PAYING IT FORWARD

Zack Ament, Founder and Co-CEO at Westwind Recovery, on addiction, overcoming personal tragedy, and fatherhood BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM “I got involved in recovery work through my own journey with addiction,” reveals Zack Ament, 31, founder and Co-CEO at Westwind Recovery in an interview with THE FIGHT. Born and raised in Los…

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

We asked these fine community members what Pride means to them BY DARSEEN  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Indian SANJ GREWAL An eye surgeon practicing in Palm Springs, Sanj lives with his husband of 12 years, Brad Ward, and their three dogs, Baxter, Samson & Lola. “To me, Pride means authentically loving and celebrating oneself,…

Meet Me At The Abbey

David Cooley celebrates the 30th anniversary of West Hollywood landmark The Abbey Food & Bar BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM The Abbey Food & Bar in West Hollywood, opened in 1991, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month. Hailing from Ohio and armed with a degree in Hotel Management from the University…

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…

American Dream [cover feature]

Actor and fitness guru Craig Ramsay on moving to the United States, his unique approach to fitness and running towards the fire. BY MARK ARIEL | PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Fitness expert Craig Ramsay’s first foray into television was Bravo’s “Thintervention” where he co-hosted with Jackie Warner. Then again as the stand out gay couple…

FOSTERING COMMUNITY

DJ Mez on music as a unifier, the queer underground community and making more genuine efforts to understand one another BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Up and coming Los Angeles DJ Mez’s first ever gig took place on on his 21st birthday (June 10th) in 2019. “I had been plotting to become…

Crushing Stereotypes

From Hawai’i Five-O to Monsters Of Man. An interview with Conrad K. Pratt on gay Hollywood, the stigma surrounding masculinity and how Ricky Martin changed everything BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOYO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Mark Toia’s Monsters of Man has been crushing the online streaming service game, sitting on AppleTV’s Top Movies, Top Rentals, Highlights,…

SOUL Sisters [cover feature]

Three best friends, Willam Belli, Marco Morante and Ashton Hirota, working side by side, on their “little queer block in the heart of Hollywood.” Family values BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Fashion designers Ashton Hirota (Ashton Michael), Marco Morante (Marco Marco) and drag queen and recording artist Willam Belli met over a decade…

Bipartisan [cover feature]

Finding common ground with the most commonly misunderstood letter in LGBT. Labels, misconceptions and why Handy Dan “sometimes feels like a faggot in a straight man’s sexuality.” BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Last month, on September 23, “Bi Visibility Day,” was celebrated—a worldwide holiday to “accelerate acceptance of the bi+ (bisexual, pansexual, fluid,…

Doing The Work

Musical artist Ken X Y on honesty, creating change and his first album Escapism BY MARK ARIEL | PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM “As a young person, there is no shortage of people who tell you ‘you don’t know what you’re doing,’” says multi-talented singer, songwriter, producer and dancer Ken X Y. “As an ‘artist who…

A Hint Of Myint

Part-time Palm Springs resident Chef Arnold Myint—aka Suzy Wong—on the hospitality industry, neighborhood boys and Barbie dolls BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Renowned chef, restaurateur, entrepreneur, Food Network Star season 11 and Top Chef D.C. Arnold Myint (aka Suzy Wong—more on that later) didn’t initially intend to conquer the culinary world. “I was…

I Love The Nightlife

Kiki Xtravaganza on drawing inspiration from gender-bending performance artists, the ballroom and voguing scene and finding a support network BY VICTOR MELAMED | PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Kiki Xtravaganza is an icon in LA nightlife. As with other club fixtures and performance artists, however, her history is shrouded in a fair degree of mystery.  Behind…

Standing In Your TRUTH

Lauran Winnett on making it in Hollywood, the thick clouds of nepotism and blurring the lines between rigid gender categorizations BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Lauran Winnett (aka PuzziNiggrr) stumbled onto the Los Angeles Drag Scene in the Spring of 2014. She’s an actress, vocalist, songwriter and storyteller who has been fortunate…

Louder, Prouder, Gayer

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Star Ongina on her drag mother, advocating for HIV and AIDS and dealing with pressures and expectations BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM When did you become interested in drag? I became interested in dressing up back when I first moved to NYC and started to make friends with…

JUST DO IT

Jason Wimberly on his new reality show “Working Out Is A Drag,” homophobia in the fitness industry and living your best life BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM I came out at 14 years old in 1996, and in the little California farming town of Lodi—I was the first gay high school kid, like…EVER.…

Feeling Productive

An interview with singer-songwriter and actor Tom Goss. BY ORLY LYONNE  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM How are you coping with the extended safer at home order? Honestly, I’m up and down. I’m doing my best to stay active (physically and mentally), connected with friends and family, and creative. Some days are better than others,…

What Makes A Man

Elliot Musgrave, Mr. LA Leather 2019: “I know I wasn’t the Mr. Los Angeles Leather that many wanted, but I hope I was the one that at least a few needed.”   BY ELLIOT MUSGRAVE  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM I was born in Riverside in the Summer of 1982 to a chaotic upbringing; which though hard,…

Becoming Parents

“We both come from large families, and while we enjoy the life we share together, we knew we both wanted kids early in the relationship” BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Kevin Niehaus and Ryan McGann knew from the beginning of their relationship (they’ve been together for six years) that they wanted to…