Winning Over Hearts And Minds

Los Angeles LGBT Center breakthrough in persuading voters and reducing prejudice. BY VICTOR MELAMED It’s possible to lastingly persuade conservative voters to support a controversial issue like marriage for same-sex couples—and at a greatly accelerated rate compared to their neighbors -according to groundbreaking data published in last month’s issue of the peer-reviewed journal Science. The…

Bear In Mind

COVERFEATURE  VETERAN TV AND FILM SCRIPTWRITER  RICK COPP INTERVIEWS CHAD SANDERS, ONE OF THE LEAD ACTORS IN THE WEB SERIES “WHERE THE BEARS ARE.” BY RICK COPP | PHOTOS BY ANTHONY DURAN HOW COULD I POSSIBLY RESIST the opportunity to interview my co-star and drinking buddy Chad Sanders for THE FIGHT’s Special Bear Issue? As…

Money's On the Dresser

A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES BASED ON CHRISTOPHER DANIELS’ ESCORT EXPERIENCES. BY VICTOR MELAMED CALLED THE “HEMINGWAY OF HOOKERS,” adult film star and escort Christopher Daniels chronicles his career as a businessman who sells his companionship to other men in his new book, “Money’s On The Dresser.” Daniels’ began working as an escort in Las…

Eating Your Heart Out

WHEN WE USE FOOD AS A COPING MECHANISM, WE ARE LITERALLY EATING OUR FEELINGS. BY MONIQUE FUNK VALENTINE’S DAY IS A CELEBRATION OF LOVE in all its forms, particular- ly romantic love. All around are images of idealized romantic love, replete with chocolate filled hearts, long-stem red roses, sentimental cards, gentle caresses, and longing glances…

Putin: Some Of My Best Friends Are Gay

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT DISMISSES CLAIMS OF HOMOPHOBIA, SAYING THAT ELTON JOHN’S RECENT VISIT IS PROOF THAT RUSSIANS DO NOT DISCRIMINATE. BY ORLY LYONNE ELTON JOHN spoke out again last month against Russia’s ban on so-called “homosexual propaganda” and dismissed Vladimir Putin’s recent claims that he is welcoming to gays. John’s response came days after the Russian…

Private Parts

Why is asking a trans woman abut her genitalia considered “inevitable,” while the TSA’s full-body scanners are considered a “civil liberties abuse?” Double standards, a white guy’s “junk,” and Katie Couric’s mishap. BY ZINNIA JONES LAST MONTH, ACTRESS LAVERNE COX and model Carmen Carrera appeared on Katie Couric’s talk show to discuss their careers and…

OUT LGBT Athletes

JUST IN TIME FOR SOCHI, A FEW PROUD GAY SPORT PROFESSIONALS THAT MAY HAVE FALLEN UNDER YOUR GAYDAR. IN DIRECT RESPONSE to Russia’s recently passed anti-gay laws, President Obama has included three openly gay athletes in the official U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Former tennis star Billie Jean King, Olympic figure skating champion Brian…

Make Room For Daddy

DAVID MCFARLANE, CO-PRESIDENT OF THE LESBIAN AND GAY LAWYERS ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES (LGLA), ON MARRIAGE, KIDS AND BEARS. BY MARK ARIEL A SPECIALIST IN HEALTH CARE REFORM LAW, Employee Retirement Income Security Act and employee benefits in the U.S., David McFarlane is an American and Canadian lawyer practicing and living in Los Angeles. McFarlane,…

Holy Pride

PROTEST IN TEL AVIV AGAINST ANTI-GAY VIOLENCE; ISRAEL UNVEILS FIRST LGBT HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL. BY VICTOR MELAMED MORE THAN A THOUSAND PEOPLE marched in the streets of Tel Aviv last month to protest against transphobia and anti-LGBT violence in Israel, reports Dan Littauer at LGBTQ Nation (www.lgbtqnation.com). The protest, labeled “Taking Back the Night,” was organized…

Good Judge

ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT GAY RIGHTS RULINGS IN HISTORY TO DATE. BY ANN ROSTOW OUR LEGAL FIGHT FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY has exploded into dozens of state and federal cases, far too many for even the most organized LGBT reporter to track. As for me, I have been accustomed to juggling all our big lawsuits…

Marriage And Taxes

THEMONEY There are tax and estate-planning benefits to marriage. A thorough financial planning process will help to uncover what works best for your marriage.  BY GRANT GOCHIN > Tax Day, April 15, is fast arriving, and legally married couples are about to discover the meaning of the “marriage penalty” or a “marriage bonus.” The marriage…

It's Not About The Cake

THELAW Can wedding vendors refuse service to same-sex couples? BY DAVID HAKIMFAR > The walls barring gay men and women from getting married keep tumbling down across America. This is clear as state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage are held as unconstitutional. Recently, federal judges ruled that Oklahoma and Utah’s laws that limit marriage to one man…

Gay Racism

THEFINALFIGHT “… My service—not only as a gay soldier but also as an African-American one—was completely erased.  Denied. Ignored. All because, in my mind, I didn’t fit the stereotypical image of what ‘sells’ in the LGBT community.” BY ROB SMITH > One of the reasons I find the topic of race and race relations in the…

The More You Know

THEEPIDEMIC February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, an opportunity to promote HIV prevention, testing, and treatment among African Americans in the United States. BY ORLY LYONNE > African Americans are disproportionately affected by HIV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that they accounted for nearly half (44%) of all new infections…

The City

> > BY PAULO MURILLO < < WEHO TO RECONSIDER RAINBOW FLAG > West Hollywood City Council agreed to consider the re-hanging of the rain- bow flag that has flown over city hall for the past 7 months. The flag went up on the public facility in celebration of Pride Month in June and remained up to…

Hide And Seek

THEBOOK An excerpt from “Closets, Combat and Coming Out,” the first African-American Iraq war memoir, by veteran, writer, and LGBT activist Rob Smith. ONE LATE SATURDAY NIGHT, I found myself alone at local gay club Hide and Seek when a cute redhead approached me on the dance floor. I danced with him relaxed and carefree…

Trans Bill Repeal Effort Moves Forward

THESTATE MASEN DAVIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE TRANSGENDER LAW CENTER: “GIVEN HOW CLOSE THIS IS RIGHT NOW, WE ARE CONFIDENT THIS WILL STAY OFF THE BALLOT.” >> BY MASEN DAVIS << > A referendum initiative to repeal a new law protecting transgender students in California survived the first round of a statewide verification process, the California…