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…

The Good Egg

Beverly Hills Egg Donation’s Robyn Perchik on the recruiting and screening process, determining the intended parent(s) criteria and insider tips WHAT EXACTLY IS AN EGG DONOR AGENCY? An egg donor agency recruits and screens egg donors with the ultimate goal of having a successful egg donation procedure and a resulting pregnancy.  The egg donors provide…

The Share

COUPLES SOBRIETY With Valentines Day in mind, we asked these two husbands with long term sobriety, how they make their relationship work while working a program of recovery. BY PAULO MURILLO KNOWING YOUR BOUNDARIES “For me, the tools of recovery make me the best version of myself. If I’m a person of integrity and I’m…

L.A. Care

Committed to the promotion of accessible, high quality health care L.A. Care’s mission is to provide access to quality health care for Los Angeles County’s vulnerable and low-income communities and residents and to support the safety net required to achieve that purpose. Their vision is a healthy community in which all have access to the health…

HOLiDAYS SURVIVAL GUIDE. WATCH!

Coping with prejudice, discrimination and end-of-year stressors BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT Holiday experiences are so wide and varied that they can conjure up a diverse array of thoughts, feelings and memories. For some, they’re the best time of the year and for others it’s a continual reminder of what’s missing. As LGBTQ people, we face…

THE FUTURE OF HIV/AIDS

Men’s Health Foundation’s Anthony Mills MD on what lies ahead in the next decade BY ANTHONY MILLS MD In 2015, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) launched an ambitious goal of ending the worldwide HIV epidemic by 2030.  The aim is that no child will be born with HIV and anybody already infected will be…

The Share

SOBER FOR THE HOLIDAYS We asked these clean and sober individuals with various lengths of recovery time, how they plan to maintain their sobriety during the upcoming holidays BY PAULO MURILLO THE REALITY “I was born and raised here, so my holidays will all be spent local. We have lots of annual traditions. The way…

The Transaction

Casa De Zulma The First Ever Housing Project For Trans Women in Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, along with Councilmen Herb Wesson and Mitch O’Farrell, announced the grand opening of Casa de Zulma last month, the first publicly funded bridge housing project for transgender women in LA County, reported Hayley Smith at USC Annenberg Media.…

The Share

Attitude Of Gratitude Three individuals with various lengths of sobriety on why gratitude is important in their recovery. BY PAULO MURILLO THE CURE “Addiction is a disease of forgetfulness. If I forget that I had nothing and I was living on the street, then I forget to be grateful for having a home and a…

The Share

Van Ness Recovery House We asked three individuals what their experience was like getting sober at the Van Ness Recovery House, the oldest drug and alcohol treatment center in the country, serving the LGBTQ community for over 46 years. BY PAULO MURILLO ROLLER COASTER “The Van Ness House was like a roller coaster ride. I…

Finding Your Purpose

Derek Hawkins, SoCal Club’s Outreach Coordinator, on how his HIV status changed his life for for the better. BY MARK ARIEL “The mission and goal of SoCal Club is simple: a safe space for young gay men of color,” states Derek Hawkins, SoCal Club’s Outreach Coordinator, in an interview with THE FIGHT. Located in South…

Having Babies

HRC Fertility’s Dr. Diana Chavkin on fertility options for LGBTQ+ people. BY GREY CROUCH Dr. Diana Chavkin, is a board-certified fertility specialist who helps people build families. Having struggled with her own infertility, sheknows the value of a compassionate, transparent and effective medical team. She sees patients at HRC Fertility in West Los Angeles. In an…