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September 4, 2014

From early AIDS fundraisers to marrying couples in the last year of her life, Rivers was a staunch LGBT ally

Like a lot of gays, Joan Rivers considered herself an outsider and an underdog.

But she never let that stop her. In fact, it fueled her.

From her rise to stardom in the 1960s through her final episode of Fashion Police which aired just last week, Rivers kept her legions of loyal gay fans entertained and inspired.

She told Gay Star News in 2012: 'They were the first ones to laugh at me.'

August 19, 2014

From bottle-service cabanas to shopping extravaganzas, live out your own California dream swimming, partying and staying up all night in these epic Los Angeles hotels

Did you ever think you’d have anything in common with Marylin Monroe, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, or dozens of other celebrities you love (and might love to hate)?

If you’re in Los Angeles anytime soon, it could be your chance to share a piece of your celebrity crush’s history, by possibly sleeping in the same bed they once crashed in.

There’s few better places than West Hollywood to hang up your flip-flops to explore all that the City of Angels has to offer, or to cruise around praying for your first celebrity sighting.

June 3, 2014

This weekend, I hope you enjoy my hometown’s impeccable weather, proximity to beaches, killer eateries and one hell of a gay scene

I envy every single person in LA this summer.

After living in London for over two years, I appreciate what London has that LA doesn’t, like proximity to Mediterranean beaches and an abundance of cider on tap.

That being said, we’re having trouble taking the LA out of the boy long after the boy has left LA.

Namely, we’re missing In-N-Out burgers, midnight drives to the beach and bars open past midnight.

December 10, 2013

Adam Lambert, Fergie, Andrew Rannells, Kathy Griffin, Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch and others turn out

Adam Lambert was the star attraction and one the last to arrive on a busy red carpet outside the Hollywood Palladium where Trevor Live, an evening with comedy and music, took place on Sunday evening (8 December).

Others whipping the photographers and fans into a frenzy included Fergie and husband Josh Duhamel, Andrew Rannells, host Kathy Griffin, Cheyenne Jackson, and a large contingent of Glee cast members Chris Colfer, Jane Lynch, Naya Rivera, Alex Newell, Dot-Marie Jones, Blake Jenner, and Amber Riley.

August 2, 2013

Vodka bottles were filled with water due to environmental regulations

City leaders and bar owners in West Hollywood wanted to make a big statement Thursday against Russia's anti-LGBT laws.

So they decided to pour several waters of Russian vodka into the gutter in front of one of the city's most popular gay bars.

While it made a great photo op, it was really water coming out of the vodka bottles.

It is against local environmental regulations to pour alcohol into a streetside gutter.

June 21, 2013

This buzzing pocket of Los Angeles, one of the United States' most incomprehensibly massive cities, is impossible to 'do' in a night and a day – but if that's the challenge you face, try this brief itinerary

Picture the scene: having holidayed elsewhere in California, you crash-land in WeHo, West Hollywood, in the heart of Los Angeles, the day before your flight back to home. You're on limited time, and worse – a limited budget. Thus, partying with Lindsay Lohan at the Chateau Marmont (erm, if that's your bag) is not really an option. But that doesn't mean there's not fun to be had.

Indeed, as the spiritual home of the movies, LA is one of the most fantasized-about holiday destinations in the world, and with good reason.

June 6, 2013

Mayor Abbe Land: 'I want to thank you in advance for all the fun you will have and all the money you will spend'

West Hollywood Mayor Abbe Land, hosting an LA Pride reception at the Mondrian Hotel on the Sunset Strip Wednesday (5 June), took to the microphone and uttered the line of the night: 'I want to thank you in advance for all the fun you will have and all the money you will spend.'

It is a weekend where hundreds of thousands of people descend upon West Hollywood for one of America’s largest LGBT celebrations.

'It's so exciting to feel the energy that started a week ago and goes through Sunday,' Land also said.

April 17, 2013

AIDS Health Foundation and LA County health officials disagrees on whether it's an outbreak

Since the death of West Hollywood attorney Brett Shaad last weekend from Meningococcal meningitis, it has been revealed that two other men in Southern California had died from the same disease in recent months.

But health officials and community leaders are at odds over whether this can qualify as an outbreak among gay and bisexual men.

December 25, 2012

'Family acceptance is so important ... parents have to remember this is your child'

Christmas Day may be a time for families to get together but there may be some family members who are feeling anything but holiday cheer.

There are plenty of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth who are suffering and that suffering could be a matter of life and death.

That's why The Trevor Project, the leading organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services in the US, is available 24-7 to let these youths know that they are not alone.

December 4, 2012

Katy Perry, Darren Criss, Andrew Rannells Chris Colfer and others turn out

Katy Perry was the main attraction and the last to arrive on a busy red carpet outside the Hollywood Palladium where Trevor Live, an evening with comedy and music, took place on Sunday evening (2 December).

Photographers positioned on bleachers screamed for the singer's attention in an attempt to get the perfect angle.

September 13, 2012

Harry Potter star is longtime supporter of group dedicated to suicide prevention among LGBT youth

For more than three years, film and Broadway star Daniel Radcliffe has been a high-profile supporter of the Trevor Project which provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

The young man who came to fame as boy wizard Harry Potter continues his involvement on Sunday (16 September) when he participates in a live online discussion to raise awareness about preventing suicide through The Trevor Project's Talk to Me campaign.

August 22, 2012

Intersection at heart of gay district originally painted for pride month

During LGBT Pride Month in June, the crosswalks spanning the intersection of San Vicente and Santa Monica boulevards in the heart of West Hollywood were transformed from brick red to the colors of the rainbow flag that symbolizes gay pride.

Now the transformation will be permanent.

The West Hollywood City Council voted this week to keep the rainbow crosswalks in the section of the city known as Boystown where such popular spots as The Abbey attract tourists and locals alike.

May 26, 2012

'They are completely unaware that the people around them are legally prohibited from getting married'

The Abbey, the gay West Hollywood hotspot that also attracts a sizable straight crowd, announced Friday (25 May) that it is banning the bachelorette parties that have become increasingly popular there in recent years.

Founder David Cooley said the policy move is being made in consideration of the gay-owned and operated establishment's customer base because same-sex marriage is not legal in California.

December 14, 2011

House of Blues on Sunset Strip transformed to mark third anniversary of NOH8 photo project

House of Blues in West Hollywood looked more like an art gallery than concert venue Tuesday night with hundreds of portraits hanging on the walls of famous faces with tape over their mouths symbolizing a silent protest against inequality.

Some of those stars, including Pauley Perrette (pictured), LeAnn Rhimes, and Chris Gorham were among the throng packed into the popular Sunset Strip club for a party marking the third anniversary of the NOH8 Campaign for equality.