LA Times LogoLA Times | Hailey Branson-Potts - The young, black transgender woman in hairstylist Madin Lopez’s chair used to hate getting her hair cut. Barbers always questioned her gender identity. They always cut her hair short. She’d always be disappointed.

But on a recent, sweltering afternoon, Lopez put a small plait across 23-year-old Kaityanna Phillips’ forehead. Phillips had been growing her hair out, and this was the first time it had ever been braided. She couldn’t stop running her hand over it.

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thefightTHEFIGHT | Orly Lynne - The DTLA Proud Festival takes place this month on August 26 and 27—once again at Pershing Square—from 12pm-10pm.

Last year a grassroots group of local residents, business owners, community leaders and queer nightlife producers came together to form DTL A Proud. “We were born from the idea that together we could create an all-inclusive festival that represents the diverse population that lives, works, and plays in Downtown Los Angeles,” stated the organizers in a press release.

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thefightTHEFIGHT | Dusti Cunningham - Makeup artist Anthony Gordon on creating things last minute, polyamorous relationships and heteronormative models.

Grandson of actor/stuntman Jack Gordon and son of Emmy winner Stan Gordon, makeup artist Anthony Gordon, 54, grew up on the movie lots of Hollywood.

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thepridela nonretinathepride | Henry Giardina - 710 N. Heliotrope Drive in East Hollywood has been host to its share of transient cafes. First, there was a short-lived branch of the beloved Cafecito Organico chain in 2010, followed by Helio Cafe, which closed in 2016. With the promising recent opening of Cuties Coffee, its latest tenant, 710 N. Heliotrope may have at last met its match.

Started by partners Virginia Bauman and Iris Bainum-Houle, the concept for Cuties grew out of a monthly meetup the two had planned for L.A.’s queer community.

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labladeLA Blade | Troy Masters - He has served on the majority openly gay City Council since West Hollywood was incorporated in 1984. You could call him a founder. Well, in fact, he is.

Mayor John Heilman is one of the longest-serving openly gay elected officials in the U.S, having previously served as mayor in 1990, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2006 and 2010.

He still has a forward-looking vision for the city he loves.

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labladeLA Blade | Troy Masters - The Los Angeles Blade, the city’s only LGBT-owned and operated newspaper, announced today the hiring of Karen Ocamb as the newspaper’s full-time news editor.

“We are excited to bring Karen’s unparalleled knowledge of Los Angeles and the LGBT community to the Blade,” said Troy Masters, the newspaper’s publisher. “Karen knows the community and the issues like no other journalist.”

The Los Angeles Blade is the sister publication of the Washington Blade, the nation’s oldest and most acclaimed LGBT newspaper.

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