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…

BEING BLACK IN PORN

Following the lives of four gay men of color as they navigate their way in the adult film industry BY MARK ARIEL Narrated by GAYVN 2020 Best Actor and reigning Performer of The Year Award winner DeAngelo Jackson, Being Black in Porn follows the lives of four gay men of color as they navigate their…

PROTECT TRANS WOMEN

Woman’s transphobic rant sparks violent protests outside Koreatown spa Demonstrations over transgender rights sparked clashes between protestors and counter-protestors in Koreatown at the beginning of the month after a video went viral of a woman upset that a trans woman disrobed in the women’s section of a popular spa, reported KTLA. The video that sparked…

QUEER SUPERHEROES

Animated Gay-Spy Comedy “Q-Force” With Sean Hayes & Wanda Sykes  Gary Cole, David Harbour, Patti Harrison, Laurie Metcalf, Matt Rogers, Wanda Sykes and creator/executive producer Gabe Liedman will join Sean Hayes in the voice cast of Q-Force, Netflix’s new animated gay-spy comedy, reports Deadline. Q-Force centers on Steve Maryweather, aka Agent Mary (Hayes), was once…

THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

More teens identifying as gay, bisexual More teens in the United States are reporting their sexual identity as gay, lesbian or bisexual, nationwide surveys show, reports Health Day. Between 2015 and 2019, the percentage of 15- to 17-year-olds who said they identified as “non-heterosexual” rose from 8.3% to 11.7%, according to nationwide surveys by the…

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,…

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT

How identity and visibility relate to curbing commercial tobacco use.  BY MARIELLE REATAZA, MD, MS Like many, I’ve spent the majority of my time in my apartment for the better part of a year. This past March marked the anniversary of California’s Stay at Home order, one of the most restrictive in the nation. This…

HOPE WILL NEVER BE SILENT

STOLI® Vodka Celebrates Pride 2021 With Harvey Milk Global Collector’s Edition Bottle Stoli® Vodka and The Harvey Milk Foundation are continuing their partnership with the launch of the limited stock Stoli® Harvey Milk Global Collector’s Edition Bottle, featuring art from Paraguayan artist Oz Montania. Stoli has worked with The Harvey Milk Foundation in this capacity…

MAY THE PRIDE BE WITH YOU

Covers honoring the LGBTQ+ characters of Star Wars, created by gay and transgender artists Marvel and Lucasfilm marks Pride Month with a powerful series of variant covers honoring the LGBTQ+ characters of Star Wars, reports StarWars.com. The art graces every title in Marvel’s Star Wars line, and each piece has been created by gay and…

THE PRIDE PROCLAMATION

President Biden has issued a proclamation affirming June 2021 as LGBTQ+ Pride Month, marking a time a time of hope, progress, and promise for LGBTQ+ Americans across the country The uprising at the Stonewall Inn in June, 1969, sparked a liberation movement—a call to action that continues to inspire us to live up to our…

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…