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.…

Puppet Master [cover feature]

Excerpts from a conversation with Long Beach puppeteer Matt Scott. Magic, imagination and keeping the dream alive. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM  |  MAKE UP BY ADAM WINTER “As a child I was always a loner and a wanderer. I sought out private spaces to be alone with my imagination, which always…

Erotic OUTLAW

Eric Paul Leue, Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2014, on his title year, brotherhood and why leather is more than just “leather.” BY GUY BALDWIN, M.S.  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM As a general rule, I prefer to conduct interviews in a quiet, civilized setting, with a cup of tea and an audio recording device. But…

LEO Rising

Leatherman and Payaso’s co-founder Leo Iriarte on polyamory, sexual freedom, Mother Teresa and making a difference in people’s lives. BY GABRIEL GREEN | PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM In the exciting, close-knit world of local leathermen Leo Iriarte has held numerous titles. He was third runner up for Eagle LA Mr. Leather 2010, first runner up…

OWNing It

As a gay, black single father in Hollywood, Karamo Brown makes his #OWN way. BY ROB SMITH Karamo Brown is a very busy man. An average day consists of waking up and hosting his digital show on the OWN network, #OWNSHOW, developing television show concepts with his newly formed production company, sifting through potential modeling…