Back To Your | 06.2016

Foundations LA: rediscover yourself and leave empowered to be who you were always meant to be. By Wendy Lee Nentwig Located just northwest of the bustling heart of Los Angeles, Foundations Los Angeles at Encino caters to the unique needs of this fast-paced Southern California community with its convenient and comprehensive outpatient center, providing integrated…

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Chemical Reaction | 06.2016

“ChemSex” is no stranger to Los Angeles. One look into the men-seeking-men ads and you’ll encounter posts where gay men are looking to get seduced with chems or that they are chemmed out and looking for same. BY PAULO MURILLO Until recently, I had never heard about ChemSex—a shameless and in-your-face term used in gay…

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Back To The Future | 06.2016

CSW board member Dr. Steve Ganzell on leaving the Mormon church, dealing with with hatred and ignorance and the agonizing struggle of being part of an organization that has lost its way. BY DR. STEVE GANZELL I joined the Mormon church was I was 13 years old. To be totally honest, there were times (like when…

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The Lavender Effect | 06.2016

  Strengthening unity among all diverse people, educating and inspiring future generations. BY VICTOR MELAMED The idea to begin The Lavender Effect, an LGBTQ Heritage Organization, came to me in 2009,” reveals its founder Andy Sacher, in an interview with THE FIGHT. “I was mentoring a group of millennials who shared my desire to create…

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Dignity And Equality | 06.2016

This following is a proclamation released and signed by President Obama to honor Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2016.  Since our founding, America has advanced on an unending path toward becoming a more perfect Union. This journey, led by forward-thinking individuals who have set their sights on reaching for a brighter tomorrow, has…

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One City One Pride | 06.2016

            Queer Signs of the Times. Artist Ruben Esparza The City of West Hollywood’s “One City One Pride” explores the festival theme “Into The Streets” which is based on a rallying cry of early LGBTQ rights groups (Out of the Closet and Into the Streets) with a variety of arts…

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Your Perfect Wedding | 06.2016

  Just in case you’re the marrying kind—here’s all you need to know to make that special day—flawless. BY VICTOR MELAMED Unless you’re Stanford Blatch from Sex and the City, planning a wedding is hard. However there is no need to despair! Author Robert E. Blackmon—aka Gay Groom Robert—has penned the everything you need and…

How To Feel About Your STD | 06.2016

STD incidences on the rise have triggered a flurry of chorus finger-wagging from the self-appointed moral authorities of the LGBT communities. BY BRENDEN SHUCART Hello, gentle reader. We need to have a frank conversation about your STD. The gay communities of the United States and and Western Europe are experiencing a marked uptick in reported…

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The City | 06.2016

LA, Trans, OC Prides June is LGBTQ Pride month in SoCal. The LA Pride Festival and Parade takes place June 10-12 in West Hollywood. Be sure to visit Erotic City during the festival at the West Hollywood Library Parking Garage, sponsored by THE FIGHT. More info: www.Lapride.org Trans Pride takes place June 17-18, at the…

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The Epidemic | 06.2016

Men Of Color & HIV Greg Millett, amfAR: “Resources must follow the epidemic.” BY VICTOR MELAMED In mid-May, new data from Emory University showed evidence of the elevated rates of HIV among MSM, with the highest concentration among gay and bisexual men in the South, reports The Black AIDS Institute. The more shocking news, however,…

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The Final Fight | 06.2016

Pride For Everyone We cannot make any steps forward without looking backwards. We cannot evolve from nothing. BY MARK CRAMER There has been a great deal of controversy and press regarding the changes that have been made by Christopher Street West (CSW) and LA Pride. While there isn’t much that can be done for this…

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The Profile | 06.2016

Pride Legal Attorney David Hakimfar, Esq. on representing the LGBTQ community and the fight for justice for all. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Six years ago, David Hakimfar, Esq. founded Pride Legal, a network of independent lawyers curated by the LGBTQ community for the LGBTQ community. In an exclusive interview with THE FIGHT,…

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The Scene | 06.2016

CUT Barber The perfect place for men to be groomed in a “Glam Meets Testosterone” setting. BY VICTOR MELAMED I had a premise in my head for quite awhile about opening a chain of glamorous yet masculine-driven barber shops,” reveals fitness model, general contractor, designer and all around business mogul Scott Cullens. “Being a builder, I obviously…

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The Spread | 06.2016

Derek Anthony PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM AGE: 55 HOMETOWN: Los Angeles (born in Oxnard). SELF IDENTIFY AS: Gay. OCCUPATION: Former adult film actor, retired gov’t employee, now a senior caregiver/home health aide. CHILDHOOD CRUSH: Robin on the 60s TV show Batman (especially when tied up). RELATIONSHIP STATUS: In a relationship. PET PEEVE: Cellphone users in inappropriate…