laweeklyBenjamin Quinones | Thousands of women are planning to descend on Pershing Square downtown on Saturday, Jan. 20, for round two of the biggest movement in America right now.

The Women's March Los Angeles starts at 9 a.m., and it's expected, like last year, to be the largest women's march in the nation.

"Hear Our Voice" was last year's front-line rallying cry, as more than 750,000 people — some say closer to 1.2 million — rallied and hit the streets. And since that march, women's voices have been heard — loud and clear. What was once a whisper network has turned into a boom mic.

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Jeff Taylor | A suspect has been arrested for the murder of a transgender woman in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Police Department announced on Friday that it apprehended Kevyn Ramirez , 29, on suspicion of killing Viccky Gutierrez.

Guiterrez, who grew up in Honduras and had been in the United States for three years, died on Jan. 10 after her apartment caught fire while she was trapped inside. The fire was ruled suspicious.

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Paulo Murillo | WEHO TIMES broke a story last June that the historical adult book store Circus of Books in West Hollywood was closing after operating for 57 years.

“I think December will be a good time,” owner Karen Mason stated in an interview last spring. “It will be our last Christmas. Hopefully people will want to come visit one last time. It’s pretty much done.”

However, things didn’t work out the way she and her husband Barry Mason hoped when they decided they were pretty much done with the once popular book store that specializes in selling a long list of mature content.

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Friends of Matt Palazzolo, the young activist and actor who died last week on a mountain hike in Australia, are planning a memorial for him on Feb. 3 at West Hollywood Park.

One of those friends, Reid Lee, also has created a GoFundMe page to raise money for the event.

Lee and others announced the event yesterday. “As we are all struggling to understand and cope with staggering loss of our beloved Matthew Benjamin Palazzolo we wanted to create a page to start organizing his Celebration of Life"

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Well, Grindr founder Joel Simkhai is. And we don’t mean with guys he meets on the popular gay hookup site that he recently sold.

We’re referring to his purchase for $10.5 million of an 8,100-square-foot home at La Presa Drive in the Outpost Estates. The purchase was originally reported by The Real Deal, which says it sets a record for the neighborhood above the Sunset Strip.

laglcThe Los Angeles LGBT Center has been awarded a grant for $25,000 from The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) in partnership with Macy’s. The grant will be used to support Trans* Lounge, the Center’s groundbreaking education, empowerment, and social program dedicated to serving Los Angeles’ transgender community.

Anyone who identifies as transgender is welcome to become a member of Trans* Lounge; membership as well as the workshops, group meetings, and events are all free. Previous programming included weekly yoga and wellness sessions; tutorials in cosmetic products led by professional makeup artists; and discussions with medical providers about hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery.

laglcThree days before Christmas, Carlos Bringas-Rodriguez was ordered back to Mexico by an immigration judge in San Diego during a hearing he didn’t know was taking place.

Since the HIV-positive refugee was quickly deported by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) without notice, he is now hiding out in a hotel in Mexico with a dwindling supply of HIV medications.

His attorneys and family have asked the Los Angeles LGBT Center and other allies to join in applying pressure DHS to grant parole to Bringas-Rodriguez and allow him back home and resume his HIV treatment.

labladeDawn Ennis | A change occurred in 2017 that went largely unnoticed: attitudes toward transgender people shifted from controversies over bathroom issues to the majority of Americans agreeing that trans service members should be allowed to serve in the military. Marking the moment, the Los Angeles Blade created a Transgender Advocate category for the upcoming “Best of” issue. However, nominee Maria Roman suggested that instead of the nominees competing against each other, we should highlight their accomplishments. We agreed. Here are five extraordinary trans activists making a difference in LA.

LA Times LogoAfter purchasing a majority stake in Grindr last year, ​​​​​​a Chinese gaming company has acquired the rest of the dating app for gay men from its founder Joel Simkhai, the West Hollywood company announced Friday.

Kunlun Group Limited said in May that it planned to purchase the remaining stake and Simkhai said he would stay on as CEO. But now that the deal is closed, Simkhai has left the company.

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