TALES FROM THE FRONT LINE

Three registered nurses on dealing with the pandemic and how to tap into some joy and whimsy after such a challenging year BY DARSEEN  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Jon Sugiuchi (He/She/They),J Cagandahan (She/Her/Hers), and Diego Montoya (He/She/They) are three registered nurses working in Southern California.  In an interview with THE FIGHT they talk about…

Back To The FUTURE

Former Rage nightclub space in WeHo gets new life Lance Bass, of NSYNC boyband fame, who is also part owner to Rocco’s WeHo, signed a lease and he has been handed the keys to the former Rage Nightclub space located at 8911 Santa Monica Boulevard, reports WEHO TIMES. “West Hollywood is reborn!!!” reads a caption…

EVERYTHING JONAH

Question: What do “Swan Song,” “Another Gay Movie,” “Pet Peeves” and “Claw” have in common? Award-winning actor Jonah Blechman celebrates the release of four dynamically diverse projects in 2021.  To kick the year off, Blechman and Director/Writer/Producer Todd Stephens (Edge Of Seventeen) teamed up once more for this year’s SXSW darling film Swan Song which…

OUTFEST FUSION

Showcasing the work of queer and trans filmmakers of color, this year’s festival takes place on April 16th to April 20th.  Outfest, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to creating visibility for diverse LGBTQIA+ stories and empowering tomorrow’s artists and storytellers, has announced its lineup for the 2021 Outfest Fusion QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous and…

Silence Equals Death

Angered by Asian American attacks, Californians rally to demand change A grassroots anti-hate rally brought out a very large crowd in San Jose last month, reports CBS San Francisco. Rally participants said they were fed up and that they would no longer stay silent. Gay state assemblyman Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) fired up the crowd by…

Stay MAD

Lil Nas X claps back at critics of his new “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” video Lil Nas X isn’t taking any criticism sitting down, reports Anna Chan at Billboard.  The rapper, who dropped his new single and video “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” last month, is hitting back at critics who don’t…

The Feels

Using therapeutic tactics as tools for emotional manipulation: Jack Tracy’s new track Jack Tracy presents a moody blue-eyed soul number in “The Feels,” his brand-new track from his soon-to-be released Love Yah EP.  “The song is about a relationship that is being held together by the one thing that still works in it: the incredible…

Transgender Trailblazers

First Presidential Proclamation issued on Trans Day Of Visibility 2021 President Joe Biden issued the first presidential proclamation recognizing Transgender Day of Visibility last month. The day is dedicated to celebrating transgender people and bringing awareness to the discrimination and violence they face everyday. The full text of President Biden’s first “Presidential Proclamation on Transgender…

The Art

REMY GIERKE “I am interested in the intersection of the varied meanings of the word fantasy. Utilizing crafts and aesthetics from the literary style to examine a place where mundane idle thoughts, blend with sexual desire and magic. My work branches into two series: The first are the Landscape paintings, and the second are from the…

The Calendar

MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS, FRIDAYS TRANSACTION 1PM–3PM  Trans Wellness Center. For more info: (323) 993-2900 or visit: www.mytranswellness.org. A social support group for transgender women at any stage of gender transition, many participants are in a marginal or transitional living situation. Facilitated by Friends Community Center.  EVERY TUESDAY BLUSH 2PM–4PM Trans Wellness Center. For more info: (323)…

The City

WEST HOLLYWOOD DEMONSTRATORS JOIN NATIONWIDE CALL TO STOP ASIAN HATE  Demonstrators gathered on all four corners of the Santa Monica Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard intersection in West Hollywood at the end of last month for a nationwide call to Stop Asian Hate. The protest was a condemnation of the recent rise in hate crimes…

The Final Fight

TSUNAMI OF HATE Growing government discrimination against the LGBTQ community in Turkey Turkish media are reporting that police detained dozens of people who assembled outside a courthouse last month in a show of solidarity with 12 students who were taken into custody for unfurling rainbow flags, reports The Associated Press.  The detentions came amid growing…

BREAKING: Lance Bass Signs Lease to Former Rage Nightclub Space

(Facebook screen grab – (L-R) Lance Bass, named business partner, John Cole and Monte Overstreet) Lance Bass, of NSYNC boyband fame, who is also part owner to Rocco’s WeHo, signed a lease and he has been handed the keys to the former Rage Nightclub space located at 8911 Santa Monica Boulevard, reports WEHO Times. The…

UK Reveals New £50 Note Featuring Gay Mathematician Alan Turing

The Bank of England has just released the design for the new £50 bill that features Alan Turing, reports LGBTQ Nation. Turing was a gay mathematician whose theories were highly influential in the development of computer science, and his work during World War II helped Allied forces crack coded Nazi messages and defeat Axis forces,…

LA LGBT Center Congratulates Dr. Rachel Levine on Making History as First Openly Transgender Person Confirmed by Senate

(Dr. Rachel Levine) In response to yesterday’s U.S. Senate confirmation of Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Health Secretary of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, the Los Angeles LGBT Center issued this statement: “The Los Angeles LGBT Center congratulates Dr. Rachel Levine on this monumental occasion of becoming the first openly transgender person to…

LGBTQ Pride Lifeguard Tower In Long Beach Burns Down. Mayor Robert Garcia: “This Was An Act Of Hate”

(Before-and-after fire photos show the Long Beach Pride lifeguard tower.) A lifeguard tower painted in rainbow colors to honor the LGBTQ community in Long Beach burned down early Tuesday morning, March 23, and fire officials are investigating how it started, reports Long Beach Press-Telegram. Firefighters responded to the Pride Lifeguard Tower, on the beach between…

Mass Shooting Suspect Ahmad Al Issa Shared Posts Against Gay Marriage

(Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa (©Boulder Police Department) Ahmad Al Issa, identified by authorities Tuesday as the gunman who opened fire at a King Soopers grocery store in Colorado, killing 10 people, including a Boulder police officer, shared posts against gay marriage, abortion and Donald Trump’s stance on immigration on a now deleted Facebook page, reports…