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,…

Sex Police

Male sex workers condemn raid on RentBoy.com. BY VICTOR MELAMED Last month, federal police in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security, raided Rentboy, a male escort advertising website, arresting the CEO and 6 employees. This shutdown came less than a week after leading LGBT advocacy organization Lambda Legal along with four other LGBT rights…

Cruz Control

Danny Cruz on “The Sex Workers Outreach Project,” escorting and testing your limits. BY MARK ARIEL While Danny Cruz’s foray into the world’s oldest profession may have started out simply as a mutually beneficial rental agreement (“I was 19. I traded companionship and the occasional thrill to a man who gave me a place to…

Bringing Home The Title

By Paulo Murillo Mr. LA Leather Patrick Smith wins International Mr. Leather 2015. “I believe title holders should do something for their community. For me—it’s the opportunity to have my voice heard on an international stage.” Patrick Smith, Mr. Los Angeles Leather 2015, was named International Mr. Leather 2015 at the 37th annual IML Competition…

The Body | 06.15

STEALTH FOR MEN For anyone who could use some extra confidence. BY MICHAEL BISHOP When the guys at THE FIGHT office decided to give “Stealth For Men” a shot I was kind of hesitant because I don’t necessarily have any endowment issues but I thought to myself, what the heck, I’ll give it a go…

Proposition Love Jewelry Releases Sensual “Heart On” Video

LOVE IS LOVE With Valentine’s Day and The Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling in mind, Proposition Love Jewelry released a sensual video featuring men getting their “Heart On” for each other and exchanging various symbols of love and commitment via an assortment of rings, pendants and other jewelry. Proposition Love Jewelry’s Love is Love collection incorporates…

MADONNA ON GRINDR?

  By Paulo Murillo It’s time for new dirty selfies. Madonna will be talking to fans on Grindr! The hookup app reported today that Madonna and Grindr have teamed up to launch a new contest that will give five lucky users the chance to chat with the Queen of Pop via the hookup site. To…

FEAR AND LOATHING

Every time I looked into the eyes of a neg boy and saw a glimmer of genuine interest shining back, the fear bubbled up anew. BY BRENDEN SHUCART Rejection is a universal human experience; no matter who you are, or what circumstances you were born into, at some point you encountered someone who wasn’t picking…

Leaving Porn

Addison Graham on making it big in Hollywood, harsh realizations and how he found his true self in the desert. BY PAULO MURILLO  |  PHOTO BY AJ FORD, www.ajfordphotography.com Addison Graham is hardly the first porn actor to move to the relatively quiet desert town of Palm Springs after saying au revoir to the industry,…