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Remembering Elliot

AIDS activist Elliot Johnson: “a man of depth and substance.” BY VICTOR MELAMED Elliot Johnson, Chief Administrator of the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center Rand Schrader HIV Clinic (5P-21) for over a decade, passed away last month of lung cancer at the age of 71. “Elliot Johnson was a man of depth and substance,” says…

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Moonrise Kingdom

Goddess Moon, winner of the Ms. Los Angeles  Leather 2016 Contest, on human sexuality and  representing women and people of color. BY BRENDEN SHUCART   |   PHOTO BY ROBERT GREEN, MOTORBOOT PHOTOGRAPHY First of all—congratulations on your victory. You are the inaugural holder of the newly reborn Ms. Los Angeles Leather title—how does it…

To Be FRANK

Frank Cavallo (L), Mr. L.A. Leather Bear 2016 David Cosio Mr. L.A. Leather Bear 2015, Sir Frank Cavallo, on building bridges between the young and old in the leather community. BY PAULO MURILLO  |  PHOTO BY ROBERT GREEN, MOTORBOOT PHOTOGRAPHY He may be a big man in his late 50s, but Mr. L.A. Leather Bear…

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WEHO Party Boys

All-Male revue brings sexy sizzle to Santa Monica Boulevard in new burlesque show. BY VICTOR MELAMED Live and direct from the city synonymous with sexy, The WeHo parTy boys all-male revue brings West Hollywood’s unique brand of sexy sizzle to life with an all new burlesque show filled with the smoothest moves and hottest grooves!…

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The Calendar | 02.2016

SEE THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9 MARDI GRAS WITH THE SISTERS Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., 8pm. Visit eaglela.com for more information. Before you give it all up for Lent, come have some fun with The Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Earn some beads and get creative. There will be raffles, drink specials and games. All proceeds…

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The City | 02.2016

Gay Man Attacked In WEHO  23-year old Anthony Villegas, a fashion consultant and blogger (ofMiceAndMensWear.com) was found bloodied near the Gelson’s Market parking lot on Sunday, January 9, after being viciously assaulted in what appears to be a homophobic hate crime. “I was walking back to my friend’s apartment in West Hollywood… when I was assaulted…

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The Epidemic | 02.2016

Ending AIDS We could we eliminate AIDS by 2030, says charity founded by U2 frontman Bono. BY VICTOR MELAMED HIV/AIDS could completely eliminated if “we did the right thing”, according to the chief executive of RED, the charity founded by U2 frontman Bono. RED celebrated its tenth anniversary at Davos last month where it was founded…

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The Event | 02.2016

Mr. SoCal Leather Contest    PHOTOS BY ROBERT GREEN, MOTORBOOT PHOTOGRAPHY The Mr. SoCal Leather contest took place last month at The Eagle (www.eaglela.com). This year’s winner, Eric Slayton,  received a one-year term as Mr. SoCal Leather, a title patch, a vest, and a medallion. The Mr. SoCal Leather contest is not strictly a feeder contest for…

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The Final Fight | 02.2016

Out At The Oscars Actor Ian McKellen joins diversity debate saying homophobia is as much a problem as racism in Hollywood. BY ORLY LYONNE Ian McKellen, the veteran British actor who found global fame through the Lord of the Rings movies, has cautioned that homophobia is as much of an issue among Academy voters as racism, reported…

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The Joystick | 02.2016

Fighting Forward Aaron Jones discusses acceptance and inclusiveness within the gaming community. BY JOSEPH ARELLANO I have been writing about video games for a solid 6 months in THE FIGHT, showcasing my opinions and favorite selections of video-games, characters, and developers. Not to mention the top reasons for the LGBT community to pay attention to this entertainment…

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The Spread | 02.2016

Kevin Chau Giovanni Cecchin PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM AGE  Kevin: (R) 30  Gio: 40 HOMETOWN  Kevin: Saigon, Vietnam.   Gio: Santa Maria, Brazil. HOW LONG HAVE YOU KNOWN EACH OTHER?  Kevin: 5 years.  Gio: 247 weeks. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN MARRIED?  Kevin: 2 years.  Gio: Not long enough. OCCUPATION  Kevin: Scientist.  Gio: English Teacher…

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The State | 02.2016

Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) Enhancing Dignity And Safety Equality California sponsors new legislation to expand equal restroom access in California. BY ORLY LYONNE Equality California announced last month that it is sponsoring legislation, authored by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), that would establish the nation’s most progressive restroom access law. AB 1732, the Equal Restroom Access Act,…

The Transaction | 02.2016

Holly’s Legacy Holly Woodlawn Estate partners with Los Angeles LGBT Center to create memorial fund for transgender youth. BY ORLY LYONNE Before she died internationally-acclaimed cabaret performer and Andy Warhol muse Holly Woodlawn had decided to leave a legacy of support for at-risk LGBT young people. Shortly after her death on December 6, her estate…