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…

A PART OF HIM

Australian born songwriter and pop artist Yanni Burton’s new single focuses on moving on from past relationships BY VICTOR MELAMED Yanni Burton turns the spotlight on his own struggles of letting go and moving on from past relationships in his new single and music video, A Part of Me. “I have a history of getting lost…

Workplace Protections

Los Angeles LGBT Center celebrates Supreme Court landmark decision to protect LGBT employees BY ORLY LYONNE In response to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) decision last month in three employment discrimination cases that employees cannot be fired because of sexual orientation and gender identity, the Los Angeles LGBT Center issued the following…

The Tipping Point

How Little Things Got Us Here “Everyday I leave my house there’s a realization that today could be the day some local cop takes their insecurities and lack of training out on me. Making me the honoree of America’s next big protests and riots.” BY SULLIVAN LEWIS You want to know the most ridiculous thing…

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…

The Stuff Of Legends

“I am one of the hundreds of thousands of gay men who would not be alive today if not for Larry Kramer.” Brenden Shucart on author, essayist, playwright and activist Larry Kramer, who passed away last month. BY BRENDEN SHUCART Before I eulogize Larry Kramer I feel obligated to state up front that I never…

Virtual Trans Pride

The two-day celebration takes place Friday and Saturday, June 19–20. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Trans Pride L.A. will be streamed live for the first time in the festivity’s history on Friday and Saturday, June 19–20. The two-day event remains as one of the nation’s oldest and largest celebrations of the vibrant Trans/Gender Non-Conforming/Non-Binary…

Hope Will Never Be Silent

Honoring Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person ever elected into public office. Governor Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation last month declaring May 22, 2020 as “Harvey Milk Day” in the State of California. Milk was the first openly gay person ever elected into public office in the US. “Milk stood firm in his belief…

Proud TV

CSW’s LA Pride goes virtual on ABC7 Christopher Street West (CSW), the producers of the annual LA Pride Parade and Festival, have partnered with KABC and iHeartMedia Los Angeles, to produce a virtual Pride Parade. The  90-minute primetime special will air exclusively on ABC7, on Saturday, June 13 (7:30–9:00pm PDT), with an encore presentation on…

Trading Up

Audiences are emotionally connecting with “Trade”—an independent film on the relationship between two men, one a streetwise hustler, the other a straight-laced lawyer. BY VICTOR MELAMED With over 30,000 streaming hours in its first 120 days on Amazon Prime, TRADE, written and directed by Trae Briers, is becoming a successful independent hit. This dark and…

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.…

HONORING DOMONIQUE

“Hollywood Houseboys” creator Ryan Hope on making a gay reality series, misgendering in the LGBTQ community and dealing with a tragedy BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY REESE SHERMAN PHOTOGRAPHY Producer, director, writer, dancer and actor Ryan Hope (creator of the gay reality series “Hollywood Houseboys”) reveals, in an interview with THE FIGHT, that he…

SAYING GOODBYE

Out singer Wils on his new album, homosexuality in Asia and the ability to love freely BY MICK SANDOVAL Los Angeles based Singaporean pop singing sensation Wils—who revealed he was gay last year with the hit single, “Open Up Babe”—is back with a new album, Don’t Leave Too Soon. It features twelve original tracks that…

IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT

Partner abuse is never okay. In a press release last month The City of West Hollywood reached out to those who may be experiencing domestic violence during the current Safer at Home orders. If you can do so safely, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522 for 24/7…

LOVE, Virtually

Folsom Street Fair, World’s Largest Leather & Fetish Event, Goes Online Folsom Street Events (FSE) has announced that this year’s Up Your Alley, Folsom Street Fair, and related events will be held virtually. The board of directors and staff will produce virtual events to celebrate the historic fair weekends by staying socially connected while physically…