The Ins And Outs Of Leather

Leatherman Steve Ganzell on your first leather purchase. The dos, the don’ts and finding what turns you on. BY STEVE GANZELL While there are probably a million reasons that fetishizing leather is kinda weird, there is usually one reason that is overwhelming for those of us in the leather community. It turns us on. We…

The Art Of Sobriety

Los Angeles based photographer John Arsenault on his traumatic childhood, drinking, drug use, suicide attempts, his art and 15 years of continuous sobriety. BY TOM PARDOE  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Raised in a small town in northern Massachusetts, John Arsenault moved to New York City in 1997 to pursue a degree in photography at…

Breaking The Pattern

Chris Thomas, MS, MFTI, a Primary Therapist at Foundations Recovery Network, on struggling with secrets and effective patient-centered care. Foundations Recovery Network’s (FRN) state-of-the-art residential treatment facilities across the country are dedicated to treating both addiction and mental health conditions. With residential and outpatient treatment centers in Palm Springs, Santa Monica, San Diego and San…

Integrated Healthcare

Tarzana Treatment Centers provides high quality, personalized, affordable behavioral healthcare and addiction treatment services in Los Angeles. BY MARK ARIEL Tarzana Treatment Centers (TTC) is a full-service, non-profit, community-based behavioral healthcare organization that provides substance abuse and mental health treatment to adults and youth. TTC operates a psychiatric hospital, residential and outpatient alcohol and drug…

Lonely Heart

Finding a home in mindfulness—one gay man’s story of addiction and liberation. BY SCOTT KILOBY The smell and taste of a man’s mouth is worth a thousand words. In my post-college, pre-Grindr addiction to sex with strangers, one kiss or even one whiff of breath hovering in the anonymous air as we excitedly twisted our…

The Gray Myth of Meth

Attorney Jeffrey Erdman, Mr. Christopher Street West Leather 2016, on crystal meth consumption among older adults.  BY JEFFREY ERDMAN  |  PHOTO BY ROBERT GREEN When you think of people who use crystal meth, do you think of silver haired daddies? Probably not. And, until a few years ago, neither did I. I came to Los…

Recovery Rocks

La Fuente celebrates 10 years, WeHo sponsors community pop up featuring substance use treatment services, “Recovery Rocks” at LA Boulder benefiting The McIntyre House. BY VICTOR MELAMED In recognition of National Recovery Month, join La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center in celebrating 10 years of providing people with the tools they need to rebuild their lives…

Sex Police

Male sex workers condemn raid on RentBoy.com. BY VICTOR MELAMED Last month, federal police in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security, raided Rentboy, a male escort advertising website, arresting the CEO and 6 employees. This shutdown came less than a week after leading LGBT advocacy organization Lambda Legal along with four other LGBT rights…

Work In Progress

No “before and after” epiphany turns dung into roses. That is the hidden story, the hard work of recovery. BY JOHN RENALDO Many of us who’ve never struggled with addictions have a sort of fantasy about how someone recovers from alcoholism and drug addiction: you “hit bottom,” and then “you have an epiphany,” and then…

The Calendar | 09.2015

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 18 Out On The Mountain Six Flags Magic Mountain, 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, 6pm-1am. Purchase Tickets Online: outonthemountain.com/fight. The annual Magic Mountain GLBT Private Party closed to the general public, with live performance by Courtney Act, hostess Ingenue, live DJs and more.   SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Mr. Sister Leather 2016 Contest Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica…

The Event | 09.2015

ONYX at EAGLE LA ONYX SoCal/Southwest Leather Men Of Color celebrated the formation of their new chapter and home bar Eagle LA last month. ONYX holds a beer bust at the Eagle every 2nd Sunday of the month, with raffles, door prizes, and go-go dancers. For more information visit onyxmen.com. PHOTOS BY ROBERT GREEN  …

The City | 09.2015

BY PAULO MURILLO Rentboy Raid Protest In WEHO Demonstrators gathered in the city of West Hollywood on Saturday, September 6, to protest the recent raid of Rentboy.com. Last month, federal police in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security, raided Rentboy, a male escort advertising website, arresting the CEO and 6 employees. “Sex worker rights…

The Community | 09.2015

Giving BACK My 12 Step Store turns 12. BY PAULO MURILLO My 12 Step Store—the 12-step recovery-related boutique—located in the heart of West Hollywood, celebrates 12 years of love and service in September, during National Recovery Month. The store, specializing in celebrating the journey of recovery, with unique and edgy recovery-related gifts, books, jewelry, apparel,…

The Joystick | 09.2015

Filling The Void Most of us enjoy playing video games. But some people can become addicted to gaming. Like all other good things in life—it’s all good in moderation. World 8 encourages you to play responsibly. BY JOSEPH ARELLANO Many people get addicted to alcohol, drugs, sex, and even gambling. But one of the most common addictions today…