DADDY Issues

Dr. Ralph Mayer on being a gay dad, intergenerational relationships and his budding acting career. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM He is a doctor and he plays one on TV. To say that Los Angeles based obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Ralph Mayer is a man of many hats would be a gross understatement. In…

AIDS Walk Los Angeles 

PHOTO BY DONNA ACETO Benefiting APLA and dozens more HIV/AIDS service organizations, The Walk returns to West Hollywood this October. BY VICTOR MELAMED The 31st annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles (AWLA) will take place on Sunday, October 11, 2015. The Walk, which starts and ends in West Hollywood, is expected to  draw a crowd of more than…

Cruz Control

Danny Cruz on “The Sex Workers Outreach Project,” escorting and testing your limits. BY MARK ARIEL While Danny Cruz’s foray into the world’s oldest profession may have started out simply as a mutually beneficial rental agreement (“I was 19. I traded companionship and the occasional thrill to a man who gave me a place to…

Harold And Claude

Intergenerational relationships. Healing and growing as a community requires us to eradicate all forms of oppression, ageism and adultism included. BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT Imagine a gay couple whose age difference is greater than 15 years. What’s your first un-censored response when you imagine them? Do you judge, cringe, or assume what’s going on between…

Palm Springs MOD SQUAD

KURT CYR In just 90 minutes, discover what makes Palm Springs the Mecca for mid-century modern architecture. BY ORLY LYONNE Palm Springs is the perfect destination for those seeking a hip, architecturally cool city to explore. For over 100 years, artists, designers, architects and Hollywood stars have been drawn to this corner of the Southern…

PASSING THE TORCH

CHRISTIAN MITCHELL “Gay men of a certain age,” mentors and being confident in yourself and who you are.   BY CHRISTIAN MITCHELL I lost count a long time ago how many times I’ve been asked what made me want to get into porn. The best answer I can give is that I was called to it. …

SKIN DEEP

Dr. Peter Karlsberg, voted the “Best Dermatologist” in Ventura County for the last five years in a row, on the latest trends in men’s cosmetic rejuvenation. BY VICTOR MELAMED According to Dr. Peter Karlsberg, a board-certified dermatologist, dermatologic and laser surgeon in private practice in Ventura, CA, cosmetic rejuvenation has become a rising trend among…

PRIDE Beach

ABBY AND THE MYTH Mark your calendar: Ventura County Pride, Saturday, August 22, 2015. This year’s performers include Selma Cherry, Abby And The Myth, Elkke and Ani Nervokha. BY VICTOR MELAMED Ventura County PRIDE will celebrate its annual festival on Saturday, August 22nd at Promenade Park, right off beautiful Ventura beach in sunny southern California.…

YOUR BEST LIFE

Men’s health: top solutions for common concerns. Dr. Lance Walsh on the treatment of enlarged prostate, low testosterone levels, sexual dysfunction and more. BY VICTOR MELAMED Dr. Lance Walsh, the founder of Walsh Urology Associates in Rancho Mirage, specializes in treatment of enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hypertrophy, or BPH), prostate cancer, as well as sexual…

The Calendar | 08.2015

SEE SATURDAY, AUGUST 15     SUNDAY, AUGUST 9 ONYX SOUTHERN CA/SOUTHWEST BAR NIGHT Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, 4pm-8pm. Visit facebook.com/events/841144082629887. Come out and join the Men of ONYX and the men who love them as they celebrate the formation of their new chapter in Southern California and Southwest Region and meet…

The City | 08.2015

LESLIE JORDAN CONFRONTS HOMOPHOBIA IN WEHO Actor Leslie Jordan made headlines last month for throwing his sweet tea at a man who walked into Starbucks on Santa Monica Boulevard and Westbourne Drive, in the heart of West Hollywood and started harassing gay clients. Jordan, who stands at 4’11”, did not let his height get in…

The Epidemic | 08.2015

DOUGLAS BROOKS Updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy The Los Angeles LGBT Center thanks White House Office of National AIDS Policy and its director, Douglas Brooks. In response to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: 2020 released last month by the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Health Policy Director Eric Gutierrez issued the…

The Event | 08.2015

Faultline Celebrates One Year Under New Ownership Photos & Text by Paulo Murillo – On Saturday, August 1, Jorge Usatorres, the new owner of the Faultline Bar in Silverlake celebrated his first anniversary since he purchased the bar last year. “It’s been a transformative time,” Usatorre told THE FIGHT. “The place has transformed and so have…

The Final Fight | 08.2015

THE OTHERS Tyrone Rontganger on heteronormativity, the “second coming out” and Folsom Europe’s first fetish classical music concert. BY TYRONE RONTGANGER Our gay world has been developing and growing at a speed which only a few years ago would never have seemed possible. These days we live together openly, demand the same salaries, expect the…

The Joystick | 08.2015

GAME MASTER SATORU IWATA Satoru Iwata, a legend in the gaming world, died of cancer last month at the age of 55. He helped craft classic games like Pokemon, the Kirby series, Smash Bros.—and even the cult classic Earthbound… BY JOSEPH ARELLANO Game Over. The end. The final stage. You try your hardest to get…

The Share | 08.2015

Long Term Recovery With summer in full swing, we asked some folks from the recovering LGBT community what their life is like after achieving ten years or more of continuous clean and sober time. BY PAULO MURILLO     COURAGE TO GROW I wouldn’t have anything right now, if not for my sobriety. Ten years ago…