The 1969 Stonewall Uprising in NY, has been widely regarded as the beginning of the Gay Civil Rights Movement. But the true heart of the movement, and what we know as “Gay Culture” was born in Los Angeles.
Once deemed “the most dangerous city west of the Santa Fe,” Los Angeles 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.
These freedom-seekers left a legacy on the city, the country and the world that still permeates today. Queer culture in America as we know it began to take shape in Los Angeles around the turn of the 20th century. From the Gay and Lesbian artists, designers and directors who shaped early Hollywood, to their systematic criminalization which lead to the emergence of LGBTQ activism and political power.
Queer culture and its history is an experience and identity that is unique to America. One which is riddled with discrimination, suppression and despair but also triumph of the human spirit.
L.A. A Queer History seeks to shed light on a part of American history and historical figures who are largely unacknowledged and in turn, create a newfound dialogue about not only LGBTQ history but how our Gay and Lesbian brothers and sisters affected the world we live in today. This will ultimately create a better understanding of the truly unique and utterly American culture of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender community.
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Gregorio Davila – Director
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.
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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, and only stretching the few blocks from Highland to Vine.
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The first meeting of The Mattachine Society in 1950. The first longstanding Gay rights organization.