I Love The Nightlife

Kiki Xtravaganza on drawing inspiration from gender-bending performance artists, the ballroom and voguing scene and finding a support network BY VICTOR MELAMED | PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Kiki Xtravaganza is an icon in LA nightlife. As with other club fixtures and performance artists, however, her history is shrouded in a fair degree of mystery.  Behind…

Standing In Your TRUTH

Lauran Winnett on making it in Hollywood, the thick clouds of nepotism and blurring the lines between rigid gender categorizations BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Lauran Winnett (aka PuzziNiggrr) stumbled onto the Los Angeles Drag Scene in the Spring of 2014. She’s an actress, vocalist, songwriter and storyteller who has been fortunate…

Louder, Prouder, Gayer

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Star Ongina on her drag mother, advocating for HIV and AIDS and dealing with pressures and expectations BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM When did you become interested in drag? I became interested in dressing up back when I first moved to NYC and started to make friends with…

JUST DO IT

Jason Wimberly on his new reality show “Working Out Is A Drag,” homophobia in the fitness industry and living your best life BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM I came out at 14 years old in 1996, and in the little California farming town of Lodi—I was the first gay high school kid, like…EVER.…

Feeling Productive

An interview with singer-songwriter and actor Tom Goss. BY ORLY LYONNE  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM How are you coping with the extended safer at home order? Honestly, I’m up and down. I’m doing my best to stay active (physically and mentally), connected with friends and family, and creative. Some days are better than others,…

What Makes A Man

Elliot Musgrave, Mr. LA Leather 2019: “I know I wasn’t the Mr. Los Angeles Leather that many wanted, but I hope I was the one that at least a few needed.”   BY ELLIOT MUSGRAVE  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM I was born in Riverside in the Summer of 1982 to a chaotic upbringing; which though hard,…

Becoming Parents

“We both come from large families, and while we enjoy the life we share together, we knew we both wanted kids early in the relationship” BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Kevin Niehaus and Ryan McGann knew from the beginning of their relationship (they’ve been together for six years) that they wanted to…

Follow Your Dreams

An interview with Father Trey Saint Laurent: Community Leader. Activist. Chef. Muse. Icon. BY KOLBY KEENE  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM At the close of this past decade I had the pleasure of interviewing Father Trey Saint Laurent. He’s a hot Black chef who has cooked up quite an abundance of positive revelations, meaningful relationships…

CHOSEN FAMILIES

Like birds of a feather—where everyone can shine and be their authentic selves. BY VICTOR MELAMED  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Four best friends, all working in the visual arts field, have proven that sometimes choosing your own family provides a unique support network—a place where everyone can shine and be their authentic selves. RAY…

Love Conquers All

Palm Springs Pride headliners OneUp Duo on living and working together, pushing each other to be better versions of themselves and love at first sight. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY JOSH DRAKE OneUp Duo is a pop/soul vocal combo comprised of  husbands Adam and Jerome Bell-Bastien. The Duo was featured on Season 15 of…

Owning Yourself

“I knew that by putting shame on one part of my life, I was putting shame on others parts of me as well.” An interview with singer-songwriter Iman, appearing this month at DTLA Proud. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Iman Jordan, formerly known by his stage name Mateo, is a pop/R&B singer-songwriter…

Love Bizarre

Nathan Rapport and Suzy Mae, co-owners of downtown LA’s “A Love Bizarre” and “Neon Altar” on queer art, magic and community. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM A Los Angeles based queer focused fine art gallery and gift shop—A LOVE BIZARRE is a brick and mortar neon and glitter fantasy shopping experience. The shop also incorporates…

We Are Family

Transgender community members Gracie Cartier and Jacob Rostovsky on LGBTQ solidarity, the pros and cons of a separate Trans Pride celebration and living authentically. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM First off—please tell us a little about yourselves. Gracie:I am Gracie Cartier aka Madame Jeuge (My IG is @madamejeuge). I’m a 40 year…

DARKER ELEMENTS

Dragula’s Israel Zamora on coming out, his work on television and the process of creation. BY VICTOR MELAMED  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Dancer, actor, model and jewelry designer Israel Zamora reveals, in an interview with THE FIGHT, that people may be surprised to know that behind his beefy hunky masculine demeanor he is “really…