Community Service [cover feature]

Ms. LA Leather 2016, Goddess Moon, and Mr. LA Leather 2016, Jeffrey Erdman on their year as titleholders. BY VICTOR MELAMED  |  PHOTOS BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM How would you describe your past year as Mr / Miss LA Leather? Goddess Moon: It has been an overwhelming joy. I am humbly thankful for those who choose…

Muscle Car

Automotive designer Bryan Thompson on living your passion, mentoring young people and listening to the tiny voice inside. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM “Car design is just like bodybuilding,” states automotive designer Bryan Thompson. “I’m really into surface development.  Creating a beautiful surface on a car is just like doing it in…

Bearing UP

Tom Goss on intimacy, training to become a priest, and how his musical career became an “unstoppable snowball tumbling down a hill.”  BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM A self-taught musician and songwriter, Tom Goss has performed to tens of thousands in the United States and Europe, and has been heard on ABC, HBO and several…

Family Ties [cover feature]

Club promoter and actor Mario Diaz and Drag Superstar Jackie Beat on Trump’s America, reinforcing community ties and their framily, a family of friends. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM In the horrific aftermath of the new world order, when our most fundamental values—values such as decency, reason, and compassion—are under attack—Drag Superstar…

Guys And Dolls [cover feature]

Daniel Randell on falling in love with a creative partner and bringing fashion into the toy space. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Currently managing partner at AY Collection—a line of luxury fashion dolls by multi-media artist and designer Andrew Yang—Daniel Randell, 33,  has been immersed in various creative fields since childhood. “I…

Love Story

The musical duo Branden and James, appearing at Palm Springs Pride in November, on relationships, being marginalized and finding your truth.  BY MARK ARIEL | PHOTO BY JUSTIN E. BAKER, FUZZY IMAGE MEDIA Two artists meet on a dating app, fall madly in love, create a musical duo and travel the world spreading joy and…

Going Overboard [cover feature]

Badass DJ Shane Stiel presents “Overboard”—one of the most sought after annual Long Beach Pride events—at the infamous Queen Mary. BY VICTOR MELAMED  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM If you’ve ever heard DJ Shane Stiel spin, you’re immediately convinced this guy was born to DJ. From the all-night events of the Rocky Mountains in his early years…

Come To PAPA [cover feature]

White Party’s Eliad Cohen on growing up gay in Israel, his modeling breakthrough and parties with masculine vibes and music. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY BRUNO OLVEZ Eliad Cohen, 27, the host of White Party’s “PAPA,” in Palm Springs this month, is “the extreme embodiment of the contemporary Israeli gay man: He lives freely…