Love Conquers All

Palm Springs Pride headliners OneUp Duo on living and working together, pushing each other to be better versions of themselves and love at first sight. BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY JOSH DRAKE OneUp Duo is a pop/soul vocal combo comprised of  husbands Adam and Jerome Bell-Bastien. The Duo was featured on Season 15 of…

End Of An Era

Scotty Bowers, “Male Madame” to the stars, dies at 96. RIP BY VICTOR MELAMED Scotty Bowers, whose explicit, best-selling 2012 memoir revealed a covert realm of Golden Age Hollywood sexuality, died last month of natural causes at his home in Laurel Canyon, documentary director Matt Tyrnauer told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 96. The former…

From KARMA To DHARMA

Gay author Johnson Chong on how to feel a little more love in the Trump era BY ANDY REYNOLDS  |  PHOTO BY CHAD WAGNER Many in the LGBTQ community have been traumatized by the current political climate, which feels inescapable. International yogi, meditation teacher, and author of the frank and funny new coming out autobiography…

Justice For GUSTAVO

CA Police Officer Who Beat, Mocked Gay Man Gets $100K A Year A California police officer was put on leave earlier this year after he was recorded hitting and berating a gay man. Now, he’s retired and receiving a pension of over a hundred thousand dollars a year, reports LGBTQ Nation. Gustavo Alvarez filed a federal…

Saving The Planet

Never leave home without it. Big Gay Bidet Introduces the Portable Bidet. BY ORLY LYONNE Big Gay Bidet is introducing the latest gadget craze: the portable travel bidet. The Bio Bidet TP-200 Portable Travel Bidet is the must-have travel accessory to keep fresh and clean while on the go.  It does not require batteries and…

Sense Of Purpose

Folsom Street Events® Announces Departure Of Executive Director, Patrick Finger BY VICTOR MELAMED Folsom Street Events® (FSE) announced last month the resignation of its Executive Director, Patrick Finger, effective October 2, 2019. According to Jennifer Schuster, FSE Board President, “Earlier this year, Patrick shared his plans to step down as Executive Director of Folsom Street…

Sublime Beauty and Pain

Dorian Wood’s  Xavela Lux Aeterna, a riveting personal tribute with songs made popular by Chavela Vargas. Coinciding with the centenary of Chavela Vargas, the unforgettable voice of La Llorona, Los Angeles-based artist Dorian Wood honors Chavela with Xavela Lux Aeterna, a riveting personal tribute with songs made popular by Chavela, original compositions and folk music from…

Breaking The Silence

The HRC/CNN Democratic LGBTQ Town Hall: What I wasn’t hearing BY LUCKIE ALEXANDER I was in attendance last month at the HRC/CNN Democratic LGBTQ Town hall and it was beyond an interesting experience. First I applaud the candidates for agreeing being present in the space. Initially I thought this was going to be an empowering experience…

Transgender Day Of Remembrance

Wednesday, November 20. Honoring the memory of people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence that year. The observance was founded by transgender advocate…

Living Your Truth

An exploration in search of one’s  authentic self, Trade is one of the first feature films to introduce gay and transgender sex scenes on the big screen. Trade, written and directed by Trae Briers, is a story inspired by real life events from the life of Christopher “Chris” Bryant, sibling of producer, Rubin Bryant. Chris has…

Palm Springs Pride

 November 1-3 in downtown Palm Springs: The wildly popular festival returns to Arenas Rd and Palm Canyon Drive with a multitude of performers and events. TLC, Heather Small, Kristine W and Maxine Nightingale top the lineup of the 2019 Palm Springs Pride Festival. The festival will take place November 1-3 in downtown Palm Springs on Arenas…

To T, Or Not To T

D’Lo, the acclaimed queer/transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American actor/writer/comedian, on his new solo show, opening this month. BY MARK ARIEL The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center has announced the LA premiere of a new solo show, To T, or Not to T, written and performed by D’Lo, the acclaimed queer/transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American…

Finding Your Purpose

Derek Hawkins, SoCal Club’s Outreach Coordinator, on how his HIV status changed his life for for the better. BY MARK ARIEL “The mission and goal of SoCal Club is simple: a safe space for young gay men of color,” states Derek Hawkins, SoCal Club’s Outreach Coordinator, in an interview with THE FIGHT. Located in South…

Having Babies

HRC Fertility’s Dr. Diana Chavkin on fertility options for LGBTQ+ people. BY GREY CROUCH Dr. Diana Chavkin, is a board-certified fertility specialist who helps people build families. Having struggled with her own infertility, sheknows the value of a compassionate, transparent and effective medical team. She sees patients at HRC Fertility in West Los Angeles. In an…

Mental Health & Substance Abuse

We are much more than a diagnosis. Doing your research, finding proper treatment and enjoying your life more fully. BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT Many of us have witnessed or experienced firsthand some form of mental illness and/or addiction. While this kind of psychological and emotional pain is common enough for us to have some level…