Follow Your Dreams

An interview with Father Trey Saint Laurent: Community Leader. Activist. Chef. Muse. Icon. BY KOLBY KEENE  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM At the close of this past decade I had the pleasure of interviewing Father Trey Saint Laurent. He’s a hot Black chef who has cooked up quite an abundance of positive revelations, meaningful relationships…

L.A. Care

Committed to the promotion of accessible, high quality health care L.A. Care’s mission is to provide access to quality health care for Los Angeles County’s vulnerable and low-income communities and residents and to support the safety net required to achieve that purpose. Their vision is a healthy community in which all have access to the health…

Living Positively

Merce, the HIV-positive musical comedy web series, returns for second season BY VICTOR MELAMED The award-winning HIV-positive musical comedy web series, Merce—beloved for its MGM classic film ethos mixed with potty mouth flair—returns this month for its second season.      Produced by Skipping Boyz Productions and made possible via a crowdfunding campaign on Fractured…

Strike A Pose

Slay Model Management announces first worldwide transgender model search  BY ORLY LYONNE  |  PHOTO BY ALEXIS HUNLEY Slay Model Management, the world’s first Transgender exclusive model agency, has announced it will host its first ever Model Search on February 15, 2020 at One Culver in Los Angeles.  “We are looking for star quality,” says Cecilio…

True Colors

Growing up in a culture that co-signs racial inequality doesn’t mean we must inherit its sickness. BY SEAN GALUSZKA Writing about racial inequality as a White American male is like attempting to jazz scat in Korean. Everyone assumes you’ve no idea what you’re saying, but they’re dying to hear what comes out of your mouth.  Simple life…

Until We Meet Again

A “Celebration of Life” for Steve Ganzell will take place this month at Eagle LA and at Plummer Park in West Hollywood. BY MARK ARIEL We are extremely saddened to report that Steve Ganzell, a beloved community leader, ex co-chair of Christopher Street West and a long-time contributor to THE FIGHT, passed away last month of a heart attack. Ganzell,…

Who Are You?

Dwyane Wade on parenting his gay son: “You can learn something from your kids” Matt Barnes asked Dwyane Wade what it’s like raising a gay son coming from a hyper-masculine NBA background—and what Wade says is powerful stuff, reported TMZ last month. Dwyane and his wife, Gabrielle Union, have been publicly supportive of 12-year-old Zion…

CHOSEN FAMILIES

Like birds of a feather—where everyone can shine and be their authentic selves. BY VICTOR MELAMED  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Four best friends, all working in the visual arts field, have proven that sometimes choosing your own family provides a unique support network—a place where everyone can shine and be their authentic selves. RAY…

EXPLORING QUEER KINSHIP

Photographs by disabled, queer artist and activist Robert Andy Coombs at the Palm Springs Museum of Art The “Touching History: Stonewall 50” exhibition at the Palm Springs Museum of Art—running through March 19, 2020—features, among others, photographs by disabled, queer artist and activist Robert Andy Coombs. Bringing together an intergenerational group of contemporary artists working…

HOLiDAYS SURVIVAL GUIDE. WATCH!

Coping with prejudice, discrimination and end-of-year stressors BY JAMES GUAY, LMFT Holiday experiences are so wide and varied that they can conjure up a diverse array of thoughts, feelings and memories. For some, they’re the best time of the year and for others it’s a continual reminder of what’s missing. As LGBTQ people, we face…

NOT JUST A PHASE

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Faze on his debut EP Eclipse BY VICTOR MELAMED Queer artist Faze released his debut EP Eclipse last month,  which includes the singles Right Here and Magic. The EP is available now through all digital retailers.  Produced by Dan and Tom Glashausser (aka Glashaus, a duo known for their work with artists…

A PLACE OF HEALING

An interview with Pastor Peg, from the Lutheran Church of the Master (LCM). Can you tell our readers about your journey with the church? Church community has long been a part of my life. I grew up assuming, however, that serving as a pastor was reserved only for men. The predecessor bodies of the Evangelical Lutheran…

INDUSTRY FAVORITE

Built at the end of WWII The Smoke House is one of the few L.A. restaurants of that era to survive to today. It has the decor and aura of a different age and has grown steadily with the growth of the movie industry and through word of mouth in the Burbank community. The original…

THE FUTURE OF HIV/AIDS

Men’s Health Foundation’s Anthony Mills MD on what lies ahead in the next decade BY ANTHONY MILLS MD In 2015, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) launched an ambitious goal of ending the worldwide HIV epidemic by 2030.  The aim is that no child will be born with HIV and anybody already infected will be…

THE GOOD FIGHT

Greyson Chance: “If the industry wants LGBTQ+ artists to keep on delivering the art that we deliver, good treatment cannot be exclusive to only a few of the letters.”  BY MARK ARIEL  |  PHOTO BY BRODERICK BAUMANN Singer, songwriter and performer Greyson Chance released his new single, Boots (Arista Records) with an accompanying music video…