labladeRebekah Sager | In just a scant couple of years, West Hollywood will finally have an AIDS monument.

Titled “STORIES: The AIDS Monument,” it is meant to embody the bittersweet history of a city originally created to protect the LGBTQ community, and one also profoundly impacted by the viral epidemic that brought it to its knees.

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Welcome to the first annual Best of Gay LA Award nominations. The 2018 Awards encompass 25 categories representing the best Gay Los Angeles has to offer.

The nominations will be open at BestofGayLosAngeles.com.
The top 5 nominees in each category will become finalists and voting will be held from December 18th – January 5th. Winners will be announced on January 25th at the Best of Gay LA Party! Details of the party will be available soon.

wehocitylogoWorld AIDS Day is held each year on December 1. The day is an opportunity forAids Day people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate people who have passed away due to HIV/AIDS. The first World AIDS Day was held in 1988. Each year, the City of West Hollywood recognizes World AIDS Day with special events and programming.

LA Times LogoMichael Schaub | California has become the first state to approve LGBT-inclusive history textbooks for use in primary schools, the Advocate reports.

The California State Board of Education on Thursday approved 10 textbooks for kindergarten through eighth-grade students that include coverage of the historical contributions of LGBT people, and rejected two that failed to include such coverage.

LA Times LogoJohn Wilkens | Ben Dillingham, a retired Marine who became a political power broker clearing a path for pioneering gay office holders in Southern California, has died at his home in San Diego. He was 72.

“He was the lodestar for those of us aspiring to serve in politics,” said state Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), who in 2014 became the first lesbian speaker of the state Assembly.

laweeklyLina LeCaro | World of Wonder's outrageously subversive slate of programming might be driven by queer sexuality on the surface, but there's a lot more to it than meets the false-lashed eye. The L.A.-based production company's most famous creation, RuPaul’s Drag Race, is an extraordinary mix of eye and ear candy, and every year the cache of comically gifted cross-dressing glamazons seems to outdo the previous crop, making us laugh, think and sometimes simply cock our heads like, “Um, what did she just say?”

laweeklyDennis Romero | After years of seeing African-Americans attacked solely for their race, Los Angeles has a new top target for hate crimes: the LGBTQ community.

The revelation came in the latest annual hate crime report from the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations (LACCHR). "Homophobic hate crimes also had a high rate of violence (81 percent)," according to a summary.

aplahealthLong Beach—APLA Health’s Vance North Necessities of Life Program (NOLP) and the AIDS Food Store of Long Beach have now combined services to help meet the needs of those living with HIV in the Long Beach area. This partnership will now create the third largest NOLP site in Los Angeles County, serving more than 279 people and distributing more than 1,750 bags of groceries a month.

In 2015, the City of Long Beach reported that more than 4,700 Long Beach residents were diagnosed and living with HIV and saw a new infection rate higher than Los Angeles County (28 per 100,000 population vs 20 per 100,000).

wehotimesMarco Colantonio | An article in The Los Angeles Times revealed drug paraphernalia was scattered throughout the West Hollywood apartment of a prominent Democratic political donor, Ed Buck where 26-year old Gemmel Moore, a male sex worker was found dead.

In the story first reported by WEHO TIMES, The Los Angeles County Coroner had reported the death of Gemmel Moore, 26, of an accidental meth overdose at 7:22 p.m. on July 27 at the West Hollywood home of high-profile Democratic Party donor and political activist, Ed Buck. The youth’s death reportedly occurred just hours after he left his family in Texas in order to join Buck.

wehotimesMarco Colantonio Rocco’s Tavern has leased the shuttered Citibank space on the corner of San Vicente and Santa Monica Blvd in the heart of WeHo’s Boystown.

Citibank abruptly closed this location in September of 2015 with barely a few days’ notice to depositors. The space has remained vacant for the past two years. Speculation was that a rent increase was the main reason for the closure.

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