labladeLA Blade | Troy Masters - I must confess that I once ogled at Kevin Sessums at a 1990s Gay Pride Rally in Manhattan’s Union Square Park. He was splayed out on the lawn next to me, shirtless, muscular and tan on a blanket, surrounded by ACT UP’s elite.

My friend noticed me noticing and whispered, “that’s that Kevin Sessums guy. He has the cover of Vanity Fair this month with Barbra Streisand.” I said, “introduce me.” She did and Kevin said, “of course I know who you are.” I thought “WTF?”

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laglcIf they had their own TV show, it might be called Law & Order: STI, though the work of this Los Angeles LGBT Center team of detectives never ends in arrests, just treatment.

The mission of the four-person team is to encourage those who may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection (STI) to get tested and treated so they're not at risk of passing the infection to others. They begin their work by talking to people who have tested positive for syphilis or HIV at one of the Center’s testing facilities, offering assistance contacting sexual partners.

“Our goal is to identify those who may have been exposed to an STI and encourage them to get tested,” says team leader Johnny Cross. “Even when someone is upset upon receiving our call, they usually end up saying thank you. These things are treatable. It’s really about educating, getting to the next person and trying to stop it from going further.”

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laglcIn denouncing President Donald J. Trump’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean released the following statement:

“On behalf of our hundreds of staff, thousands of volunteers and supporters, and tens of thousands of clients, the Los Angeles LGBT Center condemns today’s presidential order eliminating the DACA program and calls upon U.S. Congress to take immediate action to reverse this policy change.

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wehocitylogoThe City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series will present a screening of the thought-provoking documentary 13th, followed by a panel discussion about racial inequality and the disproportionate rates of imprisonment of African American people in the United States. The event will take place on Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Pacific Design Center’s Silver Screen Theater, located at 8687 Melrose Avenue.

“West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series brings together a diverse cross-section of people in our community to focus on important global, national, and local human rights issues,” said City of West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman. “Racial inequality and unequal rates of imprisonment have remained terrible realities in our country and in our justice system. We must confront and discuss racism and its impacts, and we must fight for fundamental principles of equality and justice.”

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gaystarnews logoGayStarNews | James Mills - Jesse Brune-Horan made a name for himself as a personal trainer and chef on reality TV shows, but that wasn’t where his heart lay. He’d always dreamed of being a minister and sharing his love of God with others.

Seven years ago, he started Inspire, a church in West Hollywood, California.

Today, Inspire is still going strong and has just moved to a new location, at 916 N. Formosa Avenue (just south of Santa Monica Boulevard), to accommodate the growing congregation made up primarily of LGBTI people of all races and ages.

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