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…

At The Baths

Roman Holiday Spa locations close permanently after 52 years PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Roman Holiday Spa “Health Clubs” have been added to the list of gay spaces that are forever lost to COVID-19, reported  WEHO TIMES last month. Both gay men’s bathhouse locations, one at 12814 Venice Blvd in Mar Vista, and the other at…

Deleriously DeLaria

Film Festival honors Lea DeLaria for her contribution in helping to tell LGBTQ+ stories OUTshine Film Festival Miami honored actress, comedian, and jazz singer Lea DeLaria with their Vanguard Award at their opening night ceremony last month.  The Vanguard Award recognizes notable individuals in entertainment for their contributions in helping to tell LGBTQ+ stories, as…

Free Kick

This soccer team’s response to a fan asking for “straight pride” is everything The USL Championship soccer league is returning to action this month, and the Phoenix Rising are starting their season against the San Diego Loyal.  Last fall, when the two teams last faced each other, the Loyal walked off the field after a…

Get Your Flag On

Conservatives in a tizzy over Biden’s new rainbow flag directive The Biden administration will allow US embassies around the world to fly the gay Pride flag on the same flagpole as the American flag, reversing a Trump-era policy. In 2019, then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blocked embassy requests to fly the symbol of support for…

Making History

Drag Race Alum Honey Mahogany announces run for chair of San Francisco Democratic Party BY VICTOR MELAMED Honey Mahogany, who currently holds a vice-chair seat in her local County Central Committee, has announced that she will be seeking the role of Chair of the San Francisco Democratic Party when current Party Chair David Campos vacates the…

Men Having Babies

Interactive sessions with medical, legal and financial experts on everything gay men need to know when considering surrogacy May 15-16, 2021 will be the last opportunity for gay men around the world who are considering fatherhood to get comprehensive guidance on surrogacy in an online-version of MHB’s signature “bootcamp” weekend-long conference. Unique programs at this…

Taking Control

Queen Shannon on peer pressure, wanting to be the “cool kid” and how she eventually overcame tobacco use BY QUEEN SHANNON My name is Queen Shannon Gipson, I’m a black trans women and representative from the Unique Woman’s Coalition, a black trans led organization here in Los Angeles.  I want to share my own experience…

TOM OF FINLAND: THE DARKROOM

The exhibition consists of photographic portraits which served as reference images for his famed homoerotic drawings In celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth, Fotografiska, in collaboration with Tom of Finland Foundation, has produced The Darkroom, an exciting study in artist Tom of Finland’s (born Touko Laaksonen, 1920 – 1991) life and work process. …

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…

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…