The Art

LGBTQ Art In L.A. Personal and cultural narratives, meditative practices. KOLBE ROPER Kolbe Roper uses touchstones in common vernacular of queer subgroups, creating works that play with the ideas of culture, histories, and how they are being presented or forgotten in todays societies. Changing the covers of magazines or manipulating layers of an image speaks to…

The Calendar

WEST HOLLYWOOD HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4  5TH ANNUAL LGBT MEGA-MIXER W Hotel Hollywood, 6250 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028. 6pm–9pm. Bringing together LGBT-focused organizations in the greater Los Angeles area under one roof to increase awareness of the resources each organization provides. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6 JACKSONS NIGHT Akbar, 4356 W Sunset Blvd.,…

The City

VENICE Gay Bar ROOSTERFISH To Reopen The popular gay bar Roosterfish is reopening by the end of this year. The bar, located at Abbot Kinney in Venice, closed last May after serving the gay community in the Westside for 37 years. According to Grant Turck, president and founder of Venice Pride, the closing of Roosterfish…

The Epidemic

HIV Breakthrough New antibody attacks 99% of strains. Human trials will start in 2018. BY VICTOR MELAMED Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99% of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates, reports bbc.com. It is built to attack three critical parts of the virus—making it harder for HIV to resist its effects.…

The State

Oakland Center, RIP Bubbles, Equality Vodka, California legislature.  Oakland’s first-ever multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-gender, and intergenerational LGBTQ Community Center opened last month just days before the annual Oakland Pride parade and festival. The non-profit organization is located at 3207 Lakeshore Ave., in Oakland. For more information visit www.oaklandlgbtqcenter.org. LGBT disc jockey, activist, artist and performer Anthony…

The Talk

Start Demanding “Why are there not more LGBTQ pop stars? You support Beyoncé, Madonna, everyone else, but we’re not lifting up our own. Music companies, TV executives — are not going to lift us up until we start demanding that.” —Reality star, television host and LGBTQ activist Karamo Brown in an interview last month with The…

The Transaction

Beyond Gender A journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance. BY ORLY LYONNE Finding Kim,” an honest, intimate and inspiring documentary that follows three years of a transgender man’s journey as he transitions from female to male, has made its debut on digital platforms. The groundbreaking film showcases the incredible and honest story of a truly remarkable individual…

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…