Gender Transitioning In Recovery

  Without an easy check-in-the-box to apply, many substance abuse facilities simply don’t know what to with a transitioning individual. BY DR. RONAYE CALVERT Picture it: West Hollywood, California, 2016. It was a hot day, white petals fallen from nearby trees lined the pavement and the smell of a freshly lit cigarette filled the air. A teary-eyed…

WeHo Death Investigated

Circumstances surrounding Gemmel Moore’s death have been called into question. BY VICTOR MELAMED The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is investigating the case of a man who died after an overdose of meth at a prominent Democratic donor’s house amid pressure from the man’s family, reports nbclosangeles.com. Gemmel Moore, 26, was found dead at Ed Buck’s…

You’re Not Alone

In recognition of Natural Recovery Month—an overview of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s addiction resources. BY ORLY LYONNE If you’re struggling with substance abuse, don’t struggle alone; The Los Angeles LGBT Center has many programs and services to help. In addition to one-on-one therapy and therapy groups—all facilitated by professional substance abuse counselors in confidential…

The Art

ARTWORK BY MICHAEL VOLKAR LGBTQ Art In L.A. Fine art, spirituality and the dance of darkness. MICHAEL VOLKAR A 28 year old West Hollywood artist by day and GoGo dancer by night, Michael Volkmar “loves to work in a wide range of artistic mediums from costume design-to graphic design,” however, his true passion, he tells THE FIGHT, is “fine art using pen & ink. Last year my pen & ink work was even featured in the Beverly Hills Art Show.” “Growing up in an extremely religious town with strict religious parents my rebellion…

The Calendar

OUT ON THE MOUNTAIN! SEPT. 22! | GO TO: OutOnTheMountain.com/FIGHT SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 RUSH Tom of Finland Foundation, 1421 Laveta Ter, Los Angeles, CA. 9pm–2am. Tickets & Info: www.eventbrite.com/e/rush-tickets-35215400210. A play party for men presented by the Los Angeles Band of Brothers. Discover the depths of fraternity. 21+, WORK HARD, PLAY HARDER  Eagle LA, 4219 Santa Monica Blvd,…

The City

LOS ANGELES Center Holds First Glitter Run The LA LGBT Center attracted thousands of participants and spectators to its very first Glitter Run 5K run/walk on Hollywood Boulevard last month. Participants were covered in glitter while traveling through seven glitter stations along the route. The runners/walkers were treated to a “Dazzling Dance After-Party” at the…

The Epidemic

Photo courtesy the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania HIV Status EXPOSED Aetna reveals HIV statuses of thousands of customers. BY VICTOR MELAMED The health insurer Aetna is facing criticism for revealing the HIV status of potentially thousands of customers after it sent out a mailer in which information about ordering prescription HIV drugs was clearly visible…

The Event

Ventura County PRIDE Ventura County Pride Festival took place last month at Promenade Park. All proceeds benefit Ventura’s new LGBTQ Community Resource Center. Entertainers at the festival included Lady Bunny, Meatball and Sean Galuszka. DTLA Proud The DTLA Proud Festival took over Pershing Square last month with entertainers, community partners, locally-based artists and others.  Performers…

The Final Fight

How Very Dare You! From the celebration of eros to the celebration of victimhood. Excerpts from Professor Cynthia Belmont’s salon.com article. CYNTHIA BELMONT Queer culture. Is it endangered? Gasping its last? Just sad? Consider the following… … Students returning from an undergraduate queer studies conference tell me that they were deeply disturbed by a drag…

The Music

Full Circle Oliver’s debut album, Full Circle, bends the rules of space and time with music that fuses genres, eras, and production styles. BY PAUL V. VITAGLIANO The cacophony of the digital age has swelled to a fever pitch as humans spend much of their lives in front of screens with the ability to thrill,…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

…Sugar Rush… is an age-old story of unrequited love; a classic tale of lust and yearning transposed into a queer, lipgloss-sticky register.” Butt Massage For Naked Newswoman Hello dear FIGHT readers. I’m writing from vacation in Scotland, and somehow my computer is aware of my location. In searching for interesting GLBT news tidbits, one of…

The State

No Benefits For You People California lesbian couple file suit against company for its refusal to provide them spousal health insurance coverage. BY ORLY LYONNE A Los Angeles County lesbian couple filed suit in federal court last month against a Colorado-based company and its health insurance administrator for its refusal to provide them spousal health insurance coverage on…

The Talk

Like Lifted “This doesn’t bring me shame, just a weight and burden I have held onto for a long time that I would like lifted off me.” —Singer Aaron Carter acknowledging his bisexuality in a tweet last month.  My Heroes “… Trans people are my heroes. I can’t imagine the nerve it takes to ignore…

The Transaction

ANDREW FITZIMONS (above)  |  Photo by Paulo Murillo Beauty Within LA LGBT Center launches Trans Cosmetic Donation Program. BY PAULO MURILLO Celebrity hairstylist Andrew Fitzimons celebrated his 30th birthday last month with a good cause. Fitzimons partnered with the LA LGBT Center to launch the Trans Cosmetic Donation Program—a program that collects donations of unused personal…

City of West Hollywood Joins Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate

(Photo: Mayor John Hellman) West Hollywood Stands with the Anti-Defamation League, The United States Conference of Mayors, and more than 240 Cities and Mayors Across the Nation to Stand Up Against Hate, Violence, and Intolerance The City of West Hollywood has signed on to the Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate. In doing so, the City of West Hollywood…