DARKER ELEMENTS

Dragula’s Israel Zamora on coming out, his work on television and the process of creation. BY VICTOR MELAMED  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Dancer, actor, model and jewelry designer Israel Zamora reveals, in an interview with THE FIGHT, that people may be surprised to know that behind his beefy hunky masculine demeanor he is “really…

Empire starJussie Smollett’s violent attackers yelled racial and homophobic slurs, shouting “this is MAGA country.”  BY VICTOR MELAMED Surveillance video has captured potential persons of interest in the homophobic, racist attack on Empire actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago last month, authorities say. At about 2am on Tuesday, January 29, Smollett, 36, reported he was walking…

Adventures Of The Heart

“We were letting the ideal of staying together take precedence over our personal growth and happiness as individuals.” BY LEON FOX When my husband and I started dating, we agreed that we didn’t want a heteronormative relationship with standards and values that didn’t fit our needs. So we chose to enter into a dynamic relationship…

ELECTRIC SOUL

Helix Model Joey Mills will be in Santa Monica next month to present his coming-of-age novel that chronicles his life before he was famous.  BY JOHN STEIN Written by  Taylor Saracen and being released through 13 Red Media, Electric Soul introduces readers to teenage Joey Mills. He is reckless, brazen and unapologetically outspoken, who—for reasons…

Love Makes A Family

Randal and Scott Martin-Black, a gay couple with two adopted kids, on finding the right agency, entering a lifelong duty and answering silly questions some straight people ask BY SEAN WOLF GALUSZKA A while back, gay adoption and “gaybies” seemed all the rage. Baby Gap and Rosie O’Donnell cruises exploded. The gay-centric BBC comedy Absolutely Fabulous featured a hysterical…

Remembering Nacho Nava

“Nacho was an inspiration to many, and his spirit will live on in our hearts and memories forever.” BY VICTOR MELAMED Nacho Nava, founder of the weekly queer party Mustache Mondays—which ran for more a decade in downtown Los Angeles—died last month, reports Remezcla. According to media reports he lost his battle to pneumonia. In the…

SHAMEFUL

Not A single LGBT Chechen has received asylum in the United States amidst deadly anti-gay purge. BY VICTOR MELAMED A violent crackdown on LGBT people in the Russian region of Chechnya has resulted in the arrest and torture of dozens of people so far—as well as at least two deaths. Advocates, attorneys, and activists say…

Sustaining Your Relationship

Healthy relationships help us experience ourselves more fully, integrating all the various parts of who we are. BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT Relationships are potent forces that bring out our best and worst selves. They challenge us to face our wounds and inspire us to heal. Our earliest relationships with peers and caregivers model what’s possible…

BIG TECH’S WAR ON SEX

The deplatforming of sexuality and how to resist it. BY STEPHEN MOLLDREM On December 17th, Tumblr—a social network notorious and celebrated for the many varieties of niche pornography and kinky communities that it once hosted on its servers and allowed to flourish on its playful interface – made its first major move to effectively purge…

A LIFE WORTH LIVING

Setting intentions for a new year. Be careful about allowing insecurity, fear, or apprehension to discourage you from working towards your aspirations. BY BRENT HEINZE At this time of year, many of us start thinking about those pesky new resolutions that we will thoughtfully plan out and then often leave twitching by the side of…

Fight For LOVE

Courtney Act’s new dance-pop single competes to be Australia’s entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. BY VICTOR MELAMED RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist and 2018 UK Celebrity Big Brother champion Courtney Act released her brand new single Fight For Love on iTunes and Spotify last month. Courtney is bidding for this instantly memorable dance-pop smash to…

HOW VERY DARE YOU!

Conservatives in a tizzy over kiss between a gay sailor and his husband.  BY VICTOR MELAMED A kiss between a gay sailor and his husband had some conservatives’ blood boiling, reports LGBTQ Nation. Last month, when the U.S.S. The Sullivans returned to the Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida, after a seven-month deployment, News 4 Jax…

MAPPLETHORPE: THE MOVIE

A nuanced portrait of an artist at the height of his craft. BY VICTOR MELAMED The story of legendary gay photographer Robert Mapplethorpe will be the subject of the upcoming biopic Mapplethorpe, reports Rolling Stone. Dr. Who and The Crown actor Matt Smith portrays the photographer in the Ondi Timoner directed biopic that chronicles his sexual…

STRIKING A POSE

RuPaul’s Drag Race Naomi Smalls releases her new single Pose.  BY VICTOR MELAMED  |  PHOTO BY ADAM OUAHMANE Naomi Smalls, currently competing on the fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars, premiered her fierce new ballroom house anthem on the show last month. “Naomi Smalls is a fashion model and ‘Pose’ is her dream…

THE FATHERS PROJECT: 2

Leo Herrera’s docuseries imagines sex without consequence. Viral filmmaker Leo Herrera has released Episode 2 in his a sci-fi docuseries Fathers Project to bring awareness and a ray of optimism to World AIDS Day on December 1. This latest installment also shines a light on the importance of making Truvada/PrEP available to everyone. PrEP reduces the…

THE KILLING FIELDS

New report documents horrific anti-LGBTQ crimes against humanity in the Russian republic of Chechnya. BY ORLY LYONNE The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) responded last month to a new report released by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) documenting horrific anti-LGBTQ crimes against humanity in the Russian republic of Chechnya that first made headlines…

Magick Man

Author Jason Louv on discovering your own unique reason for existing in the world and your reason for being born in this place and time. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY DEVI BRULE Los Angeles based journalist, author and futurist Jason Louv teaches courses on magick and spirituality at magick.me.  As a journalist, he has…