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Keep Art Straight

Politics and religion have been tested changed and destroyed over the course of time. How we get our information has changed, how we interact with each other has changed and what we classify as disorders or mental illness. What hasn’t changed is fine art and its way to express our truth, having it transcending time even. I see everyday an opportunity for better understanding of my own cognitive mind and how it works with others. How I respond to my conflicts and obstacles. Life presented so many ways to see clarity in dispositions. To filter and process content is vital… Keep Reading

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Restaurant Review of Spartina on Melrose

Ever wonder where to eat when cruising along Melrose while looking for some new clothes? Eating in Los Angeles can be difficult especially if you’re the indecisive type. Look no further! Italian hot spot Spartina is not here to play games! I had heard about Spartina on a local LA foodie blog. They raved about their breakfast pizza, the whipped ricotta & home made bread & short rib raviolis… my heart was set on trying this place out! Something that I really appreciate about living in Hollywood is restaurants opening every other month giving you a vast array of options! I decided… Keep Reading

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Brazil and the LGBT Community Part 2: Interview with Sayonara a LGBT from Brazil

While writing my article about the crimes against the LGBT community in Brazil, I reached out to one of my oldest friends (we met when we were 14 years old…) Sayonara came out to me when she was 16, I always knew. She didn’t like boys. She liked being one of the boys. Sayonara is a beautiful soul and woman living in between Paris & Rio De Janeiro… I asked her to give us her perspective on what was happening in Brazil. 1 How do you feel as an openly gay woman in Brazil? Even if in Brazil a lot… Keep Reading

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Brazil and the LGBT Community

Brazil, we know it for its beautiful people, colorful landscapes, beautiful beaches, Carnival & of course Mojitos! However a very dark side is coming to light with the media being able to transmit information freely thru internet and social media. In 2017 there was a 30% increase of deaths from 2016. Research proves that those deaths were almost directly related to Homophobia. With the insane numbers of 387 Murders and 58 suicides, Brazil is becoming the most violent country. The Transgender community of Brazil is still scarred from the horrific video of Dandara Dos Santos who was beated to death… Keep Reading

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Wedding season is upon us everyone!

A beautiful show of love and trust. While in certain states it’s still frowned upon to marry your partner but not your 2nd cousin… We’ve heard Some great news has arrived! MGM Resort International have funded an album of Classic wedding songs that have been modified; it is called UNIVERSAL LOVE and will include tracks by: Bob Dylan is the 1929 Neil Moret classic “She’s Funny That Way”, remade with a male pronoun. June performs Noel Coward’s “Mad About the Boy”, Kesha takes Janis Joplin’s “I Need a Man to Love”, Gibbard tackles The Beatles’ “And I Love Her”, Kele… Keep Reading

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Why the Queer Eye reboot has me YAS-ing so hard:

**SPOILERS AHEAD** A straight male colleague of mine once told me he genuinely enjoys the attention of gay men. We were working on a festival together and the host and owner of the farmstead was a rugged, grizzled gay man living in the middle of the mountains. He was an old friend of the production team’s and was well known for teasing and flirting with all the guys that came to roll up their sleeves and get stuck into running the event. When I asked my colleague how he found our host’s suggestive remarks and playful touch he said, “I like… Keep Reading

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Transgender Day of Visibility: Inspiring Stories

Social media has given a voice to many who have been silenced in the real world. By being able to voice themselves and express themselves through words and art, transgender individuals and others being put down have been able to be themselves. March 31st is a day when support and expression go hand and hand, many individuals have taken to social media, online support groups, and writing platforms to share their stories and challenges. Below are stories that I have been told by individuals who have gone through challenges and oppression and how they have grown from their experiences and… Keep Reading

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Travel Tips

Today I am discussing something that we don’t talk about enough… Travel anxiety! Spring break is coming up fast! Do you get freaked out before your flight? Do you forget something while packing? Do you arrive with a bikini at a ski resort? (trust me I did it…) It happens to all of us! Frazzle brain is a common side effect of traveling and not planning ahead. I have traveled since I was 2 years old. Flying long international flights can sometimes be tiring. But it can also be an amazing experience! 1st tip:  always check the wheels on your… Keep Reading

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Donald Trump’s Ban On Transgender Troops

Since the last attempt of Trump’s transgender blanket ban last year many have become outraged at the United States’ president. Many protested and contacted their state’s representatives but Donald Trump has still gone forward with his ban. On March 23, 2018, Trump released a new memorandum that states that transgender individuals that require or have undergone gender transition cannot serve. Also, individuals who have a history of gender dysphoria cannot serve because they bring a burden to the military. Gender dysphoria means to have the experience of distress or discomfort as a result of a disparity between a person’s biological… Keep Reading

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Event Review: The Los Angeles LGBT Center‘s 13th annual Simply diVine

The Los Angeles LGBT Center‘s 13th annual Simply diVine, an amazing evening of food and drink for the LGBT community and their allies, this year took place on March 24 at the iconic Hollywood Forever, a cemetery known as a Hollywood landmark. The event, from 6 to 9 p.m., featured live music, samples of food and drinks from popular West Hollywood and Los Angeles restaurants, wineries, distilleries and breweries. All proceeds will support the LGBT Center’s programs and services. This year the proceeds are going towards building a center for the LGBT youth and homeless youth. Which of course is… Keep Reading

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