residents of West Hollywood who are unhappy with Donald Trump’s first two weeks in office will have an opportunity on
    Thursday to express their dismay.

    Robert Gamboa and Duke Mason, members of the city’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board, are organizing a demonstration at 6 p.m. at the Matthew Shepard Memorial on the northwest side of the intersection of Crescent Heights Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard.

    Gamboa said all five West Hollywood City Council members have expressed interest in the event and he is discussing collaboration with the L.A. LGBT Center.

    Major demonstrations against Trump have occurred already in Los Angeles and across the world. The Woman’s March on Jan. 21 in downtown Los Angeles attracted hundreds of thousands of participants including

    Transgender Health Organization Holds First Scientific Conference in Los Angeles

    Transgender Health Organization Holds First Scientific Conference in Los Angeles

    Wed, Feb 01, 2017

    The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) is staging its first scientific conference in Los Angeles, beginning this morning with an event for surgeons only and continuing with events open to a wider audience.

    WPATH, formerly known as the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association (HBIGDA), is a non-profit organization devoted to transgender health. Its members engage in clinical and academic research to develop evidence-based medicine and promote a high quality of care for transsexual, transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals internationally.

    WPATH’s scientific conference will take place at the Luskin Conference Center at 425 Westwood Plaza on the UCLA campus. The surgeons-only “pre-conference” begins at 7:30 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m. At 3:30 p.m., the conference opens with a keynote…

    LA LGBT Center’s Lori Jean Condemns Trump’s Immigrant and Refugee Ban

    LA LGBT Center’s Lori Jean Condemns Trump’s Immigrant and Refugee Ban

    Mon, Jan 30, 2017 1 Comment

    Lorri Jean, the CEO of the L.A. LGBT Center, has issued a statement condemning Donald Trump’s order to ban immigrants and refugees from seven countries from entering the United States.

    “Banning refugees from coming to the U.S. is not only heartless, it’s un-American and clearly unconstitutional,” Jean said. “Those who are fleeing violence, persecution and war in their home countries are already the most vetted people who enter the U.S., undergoing background and screening processes that take at least 18 months. Among those who will be particularly harmed by this order are LGBT people in the targeted countries where the current crisis makes it more likely they’ll face persecution, violence and even death because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

    “In 2016 more people turned to the center for immigration and…

    Stuart Timmons, Chronicler of L.A.’s LGBTQ History, Dies at 60

    Stuart Timmons, Chronicler of L.A.’s LGBTQ History, Dies at 60

    Sat, Jan 28, 2017 3 Comments

    Stuart Timmons, known for chronicling the history of gay Los Angeles in “Gay L. A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians,” co-authored with Lillian Faderman, died today.

    Timmons, 60, had been in ill health since 2008, when he suffered a serious stroke that left him relatively unconscious for a little more than a year. He recovered somewhat a little more than a year later and was able to continue his writing.

    “Gay LA” was the first deeply researched and definitive book about the LGBTQ culture in Los Angeles, a culture whose history mirrored that of New York City, which had received more attention. Timmons also was the author of “The Trouble with Harry Hay,” a biography of one of leaders of the gay rights movement in its early years. And he launched the WeHo LGBTQ History Mobile Tour in 2015, which was…

    Local Activists Launch Campaign for LGBTQIA Protest March During Gay Pride

    Local Activists Launch Campaign for LGBTQIA Protest March During Gay Pride

    Fri, Jan 27, 2017 7 Comments

    A campaign launched yesterday to stage a march during L.A. Pride in protest of a possible erosion of LGBT rights under the Trump administration has attracted 15,000 followers on Facebook as of publication of this story, with more than 5,000 people saying they will attend the event.

    The Los Angeles LGBTQIA Protest March is being promoted by Brian Pendleton and Chad Goldman, who are partners, as well as Hazel Jade Prejean, Alan Uphold and Jeff Olde. Pendleton and Goldman have been active in a number of LGBT organizations. For example, they are founding donors of the Pendleton/Goldman PrEP Program at APLA Health. Prejean is a transgender activist who sings with the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles. Uphold is a communications and public speaking consultant who is former development director for the Point Foundation. Olde is executive vice…

    Tonight’s Plummer Park Forum to Discuss Trump’s Impact on LGBT Rights

    Tonight’s Plummer Park Forum to Discuss Trump’s Impact on LGBT Rights

    Fri, Jan 27, 2017

    A community meeting will be held at Plummer Park’s Fiesta Hall this evening to discuss concerns of the LGBT community about Donald Trump.

    The “LGBT Town Hall” is produced by the I Love Me Foundation, an organization formed to assist survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

    The meeting will be moderated by Mark Anawalt, co-owner of Anawalt Lumber. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. A light dinner will be served.

    The LGBT community has become concerned about the election of Donald Trump as president and Mike Pence as vice president.

    Trump’s position on LGBT rights has constantly wavered. He has both supported and opposed same-sex marriage and voiced his support for the North Carolina State Legislature’s HB2 bill that bans transgender people from using restrooms that don’t match their gender at birth and has said…

    Lavender Effect Hosts WeHo Gay History Tours

    Lavender Effect Hosts WeHo Gay History Tours

    Thu, Jan 26, 2017

    f you want to learn more about WeHo’s gay history, the Lavender Effect is happy to give you a tour.

    The Lavender Effect, in partnership with Out & About Tours, is conducting a walking tour on Jan. 29 to call out places in West Hollywood that have historic or culturally significant meaning for LGBT people.

    Along the way you’ll find out where Judy Garland used to hang with her “lavender lads,” pass the home of the first pair of pair of chaps worn without underwear and see the bar where the phrase “lipstick lesbian” was first uttered.

    “We are honored to continue the legacy of One City One Pride – Stuart Timmons’ West Hollywood LGBTQ history mobile tour”, said Andy Sacher, founder of the Lavender Effect. “We have been passed the baton, and we are so excited to run with it and keep this fabulously entertaining and informative…

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