Palm Springs Leather Pride

The judges, the tally masters, the DJ and so much more. Coming this October.  BY RANDY CARMENATY, PALM SPRINGS LEATHER PRIDE CHAIRMAN Palm Springs Leather Pride is proud to announce this year’s panel of esteemed judges for the Mr. Palm Springs Leather 2019 contest at the Palm Springs Air Museum on Oct 27, 2018.  The…

Reliving Cuffs

For one night only, Dirty Looks reclaimed a queer space that helped define Silverlake. BY VICTOR MELAMED As part of Dirty Looks: On Location 2018 and curated by Bradford Nordeen, 7|07 Cuffs, a collaboration of Jonesy, Chris Cruse and Mr. Drummer ‘79—took place last month at Hyperion Tavern, the space that once was the gay leather…

The Men Of Raceland

Garrett Prejean (L), Bryan Batt. “Raceland.” Childhood friends from the bayou develop a deep affection for one another. A film by Scott Bloom, currently in post production. BY MARK ARIEL After working as a freelance editor for the past 25 years on hundreds of feature documentaries, sitcoms, film trailers and reality television episodes, Scott Bloom…

Untamed Creativity

Art Share L.A., a multidisciplinary, non-profit art space downtown offers artists from diverse backgrounds a space to share their vision with the world. BY ROXIE PERKINS Cheyanne Sauter, the Executive Director of Art Share L.A., talks to THE FIGHT about local outreach, queer programming and reflecting the community. Tell us about Art Share and the…

Between The Shades

Director Jill Salvino on producing documentaries, queer films and “the female filmmaker question.” BY ROXIE PERKINS Jill Salvino is a writer and director who tells stories of under represented communities with particular interest in sharing authentic LGBTQ stories through the art of documentary filmmaking.  Her first feature documentary, Between The Shades, centers on interviews with…

Podcast Of Color

TOP L-R: RENE HERNANDEZ, RAKEEM CUNNINGHAM. BOTTOM L-R: BAIZE WHITE, JOHN ALEXANDER CAGANDAHAN. Four friends come together to create a weekly podcast “to make sense of the world.” BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY RAKEEM CUNNINGHAM A weekly show about four queer friends of color, from The Bay, LA and NYC, coming together to give their…

A Prince Of Two Cities

Actor, musician, adult film performer, therapist, and writer Aram Giragos on bridging the gap between San Francisco and Los Angeles. BY BRENDEN SHUCART  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Even if you don’t know who he is, you’ve seen his face; smoldering wolf-yellow eyes piercing your soul from party fliers and go-go boxes up and down…

The WAR on SEX

SESTA-FOSTA and its implications on stigma in gay culture. BY STEPHAN FERRIS SESTA-FOSTA stands for Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act and Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. The two pieces melded together to become law on April 11, 2018. Both purport to halt sex trafficking, but in reality, are a tool for censorship. Censorship through costly…

Valley Pride Street Festival

On August 12th, 2018, the first annual Valley Pride Street Festival will take place on Burbank Blvd from Cahuenga Blvd to Strohm Ave in North Hollywood. Celebrating  “diverse and alternative lifestyles,” Bullet bar owner and event creator Michael Lara explains that “there is a need for a Pride Festival in San Fernando Valley. We have  around …

We Don’t Serve Your Kind Here

Nothing says “you’re less than” like a business owner saying your life is too sinful to allow you to pay him for something he sells others. BY SYD PETERSON My partner and I stepped up to the hotel’s front desk. From past experience, I already knew what was going to happen. Like most couples, when…

Wrangler Weekend Los Angeles

WWLA: Country Western Ball & Dance Workshops, July 27–29 at The Garland. The L.A. Wranglers is a group of performing line dancers who hold a passion for all things country. This award-winning dance troupe, formed over 16 years ago by Rick Dominguez, has maintained a presence in the LGBTQ community, performing at numerous pride, rodeo, and fundraising events. The L.A. Wranglers have recently incorporated into…

Owning PRIDE [cover interview]

An advocate for social justice, viral sensation TS Madison on racial and sexual discrimination, staying visible as a trans woman and personal, spiritual transitions. BY PICKLE  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Social commentator and superstar performer TS Madison knows her priorities. Answering the phone, she huffed, “Well I’m on my way to check the mailbox…

OUTFEST Los Angeles

The Miseducation of Cameron Post The LGBTQ Film Festival screens more than 150 feature and short films at state-of-the-art venues around the city of Los Angeles. Next month, July 12–22. Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival is eleven days of not to be missed world-class films, panels, and parties. Taking place next month, July 12–22,…

Navigating LA Pride

ICONA POP  Everything you need to know. Dates, gates, hours, stages, tickets and more. The 2018 LA Pride Festival takes place this month  on Saturday, June 9th (12pm—1am) and Sunday, June 10th (11am—11pm). The LA Pride Festival takes place in West Hollywood Park, along San Vicente Boulevard (between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue), and…

Where Do We Go From Here?

We must make a distinction between the parts of LGBTQ culture that the mainstream hasadopted versus the parts that are still our own. BY SYD PETERSON Lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people are extraordinary. We have overcome great adversity by being tenacious and joyful, fierce and loving, smart and revolutionary. While our fight for…

Black Gay Brunch

Not just a meal but a flourishing force in Hollywood. BY TIMOTHY RAY IG: @freeman.jasper Coffee dates will get you far in Hollywood. Those connections elevate who you know and who knows you. For gay men of color in Tinseltown there’s a specific appointment you do not miss: Black Gay Brunch (BGB).  BGB is an…