Pence’s Anti-Gay Crusade

Here’s why Trump’s VP choice Mike Pence is awful for the LGBTQ community. BY VICTOR MELAMED Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s running mate, attracted national attention last year when he signed a religious freedom law that members of the LGBT community said could worsen discrimination against them. After criticism from the business community, Pence…

Embracing The Daddy Within

If we all work together, we can secure a better life and a better future for generations of LGBT people. BY JEFFREY ERDMAN  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM When I ran for Mr. Los Angeles Leather this year, and later International Mister Leather (IML), I was fast approaching the age of 53. Like many may…

Kid At Heart

“There seems to be a new and growing appreciation for older men.” PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Jim Key, turning 51 this month, Chief Marketing Officer at the L.A. LGBT Center, tells THE FIGHT that “the biggest advantage to getting older is the confidence you gain with age. And with that confidence, I worry much less…

Leadership Roles

“I am proud to show that 41 can look good and that Daddy is the new black, or in my case silver is the new black.” PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Menswear designer and founder of sheehanandcompany.com Daniel Sheehan, 41, confides in an interview with THE FIGHT that “Daddy has been my nickname for a LONG…

Life Lessons | 08.2016

“Being a ‘daddy’ is about teaching the younger generations what little I have learned along the way.” PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM DJ, promoter and landscape designer Victor Rodriguez, 49, tells THE FIGHT that his understanding of the term “daddy” “is about being of a certain age teaching the younger generations what little I have learned…

Summer Prides

Raja Gemini DTLA Proud Festival, Sunday, August 7. Ventura County Pride, Saturday, August 20, 2016. BY ORLY LYONNE The DTLA Proud Festival takes place this month on August 7 at Pershing Square Park in downtown Los Angeles. According to the event organizers the festival “will showcase the best that downtown has to offer through 40…

The Calendar

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7 DTLA PROUD FESTIVAL 2016  Pershing Square, 532 S Olive St, Los Angeles. 12pm-10pm. Tickets & Info: DTLAProudFestival.org. Through community partners, the festival will showcase the best that downtown has to offer through 40 community booths (10 local restaurants, 15 local retail shops and 15 LGBT community groups), a main stage programmed by the…

The City

HEALTH OFFICIALS: GET MENINGITIS VACCINE Los Angeles and Orange County health officials are calling for all gay and bisexual men who have sex with men (MSM) to get meningitis vaccinations, amid an outbreak of the potentially fatal disease in Southern California areas. The vaccine was previously recommended for people with HIV and others who were…

The Epidemic

Promising Early Results Interim results for HVTN 100, a HIV-vaccine trail, have already outperformed those of previous vaccine trials. BY VICTOR MELAMED Last month researchers at the 2016 International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, revealed that the interim results for HVTN 100, a HIV-vaccine trail that began January 2015, have already outperformed those of previous vaccine…

The Event

Mr. CSW Leather Contest The Mr. CSW Christopher Street West Leather Contest 2017 took place at the Tom of Finland Foundation last month. The new Mr. CSW is Chris Ryan from Glendale. Ryan has worked in the healthcare industry for over 10 years, currently working in patient care for Molina Healthcare. He is a volunteer…

The Final Fight

RECEIVERS Of MEMORY  To know how shit’s worked in the past is to know how it’s probably gonna shape up in the future. BY THOMAS VALLS So, I’m just coming out of the age when I’d believed that the experiences in my life had all turned into a coin purse of cache that I was able to…

The Joystick

TOP 5 Game Daddies  I love me some hot daddies. Hell, I am partnered to one and I couldn’t be happier. Check out  gaming’s most popular mature heroes.  BY JOSEPH ARELLANO 5. RYU—STREET FIGHTER Taking the scene long ago in the fighting genre, RYU was always been a force to be reckoned with in the street…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

French teacher Cindy Mauro and Spanish prof Alini Brito insisted that the topless escapade was all a misunderstanding and that Mauro was simply trying to help her colleague recover from an episode of diabetic shock. Sadly, no one believed their story. NAUGHTY TEACHERS PARTIALLY VINDICATED Happy August to all you readers of THE FIGHT. A…

The Scene

The Warehouse Creativity, flexibility and simplicity is what makes The Warehouse unique. Hip, chic and beautifully designed The Warehouse is a relatively new event destination in Los Angeles. With a capacity to host up to 300 people, The Warehouse is the perfect place for weddings,commitment ceremonies, birthdays, corporate events, holiday parties, cultural shows, themed parties,…

The Spread

TOM PARDOE,  JOE ARELLANO PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM AGES: Tom: 52, Joe: 29. HOMETOWN: Tom: Cedar Falls, Iowa. Joe: Bedford, Indiana. BEEN TOGETHER: Three and a half years. OCCUPATIONS:  Tom: Director/Teacher/Dancer. Joe: Actor/Account Representative/Dancer. GOOD RELATIONSHIP TIPS: Tom: communication, respect, transparency, surprise. Joe: He is always right. Lol. Be open, honest, and leave no secrets.…