laglcMarlene Bronte showed up at the Los Angeles LGBT Center on a recent Tuesday afternoon ready to begin perusing over tables covered with fresh kale, lettuce, spinach, celery, onions, carrots, herbs, grapes, pears, and other organic offerings.

“I have a lot of expenses and I have to keep myself healthy,” Bronte said as she took her place at the front of the line in the courtyard of The Village at Ed Gould Plaza.

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An evangelical Christian group in California is using social media to promote the scientifically discredited and flat-out lethal idea that gay, lesbian, or bisexual people can change their sexual orientation if they pray hard enough, reports The Huffington Post.

Anchored North, a conservative Christian charity, tells the story of a young woman named Emily Thomes in a video titled “Love is Love.” Thomes says that after studying the Bible and repenting of her sins, she was able to leave her “super wild” life as a lesbian and marry a man.

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Mark Ariel | Matthew Bianchi, Admissions and Outreach Coordinator at Pride Recovery Los Angeles, an LGBTQ Intensive Outpatient facility, knows a thing or two about becoming clean and sober.

“At the age of 25 I was a full blown opiate and tranquilizer addict,” he reveals in an interview with THE FIGHT. “I had multiple doctors prescribing me opiates and tranquilizers and was buying them off the street. I would take prescription narcotics, snort other drugs up my nose and drink myself to oblivion.

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Victor Melamed | According to a new study out of UCLA, more than a quarter of California adolescents feel comfortable enough to dismiss societal pressures to identify with one gender or another, reports Vice at broadly.vice.com,

Researchers out of the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research analyzed data from the 2015-2016 version of the California Health Interview Survey, which collected data from 1,300 households. For the first time ever, the survey included a question for young people (ages 12-17) about gender expression.

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Steve Ganzell / Garry Bowie | The go to place for mental health and more.

My introduction to Being Alive happened in one phone call. I was sitting with a close friend who had just heard that he had tested positive. It was overwhelming. It always is. The agony of being asked, will I live a normal life? What am I gonna tell my family? Then I made that phone call. Before we hung up, he had an appointment to start the process of accessing services, he had an appointment to come in and get supportive counseling….and he had an answer. It wasn’t gonna be easy but he would make it.

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Roxie Perkins | The LA LGBT Center in Hollywood offers an abundance of support and social networking groups.

Cain Andrade and Gina Bigham are facilitators of the LA LGBT Center’s weekly social networking groups, providing a space for queer people to find community and support.

In an interview with THE FIGHT they talk about the Center’s locations and resources, services geared towards the Spanish speaking community and the difference between online support and in-person meetings.

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Jessica Gelt | Playwright and “This Is Us” writer Bekah Brunstetter’s “The Cake,” a comedy about a Christian-conservative baker who balks at making a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, will follow its premiere last year in L.A. with a production at La Jolla Playhouse in February.

The theater announced that the creative team will include director Casey Stangl (South Coast Repertory’s “Venus in Fur”) and a cast featuring Aubrey Dollar (the film “One Small Hitch”), Wayne Duvall (Broadway’s “1984” and La Jolla’s “Bonnie & Clyde”), Miriam Hyman (TV’s “Blue Bloods”) and Tony Award-winner Faith Prince (“Guys and Dolls”).

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Troy Masters | vy Bottini was born on Aug. 15, 1926, and at a very early age it was clear she was going places. 

She has spent a lifetime captivated by imagery — Charles Lindberg’s flight was an an absolute obsession for her. “I was transported by the idea of movement and meaning; what does it mean to have a destination, a purpose. We have to fight for that,” she told me on her 90th birthday in 2016.

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