PAYING IT FORWARD

Zack Ament, Founder and Co-CEO at Westwind Recovery, on addiction, overcoming personal tragedy, and fatherhood BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM “I got involved in recovery work through my own journey with addiction,” reveals Zack Ament, 31, founder and Co-CEO at Westwind Recovery in an interview with THE FIGHT. Born and raised in Los…

BEING BLACK IN PORN

Following the lives of four gay men of color as they navigate their way in the adult film industry BY MARK ARIEL Narrated by GAYVN 2020 Best Actor and reigning Performer of The Year Award winner DeAngelo Jackson, Being Black in Porn follows the lives of four gay men of color as they navigate their…

PROTECT TRANS WOMEN

Woman’s transphobic rant sparks violent protests outside Koreatown spa Demonstrations over transgender rights sparked clashes between protestors and counter-protestors in Koreatown at the beginning of the month after a video went viral of a woman upset that a trans woman disrobed in the women’s section of a popular spa, reported KTLA. The video that sparked…

QUEER SUPERHEROES

Animated Gay-Spy Comedy “Q-Force” With Sean Hayes & Wanda Sykes  Gary Cole, David Harbour, Patti Harrison, Laurie Metcalf, Matt Rogers, Wanda Sykes and creator/executive producer Gabe Liedman will join Sean Hayes in the voice cast of Q-Force, Netflix’s new animated gay-spy comedy, reports Deadline. Q-Force centers on Steve Maryweather, aka Agent Mary (Hayes), was once…

THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

More teens identifying as gay, bisexual More teens in the United States are reporting their sexual identity as gay, lesbian or bisexual, nationwide surveys show, reports Health Day. Between 2015 and 2019, the percentage of 15- to 17-year-olds who said they identified as “non-heterosexual” rose from 8.3% to 11.7%, according to nationwide surveys by the…

The Art

DANIEL HIRSCH Sr. Creative/Art Director “Starting out as a set designer in L.A. was intimidating, to say the least. I was surrounded by so much talent and well-connected talent… I was nervous I wasn’t good enough, didn’t know the right software, and that there was always someone better than me waiting to take the next…

The City

WEST HOLLYWOOD REVOLVER VIDEO BAR AND MICKY’S NIGHTCLUB RE-OPEN Revolver Video Bar and Micky’s Nightclub have re-opened after being closed for well over a year during the pandemic. Revolver opened on Wednesday, June 16th and Micky’s opened on July 1st to the delight of its loyal customers who were concerned that the two gay bars would be…

The Profile

METROPOLITAN ANIMAL SPECIALTY HOSPITAL Located in the heart of Hollywood, providing high quality specialty and emergency pet care, 24/7 Metropolitan Animal Specialty Hospital (MASH), a 24-hour specialty and emergency animal hospital located on 6565 Santa Monica Blvd., in the heart of Hollywood, offers veterinary Surgery, Internal Medicine, Emergency and Critical Care, Dermatology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Cardiology,…

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

We asked these fine community members what Pride means to them BY DARSEEN  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Indian SANJ GREWAL An eye surgeon practicing in Palm Springs, Sanj lives with his husband of 12 years, Brad Ward, and their three dogs, Baxter, Samson & Lola. “To me, Pride means authentically loving and celebrating oneself,…

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT

How identity and visibility relate to curbing commercial tobacco use.  BY MARIELLE REATAZA, MD, MS Like many, I’ve spent the majority of my time in my apartment for the better part of a year. This past March marked the anniversary of California’s Stay at Home order, one of the most restrictive in the nation. This…

HOPE WILL NEVER BE SILENT

STOLI® Vodka Celebrates Pride 2021 With Harvey Milk Global Collector’s Edition Bottle Stoli® Vodka and The Harvey Milk Foundation are continuing their partnership with the launch of the limited stock Stoli® Harvey Milk Global Collector’s Edition Bottle, featuring art from Paraguayan artist Oz Montania. Stoli has worked with The Harvey Milk Foundation in this capacity…

MAY THE PRIDE BE WITH YOU

Covers honoring the LGBTQ+ characters of Star Wars, created by gay and transgender artists Marvel and Lucasfilm marks Pride Month with a powerful series of variant covers honoring the LGBTQ+ characters of Star Wars, reports StarWars.com. The art graces every title in Marvel’s Star Wars line, and each piece has been created by gay and…

THE PRIDE PROCLAMATION

President Biden has issued a proclamation affirming June 2021 as LGBTQ+ Pride Month, marking a time a time of hope, progress, and promise for LGBTQ+ Americans across the country The uprising at the Stonewall Inn in June, 1969, sparked a liberation movement—a call to action that continues to inspire us to live up to our…

The Art

STANLEY FRANK (SENSATION) Artist, DJ, and Performer Stanley Frank (Sensation) has been a staple in the nightlife scenes of San Francisco and Los Angeles for over fifteen years. Whether playing out, creating art or acting, Stanley’s world is one imbued in saturated color, romanticism and humour. An avid scholar of music, art history and culture,…

The City

WEST HOLLYWOOD WHITE PARTY FOUNDER JEFFREY SANKER DEAD AT 65. RIP Jeffrey Sanker, the CEO and founder of White Party circuit party events, passed away last month. The cause of death according to several sources was liver cancer. He was 65. “He was an iconic figure in gay history with his creation of the White…