LA Weekly - Hollywood art figure Anthony Feathers a.k.a. $EX Artiste! passed away on August 11, 2020, the same date he was born 51 year prior (August 11, 1969). Known as the birthday effect, this phenomenon is explained by Hasidic Judaism as a moment “when the person lives his life achieving his fullest potential and completes his mission on earth in the most perfect way possible.”
He was very proud of his Pawnee/Cherokee heritage, all the while fighting against homophobia and forced Jehovah’s Witnesses within his community.
WEHOville - West Hollywood’s Book Soup has joined a campaign by the American Booksellers Association to call attention to the risks faced today by independent book stores — citing both COVID-19 and Amazon as the major threats.
“When these independent bookstores close Covid will be listed as the cause of death, but the pre-existing condition for many may be listed as Amazon,” says an announcement of the “Boxed Out” campaign. “The brown boxes that have become ubiquitous in building lobbies and on porches are ‘boxing out’ bookstores and other small businesses all across the country, resulting in the loss of local jobs, local sales tax, community, and support.”
LA Times - Thursday is Spirit Day, which supports LGBTQ youth in a united stand against bullying. The tradition dates back to 2010, when Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan partnered with the LGBTQ media advocacy organization GLAAD.
Marking its 10th anniversary, Spirit Day has been picked up and amplified by politicians, musicians, actors and artists across the spectrum. Celebrities and civilians alike are donning the color purple on social media to show solidarity with LGBTQ youth.
WEHO Times - WeHo’s Drag Queen Story has gone virtual. While the coronavirus pandemic prevents kids of all ages from sharing the fun in person, the Drag Queen Story Hour has temporarily moved from its home at the West Hollywood Library and into a TV/Computer screen.
Children are invited to ask their parents and guardians for help logging on to the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division YouTube Channel, http://bit.ly/DQSHweho, where Drag Queen Story Hour comes to life featuring local drag queens Amber Crane, Pickle the Drag Queen, and Tony Soto.
WEHO Times - Annual Best in Drag Show fundraiser benefiting Aid for AIDS, a program of Alliance for Housing and Healing, is celebrating 30 years of outrageous beauty pageantry. 100 percent of the proceeds will go towards efforts to prevent homelessness and hunger for men, women, children and families living with HIV/AIDS throughout Los Angeles County.
The show must go on. Celebrity judges will crown the last queen standing at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on Sunday, October 18th.
LA Times - L.A. Times columnist Erika D. Smith, historian Lillian Faderman and gay activist Alexei Romanoff discuss the importance of intersectionality in the LGBTQ movement, and the fight against police brutality that sparked LGBTQ Pride and Black Lives Matter.
WEHO Times - Gold Coast Bar in West Hollywood is now permanently closed after serving the community for 39 years. Bryan Worl, who owns the bar with his partner Robert Hastings, officially announced the bar’s closure via a post on his Facebook timeline on September 24.
WEHOville - A Drag Laureate? So West Hollywood!
The City Council on Monday will be asked to consider authorizing the creation of that honorary position as a way to promote West Hollywood’s Boystown gay nightlife district. The proposal is being brought forward by Council members Lauren Meister and John Duran.