Yoga For Life [cover interview]

Thomas Harris on moments of clarity, windows of opportunity and how yoga became an integral part of his recovery. BY AUGUSTUS BRITTON  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Thomas Harris, a yoga teacher hailing from Laguna Beach, California. is a rare breed. A seeker. A man with an abundant curiosity. He traveled to the birthplace of yoga, in Rishikesh,…

The Color Of Kink

Take a minority (say, for instance, gay blacks in San Francisco) and cross section it with another (alternative sex scene people) and well—you get an even bigger minority. BY BRONTEZ PURNELL PHOTO BY ROBERT DIVERS HERRICK My first Folsom Street Fair happened about 15 years ago. I arrived at the Golden State plucky, wide eyed,…

Exhibit Aa

Aaron Valenzuela’s personal, intimate and revealing visual essay. Spanning over 10 years of work, Exhibit Aa: A Visual/Essay is an artist book created and written by Aaron Valenzuela featuring art, writing, poetry and self-portraiture. Included are never-before-seen images and personal anecdotes which turn this creative endeavor into an intimate experience that is both celebratory and…

Find Your PASSION

  Contemplating a career change? Check out this workshop in Palm Springs. BY JAY ZALTZMAN I’ve always felt lucky that I get to do what I love, but over the years, I’ve met a lot of people who aren’t completely satisfied with their lives or aren’t sure what they want to do.  Sometimes it’s young…

Folsom Street Fair

Sunday, September 24 in San  Francisco: 400,000 fetish enthusiasts spread out over 13 city blocks. BY VICTOR MELAMED Bigger IS better at this “only in San Francisco” event! With 400,000 fetish enthusiasts spread out over 13 city blocks, there is something for everyone. Located on historic Folsom Street, leather and fetish players from all over…

Got MILK?

  An interview with  Morgan “Goodboy” and  Steph “Bounce” of Milk Milk, a once a month, pop up, queer/lesbian dance party that takes place at locations throughout Los Angeles. BY ROXIE PERKINS How long have you been a part of the LA queer party scene? Goodboy: I’m a true Angeleno and was an early gay…

Mental Illness & Addiction

  Dual diagnosis in the LGBTQ community. Coping strategies, finding proper treatment and healing old wounds. BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT Many of us have witnessed or experienced first-hand some form of mental illness and/or addiction. While this kind of psychological and emotional pain is common enough for us to have some level of familiarity with…

Promoting Equality

Mayor John Hellman City of West Hollywood joins “Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate.” BY VICTOR MELAMED The City of West Hollywood has signed on to the Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate. In doing so, the City of West Hollywood joins with more than 240 cities and mayors across the nation to stand up against hate, violence,…

Here Come The Judges

This well rounded group of leather folk will select the next Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2018 on October 27, 2017. BY RANDY CARMENATY, PSLOD MEDIA/MARKETING DIRECTOR AND CONTEST CHAIR For the past 23 years, Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert (PSLOD) has placed careful thought in selecting a judging panel for the annual Mr.…

Gender Transitioning In Recovery

  Without an easy check-in-the-box to apply, many substance abuse facilities simply don’t know what to with a transitioning individual. BY DR. RONAYE CALVERT Picture it: West Hollywood, California, 2016. It was a hot day, white petals fallen from nearby trees lined the pavement and the smell of a freshly lit cigarette filled the air. A teary-eyed…

WeHo Death Investigated

Circumstances surrounding Gemmel Moore’s death have been called into question. BY VICTOR MELAMED The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is investigating the case of a man who died after an overdose of meth at a prominent Democratic donor’s house amid pressure from the man’s family, reports nbclosangeles.com. Gemmel Moore, 26, was found dead at Ed Buck’s…

You’re Not Alone

In recognition of Natural Recovery Month—an overview of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s addiction resources. BY ORLY LYONNE If you’re struggling with substance abuse, don’t struggle alone; The Los Angeles LGBT Center has many programs and services to help. In addition to one-on-one therapy and therapy groups—all facilitated by professional substance abuse counselors in confidential…

The Art

ARTWORK BY MICHAEL VOLKAR LGBTQ Art In L.A. Fine art, spirituality and the dance of darkness. MICHAEL VOLKAR A 28 year old West Hollywood artist by day and GoGo dancer by night, Michael Volkmar “loves to work in a wide range of artistic mediums from costume design-to graphic design,” however, his true passion, he tells THE FIGHT, is “fine art using pen & ink. Last year my pen & ink work was even featured in the Beverly Hills Art Show.” “Growing up in an extremely religious town with strict religious parents my rebellion…

The Calendar

OUT ON THE MOUNTAIN! SEPT. 22! | GO TO: OutOnTheMountain.com/FIGHT SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 RUSH Tom of Finland Foundation, 1421 Laveta Ter, Los Angeles, CA. 9pm–2am. Tickets & Info: www.eventbrite.com/e/rush-tickets-35215400210. A play party for men presented by the Los Angeles Band of Brothers. Discover the depths of fraternity. 21+, WORK HARD, PLAY HARDER  Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd,…

The City

LOS ANGELES Center Holds First Glitter Run The LA LGBT Center attracted thousands of participants and spectators to its very first Glitter Run 5K run/walk on Hollywood Boulevard last month. Participants were covered in glitter while traveling through seven glitter stations along the route. The runners/walkers were treated to a “Dazzling Dance After-Party” at the…

The Epidemic

Photo courtesy the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania HIV Status EXPOSED Aetna reveals HIV statuses of thousands of customers. BY VICTOR MELAMED The health insurer Aetna is facing criticism for revealing the HIV status of potentially thousands of customers after it sent out a mailer in which information about ordering prescription HIV drugs was clearly visible…

The Event

Ventura County PRIDE Ventura County Pride Festival took place last month at Promenade Park. All proceeds benefit Ventura’s new LGBTQ Community Resource Center. Entertainers at the festival included Lady Bunny, Meatball and Sean Galuszka. DTLA Proud The DTLA Proud Festival took over Pershing Square last month with entertainers, community partners, locally-based artists and others.  Performers…