The Music

Ti Amo Inspired by a “pre-Berlusconi” Italy in vibe and song titles, Phoenix’s 6th album is brimming with a very retro, Italo-disco flavor and an effervescent yacht rock vibe. BY PAUL V. VITAGLIANO Not only do the French have a handsome new president, they also have a band that scores super good vibes during summer…

The Profile

National Hardwood Flooring Four years ago we began advertising in LGBT magazines—and we were pleased to see our business flourished.  In 1975 Omer Katzir, the owner of National Hardwood Flooring, installed hardwood flooring. Then he moved into total home design and opened a retail showroom. In 1990 he saw that the industry was moving toward hardwood flooring and…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

Architect Ashley Smith, a transwoman, cleverly convinced the Texas governor to pose for a selfie with her, asking online how the bathroom police could recognize her as a male by birth if the governor could not. Good question! BAD NEWS BEARS Hello my dear FIGHT readers! When it rains, it pours as they say, and…

The Spread

Corey Saucier    PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM AGE: 40 HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, Ensenada, and Bay St. Louise, Mississippi (we moved a lot). SELF IDENTIFY AS: Cis, queer, bottom. CURRENT AND PAST OCCUPATIONS: I don’t believe in work. CHILDHOOD CRUSH: River Phoenix RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Single PET PEEVE: The continued destruction and subjugation of black bodies, and…

The State

Role Model Equality California endorses Robert Garcia in Long Beach mayor reelection bid. BY VICTOR MELAMED Equality California has endorsed Robert Garcia in his campaign for reelection as mayor of Long Beach. “Robert Garcia is one of the most prominent and respected LGBTQ elected officials in the country,” said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California.…

The Talk

I Thank Him “My sexual orientation once again came into question this week when a prominent gay man used an awards acceptance speech to ‘out’ me. While he did not mention me by name, the explicit details of his reference made it easy for the public and media to connect the dots. While it is…

The Transaction

Career Opportunities Los Angeles holds training session to help trans youth find employment. BY PAULO MURILLO Over 100 caseworkers from L.A., county agencies, and local nonprofit groups attended a training session last month to focus on expanding career opportunities for transgender youth. Attendees learned about issues facing trans youth when seeking employment. There was a discussion…

The Calendar

SATURDAY, JULY 1 GLOW ME Bullet Bar, 10522 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA. 9pm–2am. Celebrate your independence at Glow Me at the Bullet Bar! It’s going to be a hot and steamy summer night for this body paint blacklight underwear party! Come get glown by their professional make up artist! $6 cover. #glowme #glowparty #noho #northhollywood…

The City

THE FIGHT at OC Pride, last month. LOS ANGELES Center Hosts Trans Pride LA 2017 The Los Angeles LGBT Center hosted Trans Pride LA last month at The Village in Hollywood. Trans Pride LA is one of the oldest and largest trans celebrations in the country. The event offered more than 30 organizations – part of…

The Epidemic

Generic Truvada A generic version of the drug has been approved by the FDA. BY VICTOR MELAMED The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic version of Truvada, the drug used as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), aimed at preventing HIV-negative people from becoming infected with the virus, reports The Advocate. Truvada, also used in HIV treatment in…

The Event

SOLD OUT Clothing At MICKY’S SOLD OUT Clothing held a runway show at Micky’s in West Hollywood during LA Pride week. Keith Webb and David Kahauolopua showed variations of their Tom of Finland designs on the models. The show included a special segment honoring the Orlando 49 in collaboration with the Orlando Ribbon project as…

The Final Fight

From Russia Without Love European Court blasts Russia’s “gay propaganda” law. BY VICTOR MELAMED Russia’s “gay propaganda” law is discriminatory and encourages homophobia, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled, reports the BBC. The Strasbourg judges said Russia had discriminated against three gay rights activists who opposed the law. It was adopted in 2013, banning “promotion…

The Music

Melodrama The second studio album by New Zealand singer Lorde: simple yet intricate songs with a hushed, expansive technicolor sheen. BY PAUL V. VITAGLIANO It’s felt like an eternity waiting for Lorde to graduate to sophomore status with her 2nd album, but damn—the wait was worth it! The New Zealand phenom seemingly came out of…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

“Gay pride is the antithesis of gay shame… We’re not proud of being gay, per se. We’re rejecting society’s disdain, a disdain that heterosexuals have not experienced.” THERE WILL COME A TIME I couldn’t help but notice that you FIGHT readers showed your Pride early this year in solidarity with a national day of Trump protests…

The Share

Summer Sobriety  The associates at My 12 Step Store in West Hollywood on how they’re staying sober these hot summer days. BY PAULO MURILLO HAVE FAITH ″When I was in my addiction, I’d be running around and always looking for the next place where I could get high. I’d be walking in the heat for hours…

The State

CA Travel Ban  New restrictions prohibit state-funded travel to anti-gay states. BY VICTOR MELAMED California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) will bar state employees from business trips to four states after those states passed measures limiting the rights of LGBT people, reports The Hill. The new restrictions prohibit state-funded or state-sponsored travel to Texas, Alabama,…