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…

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…

DADDY Issues

Dr. Ralph Mayer on being a gay dad, intergenerational relationships and his budding acting career. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM He is a doctor and he plays one on TV. To say that Los Angeles based obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Ralph Mayer is a man of many hats would be a gross understatement. In…

Ginger FEVER [cover feature]

Dancer and muscle jock underwear model Eddie Eduardo talks to DJ Dan DeLeon about his love for LA, upcoming dance events and how being ginger has its advantages. BY DJ DAN DELEON  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM If there was an award for rebranding the ginger male stereotype—Eddie Eduardo would definitely be a top contender.…