GIRL GONE WiLD

The self-proclaimed alien from the planet Glamtron—Alaska Thunderfuck—on the meaning of drag, the perks of being sober and attention seeking fame whores. BY PAULO MURILLO | PHOTO BY BELLA PEYSER RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 contestant, recording artist and drag performer Alaska Thunderfuck is desperately seeking a Redbull. Her phone interview with THE FIGHT is…

A Blessing And A Curse

Not just a “layover on the way to Gaytown”—one bisexual man’s journey through life. Preconceived notions, the need for things to be easily defined and shades of grey. BY MARK ARIEL According to a recent survey participants who identified as gay or lesbian responded significantly less positively toward bisexuality than those identifying as bisexual, indicating…

FREAKSHOW FLASHBACK

Another West Hollywood Halloween Carnival approaches. Owning the night, masters of disguises and compensating for your manhood. BY PAULO MURILLO Halloween has been in the air since early September this year, and I can’t help but reflect to some crazy times and remember some elaborate costumes that date back to when I first started attending…

Hidden Truths

MATTHEW SHEPARD New sources emerge regarding the murder of Matthew Shepard, reveals investigative journalist Stephen Jimenez. Drugs, money, sex and death threats. BY MARK ARIEL October 6, 2014 marks the 16th anniversary of the attack on Matthew Shepard, one of the most notorious homicides in contemporary American history. Found savagely beaten, unconscious, and tied to…

Make A Difference

Become a foster parent or an adoptive family for a child who needs to be loved and deserves the opportunity to thrive. BY ORLY LYONNE “There are 20,000 children in LA County that need our help,” states Chanel Boutakidis, Executive Director of Five Acres, a non-profit organization that has been serving families and children in…

MODELS OF PRiDE

(From left to right) NATALIA LOYA, ALEX NEWELL, MICHAEL WILLETT Alex Newell (“Glee”), Michael Willett (MTV’s “Faking It,”) and Natalia Loya (Telemundo’s “La Voz Kids”) scheduled to perform at LGBTQ youth conference at USC. BY ORLY LYONNE More than 1,200 LGBTQ youth from 100 Southern California cities and more than 75 schools are expected to attend the…

Project NUNWAY LA

Charity fashion event with The Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. BY VICTOR MELAMED The Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are hosting an extraordinary fashion experience of the wildest imagination. A blasphemous queer fashion show like no other, this annual event invites designers and creative artists to stretch the absolute limits of creativity, beauty and…

Palm Springs Pride

AIDEN JAMES The Greater Palm Springs Pride Celebration marks its 28th Anniversary, November 7–9, 2014, with block parties, musical performances, a free two-day festival and parade. BY VICTOR MELAMED “I am Pride: Stonewall 45” will be the theme for the annual Palm Springs Pride Celebration scheduled for next month, November 7-9. The two-prong theme was…

Saving WeHo

Former International Mr. Leather Mike Gerle has announced his candidacy for West Hollywood City Council in the March 2015 election. Core values, the Mormon Church and taking leadership in the fight against AIDS.  West Hollywood City Hall employee Mike Gerle, former International Mr. Leather, is running for a seat on the West Hollywood City Council…

Tracking The Killer Within

Los Angeles LGBT Center urges CDC to determine why gay/bisexual men are at greater risk of meningitis infection.  BY VICTOR MELAMED The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s medical director, Dr. Robert Bolan, has urged the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—in a letter co-signed by officials with more than a dozen other leading HIV/AIDS organizations—to…

The Event | 10.14

San Gabriel Valley Pride “Reflections of Pride,” the 13th annual LGBT Pride Festival took place last month in Pasadena’s Memorial Park, Levitt Pavilion and Holly Street. Mayor of Pasadena, Bill Bogaard and former area Assembly member Anthony Portantino both continued long-standing support of the festival. These community leaders spoke to the value of Pride celebrations…

The State | 10.14

Ventura School Rejects Chick-Fil-A  Unified School District rejects Chick-fil-A donation due to antigay stance. BY ORLY LYONNE Students at Ventura High School in California won’t be eating “mor chikin” anytime soon, as the school’s principal banned fast-food chain Chick-fil-A from the campus over the company’s connection to antigay causes, reports The Advocate at www.advocate.com. A…

The Share | 10.14

Trudge The Road Of Happy Destiny Individuals with different lengths of continuous sobriety share some words of wisdom. BY PAULO MURILLO This new column in THE FIGHT is dedicated to local individuals in recovery. There are many ways to obtain sobriety. THE FIGHT does not favor, promote, or condone one method of getting sober over another. We…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

MARY BONAUTO (left/top) | ALISON BECHDEL (right/bottom) Alison Bechdel and Mary Bonauto just won MacArthur Grants. Bechdel is the brilliant creator of “Dykes to Watch Out For” and the author of the graphic memoir “Fun Home.” Bonauto is the remarkable lawyer who won marriage rights across New England with the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders.…

The Law | 10.14

Medical Malpractice Why I will vote YES on Prop. 46 on November 4. BY DAVID HAKIMFAR Does limiting the liability for negligent or impaired doctors help or hurt victimized patients? That is what you will answering on November 4th when voting on Proposition 46. Voting Yes on Prop. 46 could cause three major changes in…

The Final Fight | 10.14

Monogamy: The Final Frontier? How can gay men ever build meaningful connections with our hearts and minds when our culture is so completely obsessed with sex? BY ROB SMITH When you’re a gay male who happens to be at least somewhat aesthetically pleasing, sex is pretty easy to come by. It becomes easier to read…

The Epidemic | 10.14

Young Men At Higher Risk Half of HIV-positive gay men in U.S. aren’t getting proper treatment. BY ORLY LYONNE Even though gay and bisexual men make up the majority of Americans infected with HIV, half aren’t receiving ongoing care or getting the virus-suppressing drugs they need to stay healthy, a new report finds, reports MedicineNet.com The…

The Calendar | 10.14

GLORIA TREVI. SEE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19   SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5 BEST IN DRAG SHOW Orpheum Theatre, 842 South Broadway, LA, 7pm. For more info: www.bestindragshow.org Fundraiser for Aid for AIDS. Celebrity guests, musical performances and drag queens battle it out Best in Drag Tiara. THE 9TH ANNUAL LA FIREHOUSE CHILI COOK-OFF Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica…

The City | 10.14

TRACKING MENINGITIS IN LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s medical director, Dr. Robert Bolan has urged the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to determine why gay/bisexual men seem to be at greater risk of exposure to, and transmission of, invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) than the general population. This past August the Los…

The Book | 10.14

Working Men The world’s oldest profession—from a rich array of perspectives and disciplines throughout history. BY VICTOR MELAMED Beautifully designed and filled with surprising statistics, historic photos, and artfully shot man-candy, “Male Sex Work and Society” is an interesting and insightful read. The book explores the world’s oldest profession from a rich array of perspectives…