TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN: Mr. LA Leather Bear Daniel Soto on his Win and Getting Involved

The Mr. LA Leather Bear Contest, which took place last month at Eagle LA, celebrated the amazing title year of Mr. L.A. Leather Bear 2016,  David Cosio and included raffles, entertainment, hot bear studs strutting the stage and more! THE FIGHT talked with the new titleholder, Daniel Soto. (PHOTOS BY ROBERT GREEN, MOTORBOOT PHOTOGRAPHY) What inspired you to compete for Mr. LA…

Muscle Car

Automotive designer Bryan Thompson on living your passion, mentoring young people and listening to the tiny voice inside. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM “Car design is just like bodybuilding,” states automotive designer Bryan Thompson. “I’m really into surface development.  Creating a beautiful surface on a car is just like doing it in…

Bear With Us

The award-winning gay comedy mystery web series Where the Bears Are launching Kickstarter campaign for a Season 6. BY VICTOR MELAMED Where the Bears Are, one of the most successful gay web series to date, was created by Rick Copp (The Brady Bunch Movie, The Golden Girls) Ben Zook (Jack and Jill, Reno 911!) and…

Leaving A Legacy

Stuart Timmons, gay author and LGBT historian, dies at 60. BY PAULO MURILLO Stuart Timmons, an LGBT activist, historian, journalist and author passed away last month. He was 60 years old. The cause of death appears to be due to breathing problems that led to heart failure. Timmons was best known as the author of…

Love Is Blind

Single men on off-the-wall, unpredictable, and blind-as-a-bat first dates. BY VICTOR MELAMED Following on the heels of their hit drama Feral, international gay subscription streaming service Dekkoo will release their second original series, “Love Is Blind” this coming Valentine’s Day (February 14). Foregoing the reality TV trappings of rented real estate, dubious “drama” and elimination…

Thanks For The Memories

Excerpts from late night conversations with a man facing the inevitable. BY MARK ARIEL Just because you were never promised a rose garden doesn’t mean that you can’t proudly walk down that thorny path to whatever it is you think is your final destination to self fulfillment. It’s that simple. It’s that complex. But in…

Revenge Body

When his boyfriend of 20 years voted for Trump, Fired Up Athletics founder Eldon Hernandez didn’t just get upset. He got physical. BY SEAN GALUSZKA Humans are negatively affected by break ups.  It’s universal.  After all, hope and stability just “broke up” with America.  Now we face a slew of blind dates with insanity and…

Shameless

David Pevsner’s first CD of original gay songs—funny, raunchy, sexy, and sweet. BY ORLY LYONNE As an actor, writer and live performer in his one-man musicals “Musical Comedy Whore” and “To Bitter and Back,”  David Pevsner has never shied away from sensitive, risqué, or outrageous subject matter. On his CD of comedy songs “Most Versatile” he…

The Ex Factor

Overcoming a break up. Utilizing your pain as an opportunity for growth. BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT Remember the exquisite pain of your first long-term relationship break up? Going through the ending of a significant relationship can be exponentially more difficult for LGBTQ people, having been rejected, demeaned and devalued by society-at-large and too often by our…

We Are Everywhere

The One National Gay and Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries: the oldest continuing LGBTQ organization in the United States, here in Los Angeles. BY PICKLE Nestled in what used to be a Delta Tau Delta fraternity house at USC lives the largest repository of LGBTQ materials in the world. The ONE National Gay and…

Yearning To Breathe Free

U.S. immigration law and the new Trump presidency: what you need to know. BY LORRAINE P. D’ALESSIO, ATTORNEY AT LAW After barely a week in office, Donald Trump has already sent shockwaves throughout the immigrant community with a string of incendiary announcements. From his executive order authorizing the construction of a border wall, to his…

Bearing UP

Tom Goss on intimacy, training to become a priest, and how his musical career became an “unstoppable snowball tumbling down a hill.”  BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM A self-taught musician and songwriter, Tom Goss has performed to tens of thousands in the United States and Europe, and has been heard on ABC, HBO and several…

BACK To The FUTURE

The only way we’re all going to get through 2017 is if we do it together. BY BRENDEN SHUCART I’ve never been a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions. When I was a kid they always seemed like an exercise in narcissistic time-wasting: making a big deal about an arbitrary promise (“I’m gonna get to…

Taking Pride

Four community leaders resign from Christopher Street West.  BY PAULO MURILLO Turmoil from within continues to plague Christopher Street West (CSW), the non-profit organization responsible for organizing LA Pride in West Hollywood, as it now faces the New Year sans four valuable community leaders who jointly resigned as CSW board members in late December. Community…

A True Ally

Debbie Reynolds headlined an AIDS benefit concert at the Hollywood Bowl in 1983, when the disease was still highly stigmatized.  BY VICTOR MELAMED Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds passed away last month, just one day after her daughter, fellow Hollywood icon, Carrie Fisher, died of complications from a heart attack. In the days following the late…

Goodbye, Carrie Fisher

She invited us to look at ourselves outside of ourselves using her own life as an example, and saw that in that moment, we’re able to laugh at the insanity of our own folly. BY PICKLE When I was seven years old I sprawled out on the living room couch and lay in silence for…

Losing Will

San Diego activist who lost gay pride lawsuit found dead from apparent suicide. BY PAULO MURILLO Will Walters, the man who sued San Diego Police after he was allegedly manhandled and arrested for wearing a revealing leather gladiator kilt to the San Diego Pride festival in 2011, received a devastating blow last month. After two…