Stirring Dragons

One trans man’s journey in recovery. “All heroes go through turmoil or hell in order to emerge changed on the other side.” BY SIFU MATHEW CARVER  |  ILLUSTRATION BY ZOHAR LAZAR We are all heroes, though dormant some times. Waiting, many of us, for something or someone to rouse us from our slumber, to give…

Yes SIR

YES SIR Fischerspooner’s Casey Spooner on gay sexuality, his relationship with Michael Stipe and the erotic potential of anonymity. BY PAUL V. VITAGLIANO  |  PHOTO BY JEREMY AYERS New York duo Fischerspooner (musician Warren Fischer and video-artist and theater performer Casey Spooner) emerged on the music scene in 2001 with their debut album #1 and soon became…

The City

PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM   LOS ANGELES Precinct Co-Owner Thor Stephens Passes Away Thor Stephens, Precinct DTLA bar co-owner and co-producer of DTLA PROUD Fest, passed away last month. “The cause of his death is not yet known, but if there is any solace to be taken, it is that he at least appears to…

The Event

Best Claw Ever Dozens of parties, kink, fetish, BDSM and much more. Expect your life to change.   Cleveland Leather Annual Weekend (CLAW), the national leather charity, takes place next month, April 26-29, 2018. This year, states President and Executive Director Bob Miller, will be the “best CLAW ever, with more than 225 events and exhibitors included with…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

Naughty pastor caught with naked man in car tied up   with a nylon rope: “I was counseling a young man with a drug problem.” Bottom’s Up Two headlines caught my eye as I was researching important LGBT legal and political news for your benefit, dear FIGHT readers. First, from Newsweek: “Drinking Alcohol Tied to…

The Share

ONE DAY At A TIME We asked a few local clean and sober folks, with various lengths of continuous sobriety, what inspires them to stay the course of recovery today.   THROUGH THEIR EYES “What keeps me sober today is finally having self-worth and being able to self-sustain, which I never had before I got…

The Talk

Right Now “I remember avoiding questions about the gay rights in Russia… Not because I was embarrassed, I was just not ready. Now I’m totally fine and happy with the person I am right now.” —Gay Olympic figure skater Jorik Hendrickx from Belgium in an interview with outsports.com. The 25-year-old told Outsports he has been…

“Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry” Reading with Out Olympian Gus Kenworthy | WATCH!

Olympic free skier Gus Kenworthyhas a very special friend watching over him at the 2018 Winter Olympics. In this bonus reading from Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry, Tyler Henry connects with Gus’ best friend Hoot, who passed away tragically in a snowcat accident after a mountaintop photo shoot. The accident nearly stalled Gus’ career and skiing ambitions. “I didn’t think I wanted to continue…

Hey Qween Valentine’s Day Special: FIRST LOOK!

Alexis Michelle offers insight into love and sex, and shares her own experience from Rupaul’s Drag Race in this hilarious exclusive with legendary comic Jonny McGovern and his scarlet co-hostess the fabulous Lady Red Couture (wearing not one but two heart-shaped glasses—Lolita eat your little heart out!) Vibrant red and pink flowers, hearts and what…

Picture Perfect

Matt “Bearracuda” Consola and Christeene on promoters, dream tour bookings and what makes a “gay family.” BY PAUL V. VITAGLIANO  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Chances are, if you’ve been out clubbing over the last decade, you’ve stepped through the doors of a packed Bearracuda party. Created by club promoter Matt Consola in San Francisco…

A Crisis Of Hate

A report on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer hate violence homicides. BY VICTOR MELAMED Fifty-two LGBTQ people were killed last year as a result of hate violence, according to a new report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). The number represents a trend in rising violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender…

Life Is A Highway

Van Hansis (L), Kit Williamson, EastSiders EastSiders’ Kit Williamson and John Halbach on working together and being in a relationship, spending time on the road and sexual health. BY MARK ARIEL Kit Williamson’s acclaimed LGBT series EastSiders has returned for a six-episode third season after two Daytime Emmy nominations and overwhelming crowdfunding support, with special…

Champion Of Sisterhood

Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend, aka The Dinah, welcomes Madame Gandhi to its entertainment roster. BY ORLY LYONNE Kiran Gandhi, known by her stage name as Madame Gandhi, is joining the entertainment line-up of the 2018 installment of Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend, aka The Dinah. Commemorating its 28th Anniversary March 28 through April 1,…

Love Actually

Derrick Young (L), Jonathan Allen  Gay love story goes viral and inspires.  BY TIMOTHY RAY, @FREEMAN.JASPER PHOTO BY@MARCUS.MEDLEY (ANDERSON) Finding love is not always easy. Whether searching for lasting romance on a dating app, online, through mutual friends or randomly in person, it can be daunting. For some, finding true love can take nearly a…

Openly Bob

Groundbreaking comedian Bob Smith dead at 59. BY ORLY LYONNE Humorist and author Bob Smith, 59, the first openly gay comedian to appear on prominent national TV showcases in 1990s, died last month in New York City after a 12-year battle with amyltrophic lateral sclerosis, reports The Buffalo News. “I knew this was a big…

It’s Raining Bears

Martha Wash Martha Wash headlines the International Bear Convergence (IBC) this month in Palm Springs. BY VICTOR MELAMED International Bear Convergence (IBC), the premier event for Bears and admirers in Palm Springs, takes place this month on February 8-12, 2018. This desert oasis opens its arms and welcomes you to the hip Hard Rock Hotel…

Sexual Healing

An interview with Derek Young, administrative manager at Bad Dragon, a company specializing in custom, handmade fantasy sex toys. BY VICTOR MELAMED In dealing with the LGBTQ community—what are the most common questions you are asked about your products? It may come as a surprise, but questions that the LGBTQ community have regarding are products…