The Color Of Kink

Take a minority (say, for instance, gay blacks in San Francisco) and cross section it with another (alternative sex scene people) and well—you get an even bigger minority. BY BRONTEZ PURNELL PHOTO BY ROBERT DIVERS HERRICK My first Folsom Street Fair happened about 15 years ago. I arrived at the Golden State plucky, wide eyed,…

Exhibit Aa

Aaron Valenzuela’s personal, intimate and revealing visual essay. Spanning over 10 years of work, Exhibit Aa: A Visual/Essay is an artist book created and written by Aaron Valenzuela featuring art, writing, poetry and self-portraiture. Included are never-before-seen images and personal anecdotes which turn this creative endeavor into an intimate experience that is both celebratory and…

Find Your PASSION

  Contemplating a career change? Check out this workshop in Palm Springs. BY JAY ZALTZMAN I’ve always felt lucky that I get to do what I love, but over the years, I’ve met a lot of people who aren’t completely satisfied with their lives or aren’t sure what they want to do.  Sometimes it’s young…

Folsom Street Fair

Sunday, September 24 in San  Francisco: 400,000 fetish enthusiasts spread out over 13 city blocks. BY VICTOR MELAMED Bigger IS better at this “only in San Francisco” event! With 400,000 fetish enthusiasts spread out over 13 city blocks, there is something for everyone. Located on historic Folsom Street, leather and fetish players from all over…

Got MILK?

  An interview with  Morgan “Goodboy” and  Steph “Bounce” of Milk Milk, a once a month, pop up, queer/lesbian dance party that takes place at locations throughout Los Angeles. BY ROXIE PERKINS How long have you been a part of the LA queer party scene? Goodboy: I’m a true Angeleno and was an early gay…

Here Come The Judges

This well rounded group of leather folk will select the next Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2018 on October 27, 2017. BY RANDY CARMENATY, PSLOD MEDIA/MARKETING DIRECTOR AND CONTEST CHAIR For the past 23 years, Palm Springs Leather Order of the Desert (PSLOD) has placed careful thought in selecting a judging panel for the annual Mr.…

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 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…

The Talk

Like Lifted “This doesn’t bring me shame, just a weight and burden I have held onto for a long time that I would like lifted off me.” —Singer Aaron Carter acknowledging his bisexuality in a tweet last month.  My Heroes “… Trans people are my heroes. I can’t imagine the nerve it takes to ignore…

The Makeup Man [cover feature]

  Makeup artist Anthony Gordon on creating things last minute, polyamorous relationships and heteronormative models. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Grandson of actor/stuntman Jack Gordon and son of Emmy winner Stan Gordon, makeup artist Anthony Gordon, 54, grew up on the movie lots of Hollywood. Gordon began his career in the Los Angeles…

Changing The Face Of Pride

Ryan Cassata The DTLA Proud Festival takes place this month on August 26 and 27—once again at Pershing Square—from 12pm-10pm. BY ORLY LYNNE Last year a grassroots group of local residents, business owners, community leaders and queer nightlife producers came together to form DTL A Proud. “We were born from the idea that together we could…

Fighting for Visibility

Black gay men are more than what you see on television. BY TIM PULLIAM Recently, I traveled to Puerto Rico with a group of eight gay and bisexual men. Some of them I knew well, the others I had either just met or knew in passing. The trip was a celebration for a friend turning…

Get A Clue

See the 1985 cult classic Clue, outdoors at the iconic Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Friday, August 11, benefiting the LA LGBT Center. BY ORLY LYONNE Lesley Ann Warren has never seen a movie in a cemetery before. That will change on Friday, August 11 when the Golden Globe Award-winning actress takes part in the screening of…