COMING CLEAN

Ducati Models’ Nick Capra on breaking free from the shackles of addiction, dealing with tragic loss and reigniting his career in the adult film industry. BY PAULO MURILLO  |  PHOTO BY ANTHONY DURAN Adult video veteran Nick Capra came out of retirement earlier this year with nine months of clean and sober time under his…

BEAR in MIND

Themed pool parties, live entertainment and thousands of bears from around the globe at the upcoming International Bear Convergence in Palm Springs. BY VICTOR MELAMED The second International Bear Convergence (IBC), the premier winter event for Bears & admirers in Palm Springs, takes place on February 12-16, 2015, Presidents’ Day Weekend, at The Renaissance Palm…

Breaking Barriers

Photographer Mark Studner seeks to create a support group for LGBTQ individuals with disabilities in Los Angeles. BY ORLY LYONNE Mark Studner knows a thing or two about overcoming life’s obstacles. Born with cerebral palsy, but determined to triumph, Studner has been a professional photographer for over twenty years. “I picked up my first camera…

Celebrating Masculinity

With LA Leather Pride coming up in March, Mark Ariel chats with Dave Rhodes, the founder, publisher and Editor-In-Chief of “The Leather Journal,” the Leather/BDSM/Fetish Community Publication of Record. Excerpts from the conversation below. BY MARK ARIEL I am a man who loves masculine men and masculine scenarios. This reflects in what I read, what movies…

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…

The Gift Guide

Unique items for a particular group of people on your holiday shopping list. BY PAULO MURILLO Some like to give, others would rather receive. For those who prefer to be on the gift-giving end, the process can be overwhelming. For example, what do you give that health nut who lives on kale and the latest…

Profiles In Courage

Jason Collins, the NBA’s first openly gay player, retires. BY VICTOR MELAMED Jason Collins, the first openly gay man to play in the NBA, announced his retirement from the league last month, reports The Associated Press. Collins, 35, made the announcement in a first-person story for Sports Illustrated. It’s the same forum he used in…

The Animal Within

How one man’s sexual fetish changed his perspective on life. Puppy play, handsome daddies and being in the moment. BY JOSEPH ARELLANO After arriving from the somewhat conservative Midwest for a fresh start, I began to embrace my sexual fetishes more openly. My eventual realization of my pup play fetish came to fruition after meeting…

THE END OF AIDS

Dr. Tony Mills, a leading LA-based clinician in the fields of men’s health and wellness, on the possibility of living in an “AIDS-free” world. BY TONY MILLS, MD Every year, December 1 is designated as World AIDS Day. For 26 years, World AIDS Day has been an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the…

The Calendar | 12.14

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4 LESLIE JORDAN IN “FRUIT FLY” Renberg Theatre, Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Place in Hollywood. December 4 – 21. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 7pm. Tickets at www.lalgbtcenter.org/theatre or by phone at (323) 860-7300. Emmy winner and LGBT icon Leslie Jordan’s heartfelt…

The City | 12.14

GRANT ENABLES CYBER CENTER TO REOPEN The Los Angeles LGBT Center celebrated the reopening of its Cyber Center last month, made possible by a $24,000 David Bohnett Foundation grant that provided 13 new Microsoft Office-loaded desktop computers with which Center clients can network, communicate and explore professional and educational opportunities. “The David Bohnett Foundation enables…

The Epidemic | 12.14

COMMON GROUND HIV clinic serving uninsured and underinsured people on the Westside of Los Angeles.  BY VICTOR MELAMED Common Ground—the Westside HIV Community Center—was started in 1992 in response to the AIDS crisis. Their mission, explains the programs current director, Arron Barba, was to “provide HIV prevention services and HIV services to people with AIDS…

The Final Fight | 12.14

ARE WE VICTIMS? How can we ever win the fight when we’re afraid to put up our dukes and hop in the ring? BY ROB SMITH Not too long after a viral video showing a woman being aggressively catcalled walking the streets of New York City broke the internet, the gays got a viral video…

The Law | 12.14

WHEN SILENCE IS NOT GOLDEN The 5th Amendment: how remaining silent could be used against you. BY DAVID HAKIMFAR Recent court decisions in both the California Supreme Court and United States Supreme Court have radically changed a common perception, or misperception now, regarding a person’s right to remain silent. On August 14, 2014, the California…

The Rostow Report | 12.14

Ann Rostow, hard at work, wearing her Pastafarian strainer. Poland has just ruled that Pastafarianism is a legitimate religion. Absurd? Perhaps. But no more absurd than allowing conservative Christians to insist that providing public accommodation to gay men and women is a violation of faith. GIVING THANKS, BUSY FEMALE BEES AND SILVER LININGS Why did…

The Share | 12.14

GRANT ME THE SERENITY With the holiday season upon us, we asked a few local sober folks how they maintain their serenity and sobriety during—what can be—the most stressful time of the year. CERTAIN FRIENDS “The holidays are such a bittersweet time for me. There are times I don’t feel like being cheery and I…

The State | 12.14

OPENLY GAY TAKANO RE-ELECTED Mark Takano, the openly gay Democratic congressman from Riverside, California, won his bid for re-election to the House of Representatives, last month. Takano (D-Calif.) was re-elected to represent California’s 41st Congressional District. Takano, who was challenged by Republican Steve Adams, was first elected to the House in 2012. He is a…