TALES FROM THE FRONT LINE

Three registered nurses on dealing with the pandemic and how to tap into some joy and whimsy after such a challenging year BY DARSEEN  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Jon Sugiuchi (He/She/They),J Cagandahan (She/Her/Hers), and Diego Montoya (He/She/They) are three registered nurses working in Southern California.  In an interview with THE FIGHT they talk about…

Back To The FUTURE

Former Rage nightclub space in WeHo gets new life Lance Bass, of NSYNC boyband fame, who is also part owner to Rocco’s WeHo, signed a lease and he has been handed the keys to the former Rage Nightclub space located at 8911 Santa Monica Boulevard, reports WEHO TIMES. “West Hollywood is reborn!!!” reads a caption…

EVERYTHING JONAH

Question: What do “Swan Song,” “Another Gay Movie,” “Pet Peeves” and “Claw” have in common? Award-winning actor Jonah Blechman celebrates the release of four dynamically diverse projects in 2021.  To kick the year off, Blechman and Director/Writer/Producer Todd Stephens (Edge Of Seventeen) teamed up once more for this year’s SXSW darling film Swan Song which…

OUTFEST FUSION

Showcasing the work of queer and trans filmmakers of color, this year’s festival takes place on April 16th to April 20th.  Outfest, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to creating visibility for diverse LGBTQIA+ stories and empowering tomorrow’s artists and storytellers, has announced its lineup for the 2021 Outfest Fusion QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous and…

Silence Equals Death

Angered by Asian American attacks, Californians rally to demand change A grassroots anti-hate rally brought out a very large crowd in San Jose last month, reports CBS San Francisco. Rally participants said they were fed up and that they would no longer stay silent. Gay state assemblyman Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) fired up the crowd by…

Stay MAD

Lil Nas X claps back at critics of his new “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” video Lil Nas X isn’t taking any criticism sitting down, reports Anna Chan at Billboard.  The rapper, who dropped his new single and video “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” last month, is hitting back at critics who don’t…

The Feels

Using therapeutic tactics as tools for emotional manipulation: Jack Tracy’s new track Jack Tracy presents a moody blue-eyed soul number in “The Feels,” his brand-new track from his soon-to-be released Love Yah EP.  “The song is about a relationship that is being held together by the one thing that still works in it: the incredible…

Transgender Trailblazers

First Presidential Proclamation issued on Trans Day Of Visibility 2021 President Joe Biden issued the first presidential proclamation recognizing Transgender Day of Visibility last month. The day is dedicated to celebrating transgender people and bringing awareness to the discrimination and violence they face everyday. The full text of President Biden’s first “Presidential Proclamation on Transgender…

American Dream [cover feature]

Actor and fitness guru Craig Ramsay on moving to the United States, his unique approach to fitness and running towards the fire. BY MARK ARIEL | PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Fitness expert Craig Ramsay’s first foray into television was Bravo’s “Thintervention” where he co-hosted with Jackie Warner. Then again as the stand out gay couple…

The Bonds Of Brotherhood

LA Leather Pride postponed to 2022, LALC CAReS provides community assistance  BY MARK ARIEL The Board of The Los Angeles Leather Coalition (LALC) recently made the decision to postpone LA Leather Pride (LALP), originally rescheduled for this month, until March 2022. Exact dates will be published as the time becomes closer (assuming resumption of events…

Brenda, Call Me!

New podcast about all things drag with Courtney Act and Vanity BY ORLY LYONNE In their new podcast, “Brenda, Call Me!,” best friends, drag superstars and sisters in crime, Courtney Act and Vanity chat about all things drag.  From the political to the downright silly, no topic is off limits. They’ll even call up a…

Heart Of Gold

Ari Gold, trailblazing gay musician and DJ, dead at 47. RIP BY VICTOR MELAMED Groundbreaking queer dance artist Ari Gold died last month at age 47, reports out.com.  Having just celebrated his birthday earlier last month, the death comes after a long battle with cancer. Many have posted their condolences online. Gold released seven albums…

Love Without Fear

Excerpts from President Biden’s memorandum on advancing the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex persons around the world, released last month. This memorandum reaffirms and supplements the principles established in the Presidential Memorandum of December 6, 2011 (International Initiatives to Advance the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons). That…

The Envelope, Please

Pop culture aficionado and trivia show heart-throb Louis Virtel’s Oscar predictions BY ALEJANDRO CERVANTES There’s a reliable pattern to Hollywood’s movie calendar—Oscar picks start trotting out in August, the fall months inundated with award show hopefuls, the front runners clear by December. Yet 2020 was…anything but reliable. If we learned anything, when in doubt turn…

The Care Center

Dignity Health—St. Mary Medical Center continues to expand service offerings to the local communities. While the early days of 2021 have reflected the continued challenges that the year prior brought with it, there is a sense of hope growing that the worst days of the COVID-19 pandemic are behind us. Just before the start of…

The TS Madison Experience

The first black, transgender woman to host a mainstream talk show BY VICTOR MELAMED  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM WE tv today has announced a new series “THE TS MADISON EXPERIENCE,” starring the social media sensation, TS Madison, premiering the month.  Produced by World of Wonder (“RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “Million Dollar Listing” franchise), the six, one-hour…

FOSTERING COMMUNITY

DJ Mez on music as a unifier, the queer underground community and making more genuine efforts to understand one another BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Up and coming Los Angeles DJ Mez’s first ever gig took place on on his 21st birthday (June 10th) in 2019. “I had been plotting to become…

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

A posh adult retail store specializing in sexual health and wellness products that promote body positivity and self-care. BY ORLY LYONNE Inspired by the Egyptian Goddess of Sensuality, Ghettoff (pronounced “get off”) is a posh adult retail store specializing in sexual health and wellness products that promote body positivity and self-care. The luxurious atmosphere of…