Be The Change

Queer, feminist, activist, musician Madame Gandhi on misogynist rappers, inclusive diversity and inducing the vibration of your own humanity. BY ROXIE PERKINS  |  PHOTO BY WENDY FIGUEROA Madame Gandhi, headline performer at this month’s Palm Springs Pride festival, is the music and activism project helmed by drummer and Harvard graduate, Kiran Gandhi.  Gandhi rose to fame…

Fashion As Activism

Featuring non traditional models, a powerfully clear message of diversity inclusion. BY SEAN GALUSZKA History was made last month when queer designer Nik Kacy brought the first ever LGBTQ+-focused, Equality Fashion Week to Los Angeles. Kicking off with a Rooftop Runway Show (Carmen Carrera  hosted) at  the trendy and beautifully, newly renovated Montrose Hotel, cutting edge…

Fired Up!

The 2019 Australian Firefighters Calendars have just been revealed. A publishing staple since 1993, the calendar features members of the Australia’s Urban, Rural, Aviation, Armed Forces and Corporate fire-fighting services, reports Gay Star News. Proceeds from the calendars go to a range of causes, all benefiting animal charities. For more info: www.australianfirefighterscalendar.com.

A Forever Home

Celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz presents the Bullies And Biceps 2019 calendar. Benefitting New York Bully Crew Pet Rescue. BY VICTOR MELAMED Everyone loves photos of adorable pit bull pups. So what happens when you pair the cutest pooches on earth—who just happen to be in need of forever homes—with beautiful, hunky men? The year’s most buzzed-about…

In Loving Memory

Beloved artist and photographer Isauro Cairo passed away last month. Cairo had been paralyzed from a fall less than two years ago, and faced a new life in a wheelchair and a new home in Phoenix away from his beloved NYC. His strength in the face of disability served as the ultimate inspiration to so…

Trans Work

Los Angeles LGBT Center hosts 10th Annual Transgender Job and Resources Fair on Nov. 8 in West Hollywood. As transgender people face an unemployment rate three times higher than the average rate in the United States, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Project (TEEP), along with the project’s community partner City of West…

Man In The Mirror

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)—struggling with body image issues—can be a life-long challenge. BY BRENT HEINZE One of the aspects of queer life is how we relate to our bodies.  Some of us may feel we’re too chubby or too skinny, or that we do not have enough muscle, lacking the beach-ready body sculpted from hours…

Models Of Pride

The world’s largest free conference of its kind, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s “Models of Pride” offered a full day of life-enriching programming.  BY VICTOR MELAMED Held for the first time at the California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) campus, more than 1,500 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth (LGBTQ) and their allies…

We’re Here, We’re BI, Get Used To It

Whether it’s pausing before making an assumption, accepting bi people’s identities as they describe them, or holding a broader view of what it means to be queer, embracing bisexuals and their place in the LGBTQ world will only make our community stronger.  BY SYD PETERSON PHOTOS BY JON VISCOTT, COURTESY OF THE CITY OF WEST…

Andro Forward

Dapper Boi—a gender neutral, everyday clothing line for androgynous women and men of all body types.  Started by wives Vicky and Charisse Pasche, Dapper Boi’s goal is to make people feel comfortable and confident in their own skin. So they offered stylish, comfortable, and functional everyday clothing in a wide range ofmsizes. Successfully launched on Kickstarter in 2015, growing in popularity with their groundbreaking and inclusive fashions, Vicky and Charisse have since developed a wide array of everyday products such as button-ups, swimwear, bomber jackets, and…

Express Yourself

Musician, model Christian Jaymes: “Your dream is one day away. Don’t fail the daily test.” BY GREY CROUCH ChristianJaymes, 26, came to Los Angeles two years ago to “pursue music, modeling and establish my influence.” With flowing long hair, perfectly curated brows and a smile that lights up the LA Public Library, Jaymes is on the…

Got To Vote

Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence urge you to to register and vote on November 6. This ‘Got To Vote’ photo series came out of frustration with the current state of the country,” the Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence tell THE FIGHT. “The goal is to use imagery and our humor as a tool to…

More SoCal Prides

TOM GOSS. PALM SPRINGS PRIDE. PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM San Gabriel Valley Pride Festival, Saturday, Oct. 13. Palm Springs Pride Festival, Saturday, Nov. 3—Sunday, Nov. 4. San Gabriel Valley Pride, free and open to all, takes place this month on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Pasadena’s Central Park from 11:00am to 9:30pm. The festival includes…

Sex Talk

Interview with Dr. Michael Moeller, Specialist in Erectile Dysfunction.  American Male Medical is the a leading pioneer in the field of erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, and problems stemming from low testosterone. Collectively, their doctors have over 50 years of expertise. “Our doctors are specialists—we ONLY treat ED, PE, and Low T. If that’s what you have, you…

The Crown Jewel

Jewel Thais-Williams, founder of the legendary Jewel’s Catch One Disco, on activism, life in sobriety and her holistic care organization. BY PICKLE  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM In the early 70s, a young Jewel Thais-Williams purchased the Diana Club on Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles and, against resistance and all odds, transformed the space into the…

Bitch Please

A no holds barred expression of queer identity and a yearning for solace in a world on the brink. BY KIAN KAMATAKI Bitch Please was formed during the last gay gasps of San Francisco’s freak culture before the tech belch blew up and swallowed the scene whole. Broke, distressed and disillusioned, Bretchen Towers and Jacob…

Everybody Hurts

Steven Ganzell, Ph.D. Therapists try to create a space and a relationship that allows you to examine your concerns and understand them. BY DR. STEVE GANZELL Most people don’t go to therapy because they have a serious mental illness. Most people try therapy because they feel stuck or are grappling with an issue they don’t quite understand. …