Sweet! Chula Vista cake artist Jose Barajas represents West Coast — and gay cake decorators — on TLC’s ‘Next Great Baker’


TLC’s Next Great Baker returns to our screens June 24 for season four. Hosted by Buddy Valastro, the star of his own reality series, Cake Boss, the show features contestants participating in challenges that test their baking and decorating skills. According to TLC, this new season comes with a whole new set style and spice. [...]

Toronto’s 10-day extravaganza that is WorldPride

In preparation for WorldPride, June 20-29, Toronto has literally laid out a welcome mat in the form of rainbow-painted crosswalks for the hundreds of thousands expected to attend the celebration. WorldPride Toronto is an event that “incorporates activism, education and the history and culture of global LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities.” According to Andrew Weir, vice president of [...]

Getting ready for PrEP

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control published guidelines for the use of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) in the prevention of HIV transmission. Since then, discussions about the safety and utility of PrEP have gone from theoretical debates in the research and public health community to the Facebook pages of potential patients with concrete concerns. To [...]

San Diego: A honeymooner’s paradise

If you’re of the marrying kind and are one of the growing number of LGBT Americans living in one of the 19 states or District of Columbia (a whopping 43 percent of the country’s total population) and you’re just beginning to plan your honeymoon, San Diego LGBT Weekly has some great news. San Diego was [...]

And baby makes three


It starts like any other Friday. Morning coffee, off to work, lunch with colleagues. Phone rings – don’t recognize the number. Send to voicemail. Phone rings again – OK, must be important. You’ve been picked. You’re having a baby scheduled for delivery in a few hours. In Oceanside. Go. From our early years dating we [...]

A gay dad’s Father’s Day

Becoming a father once had this dreamy quality to it. I was seven years old when I first knew the names of my future kids: Sascha, Pascal and a third that got lost in the passage of time. There was also a wife in that picture somewhere. As a kid, the concept of marriage and [...]

The legacy of Harvey Milk strengthened with release of US postage stamp, community celebrations

Harvey Milk -- Photo Dan Nicoletta

Back when he first ran, unsuccessfully, for a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Harvey Milk didn’t have the stamp of approval from the so-called “gay establishment.” Today, May 22 – which would have been his 84th birthday and is celebrated as Harvey Milk Day in California – he will be memorialized with [...]

Antigone Rising

By the end of the 1950s, it had become apparent that the first chapter in rock ’n’ roll’s storied history had come to a close. Buddy Holly, Richie Valens (“La Bamba”) and the Big Bopper (“Chantilly Lace”) were all killed in a plane crash over Iowa. Little Richard (“Good Golly, Miss Molly”) had retired from [...]

Time to take skin cancer seriously

For many LGBT people – especially the guys – sun worshipping at Black’s Beach is as much a part of the Hillcrest scene as dancing at a club. But May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and for those who don’t think skin cancer is serious, remember James Rebhorn, the character actor perhaps best known as [...]

May 11: Celebrating a day that is all about Mom

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It’s not a legal holiday but it’s the busiest day of the year for restaurants and the second busiest time for florists. That’s Mother’s Day. Though mothers and motherhood have been celebrated for thousands of years, Mother’s Day as we know it began in the United States in the early 1900s; its first official presidential [...]

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