The Final Fight

Sexual RACISM Cecilio Asuncion, the star of Strut, Oxygen’s reality show about transgendered fashion models, on stereotypes about masculinity. BY JOHN STEIN At the start of a new year, the gay community still faces discrimination and marginalization by mainstream society. So it may come as a surprise to learn that within a community fighting for equality,…

MR. SISTER LEATHER 2017

  MR. SISTER LEATHER 2017 The Sisters’ new titleholder, David Sanford, on sobriety, kink and living your life out loud. BY MARK ARIEL PHOTO BY ROBERT GREEN, MOTORBOOT PHOTOGRAPHY The results of The Los Angeles Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence contest are in – David Sanford is the new Mr. Sister Leather 2017. The Sisters’ first…

Ali Mushtaq: Mr. Long Beach Leather 2016

Ali Mushtaq: Mr. Long Beach Leather 2016 THE FIGHT Interview Ali – congratulations on winning the title of Mr. Long Beach Leather 2016! What motivated you to enter the contest? There were two main reasons. Long Beach was one of the first leather communities I was introduced to when I moved back to Southern California. Since joining the…

Forging New Norms

A new study suggests that open relationships among gay couples could bring a couple closer together. BY VICTOR MELAMED While open relationships are much more prevalent among gay couples compared to heterosexual couples, there is often still stigma attached to such relationships. And some continue to wonder whether sex and love can ever be separated, reports…

The City

HEALTH OFFICIALS: GET MENINGITIS VACCINE Los Angeles and Orange County health officials are calling for all gay and bisexual men who have sex with men (MSM) to get meningitis vaccinations, amid an outbreak of the potentially fatal disease in Southern California areas. The vaccine was previously recommended for people with HIV and others who were…

The Spread

TOM PARDOE,  JOE ARELLANO PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM AGES: Tom: 52, Joe: 29. HOMETOWN: Tom: Cedar Falls, Iowa. Joe: Bedford, Indiana. BEEN TOGETHER: Three and a half years. OCCUPATIONS:  Tom: Director/Teacher/Dancer. Joe: Actor/Account Representative/Dancer. GOOD RELATIONSHIP TIPS: Tom: communication, respect, transparency, surprise. Joe: He is always right. Lol. Be open, honest, and leave no secrets.…

The Transaction

Making History Sarah McBride: first transgender American to address a major party convention. BY ORLY LYONNE Last month, Human Rights Campaign national press secretary Sarah McBride became the first transgender American to address a major party convention—and moved delegates to their feet by recounting how her late husband had fought for LGBT rights even as he was…

LA LGBT Center and LA County Encourage Gay/Bisexual Men and Trans People to Get Meningitis Vaccine

Photo by Paulo Murillo — The Los Angeles LGBT Center teamed up with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the County Department of Health Services, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and AIDS Project Los Angeles, the Los Angeles LGBT Center to urge gay/bisexual men and transgender people living in Los Angeles County to get vaccinated for invasive meningococcal disease (IMD).…

A Few Good Men | 07.2016

Sailors and Marines discharged from military service because of their sexuality urged to appeal that injustice. BY VICTOR MELAMED Navy Department officials are urging the thousands of sailors and Marines forced out of the military because of their sexuality in previous decades to come forward and appeal their discharge—in a step to restore benefits and right a…

Chemical Reaction | 06.2016

“ChemSex” is no stranger to Los Angeles. One look into the men-seeking-men ads and you’ll encounter posts where gay men are looking to get seduced with chems or that they are chemmed out and looking for same. BY PAULO MURILLO Until recently, I had never heard about ChemSex—a shameless and in-your-face term used in gay…

California Legislature Advances Landmark Bill to Increase Awareness of PrEP and PEP

Landmark legislation to boost awareness of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to prevent HIV infection was approved by the California Assembly Health Committee yesterday and will advance to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Co-sponsored by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) and introduced by Assemblymember Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson), AB 2640 would ensure high-risk HIV-negative…

CELEBRATING YOUR SEXUALITY

While sexual energy can be powerful—it is also fragile. It has to be nurtured and it has to be protected.  BY DR. STEVE GANZELL There are some guys who look forward for years to crossing some imaginary threshold and entering their first leather bar. They are a bit afraid it will be dark, dank, a…

L.A. LGBT Center Responds to Charlie Sheen’s Announcement That He is HIV Positive

  In response to this morning’s Today Show interview in which Charlie Sheen said he is HIV-positive, the Los Angeles LGBT Center Director of Health and Mental Health Services, Chris Brown issued the following statement: “We must end the shame that causes people to conceal the fact that they’re HIV-positive. Thirty-four years into the epidemic, treatments for HIV have advanced…

When Three Is Not a Crowd

Is the queer community on the edge of assimilation, or a sexual revolution? BY BRENDEN SHUCART 2015 has been a monumental year for the queer communities. The admittance of gays into the military and the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage represent the culmination of the long fought equality agenda that has dominated the LGBTQ political…

The Spread | 10.2015

  Name: Joel Michael Anderson Age: 30 Relationship status: Single Hometown: Fishers, Indiana Occupation(s): Personal trainer, screenwriter, actor, go-go boy. When and why did you start gogo-ing? I’ve been go-go dancing since December 2014, shortly after I moved to LA. I started, of course, for the income. After leaving a stable career and moving here to pursue a dream,…