Looks Like He Made It

Singer songwriter Barry Manilow on why he didn’t come out till now. BY ORLY LYONNE Veteran singer Barry Manilow said coming out publicly about being gay was a “beautiful experience,” as he was honored for his long-standing career in the music industry, reports Reuters. Manilow, 73, spoke about being gay for the first time last…

Maurice Release

Merchant Ivory’s classic gay period drama has been restored ahead of a rerelease in New York and Los Angeles. BY VICTOR MELAMED A new 4K restoration of Maurice—the 1987 romantic drama about gay love in early-20th-century England, based on E.M. Forster’s novel—will open theatrically in Los Angeles on June 2 reports Variety. Directed by James Ivory, featuring…

One City One Pride 2017

A sampling of West Hollywood City’s June Pride events. For a complete list visit: www.weho.org/pride.   FRIDAY, JUNE 2 LESBIANS TO WATCH OUT FOR: ‘90S L.A. ACTIVISM Plummer Park, Long Hall, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. Opening reception June 2 from 7pm-9pm. Runs through June 30. This year marks the 24th anniversary of the National Dyke March…

OUTFEST Los Angeles

God’s Own Country Eleven days of not to be missed world-class films, panels, and parties. July 6–16, 2017. BY ORLY LYONNE Each summer Outfest Los Angeles screens more than 150 feature and short films to an audience more than 40,000 people. Outfest Los Angeles is the oldest film festival in Los Angeles and is considered…

United Equality: Resist Campaign

  PHOTOS BY JOSEPH DANIELS United Equality is an artistic social movement in which subjects bare their bodies with the exception of a single bandanna. The subjects, photographed by Joseph Daniels,  appear bare as a symbol of equality. The current campaign—#Resist—was created to “fight back against bigotry, sexism, racism, homophobia and xenophobia” in Trump’s America.…

A Win Win Situation [cover feature]

Iranian born Arad Winwin on Trump’s immigration policy, oppressed regimes, personal choice and life changing careers. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM An Iranian gay refugee, adult film actor, model and bodybuilder Arad Winwin, 27, believes in love. “Never lose hope, stay blessed and keep your heart clean,” he advises in an interview…

Broadway Bares

The annual burlesque show fundraiser for HIV/AIDS is back—hotter than ever! PHOTOS BY ANDREW ECCLES Class will be in session this summer at the only college campus where clothing is optional and bodacious burlesque is always in the curriculum. This year’s theme for Broadway Bares is Strip U, an unrivaled evening of seductive striptease production…

No Way Out

“Most gay men in North Korea end up marrying, whether they like it or not, because that’s the only way they know.”  BY VICTOR MELAMED In North Korea, no ordinary people conceptually understand what homosexuality is,” Joo Sung-ha, a reporter for a South Korean daily, told The New York Times in a recent interview. Sung-ha,…

Mr. CCBC Leather 2018 John Thomas

First Mr. Palm Springs Leather contestant selected for new class.  BY VICTOR MELAMED Mr. CCBC Leather 2018 John Thomas represents Cathedral City Boys Club—which itself is somewhat of Cathedral City/Palm Springs institution. For years CCBC has been known as the gay men’s getaway no holds bar resort. Recently undergoing a major renovation it continues be…

Radical Inclusion

  Dismissiveness is the gay adult version of bullying. BY AARON STELLA East side vs. west side—the rickety tracks of Us vs Them snakes through every city where more than two gays are gathered: in Los Angeles, it’s the Weho Muscle Queens vs the Silver Lake Bears; in San Francisco, the Castro Twinks vs Soma Leather…

S/He & Me

Alexandra Billings’ theatrical cabaret chronicles the unvarnished, complex and often hilariously wacky story of  her life, centering on the transition from the young Scott to the show-stopping Alexandra. BY ORLY LYONNE The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center has announced a limited engagement of S/He & Me: A Theatrical Cabaret, written…

A TEDDY BEAR Inside

Mr. LA Leather 2017, Jeff Wilcox, on growing up in a small farm town, diversity and the road to IML. BY DR. STEVE GANZELL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Jeff Wilcox, the new Mr. LA Leather, talked to THE FIGHT  about his recent success and his plans for the International Mr. Leather (IML) contest in…

“They Want To Exterminate Us”

Global outcry over horrifying gay holocaust in Chechnya. Here’s how you can help. BY VICTOR MELAMED Nikki Haley, United States ambassador to the United Nations, has spoken out against the kidnappings, torture, and murders of over 100 gay men reportedly taking place in the Southern Russian Republic of Chechnya at the behest of that semi-independent…

Totally Fine

 I’m Fine cast: (L-R) Richard Stokes, Ulysses Morazan, Perry Powell, Lee Doud.  A fresh, honest, and humorous look at gay male relationships and friendship, and the often-blurry line between the two. BY ORLY LYONNE Dekkoo.com’s third original series premiered last month. Set in West Hollywood, I’m Fine tells the story of Nate, who just broke…

Upcoming Prides

LGBT Pride festivals and parades through May and June 2017.   LONG BEACH PRIDE CELEBRATION Saturday, May 20—Sunday, May 21,  11am–10pm. Entrances: MAIN GATE (On Shoreline Drive south of Ocean Blvd.) PINE GATE (On Shoreline Drive & Shoreline Village) LINDEN GATE (From the Convention Center parking lot). LB Pride Parade Sunday: 10:30am. Route: Ocean Ave. at…

WeHo: We Cannot Be Silent!

West Hollywood calls for sanctions in response to human rights violations against gays in Chechnya. BY ORLY LYONNE The City of West Hollywood adopted a Resolution last month condemning the Russian republic of Chechnya (Chechen Republic) for establishing concentration camps that detain and torture LGBT people for their sexual orientation. It is believed that the…

Better Sex

“I am happy I had the surgery, the results have been incredible. The implant is easy to use, not noticeable, and sex has been fantastic.” BY VICTOR MELAMED Joshua R Gonzalez, MD, an L.A. based fellowship-trained urologic surgeon specializing in men’s health, treats men dealing with erectile dysfunction (ED). “There are solutions for ED.  And…