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Turkey Day Specials: 4 Local Restaurants Offering a Thanksgiving Feast

Turkey Day Specials: 4 Local Restaurants Offering a Thanksgiving Feast

Manorexic queens of L.A., your annual cheat day is here once again. While you may spend the other 364 days cutting carbs and guzzling whey-based protein concoctions, Thanksgiving is the one time each year when it’s not merely forgivable but an inalienable right to binge yourself into a diabetic coma. Understandably, many out-of-state transplants won’t be able to schlep back home for Ma’s famous sweet potatoes or Aunt Corinne’s homemade pumpkin pie, but don’t fret—L.A. provides a cornucopia of Turkey Day dinner specials for celebrating properly.
Porn Again: Josh Sabarra Unveils the Closeted Life of a Hollywood Hotshot
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Porn Again: Josh Sabarra Unveils the Closeted Life of a Hollywood Hotshot

On the surface, Josh Sabarra was an L.A. success story. He started his career working in publicity for some of Disney’s biggest blockbusters, then went on to high-level positions with New Line Cinema, Miramax and Warner Bros. He even regularly appeared as an on-air personality for CNN and The New Ricki Lake Show. But beneath the veneer of his prosperity, Sabarra harbored a humiliating secret—he was a 31-year-old virgin. Sabarra’s whip-smart new memoir Porn Again chronicles his personal experience as a closeted entertainment exec, meeting celebrity lovers along the way and also the occasional porn star-for-hire. With his debilitating sexual shame in tow, the rising PR star sublimated his untapped libido’s energy into a burgeoning career. As his memoir explores in detail, though, the root of Sabarra’s sexual confusion stems back to a painful past, from which he has only recently has begun to heal. 
West Hollywood Celebrates 6 Decades of Design with New Exhibit

West Hollywood Celebrates 6 Decades of Design with New Exhibit

Even before West Hollywood established itself as a haven for the LGBT community, the neighborhood reigned as a mecca of SoCal style. Since the 1950s, the city’s Design District—housed in the area surrounding Melrose Avenue, Beverly and Robertson Boulevards— has attracted the vanguard of design, art, fashion and cuisine. This month, that legacy will be celebrated when the WeHo Library opens Decades of Design, a first-ever exploration into the gayborhood’s 60-year design history. Curated by Gregory Firlotte, the exhibit will utilize graphs, images and more to showcase pioneering designers and contemporary tastemakers who have molded the area’s trendsetting aesthetic.
Sandra Bernhard with a Vengeance: 7 Highlights of a Snarky Career

Sandra Bernhard with a Vengeance: 7 Highlights of a Snarky Career

“My father was a proctologist and my mother was an abstract artist, so that’s how I view the world,” Sandra Bernhard once stated. Her unique perspective forged a bitingly humorous style for the bisexual comedienne, perfecting the celebrity put-down format way back when Kathy Griffin was only contemplating a nose job. This weekend Bernhard returns to SoCal, sharing that skewed point of view in her latest show, dubbed Sandyland. In honor of her return, we’ve compiled seven highlights from the funny gal’s long and varied career.
Bent-Con 2014: A Bigger, Better Convention Celebrates Queer Comics and Pop Culture

Bent-Con 2014: A Bigger, Better Convention Celebrates Queer Comics and Pop Culture

Gay Angelenos suffering post-Halloween costume withdrawal got one last fix with the return of Bent-Con this past weekend, Nov. 7-9. Hosted at the Burbank Marriott, this festival of LGBT pop culture featured exhibitors, panels, a well-stocked bar and, of course, plenty of queer cosplay. While considerably smaller than the far more famous San Diego Comic Con, or even Stan Lee's more family-friendly Comikaze event (held on Halloween), Bent-Con is important primarily for its much-needed gay focus. 
Bent-Con V: The Gay Empire Strikes Back

