The Art

ARTWORK BY MICHAEL VOLKAR LGBTQ Art In L.A. Fine art, spirituality and the dance of darkness. MICHAEL VOLKAR A 28 year old West Hollywood artist by day and GoGo dancer by night, Michael Volkmar “loves to work in a wide range of artistic mediums from costume design-to graphic design,” however, his true passion, he tells THE FIGHT, is “fine art using pen & ink. Last year my pen & ink work was even featured in the Beverly Hills Art Show.” “Growing up in an extremely religious town with strict religious parents my rebellion…

The City

LOS ANGELES Center Holds First Glitter Run The LA LGBT Center attracted thousands of participants and spectators to its very first Glitter Run 5K run/walk on Hollywood Boulevard last month. Participants were covered in glitter while traveling through seven glitter stations along the route. The runners/walkers were treated to a “Dazzling Dance After-Party” at the…

The Epidemic

Photo courtesy the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania HIV Status EXPOSED Aetna reveals HIV statuses of thousands of customers. BY VICTOR MELAMED The health insurer Aetna is facing criticism for revealing the HIV status of potentially thousands of customers after it sent out a mailer in which information about ordering prescription HIV drugs was clearly visible…

The Event

Ventura County PRIDE Ventura County Pride Festival took place last month at Promenade Park. All proceeds benefit Ventura’s new LGBTQ Community Resource Center. Entertainers at the festival included Lady Bunny, Meatball and Sean Galuszka. DTLA Proud The DTLA Proud Festival took over Pershing Square last month with entertainers, community partners, locally-based artists and others.  Performers…

The Final Fight

How Very Dare You! From the celebration of eros to the celebration of victimhood. Excerpts from Professor Cynthia Belmont’s salon.com article. CYNTHIA BELMONT Queer culture. Is it endangered? Gasping its last? Just sad? Consider the following… … Students returning from an undergraduate queer studies conference tell me that they were deeply disturbed by a drag…

The Music

Full Circle Oliver’s debut album, Full Circle, bends the rules of space and time with music that fuses genres, eras, and production styles. BY PAUL V. VITAGLIANO The cacophony of the digital age has swelled to a fever pitch as humans spend much of their lives in front of screens with the ability to thrill,…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

…Sugar Rush… is an age-old story of unrequited love; a classic tale of lust and yearning transposed into a queer, lipgloss-sticky register.” Butt Massage For Naked Newswoman Hello dear FIGHT readers. I’m writing from vacation in Scotland, and somehow my computer is aware of my location. In searching for interesting GLBT news tidbits, one of…

The State

No Benefits For You People California lesbian couple file suit against company for its refusal to provide them spousal health insurance coverage. BY ORLY LYONNE A Los Angeles County lesbian couple filed suit in federal court last month against a Colorado-based company and its health insurance administrator for its refusal to provide them spousal health insurance coverage on…

The Talk

Like Lifted “This doesn’t bring me shame, just a weight and burden I have held onto for a long time that I would like lifted off me.” —Singer Aaron Carter acknowledging his bisexuality in a tweet last month.  My Heroes “… Trans people are my heroes. I can’t imagine the nerve it takes to ignore…

The Transaction

ANDREW FITZIMONS (above)  |  Photo by Paulo Murillo Beauty Within LA LGBT Center launches Trans Cosmetic Donation Program. BY PAULO MURILLO Celebrity hairstylist Andrew Fitzimons celebrated his 30th birthday last month with a good cause. Fitzimons partnered with the LA LGBT Center to launch the Trans Cosmetic Donation Program—a program that collects donations of unused personal…

The Art

Screenprints, Performance Art, Zines LGBTQ art in Los Angeles. MeArt  Using online social media as source material, Morris Eaddy (MeArt) creates portraits that become graphics of the male form. Influenced by a street art aesthetic, MeArt illustrates glimpses of burly men in everyday life resulting in screen prints, stickers, stencils, wheat pastes and t-shirts. See more at: meart.tictail.com. TheMegoMan…

The Calendar

  SEE SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 TUESDAY, AUGUST 1 OVER THE RAINBOW  Praz-Delavallade, 6150 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Tues-Sat / 11am-6pm, through August 29. Over the Rainbow pays tribute to all the brave artists who defend the human rights of all people. FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 CUM TO ATTENTION Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood,…

The City

Arriving at Gold Coast’s Red Dress Party in WeHo.  LOS ANGELES RESIST MARCH FOUNDER MAY RUN FOR OFFICE Brian Pendleton, the gay philanthropist who spearheaded LA Pride’s ResistMarch, may be considering a run for California State Treasurer, reports WEHOville’s gaylifela.com. Chad Goldman, Pendleton’s friend and former partner, has reached out to people asking if they…

The Epidemic

Take Your Statins Studies have shown that HIV-positive people are more likely to suffer a heart attack. BY VICTOR MELAMED A new report published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes shows a majority of HIV-positive people at high risk for heart disease are not on statins, a lipid-lowering medication that’s been found to reduce heart…

The Event

San Diego PRIDE Close to 300,000 people attended the parade and festival. This year’s Pride theme was “Allied in Action: United for Justice.” Last month’s San Diego Pride saw a significant increase in both parade and festival attendance this year. Over 230,000 people witnessed 253 contingents marching in celebration. The Festival amassed over 50,000 attendees. This…

The Final Fight

The Queer Insurrection First LGBT unit created to fight Daesh (ISIS) in Syria. BY VICTOR MELAMED LGBT supporters are fighting back against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) on the Syrian battlefield after three years of persecution in which their community suffered stoning and executions from rooftops, reports Newsweek’s Jack Moore. A group of international volunteers fighting…