Becoming Parents

“We both come from large families, and while we enjoy the life we share together, we knew we both wanted kids early in the relationship” BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Kevin Niehaus and Ryan McGann knew from the beginning of their relationship (they’ve been together for six years) that they wanted to…

Bears, Bears, Bears!

The International Bear Convergence (IBC) takes place in Palm Springs this month, with special guest performer Ultra Naté BY VICTOR MELAMED International Bear Convergence (IBC) is the place to be for Bears & admirers in Palm Springs, February 20-24, 2020. This desert oasis opens its arms and welcomes you and  thousands of frisky, furry bears,…

Camp Widow

Los Angeles LGBT Center hosts conference for LGBT widows and widowers BY ORLY LYONNE On Saturday, February 29, the Los Angeles LGBT Center will host an innovative conference known as Camp Widow to serve members of the LGBT community who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner. The daylong event, to be held…

Estate Planning

Life Ladder Law’s Kathryn Taps, Esq. on why estate planning is crucial to safeguarding your family’s future. BY KATHRYN TAPS, ESQ. When making New Year’s resolutions, we often commit to things we know we really should do—but never actually get around to. As a wife and a mom, I completely understand how estate planning could be a…

The Gift Of Parenthood

Southern California Reproductive Center (SCRC): New fertility treatments that lead to impressive fertility success rates.  With over 25 years of experience, Southern California Reproductive Center (SCRC) has introduced and perfected new fertility treatments that lead to impressive fertility success rates.  Their treatments include sperm donation, insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilization (IVF) for lesbian couples and…

LGBTQ Family Options

Ready for a Baby? Here’s Your LGBTQ Guide to Parenthood BY DR. DAN KASER, RMA NORTHERN CALIFORNIA No matter what your situation, a family is within reach.    “As a fertility doctor, the process is something that I talk to patients about every day. However it wasn’t until my husband Dana and I went through…

Maybe Baby

John M. Norian, MD FACOG, a double board certified reproductive endocrinologist at HRC Fertility, is passionate about helping the LGBTQ community build families. You’re probably flipping through this edition of THE FIGHT, reading about family planning and asking yourself, “are fertility treatments really for me?” The short answer is yes!  While lesbian women often start…

The Power Of HOPE

Equality California endorses Mayor Pete Buttigieg for President. BY VICTOR MELAMED Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, and its Nevada-based affiliate Silver State Equality announced their endorsement of Mayor Pete Buttigieg for President of the United States last month.  The decision was reached unanimously by the groups’ joint presidential endorsement committee…

Taking On The Establishment

Jeanette Barrera decided to empty her personal savings and launch her own campaign. And she’s winning. BY TEHLERE SPELLING Long Beach City government routinely comes under fire for corruption. Current 2nd District City Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce has violated the city’s conflict-of-interest policy, had an embarrassing run-in with LBPD, and is now under state investigation. Yet she’s still serving…

The Good Egg

Beverly Hills Egg Donation’s Robyn Perchik on the recruiting and screening process, determining the intended parent(s) criteria and insider tips WHAT EXACTLY IS AN EGG DONOR AGENCY? An egg donor agency recruits and screens egg donors with the ultimate goal of having a successful egg donation procedure and a resulting pregnancy.  The egg donors provide…

The Art

JESSE McCLOUD “I’m 26 years old, a non-binary queer hand embroidery artist. Started embroidery over three years ago. I started sewing clothes very young with both of my grandmothers but embroidery I picked up along the way and it stuck the most. I taught myself how to embroider and most of my work is very…

The City

BY PAULO MURILLO LOS ANGELES MEMORIALS HELD FOR DR. STEVE GANZELL THROUGHOUT THE CITY A “Celebration of Life” for Steve Ganzell took place last month at Eagle LA and at Plummer Park in West Hollywood. Steve Ganzell, a beloved community leader, former President of Christopher Street West  (the organization that produces LA Pride) and a long-time contributor to THE FIGHT, passed…

The Event

CENTER SOUTH The Los Angeles LGBT Center opened the doors of Center South last month, a 5,500-square-foot community space located at 2313 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. near Leimert Park, which signifies the first-ever expansion of the world’s largest LGBT organization into South Los Angeles and champions its long-term commitment to care for LGBT…

The Final Fight

Massive Task “Queer people don’t grow up as ourselves, we grow up playing a version  of ourselves that sacrifices authenticity to minimise humiliation & prejudice. The massive task of our adult lives is to unpick which parts of ourselves are truly us & which parts we’ve created to protect us.” —Alexander Leon, @alexand_erleon

The State

THE FIGHT TO POSTHUMOUSLY PARDON GAY CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER BAYARD RUSTIN California lawmakers called on Gov. Gavin Newsom last month to posthumously pardon Bayard Rustin, a confidant of Martin Luther King Jr. who helped organize the March on Washington, for his conviction in the 1950s under a state law frequently used to target gay men,…

The Talk

Be Free “I am not thankful for the person who did this … but I am thankful that now I get to be free… I hope this will inspire a lot of trans people out there.”  —YouTube beauty guru Nikkie De Jager (NikkieTutorials) on her recent coming out as transgender and the blackmail attempt that…