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L.A. A Queer History has been a passion project for Mario J. Novoa and I for two years now.

So far all production costs have been out of pocket. But we don’t have the money to complete the film – color correction, sound mixing, music, animation, etc.

Please help us make history and donate today so we can complete this very important film!
Remember, if we don’t reach our $10,000 goal by November 1st, we get nothing!

Thank you!

About The Film

T he Stonewall Riots in NY, has been widely regarded as the beginning of the Gay Civil Rights Movement. But the true heart of the movement was born in Los Angeles. 

O nce deemed “the most dangerous city West of the Santa Fe”, Los Angles was the original ‘Wild West’. The incessant hankering of Americans to migrate west for profit and prosperity, also brought with it, people who had a strong desire to find a place where they had the freedom to be themselves. In short, people in search of a better life; a true American virtue if ever one was.  


F eaturing profound eras of early California from the Native American experience, the Catholic Spaniard colonization, the western pioneer migration, the establishment of the entertainment capitol of the world and up to and including the mid-20th century gay civil rights     struggles, the founding of the first ever gay city, the devastation of the AIDS crisis and the pain of Proposition 8.  


L os Angeles has benefited from the LGBTQ contribution in many ways, and this project encompasses all contributions made from past to present. It is meant to showcase Los Angeles as a destination of innovators, creators and pioneers while showing the enduring spirit across all communities.



Bar Raids were a part of life. You could get arrested just for touching a person of the same sex. And the Anti-Masquerading Law targeted both drag queens and butch lesbians.

The “FAGOTS STAY OUT” sign in the West Hollywood restaurant, Barney’s Beanery sparked a string of protests demanding equal rights for Gays and Lesbians.

The first homo-erotic publication, Physique Pictorial, was born when Bob Mizer began taking photos of muscle men on the infamous Muscle Beach in Venice.

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Christopher Street West, the first ever Gay Pride Parade was held June 28th 1970 on Hollywood Boulevard. Only stretching the few blocks from Highland to Vine.

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Meet Our Team

Gregorio Davila


Mario J. Novoa


J. D. Gonzales

Associate Producer

The first meeting of The Mattachine Society in 1950. The first longstanding Gay rights organization.

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