What Makes A Man

Elliot Musgrave, Mr. LA Leather 2019: “I know I wasn’t the Mr. Los Angeles Leather that many wanted, but I hope I was the one that at least a few needed.”   BY ELLIOT MUSGRAVE  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM I was born in Riverside in the Summer of 1982 to a chaotic upbringing; which though hard,…

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…

Follow Your Dreams

An interview with Father Trey Saint Laurent: Community Leader. Activist. Chef. Muse. Icon. BY KOLBY KEENE  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM At the close of this past decade I had the pleasure of interviewing Father Trey Saint Laurent. He’s a hot Black chef who has cooked up quite an abundance of positive revelations, meaningful relationships…

L.A. Care

Committed to the promotion of accessible, high quality health care L.A. Care’s mission is to provide access to quality health care for Los Angeles County’s vulnerable and low-income communities and residents and to support the safety net required to achieve that purpose. Their vision is a healthy community in which all have access to the health…

Living Positively

Merce, the HIV-positive musical comedy web series, returns for second season BY VICTOR MELAMED The award-winning HIV-positive musical comedy web series, Merce—beloved for its MGM classic film ethos mixed with potty mouth flair—returns this month for its second season.      Produced by Skipping Boyz Productions and made possible via a crowdfunding campaign on Fractured…

Strike A Pose

Slay Model Management announces first worldwide transgender model search  BY ORLY LYONNE  |  PHOTO BY ALEXIS HUNLEY Slay Model Management, the world’s first Transgender exclusive model agency, has announced it will host its first ever Model Search on February 15, 2020 at One Culver in Los Angeles.  “We are looking for star quality,” says Cecilio…

True Colors

Growing up in a culture that co-signs racial inequality doesn’t mean we must inherit its sickness. BY SEAN GALUSZKA Writing about racial inequality as a White American male is like attempting to jazz scat in Korean. Everyone assumes you’ve no idea what you’re saying, but they’re dying to hear what comes out of your mouth.  Simple life…