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Christopher Lisotta

Girls Don't Run

Shirley Bushnell’s path to becoming an activist for the transgender community started about a decade ago in the kitchens of UCLA, where she worked as the senior cook at Dykstra Residence Hall. At an employee Christmas party her supervisor, a lesbian who knew about her status as a male-to-female transgender,......

The Producer: A.C. Lyles

“It’s a short resumé, 1928 to 2005; Paramount,” says A.C. Lyles, whose current title, “producer,” doesn’t begin to capture his relationship with the little film studio on Melrose.For 77 years, Lyles has been the quintessential company man, so much so that when Brad Grey took the reins of the company......

Arnold’s Kiss-Off

If you read the first few sentences of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s press release last week on gay marriage, you might think he was coming out in support of AB 849, the bill that passed both houses of California’s Legislature that would give same-sex couples the civil marriage rights afforded to......

Taking on Anti-Gay America

In a national political climate where it is pretty much open season on limiting or rolling back gay rights, you would think the National Stonewall Democrats, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender group within the party, would be on the defensive. But the attitude at Stonewall’s organizing convention in San......

All Families Created Equal

The California Supreme Court's three rulings this week that strengthened the rights and responsibilities of same-sex parents who raise children was a trifecta for lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender legal advocates. For years, LGBT-rights groups have been seeking clarifications from the California courts on the responsibilities of gay and lesbian parents. Over time, issues......

Rolling Back Gay Rights

Photo by Debra DiPaoloCalifornia voters in 2006 likely will decide whether to eliminate any possibility of same-sex marriage in the state, and consider obliterating the six-year-old domestic-partnership program, one of the furthest reaching in the nation. Last month, the gay-marriage panic, which reached a fever pitch in November 2004 when......

Big Spat Ahead

Openly gay state Assemblyman Mark Leno believes this week’s court ruling on same-sex marriage finally puts equal rights for gays and lesbians within reach — though the great battle lies ahead. In December, the San Francisco Democrat introduced AB 19, the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, which seeks......

6 Reasons Why November 2 Wasn't a Total Gay Political Nightmare

With 11 state marriage amendments passing overwhelmingly, the election of anti-gay crusaders like Tom Coburn and Jim DeMint to the U.S. Senate, and a clear win for a presidential administration that loves to talk about a Federal Marriage Amendment, things might look politically bleak for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and......

Gay Camelot

I moved to West Hollywood in 1999, after three years of sharing a Craftsman 12 blocks from the beach in Santa Monica. The change of scenery was unexciting, but the move had more to do with my commute to Warner Bros., and the desire to have my own affordable space,......

Hail Mary

JOHN KERRY’S DECISION to mention Vice President Dick Cheney’s lesbian daughter, Mary, during the final presidential debate caused such an uproar among Republicans one would have thought the Democratic nominee had gone out on the town gay-bashing. “This is not a good man,” seethed vice-presidential spouse and cultural conservative maven......