Love Makes A Family

Randal and Scott Martin-Black, a gay couple with two adopted kids, on finding the right agency, entering a lifelong duty and answering silly questions some straight people ask BY SEAN WOLF GALUSZKA A while back, gay adoption and “gaybies” seemed all the rage. Baby Gap and Rosie O’Donnell cruises exploded. The gay-centric BBC comedy Absolutely Fabulous featured a hysterical…

Sustaining Your Relationship

Healthy relationships help us experience ourselves more fully, integrating all the various parts of who we are. BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT Relationships are potent forces that bring out our best and worst selves. They challenge us to face our wounds and inspire us to heal. Our earliest relationships with peers and caregivers model what’s possible…

The Body

NHI MEDICAL A Different Approach to Hair Restoration Patients often leave NHI Medical in happy disbelief. They are pleasantly surprised that their scheduled consultation is with the doctor that will be performing their hair restoration procedure, versus a salesperson. They are even more surprised that the doctor they meet with actually tells them the truth…

The Share

Living In Gratitude With the holiday season upon us—we asked these three clean and sober individuals how they factor gratitude into their recovery.   ENJOY FRIENDSHIPS “Gratitude smashes my ego. It’s keeps me out of self. I can swim in self-pity. I can swim in ‘I want more’. For me, sobriety has to be enough.…

Man In The Mirror

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)—struggling with body image issues—can be a life-long challenge. BY BRENT HEINZE One of the aspects of queer life is how we relate to our bodies.  Some of us may feel we’re too chubby or too skinny, or that we do not have enough muscle, lacking the beach-ready body sculpted from hours…

The City

LOS ANGELES 10,000 Participate In AIDS Walk LA The 34th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles attracted approximately 10,000 participants last month in Downtown Los Angeles. The walk to end AIDS by raising money for AIDS research, is a 6.2-mile fundraising that began and ended at L.A. City Hall in Grand Park. Various celebrities attended the…

The Epidemic

Seeking Volunteers Study: treatment of abdominal obesity with daily injections of tesamorelin for six months to improve cognition in HIV+ individuals. BY VICTOR MELAMED Borrego Health has two Specialty Care clinics offering a number of primary services targeted toward those in the LGBTQ+ community, as well as those in treatment for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, PrEP…

The Share

Another Year Sober We asked these three clean and sober individuals what it is like for them to recently be celebrating another year of sobriety.   Navigate My Life “Drugs and alcohol gave me wings, but took away the sky. Celebrating three years is a miracle. I’m still in the process of cleaning up the wreckage…

Everybody Hurts

Steven Ganzell, Ph.D. Therapists try to create a space and a relationship that allows you to examine your concerns and understand them. BY DR. STEVE GANZELL Most people don’t go to therapy because they have a serious mental illness. Most people try therapy because they feel stuck or are grappling with an issue they don’t quite understand. …

Safe Recovery

7 reasons why choosing an LGBTQ-affirmative program matters. BY MANNY RODRIGUEZ | PHOTO BY AARON JAY YOUNG There is much to consider when choosing a treatment program for substance abuse and addiction, but one of the most important aspects of this process is to make sure the facility of your choice takes all your needs, even those…

Treatment Matters

MATTHEW BIANCHI Pride Recovery LA delivers evidence-based addiction treatment to serve the whole queer person. BY MATTHEW BIANCHI | PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM LGBTQ people are outsiders everywhere they go. Sure, “things get better,” but “better” is in comparison to centuries of “other.”  Under the best of circumstances, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) people are…

The Epidemic

Undetectable—Untransmittable Confidence in the protective power of an undetectable viral load is strengthened by receiving consistent test results, study reports. BY VICTOR MELAMED Having a relationship based on trust, commitment and familiarity helps gay men rely on undetectable viral load as a means of HIV prevention, according to interviews with HIV-positive and HIV-negative members of…