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…

The Good Fight

Dining Out For Life Returns to Los Angeles on Thursday, April 27. BY ORLY LYNNE APLA Health is excited to announce the return of Dining Out For Life to Los Angeles on Thursday, April 27. The fundraiser features a diverse roster of restaurants throughout the city, which will donate a portion of their day’s receipts…

Easter In The Desert

INNdulge kicks off spring with their annual Easter Bonnet Brunch. BY JAMES BOOTH Now through May is the high season in Palm Springs, with temperatures averaging in the 80s, but it’s not only the lovely blue skies that attracts gay visitors. The vintage resort town with its midcentury-modern architecture is more refined than Vegas, yet more…

Here. There. Everywhere.

  The Los Angeles LGBT Center presents CineArte, the 4th annual arts festival of the queer Latinx community. Curated by Ruben Esparza, the work presented in “Here. There. Everywhere.” varies from formal paintings and drawings, to photography, to experimental work, including soft sculpture, impromptu performance, and culture mash-ups, all from the Queer Latinx perspective. The…

Human Rights

Joe Kennedy, grandson of former U.S. Attorney General Robert F. “Bobby” Kennedy, to chair house transgender equality task force. BY ORLY LYONNE Congressman Joe Kennedy III  took over as Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus’s bipartisan Transgender Equality Task Force (TETF ) last month. The Task Force officially relaunched with a focus on restoring…

The Making Of A Community

You’re on the list… All you have to do is show up, and jump in. BY AARON STELLA On March 2nd 2017, The Huffington Post published an article titled The Epidemic of Gay Loneliness. It quickly went viral on social media and got everyone talking about gay loneliness as depicted by the article’s author, Michael…

A Place Called Home

Construction begins on LA LGBT Center’s multi-generational Anita May Rosenstein Campus. BY PAULO MURILLO The Los Angeles LGBT Center hosted a groundbreaking ceremony last month to start construction of The Center’s Anita May Rosenstein Campus—a comprehensive multi-generational services and affordable housing project. The ceremony was attended by LA Center officials, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti,…

RIP Walt Cessna

Walt Cessna, a queer artist, writer, and photographer who’s been active since the 90s, died last month at 53. The cause of death is not yet known. Cessna was was a vibrant force in New York City’s art scene for decades. In a Queerty profile from 2012, writer John Russell described him as: “a teenage…

Spin Control

Catch DJ Dan Slater at White Party Palm Springs next month. BY VICTOR MELAMED  |  PHOTO BY FERNANDO BARRAZA White Party headliner Australian born Dan Slater, 34, started his career path as a dancer and a model, however he was always drawn to the exciting life of playing recorded music at a club or party.…

Win From Within

My-King Johnson is the first-ever openly gay FBS scholarship player. BY VICTOR MELAMED My-King Johnson, a highly recruited defensive lineman from Tempe, Ariz., who has committed to play for the University of Arizona this fall, has come out publicly as gay. When he enrolls at the school in Tuscon, he will be the first openly…

Attacking Our Community’s Youth

Los Angeles LGBT Center’s statement on President Trump’s rollback of protections for transgender students. BY ORLY LYONNE In response to the Trump administration’s rollback of Title IX protections for transgender students, Los Angeles LGBT Center Director of Public Policy & Community Building Dave Garcia issued the following statement: “… The Trump administration levied an attack…

Let’s Talk About Sex

“I think the most common misconception about erectile dysfunction (ED) is that it’s all in your head and that’s just totally untrue.” An interview with urologic surgeon Joshua R Gonzalez, MD. BY JOE FARAGHER Joshua R Gonzalez, MD, is an L.A. based fellowship-trained urologic surgeon specializing in men’s health, erectile dysfunction, hormonal management, and female…