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…

The Profile

Mosaic Wellness “I have not taken an OTC or prescription drug for inflammation, pain, arthritis, lack of sleep or anxiety since discovering all the benefits of the different CBD products.” Karin Clarke, a certified integrative health coach and owner of Mosaic Wellness, has been working in the cannabis industry for close to a decade. “I…

SoCal CLUB

Health and wellness through community, education and empowerment. BY VICTOR MELAMED Located in South Los Angeles, SoCal Club is a safe space for young men, ages 12–29, focusing on health and wellness through community, education and empowerment. Here are some of the activities and events taking place at the SoCal Club: Fitness Activities Several times…

The Epidemic

New Implant On The Horizon The device could eventually offer a novel approach to HIV suppression. A matchstick-sized implant could revolutionize HIV prevention regimes after early trials suggested the device could stop at-risk people contracting the virus for up to a year at a time, new research showed last month, reports Raw Story. Unveiling their…

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Remedista The many ways CBD can make a huge difference in your life. CBD is still a relatively new market and many people are confused about the products, the quality and the benefits. Thankfully, Remedista is here to guide, educate and show you the many ways CBD can make a huge difference in your life. Marina,…

Pride Institute

Recovery doesn’t just mean living substance-free, it means living more integrated and expressive lives. BY VICTOR MELAMED Founded in 1986, Pride Institute is the nation’s first and leading provider of residential and outpatient treatment programs devoted to treating addiction and the mental health needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. At Pride Institute,…

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Metropolitan Animal Special Hospital Gay veterinarian Dr. Adam Strom, DVM, MS, DACVS, on what it’s like to be a surgeon at a cutting-edge and specialized animal hospital. Metropolitan Animal Special Hospital (MASH), located on 6565 Santa Monica Blvd., in the heart of Hollywood, is a 24-hour specialty and emergency animal hospital that offers veterinary surgery,…

A Promising Treatment

Healing the trauma: MDMA-assisted therapy for Queer PTSD.  BY COLIN STACK-TROOST, MA, AMFT It’s been over 30 years since MDMA, known in the club scene as “molly” or “ecstasy,” received an emergency Schedule I classification from the US government. At the time, there were a number of factors contributing to this: tens of thousands of…

The Epidemic

Once-A-Month HIV Treatment  Progress made in developing a monthly injectable to treat HIV. BY ORLY LYONNE GlaxoSmithKline’s ViiV Healthcare has continued to lead the way when it comes to simplifying drug treatment regimens for those living with HIV, and now they are closer than ever to releasing a once-a-month injectable treatment in the United States,…