Pride Institute

Recovery doesn’t just mean living substance-free, it means living more integrated and expressive lives. BY VICTOR MELAMED Founded in 1986, Pride Institute is the nation’s first and leading provider of residential and outpatient treatment programs devoted to treating addiction and the mental health needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. At Pride Institute,…

The Profile

Metropolitan Animal Special Hospital Gay veterinarian Dr. Adam Strom, DVM, MS, DACVS, on what it’s like to be a surgeon at a cutting-edge and specialized animal hospital. Metropolitan Animal Special Hospital (MASH), located on 6565 Santa Monica Blvd., in the heart of Hollywood, is a 24-hour specialty and emergency animal hospital that offers veterinary surgery,…

A Promising Treatment

Healing the trauma: MDMA-assisted therapy for Queer PTSD.  BY COLIN STACK-TROOST, MA, AMFT It’s been over 30 years since MDMA, known in the club scene as “molly” or “ecstasy,” received an emergency Schedule I classification from the US government. At the time, there were a number of factors contributing to this: tens of thousands of…

The Epidemic

Once-A-Month HIV Treatment  Progress made in developing a monthly injectable to treat HIV. BY ORLY LYONNE GlaxoSmithKline’s ViiV Healthcare has continued to lead the way when it comes to simplifying drug treatment regimens for those living with HIV, and now they are closer than ever to releasing a once-a-month injectable treatment in the United States,…

The Share

Overcoming Triggers  With summer fast approaching, we asked these clean and sober folks with various lengths of recovery time how they deal with triggers ortemptations during the warm weather party season. SUPPORT GROUP “The summer was always a little triggering for me. The smell of chemicals trigger me (laughs). Anything that smells like a chemical,…

ECCE HOMO (Behold The Man)

“Some may call me a narcissist, and I’m inclined to agree with them. But is all of my mirror-gazing truly narcissism if I hate what I see there?” BY ANDY NICASTRO “I wish that confidence was all you could see in my eyes Like those interviews in locker rooms with talented sports guys I wish…

Maybe Baby

“It may seem counterintuitive, but having children has actually increased our social life by quite a bit.”  BY VICTOR MELAMED Brian and Toby Rubin-Sowers, a gay couple with two children, talk to THE FIGHT about their surrogacy journey. How long have you been together? We’ve been together for seven years (since January 2012), and married…

The Epidemic

Long-Acting Injectable  Researchers say that GS-6207, Gilead’s first-in-class capside inhibitor, can remain in our body’s system for up to 24 weeks.  According to results from an early clinical trial presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2019) last month, a new long-lasting injectable appeared safe when administered to humans, reports David Artavia…

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…