Author Stephan Horbelt


Outfest 2014's 'Lyle': Gaby Hoffmann Thinks the Neighbors Are Out for Her Baby

No longer the child actor you saw in films like Then and Now and Sleepless in Seattle, Gaby Hoffmann is back in a big way, starring in a slew of films (Obvious Child, Jean-Marc Vallee’s Wild) and acclaimed TV series (Girls, Transparent). In Stewart Thorndike’s Lyle, she portrays Leah, a woman who—with her partner, June—loses her daughter in a freak accident. Pregnant once again, Leah becomes obsessed with the idea that her neighbors are involved in a Satanic pact. We caught up with Hoffmann to discuss the new film and her other recent projects. 


Outfest 2014's 'Life Partners': Faltering Friendship, Dating Mishaps, Comic Relief

As best friends Sasha and Paige approach nearly three decades on Earth, the pair decides to break free from a cycle of Top Model reruns on the couch and bravely enter the black hole of online dating. Thus begins Susanna Fogel’s feature film directorial debut, Life Partners, which opens the yearly LGBT fest with a bang. Most impressive, though, is the film’s cast of characters, a mix of actors and actresses who, through the years, gays and lesbians have grown to love. Here’s a look at Life Partners’ lead and supporting cast and how they rank on our highly scientific scale of gayness.

Toy Box

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here are all the tools you’ll need to spice up your love life, whether you’re with that special someone or all by yourself. Read more...

Escape From L.A.: Oh, Canada

Our neighbor to the north, British Columbia is a prime vacation destination for Angelenos, offering up everything the big city dweller requires for a relaxed and invigorating escape from L.A. Vancouver is consistently ranked one of the best places in the world to visit, and much like our own city, it offers stunning mountain and ocean scenery, an eco-conscious yet cosmopolitan lifestyle and top-tier dining and accomodations. Just north of Vancouver sits Whistler, one of the world’s best known ski resorts. While it’s renowned for its winter fun, Whistler is actually a thriving four-season resort that draws tourists throughout the year.

More and more discerning LGBT travelers head to Vancouver each year, as the city boasts the largest gay population in Western Canada. Much like L.A., Vancouver has a number of vibrant gay communities and unique gay neighborhoods. The West End is where much of the LGBT population lives, an area characterized by diverse restaurants, gay nightlife venues and independent and designer storefronts. Vancouver’s Chinatown is North America’s third-largest, after San Francisco and New York. Gastown is the city’s most historic neighborhood, complete with cobblestone streets and restored Victorian buildings—a great place for dawdling or dining.

The Boutique Experience

With more than 25,000 hotel rooms, Vancouver has no shortage of luxury accommodations, though the OPUS Hotel offers the most sleek and stylish boutique experience to the L.A. traveler. Not only is the hotel a mere 32 footsteps from the Canada Line Station (22 minutes from the airport), but it’s the only hotel located in the trendy and fashionable Yaletown neighborhood. The area connotes urban charm at its finest, with converted warehouses that are now some of the city’s most stylish and talked-about boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and lounges. The guestrooms feature vibrant colors, spa bathrooms (I couldn’t get enough of the heated tile floor) and five lifestyle-inspired décor schemes. OPUS is one of the world’s top hotels. opushotel.com

After-Dark Excitement
After a meal in one of Vancouver’s unrivaled dining establishments, you’ll need to partake in the city’s after-dark excitement. Downtown’s safe, walkable streets ensure an enjoyable experience wherever you go. Celebrities is a Vancouver institution, the city’s largest gay bar, and one that features a mixed crowd with top DJs and special events throughout the week. Sunday afternoons should be spent at PumpJack Pub (PJs), a casual atmosphere where friendly leather men and bears meet. Numbers is another Vancouver landmark, a multi-level space with DJs and events all week long. gayvancouver.net/nightlife

Located 79 miles north of Vancouver, you’ll find yourself in this mountain resort after a scenic two-hour journey on the Sea to Sky Highway, also known as Highway 99. The route recently underwent a $600 million upgrade, so it’s smooth driving alongside views of the rugged coastline, picturesque waterfalls and glacial peaks. Pacific Coach Lines offers service between Vancouver’s airport or downtown Vancouver hotels to Whistler several times each day. Feel free to purchase your transportation after disembarking at the airport—you’ll find ticket counters directly after clearing Candian customs. Read more...

Escape From L.A.: London Luxury

Queerness is in London’s DNA. A jaunt through the city’s hallowed history—from its pink literary chronicles and Shakespearean gender-bending to Beefeaters in uniform and the Queen’s royal pomp and circumstance—reveals that nowhere else in the world will gay travelers find such sacred ground. London is a perfect amalgamation of the world’s gay meccas, and everything is right at your fingertips—or, more accurately, at your feet—thanks to London Underground’s particularly extensive Tube system, which provides reliable access to anywhere in the city. Read more...

Year in Review 2011

As with every year, 2011 has been filled with ups and downs, highs and lows, courageous accomplishments and shameful missteps. As the publication of record for the gay men of Southern California—for nearly 30 years now—Frontiers has been there every step of the way. As the world hurriedly moves into 2012, herein is the legacy that 2011 leaves behind. Read more...

Revolver 2.0

Frontiers takes a look at the recent reincarnation of popular West Hollywood watering hole Revolver, a venue that gained popularity in the ‘80s and ‘90s as ‘the people’s bar.’ We chat with Alfredo Diaz and Chris Miller, the rebooted bar’s new owners, and even indulge some regulars from the bar’s original heyday. Read more...

Gift Guide 2011


Scream Queens

Photos by Courtney Lindberg

These aren’t drag queens—they’re a force of nature. The ‘ladies’ of rock outfit Tranzkuntinental are like nothing you’ve seen before, particularly when they’re rioting and writhing onstage with a microphone in hand. Created by L.A. glam-revue pioneers Xander Smith and Charlie Paulson—of Club Makeup and Club Cherry—a TranzK show wows you with songs of yesterday and today, performed with a rocking live band and an all-star roster of L.A. drag queens delivering the vocals.

Frontiers shot these scream queens at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (also the site of The Center’s legendary Halloweenie party on Oct. 28), and sat down with the five queens—and Paulson, the group’s surrogate father—to discuss how the group was formed, their most memorable performances and what an audience can expect from a live TranzK show.


Everything in its Place

Just in time for National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11, Frontiers sat down with Lisa Adams, who in 2008 launched L.A. Closet Design—a firm that focuses on customizing your wardrobe space, from concept to completion, focusing heavily on the design process. She tells us about her firm and why closet design and organization is so important—and she even gives us 10 tips on ways to improve the organization of your closet! Read more...