Bent-Con V: The Gay Empire Strikes Back

The science-fiction genre has long stood as a vanguard of diversity. Look no further than the 1960s TV space saga Star Trek, which not only included a multiethnic cast but also featured the first interracial kiss to be broadcast via radio waves. The fifth incarnation of Bent-Con now returns to Burbank, providing an LGBT-friendly forum for celebrating science-fiction in its varied forms—comic books, video games, cosplay—and all other things nerd-tastic in the pop culture vernacular. The theme of this year’s gay geek gathering is “diversity matters,” a mantra the queer community knows to be true. 
Palm Springs Pride: 15 Reasons to Celebrate in the Desert

Palm Springs Pride: 15 Reasons to Celebrate in the Desert

It's been a long, wild ride since June, but Pride season is finally drawing to a close. During the weekend of Nov. 7-9, Palm Springs holds its annual celebration, the year’s last hurrah for SoCal residents, sure to draw thousands of gay Angelenos clad in unapologetically skimpy speedos. Below are only a few reasons why you should be one of those people.
AFI Fest 2014: 5 Films of LGBT Interest to Watch Out For

AFI Fest 2014: 5 Films of LGBT Interest to Watch Out For

As much as the AFI Fest reminds Hollywood that cinema is a global community, it also reaffirms that LGBT culture transcends borders. Starting Nov. 6, The American Film Institute's annual international film fest returns to Hollywood, the longest-running of its kind in Los Angeles. The event showcases a number of homo-centric cinematic entries that explore the gay experience from unique perspectives, proving that the rainbow is not only multihued but also multi-national.
Stan Lee's Comikaze is a Comic Book Convention of a Different Color

Stan Lee’s Comikaze is a Comic Book Convention of a Different Color

Putting a nerdtastic spin on this year’s Halloween, Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo returns to the L.A. Convention Center on the big day. Running through the weekend, it functions as a smaller, more intimate alternative to San Diego’s bloated pop culture juggernaut, and similar to Comic-Con, Comikaze serves as a crossover between gaydom and geekdom. Here’s a look at the five gayest things you’ll see at this year’s expo (not including ultimate special guest Elvira). 
Lucha VaVOOM Brings Its Signature 'Sexo y Violencia' Back to the Mayan Theatre

Lucha VaVOOM Brings Its Signature ‘Sexo y Violencia’ Back to the Mayan Theatre

Masks have long been a tradition of the Halloween season, donned by some of the most notable spooky figures, from Jason to Michael Myers. This month, yet another mask will be added to the mix—that of the Mexican luchador. On Halloween weekend, Lucha VaVOOM brings its wrestling-burlesque-comedy hybrid back to DTLA’s Mayan Theatre. Founded by Rita D’Albert and Liz Fairbairn, it’s been voted the city’s best burlesque show by local publications and loyal regulars, but it’s so much more. 
Halloweenie 9 Encourages Gay L.A. to Haunt (and Dance) with a Purpose

Halloweenie 9 Encourages Gay L.A. to Haunt (and Dance) with a Purpose

Photo by Daniel G. Lam PhotographyThe only thing better than grinding in a crowd of several hundred musclebound hunks in revealing costumes is knowing that it’s all for a good cause. later this month Halloweenie 9 returns to the Los Angeles Theater to benefit the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. The brainchild of Fred Arens and Jason Duguay, it’s an event that has evolved considerably since it was initially hosted in the couple’s backyard nearly a decade ago.
Adventure Time: 5 Gay Moments from Your Stoner Roommate's Favorite Cartoon

Adventure Time: 5 Gay Moments from Your Stoner Roommate’s Favorite Cartoon

On its surface, the animated series Adventure Time chronicles tween boy Finn and his magical dog Jake as they fight monsters in the land of Ooo. But diving below its sugary cuteness, you'll find a smarter, darker and more mature show than you thought possible. Ooo is actually Earth 1,000 years after nuclear armageddon has warped it into a world of mutants, mad science and magic. Most interesting for LGBT fans is the implication that constantly bickering female leads Princess Bubblegum and Marceline the Vampire Queen engaged in an off-camera lesbian relationship. It's basically the most gay-friendly cartoon this side of Nickelodeon's Ren & Stimpy. Season 4 of Adventure Time is released on DVD and Blu-ray on Oct. 7, so in an attempt to catch you up on the series, here's a look at the show's gayest moments.

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