The Transaction

Trans Pride L.A. June 16-17 at The Village. With special guest trans activist and fitness model Aydian Dowling. BY ORLY LYONNE The 19th annual Trans Pride L.A. festival, one of the oldest and largest trans celebrations in the country, take places on Friday and Saturday, June 16-17, at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza in…

A Win Win Situation [cover feature]

Iranian born Arad Winwin on Trump’s immigration policy, oppressed regimes, personal choice and life changing careers. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM An Iranian gay refugee, adult film actor, model and bodybuilder Arad Winwin, 27, believes in love. “Never lose hope, stay blessed and keep your heart clean,” he advises in an interview…

Broadway Bares

The annual burlesque show fundraiser for HIV/AIDS is back—hotter than ever! PHOTOS BY ANDREW ECCLES Class will be in session this summer at the only college campus where clothing is optional and bodacious burlesque is always in the curriculum. This year’s theme for Broadway Bares is Strip U, an unrivaled evening of seductive striptease production…

Mr. CCBC Leather 2018 John Thomas

First Mr. Palm Springs Leather contestant selected for new class.  BY VICTOR MELAMED Mr. CCBC Leather 2018 John Thomas represents Cathedral City Boys Club—which itself is somewhat of Cathedral City/Palm Springs institution. For years CCBC has been known as the gay men’s getaway no holds bar resort. Recently undergoing a major renovation it continues be…

Radical Inclusion

  Dismissiveness is the gay adult version of bullying. BY AARON STELLA East side vs. west side—the rickety tracks of Us vs Them snakes through every city where more than two gays are gathered: in Los Angeles, it’s the Weho Muscle Queens vs the Silver Lake Bears; in San Francisco, the Castro Twinks vs Soma Leather…

S/He & Me

Alexandra Billings’ theatrical cabaret chronicles the unvarnished, complex and often hilariously wacky story of  her life, centering on the transition from the young Scott to the show-stopping Alexandra. BY ORLY LYONNE The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center has announced a limited engagement of S/He & Me: A Theatrical Cabaret, written…

A TEDDY BEAR Inside

Mr. LA Leather 2017, Jeff Wilcox, on growing up in a small farm town, diversity and the road to IML. BY DR. STEVE GANZELL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Jeff Wilcox, the new Mr. LA Leather, talked to THE FIGHT  about his recent success and his plans for the International Mr. Leather (IML) contest in…

Totally Fine

 I’m Fine cast: (L-R) Richard Stokes, Ulysses Morazan, Perry Powell, Lee Doud.  A fresh, honest, and humorous look at gay male relationships and friendship, and the often-blurry line between the two. BY ORLY LYONNE Dekkoo.com’s third original series premiered last month. Set in West Hollywood, I’m Fine tells the story of Nate, who just broke…

Upcoming Prides

LGBT Pride festivals and parades through May and June 2017.   LONG BEACH PRIDE CELEBRATION Saturday, May 20—Sunday, May 21,  11am–10pm. Entrances: MAIN GATE (On Shoreline Drive south of Ocean Blvd.) PINE GATE (On Shoreline Drive & Shoreline Village) LINDEN GATE (From the Convention Center parking lot). LB Pride Parade Sunday: 10:30am. Route: Ocean Ave. at…

The City

POLICE SEEK LEADS TO MISSING GAY MAN IN SAN DIEGO The search continues for missing gay man David Issac Bernal-Medina who was last heard from on March 21. San Diego police found Medina’s vehicle, a 2016 GMC Terrain SUV, on  I-8 near I-805. According to reports, the car appears to have been involved in an…

The Event

Off Sunset Festival 2017 The official wrap up of LA Leather Pride Week last month—the Off Sunset Street Party brought all the boys to the yard—in all their beautiful, kinky, fetishy glory! The event featured live music, gourmet food trucks and dozens of hand-picked merchandise, art and novelty vendors. PHOTOS BY ROBERT GREEN, MOTORBOOT PHOTOGRAPHY

The History

Ellen Degeneres  Twenty years ago last month Ellen Degeneres came out of the closet on the April 14, 1997 cover of TIME magazine—and the uproar it caused would seem almost inconceivable today. BY BRENDEN SHUCART It’s hard to remember a time before Ellen was the reigning queen of daytime talk shows, a time before she…

The Joystick

Persona 5: Rebel With A Cause Breaks the mold, pushes it into the meat grinder and gives you something you haven’t played before.  BY JOSEPH ARELLANO Remember your high school days?  Those long dreary, boring days in class waiting for the clock to strike 3 or 4 to live your life. The angst of people…

The Music

SILVER EYE Goldfrapp’s new album satiates everything we’ve always loved about this fabulous band. BY PAUL V. VITAGLIANO All is good in the universe when Goldfrapp blesses us with new music! Throughout their 18-year career, this dynamic UK duo (vocalist Alison Goldfrapp and programmer Will Gregory) have tickled our collective consciousness with each passing effort.…

The Talk

PERSON OF CONSCIENCE “I am disgusted and appalled by reports from both the Russian media and non-governmental organizations that authorities in the Russian republic of Chechnya have rounded up, tortured, and even murdered individuals who are believed to be gay. When faced with such crimes of hate and inhumanity, it is the responsibility of every…