Owning PRIDE [cover interview]

An advocate for social justice, viral sensation TS Madison on racial and sexual discrimination, staying visible as a trans woman and personal, spiritual transitions. BY PICKLE  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Social commentator and superstar performer TS Madison knows her priorities. Answering the phone, she huffed, “Well I’m on my way to check the mailbox…

OUTFEST Los Angeles

The Miseducation of Cameron Post The LGBTQ Film Festival screens more than 150 feature and short films at state-of-the-art venues around the city of Los Angeles. Next month, July 12–22. Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival is eleven days of not to be missed world-class films, panels, and parties. Taking place next month, July 12–22,…

Navigating LA Pride

ICONA POP  Everything you need to know. Dates, gates, hours, stages, tickets and more. The 2018 LA Pride Festival takes place this month  on Saturday, June 9th (12pm—1am) and Sunday, June 10th (11am—11pm). The LA Pride Festival takes place in West Hollywood Park, along San Vicente Boulevard (between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue), and…

Where Do We Go From Here?

We must make a distinction between the parts of LGBTQ culture that the mainstream hasadopted versus the parts that are still our own. BY SYD PETERSON Lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people are extraordinary. We have overcome great adversity by being tenacious and joyful, fierce and loving, smart and revolutionary. While our fight for…

Black Gay Brunch

Not just a meal but a flourishing force in Hollywood. BY TIMOTHY RAY IG: @freeman.jasper Coffee dates will get you far in Hollywood. Those connections elevate who you know and who knows you. For gay men of color in Tinseltown there’s a specific appointment you do not miss: Black Gay Brunch (BGB).  BGB is an…

One City One Pride

When Bette Met Mae. Honoring our shared history, and the people and events that paved the way for the rights we hold dear today. The City of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival celebrates pride in 2018 with the festival theme “I Remember”—honoring our shared history, and the people and events that…

Chip Mart

My 12 Step Store offers custom chips for all recovery programs. BY PAULO MURILLO Chip Mart–a division of the My 12 store, the recovery gift store located at 8730 Santa Monica Boulevard, is coming up on one year of providing inspirational custom chips for all 12-step programs of recovery.  Chip Mart specializes in chips that…

Forging New Trails

Brave Trails, an LGBTQ Youth Leadership Summer Camp, creates a safe, inclusive space for queer youth from all over the world. BY ROXIE PERKINS Jessica Weissbuch is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Brave Trails – a LGBTQ, non-profit Leadership Summer Camp for Youth based out of LA and Maryland.  Brave Trails creates a safe,…

The Art

Miguel Andrisani I’m a true Pisces—a merboy out of water, Compassionate, a genuine friend, imaginative, and very emotional—so don’t make me cry. I am Californian raised here, in Los Angeles and Argentina, by a crazy Italian family. My goals and dreams for the future are all over the place, (I guess that suits my personality)…

The Calendar

SATURDAY, JUNE 9 LA PRIDE  West Hollywood Park, 647 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, CA. Info: www.lapride.org .The annual LA Pride Festival makes its return to West Hollywood Park.  SPLAASH 2018: LOS ANGELES PRIDE POOL PARTY Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown, 899 Francisco St, Los Angeles, CA. 12pm-6pm. Downtown at the rooftop pool at the…

The City

Jazmina Saavedra LOS ANGELES Congressional Candidate To Face Investigation After Harassing Trans Woman In Bathroom The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law are calling on California’s Attorney General to investigate congressional candidate Jazmina Saavedra. Earlier this month, Saavedra, a candidate for California’s 44th Congressional district, posted a Facebook…

The Epidemic

BACK TO THE FUTURE? Doctors issue warning about HTLV-1 virus, an ancient cousin of HIV: “Prevalence is off the charts.” A doctor is sounding the alarm over the spread of human T-cell leukemia virus type 1, or HTLV-1, a cousin of the far better known human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HLTV-1 infections are surpassing 40% in some…

The Event

Long Beach Gay Pride Thousands celebrated at the 35th Annual Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride weekend that took place last month. THE FIGHT booth welcomed guests, performers and local celebrities. Thanks to everyone who dropped by to say hello. Be sure to visit us in August at Valley Pride and DTLA Proud! PHOTOS BY…

The Nation

GOVERNOR LARRY HOGAN “CONVERSION THERAPY” BANNED Maryland has joined the list of states banning harmful “conversion therapy” meant to turn gay people straight. The programs greatly increase chances of suicide and are completely ineffective. Governor Larry Hogan signed the legislation last month, along with another bill that will expand housing and support services to youth…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

JUSTICE ANTHONY KENNEDY Surely Justice Kennedy won’t fail us now, will he? Or will our champion decide that he’s done enough to help same-sex couples and it’s time for the pendulum to swing back a bit towards the far right religious conservatives?” WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS Hello dear FIGHT readers. Doesn’t it seem as if…

The Share

Early Recovery We asked three men in early recovery what they find the most challenging about being new in sobriety and what they do to overcome these challenges. NEW FEELINGS “My biggest struggle in recovery right now is definitely learning how to deal with all my new feelings and how to cope with my feelings…

The Spread

  ALI ZAREI PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM AGE: 28 HOMETOWN: Shiraz ,Iran. SELF IDENTIFY AS: Gay. CURRENT AND PAST OCCUPATIONS: Server, go-go dancer. CHILDHOOD CRUSH: Ricky Martin. RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Single. PET PEEVE: Dishonesty and inequality. HOBBIES: Cooking , traveling, Grindr (lol). YOUR BEST AND WORST QUALITY: My best quality is being honest, my worst quality…