The Art

JOE NIVENS A mix-media artist from Tuscola, Illinois, Joe Nivens is a graduate of the Experimental Animation department at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) with a focus in Stop Motion Animation as well as an MA recipient from Eastern Illinois University. In addition to his studies he has worked on productions for Stoopid Buddy,…

The Calendar

TLC (Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins, left, and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas) will perform at San Diego Pride. More info at www.sdpride.org. TUESDAY, JULY 03 SHEETS EXHIBITION 11AM-6PM Kohn Gallery, 1227 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, 90038. Sheets, a solo exhibition of new work by Philadelphia-based artist Jonathan Lyndon Chase. His powerful figurative paintings highlight the daily lives of…

The City

LOS ANGELES Over 150 LGBTQ Films Throughout The City Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival—eleven days of not to be missed world-class films, panels, and parties—takes place this month, July 12–22, at state-of-the-art venues around the city of Los Angeles. Screening more than 150 feature and short films to an audience of more than 40,000…

The Epidemic

Breakthrough Vaccine We may be one giant step closer to solving HIV thanks to a new vaccine set to start human trials next year. A new experimental vaccine regimen, tailor made to fit of the structure of a vulnerable region on HIV, generated antibodies in mice, guinea pigs and monkeys, and it neutralized dozens of HIV strains.…

The Event

BEARRACUDA AT PRECINCT DTLA Bearracuda LA, taking place the 2nd Saturday of every month, celebrated LA PRIDE at Precinct DTLA. Hosted by Big Dipper, Shawn Morales, Jeremy Lucido and Matt Bearracuda, with music by DJ Mateo Segade & Pure Noise. PHOTOS BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM

The Nation

CA ATTORNEY GENERAL XAVIER BECERRA TRAVEL BAN California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has announced that as a result of “discriminatory legislation” that became Oklahoma law last month, the western state will prohibit travel to its midwestern counterpart. A 2017 California law requires that its attorney general keeps a list of states subject to a state travel…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

Winston Godwin (L) and Greg DeRoche (R), a Bermudian-Canadian couple, challenged the Bermuda Supreme Court and won the right to marry on the island in May 2017, before the new legislation repealed same-sex marriage. Bermuda’s Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage last month in the British island territory again—overturning a ban that was signed into law…

The Talk

Absolutely Blocked “There’s tons of roles that I haven’t got for lots of different reasons, some of them probably for not being a good enough actor, actually, or doing a lousy audition… But there were three or four big films, when I was successful, that I was absolutely blocked from, when the director and the…

The Transaction

TransPride LA A weekend celebration, the event included speakers, exhibits, and a pre-party at The Abbey in West Hollywood, hosted by THE FIGHT. BY VICTOR MELAMED  |  PHOTOS BY TOM PARDOE The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s annual Trans Pride L.A. festival, one of the oldest and largest trans celebrations in the country,  took place last month…

The Art

Miguel Andrisani I’m a true Pisces—a merboy out of water, Compassionate, a genuine friend, imaginative, and very emotional—so don’t make me cry. I am Californian raised here, in Los Angeles and Argentina, by a crazy Italian family. My goals and dreams for the future are all over the place, (I guess that suits my personality)…

The City

Jazmina Saavedra LOS ANGELES Congressional Candidate To Face Investigation After Harassing Trans Woman In Bathroom The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law are calling on California’s Attorney General to investigate congressional candidate Jazmina Saavedra. Earlier this month, Saavedra, a candidate for California’s 44th Congressional district, posted a Facebook…

The Epidemic

BACK TO THE FUTURE? Doctors issue warning about HTLV-1 virus, an ancient cousin of HIV: “Prevalence is off the charts.” A doctor is sounding the alarm over the spread of human T-cell leukemia virus type 1, or HTLV-1, a cousin of the far better known human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). HLTV-1 infections are surpassing 40% in some…

The Event

Long Beach Gay Pride Thousands celebrated at the 35th Annual Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride weekend that took place last month. THE FIGHT booth welcomed guests, performers and local celebrities. Thanks to everyone who dropped by to say hello. Be sure to visit us in August at Valley Pride and DTLA Proud! PHOTOS BY…

The Nation

GOVERNOR LARRY HOGAN “CONVERSION THERAPY” BANNED Maryland has joined the list of states banning harmful “conversion therapy” meant to turn gay people straight. The programs greatly increase chances of suicide and are completely ineffective. Governor Larry Hogan signed the legislation last month, along with another bill that will expand housing and support services to youth…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

JUSTICE ANTHONY KENNEDY Surely Justice Kennedy won’t fail us now, will he? Or will our champion decide that he’s done enough to help same-sex couples and it’s time for the pendulum to swing back a bit towards the far right religious conservatives?” WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS Hello dear FIGHT readers. Doesn’t it seem as if…

The Share

Early Recovery We asked three men in early recovery what they find the most challenging about being new in sobriety and what they do to overcome these challenges. NEW FEELINGS “My biggest struggle in recovery right now is definitely learning how to deal with all my new feelings and how to cope with my feelings…