Family Ties

Dr. Sam Najmabadi, the medical director of The Center for Reproductive Health & Gynecology, on family building options. BY VICTOR MELAMED With more and more gay couples (and single men) opting to build a family of their own with the combination of donor eggs, their own sperm and a surrogate – we asked Dr. Sam…

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Faultline Changes Hands

Jorge Usatorres As a parting show of his appreciation former owner Jorge Usatorres has set up two scholarship awards for LGBTQI students at Los Angeles City College. BY PAULO MURILLO Jorge Usatorres, the financial executive who saved, rebranded and revived the Faultline, one of L.A.’s oldest gay bars, announced last month that he is selling…

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Get PrEP LA

A new tool to prevent HIV with one pill a day. BY SONALI KULKARNI, M.D., COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH, DIVISION OF HIV AND STD PROGRAMS There are still 50,000 new HIV infections each year in the United States; in Los Angeles County, over 88% of people newly diagnosed with HIV are…

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Whose PRIDE Is It Anyway?

LGBT residents lash out against Christopher Street West at WeHo City Council. BY PAULO MURILLO Community members packed the West Hollywood City council meeting this month to express their grievances against Christopher Street West (CSW)—the non-profit organization responsible for LA Pride, taking place next month, June 10-12. The main issues of malcontent revolved around the…

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QUEER Biennial II

Daniel Hellmann International Art Fair focuses on current moments in LGBTQ art and culture. BY VICTOR MELAMED QUEER Biennial Collective has announced the second installment of their international arts and performance event: “QUEER Biennial II, Yooth: Loss and Found.” The program will look closely at how the AIDS epidemic influenced artists that came of age…

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Some More Equal Than Others

Every victory in the fight for social justice exposes new fronts of injustice, new wrongs to be righted. BY BRENDEN SHUCART This past March Michael Sam, the first openly gay man to play pro football in the United States, sat down with Attitude Magazine for their “All America Issue.” Sam told the UK-based gay publication…

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The Calendar | 05.2016

  SATURDAY, MAY 7 RUPAUL’S DRAGCON Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S Figueroa St., For more information, visit rupaulgragcon.com. Tens of thousands are expected to attend this glitter-filled weekend that celebrates the art of drag and self-expression for all. Tickets are available at rupaulsdragcon.com. ROUGH SEX—VERBOTEN Eagle LA 4219 Santa Monica Blvd, 9pm – 2am.…

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The City by Paulo Murillo

Neon Trees Long Beach LGBT Pride Celebration The 2016 Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Celebration takes place this month on May 21 & 22, 2016 from 11am – 10pm along Shoreline Drive. The theme this year is “Solidarity Through Pride.” The Festival Celebration includes five large dance areas including a main stage with featured…

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The Epidemic | 05.2016

Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson) Increasing Awareness California legislature advances landmark PrEP,  PEP bill, co-sponsored by the  LA LGBT Center and APLA. BY VICTOR MELAMED Legislation to boost awareness of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to prevent HIV infection was approved by the California Assembly Health Committee last month and will advance to the…

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The Event | 05.2016

White Party 2016    PHOTOS BY PAULO MURILLO The threat of showers did not deter the gaggle of gays from attending White Party Weekend in Palm Springs this year. 30,000 gay men and some female friends endured a balancing act trying to hit up as many of the seven events that party promoter Jeffrey Sanker…

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The Final Fight | 05.2016

Teachable Moments Why does the world’s largest AIDS service organization want to stifle PrEP information? BY DR. ROBERT BOLAN If a woman came into my office for a pregnancy test and was relieved to learn the result was negative, it would be medically irresponsible of me to not at least offer information about birth control options.…

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The Joystick | 05.2016

Happy Long Beach Pride Come to THE FIGHT booth at LB Pride to win a free prize courtesy of “World 8.”  BY JOSEPH ARELLANO Alrighty everyone. It is here upon us…the celebration of Long Beach Pride. We are here, we are us, and we keep fighting for the people who can’t. For those of us…

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The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow | 05.2016

Julhas Mannan Party Like It’s 1967 Have any of you readers of THE FIGHT registered as members of the American Independent Party in California? Apparently up to 75 percent of Party members checked the box for the arch-conservatives by mistake, thinking they were signing up to be “independents.” Um, no. The AIP is a legacy from…

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The Spread | 05.2016

Cody Joseph Terro PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM AGE: 39 HOMETOWN: Creole, Louisiana SELF IDENTIFY AS: Gay RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Single MAJOR LIFE EVENT: I was 12 years old riding passenger of a three wheeler when a Pizza Hut van jackknifed me in the back—penning my leg between the van and the three wheeler—severing my toes, crushing…

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The Talk | 05.2016

Hurtle Backward “We see it right here in Mississippi… how swiftly progress can hurtle backward… How easy it is to single out a small group and marginalize them because of who they are or who they love.” —First lady Michelle Obama on Mississippi’s recent “religious freedom law” marginalizing the LGBT community in her commencement speech…