Protecting Your PETS

Dr. Adam Strom from LA’s Metropolitan Animal Hospital (MASH) answers questions about your pets during COVID-19. Can my pet contract and spread COVID-19? Based on the most recent information, it appears domestic and wild animals may be susceptible to catching the coronavirus. Most cases in dogs and cats have presented with very mild signs of…

A Heartfelt Thank You

A Message From Tom of Finland Foundation “We want to take a moment and send a special, heartfelt THANK YOU to members who have recently renewed their Memberships,” the President and Cofounder of the Tom of Finland Foundation, Durk Dehner wrote in a press release last month. “With everything going on we understand that people…

Feeling Productive

An interview with singer-songwriter and actor Tom Goss. BY ORLY LYONNE  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM How are you coping with the extended safer at home order? Honestly, I’m up and down. I’m doing my best to stay active (physically and mentally), connected with friends and family, and creative. Some days are better than others,…

Call Me By Your Name (Again)

It’s happening! A sequel is in the works with most of the original cast members. BY VICTOR MELAMED Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer and others  from the cast of Call Me by Your Name are returning for the sequel, director Luca Guadagnino said in an interview last month with Italian newspaper La Repubblica, reports Variety. Not…

Coping With Covid

Members of the LGBTQ community on how they are coping with social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic BY PAULO MURILLO PERSONAL JOURNEY “I have found that slowing my life down has many upsides including reading and meditating twice a day. Currently I am reading two books, How to Think Like A Roman Emperor by Donald…

Job Offers

Who’s hiring right now. Outschool An online learning platform offering a variety of classes. They’re not only looking for science and math teachers, but also yoga instructors, bakers, and artists. Apply at: www.outschool.com SAS Retail Services The company needs employees to workin the warehouse to help wth distribution for grocery retail partners. Apply at: www.sasretail-uscareers.icims.com Walmart…

Mental Health Survival Guide

An abridged version of  THE FIGHT contributor James Guay’s online feature on dealing with the pandemic. For the full version visit: www.livingmorefully.com BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT COVID-19 has transformed our world. Not only has it led to spiked infections, it’s also instilled mass hysteria, global grief, worldwide trauma and a huge stop to our everyday…

Rent Relief

Statewide moratorium on evictions for renters. BY VICTOR MELAMED California Gov. Gavin Newsom has placed a ban on the enforcement of evictions for renters affected by COVID-19, enacting a state-wide moratorium last month. Under this rule, landlords cannot evict nonpaying tenants in the state if they are affected by the coronavirus pandemic by prohibiting “enforcement…

Virtual Pride

Live-stream event to show resilience and determination of the LGBTQIA+ Pride movement National and international Pride organizations have announced a Global Pride live-stream event scheduled for Saturday, June 27, 2020, in response to the hundreds of Pride celebrations around the world that have been canceled or postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.   Global Pride…

What Makes A Man

Elliot Musgrave, Mr. LA Leather 2019: “I know I wasn’t the Mr. Los Angeles Leather that many wanted, but I hope I was the one that at least a few needed.”   BY ELLIOT MUSGRAVE  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM I was born in Riverside in the Summer of 1982 to a chaotic upbringing; which though hard,…

Becoming Parents

“We both come from large families, and while we enjoy the life we share together, we knew we both wanted kids early in the relationship” BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Kevin Niehaus and Ryan McGann knew from the beginning of their relationship (they’ve been together for six years) that they wanted to…

Bears, Bears, Bears!

The International Bear Convergence (IBC) takes place in Palm Springs this month, with special guest performer Ultra Naté BY VICTOR MELAMED International Bear Convergence (IBC) is the place to be for Bears & admirers in Palm Springs, February 20-24, 2020. This desert oasis opens its arms and welcomes you and  thousands of frisky, furry bears,…

Camp Widow

Los Angeles LGBT Center hosts conference for LGBT widows and widowers BY ORLY LYONNE On Saturday, February 29, the Los Angeles LGBT Center will host an innovative conference known as Camp Widow to serve members of the LGBT community who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner. The daylong event, to be held…

Estate Planning

Life Ladder Law’s Kathryn Taps, Esq. on why estate planning is crucial to safeguarding your family’s future. BY KATHRYN TAPS, ESQ. When making New Year’s resolutions, we often commit to things we know we really should do—but never actually get around to. As a wife and a mom, I completely understand how estate planning could be a…

The Gift Of Parenthood

Southern California Reproductive Center (SCRC): New fertility treatments that lead to impressive fertility success rates.  With over 25 years of experience, Southern California Reproductive Center (SCRC) has introduced and perfected new fertility treatments that lead to impressive fertility success rates.  Their treatments include sperm donation, insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilization (IVF) for lesbian couples and…

LGBTQ Family Options

Ready for a Baby? Here’s Your LGBTQ Guide to Parenthood BY DR. DAN KASER, RMA NORTHERN CALIFORNIA No matter what your situation, a family is within reach.    “As a fertility doctor, the process is something that I talk to patients about every day. However it wasn’t until my husband Dana and I went through…

Maybe Baby

John M. Norian, MD FACOG, a double board certified reproductive endocrinologist at HRC Fertility, is passionate about helping the LGBTQ community build families. You’re probably flipping through this edition of THE FIGHT, reading about family planning and asking yourself, “are fertility treatments really for me?” The short answer is yes!  While lesbian women often start…