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Finding Your Voice

Who are you? Where are you from? My name is Tina Babajanians and I am a master voice clinician. I run my private practice out of my home office in Pasadena, California. I was born in Iran and immigrated to the United States when I was three years old. I grew up in Southern California, moved to the bay area for a brief time and have been living in Pasadena for the last seven years. My education and career background is in speech and language pathology. I went to California State University, Northridge for my undergraduate program in Communication Disorders… Keep Reading

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Queer Eye & Spotify bring you 5 Pride month playlists

Pride month is here, and what would our pre-march breakfasts, street parades, and late night parties be without great beats? Spotify is no stranger to the unifying power of music and has been running a special Pride section chock full of queer anthems, artists, allys, and podcasts since 2016. This year, in honour of Pride month and the launch of Queer Eye’s second season on Netflix (happening June 15th!), Spotify and the Fab Five have collaborated on five Queer Eye Pride playlists! Every queer person has their own intimate selection of songs that have gotten them through the highs and… Keep Reading

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Why I march for Pride

It’s 4pm and time for a shift change. My restaurant manager, Norman, sidles up to the waiter that’s just walked in to take over from me. Eric is on night shift tonight. Eric is openly gay. For some reason Norman is fascinated by gay men. He brags about wine dealers that flirt with him, and always makes a point of just how cool he is with it all. His fascination reminds me of a child peeking through a parent’s fingers to look at something they’re not supposed to see. His enthusiasm reminds me of the sensational stories they’d tell their… Keep Reading

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Casey Legler’s memoir Godspeed is set to be electrifying

Queer writer, model and Olympian, Casey Legler, has caught the world’s attention on multiple occasions; First as a 19 year old Olympic swimmer representing France at the 1996 Summer Olympics, where she broke the world record the day before the race, and then again when she became the first ever woman to be signed to model exclusively as a male model, making her an instant gender fluid icon in the LGBTQ community. The French-American creative has stepped once again into the limelight, announcing the imminent release of her memoir and first book, Godspeed. When speaking at the New York Live… Keep Reading

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5 Queer Spoken Word Poems

Spoken word poetry taps into the wordplay of rap, the lyricism of poetry, and the dramatization of theatre to deliver hard-hitting performances that linger long after they’re finished. LGBTQ creatives have turned to spoken word poetry as a powerful medium for exploring the queer experience – highlighting injustice, expressing vulnerability, and channelling pride. Spoken word performance is as suited to combative critiques as it is to heart-breaking homages. Here are five queer spoken word poems that tap into the very essence of what it means to be a part of the LGBTQ community: 1) Time For Love by Sean Lionadh… Keep Reading

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Self Aware & Caught In The Identity Cross Fire

If you’ve ever been hurt in a relationship you might have considered being alone, regrouping and focusing  on yourself. Some of us explore ourselves inwardly and outwardly finding that we ourselves are fluid with all genders. When it comes to dating many of us want a better answer that explains our ideas about what definitions to use. GLAAD is a media group helping shape the narrative by provoking dialogue that leads to cultural change. Social attention is on correctness and definitions while Pansexuality among other LGBTQIA+ extensions is a organic existence and presents a love towards all human beings. The… Keep Reading

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Hayley Kiyoko An Inspiration

Hayley Kiyoko recently came out with her album ‘Expectations’ this year and it has become an instant hit. With every song being about women, her own experiences, and mental health, it has helped many queer women, young and old, discover themselves and realize they are not alone. She first found fame when she appeared on Disney’s Lemonade Mouth in 2011 and Wizards of Waverly Place. Since then she has become a role model for LGBT members everywhere. Jessie, who runs the Instagram page hayleykiyoko.uk, explained how Hayley Kiyoko is more than just an artist, “I think the fact shes openly… Keep Reading

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Love Simon movie review:

In today’s day and age, we are constantly questioning our sexuality. What am I? What do I like? What age is the right age? When do you know? Are you born with it? When do you discuss it with your children? When do you tell your parents? Your friends? Do they care? How are schools taking to the “two dads or two moms” and dealing with kids still feeling the need to bully about this? As an older sister to a baby girl and six year old boy I am hoping to build the environment where if they do decide… Keep Reading

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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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