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…

The Spread

  ALI ZAREI PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM AGE: 28 HOMETOWN: Shiraz ,Iran. SELF IDENTIFY AS: Gay. CURRENT AND PAST OCCUPATIONS: Server, go-go dancer. CHILDHOOD CRUSH: Ricky Martin. RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Single. PET PEEVE: Dishonesty and inequality. HOBBIES: Cooking , traveling, Grindr (lol). YOUR BEST AND WORST QUALITY: My best quality is being honest, my worst quality…

The Talk

People Knew “If somebody was a big fan and following everything I was doing [on social media], like the people I interact with on Twitter on a daily basis, I think there was zero surprise. People knew.” —Glee alum Kevin McHale confirming he’s gay in an interview with Marc Malkin during a Facebook Live talk…

The Art

Steve MacIsaac An expat Canadian living in Los Angeles after several years in Japan, Steve MacIsaac’s comics explore contemporary gay culture, identity, and sexuality.  MacIsaac has released five issues of his solo series Shirtlifter, with the sixth due for release later in 2018.  His wordless collaboration with Dale Lazarov, Sticky, was recently re-released in a…

The City

SAN PEDRO Man Who Threatened To Kill Rep. Maxine Waters Pleads Guilty A 45-year-old San Pedro man pleaded guilty last month to threatening to kill Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, over her opposition to President Donald Trump, reports Los Angeles Daily News. Anthony Scott Lloyd faces sentencing July 16 on the single count of threatening a…

The Epidemic

STUDY AUTHOR GIOVANNI TRAVERSO Once A Week Pill Replacing daily pills with a weekly regimen could help patients stick to their dosing schedule. Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have developed a capsule that can deliver a week’s worth of HIV drugs in a single dose.  This advancement could make it much easier…

The Event

Queen Kong  At Precinct DTLA Last month at Precinct—with Mistresses of Ceremonies The BOULET BROTHERS featuring stage shows by: YUHUA HAMASAKI (RPDR S10), HOLLOW EVE (San Francisco), ROXY-COTTEN CANDY and MILITIA TOWERS (San Francisco). DJ: Mateo Segade. KING DONG DANCERS: Aram & Teddy Bear. QUEER POP UP SHOP BY GAYPIN’ GUYS. PHOTOS BY JEREMY LUCIDO

The Final Fight

Zelim Bakaev Never Again (Again) Over a year later—and still no justice for gay and bisexual men murdered in Chechnya. BY MATT BEARD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ALLOUT.ORG One year ago last month, news broke of a wave of terrifying, state-sponsored violence in Chechnya against men perceived to be gay or bisexual.  In scenes that would not…

The Music

A Happy Accident New York-based duo Sofi Tukker releases Treehouse, an outstanding debut album. BY PAUL V. VITAGLIANO You might not know Sofi Tukker by name yet, but I bet you know their music Apple Watch featured their debut single “Drinkee” (that went on to rack up over 40 million Spotify streams) which received a…