Community Pride

(L-R) SERGIO HERNANDEZ, NEW JALISCO; ROSA MARIA GARCIA, NEW JALISCO; ANDRES RIGAL, SUMMERTRAMP; BRIAN MCINTIRE, PRECINCT; OLIVER APUCHE, REDLINE; GARRETT MCKECHNIE, DUTCH COURAGE CONSULTING. DTLA Proud, the popular 3-day festival celebrating diversity, inclusiveness, and local talent, takes place this month, August 24-26. The business owners behind the successful venture reveal what it takes to create a true community based…

Protecting Queer Spaces

  While many revered figures in the Kink Community have been instrumental in bringing the Leather District into the world, there is one person whose contributions deserve special recognition: Stud Collective President Rachel Ryan. BY BRENDEN SHUCART  |  PHOTO BY STEVEN UNDERHILL It’s official: Members of the Leather community gathered on June 12 to cut…

Moving Forward

“LET ME SHOW YOU SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL.” MODEL: DEVIN GUTIERREZ. PHOTO: KIMBERLEE ACQUARO. SEE #1 10 things happening in LGBTQ California that give me hope. BY SYD PETERSON My fellow LGBTQ Californians, I’ve gotta be honest with you. I’m sad and fearful about what’s happening in our nation politically. I’ve been on edge for a long…

Palm Springs Leather Pride

The judges, the tally masters, the DJ and so much more. Coming this October.  BY RANDY CARMENATY, PALM SPRINGS LEATHER PRIDE CHAIRMAN Palm Springs Leather Pride is proud to announce this year’s panel of esteemed judges for the Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2019 contest at the Palm Springs Air Museum on Oct 27, 2018.  The…

Reliving Cuffs

For one night only, Dirty Looks reclaimed a queer space that helped define Silverlake. BY VICTOR MELAMED As part of Dirty Looks: On Location 2018 and curated by Bradford Nordeen, 7|07 Cuffs, a collaboration of Jonesy, Chris Cruse and Mr. Drummer ‘79—took place last month at Hyperion Tavern, the space that once was the gay leather…

The Men Of Raceland

Garrett Prejean (L), Bryan Batt. “Raceland.” Childhood friends from the bayou develop a deep affection for one another. A film by Scott Bloom, currently in post production. BY MARK ARIEL After working as a freelance editor for the past 25 years on hundreds of feature documentaries, sitcoms, film trailers and reality television episodes, Scott Bloom…

Untamed Creativity

Art Share L.A., a multidisciplinary, non-profit art space downtown offers artists from diverse backgrounds a space to share their vision with the world. BY ROXIE PERKINS Cheyanne Sauter, the Executive Director of Art Share L.A., talks to THE FIGHT about local outreach, queer programming and reflecting the community. Tell us about Art Share and the…

The Art

Andrew Danielsen Self-taught with a variety of skills—including mural painting, illustration, sculpture, and landscape design—Danielsen grew up in rural south east Pennsylvania, where the wild lands fueled his desire to create more art. His love of nature led to new art and eventually to college where he studied Environmental Studies, at The University of Vermont. …

The Calendar

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8  NO NONSENSE, 10PM–2AM Precinct DTLA, 357 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013. Sindri Galvan, Mike ETC and Stacy Christine welcome you to August’s installment of No Nonsense. Expect all the same great sounds in a bigger space with a bigger bar and  smoking patio. FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 LOS ANGELES LGBT CENTER OUT UNDER…

The City

WEST HOLLYWOOD Gay Couple Mugged At Gun Point Boyfriends Jorge Muñoz and John Gavegnano, were mugged at gun point in West Hollywood on Saturday, July 21. The incident occurred at the intersection of Huntley and Sherwood, between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue at around 1:45am. The assailants walked away with the couple’s wallets and…

The Epidemic

Dangerous COMPLACENCY Urgent change in approach is needed, researchers warn. The HIV pandemic is not on track to end by 2030 and current approaches to HIV control are not enough to control it, according to a new Lancet Commission led by the International AIDS Society, reports Science Daily. Changes to the HIV response are needed…

The Event

SUMMERTRAMP AT THE ESCONDITE (DTLA) Last month in Downtown Los Angeles. Legendary poolside action, celebrity guests, special performances and so much more. Check out their upcoming events at facebook.com/SUMMERTRAMP. PHOTOS BY JEREMY LUCIDO  

The Share

Helping Others We asked a few local clean and sober folks how helping others through service helps them stay sober. SIMPLE COMMITMENTS “Service for me is based on action. Service also keeps me accountable. During my addiction I used to think about being of service and think about helping other people. It was a fantasy. It…

The Talk

Cathartic Moment “Making people cry is my favorite thing to do. That was my one goal during Queer Eye. I understand the importance of having a cathartic moment.” —Queer Eye For The Straight Guy’s Karamo Brown, in an interview with The Guardian. Entire World “My goal is to be a spokesperson for a message of inclusion,…