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LGBTQ+ Pride Month: Stories, Exhibits and Forums

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month and is celebrated with annual month-long observances of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, along with the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. Our efforts to bring the voices, stories, and experiences of LGBTQ+ Californians to broader audiences, to promote understanding and dialogue, and to help foster a more inclusive and tolerant society, are reflected by the scores of grants made to a wide variety of partner organizations. In honor of Pride month, we are highlighting some upcoming events hosted by grantees who received funding through our new grantmaking program, Humanities for All, and are creating public events (exhibits, forums and online platforms) which speak to the issues relevant to the LGBTQ+ community.

We are also highlighting recent programming which engaged on topics of relevance to LGBTQ+ history in interactive, engaging and performative modes.

Home and Abroad: Video and Film by Queer Caribbean Filmmakers 

This program, presented by Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts and the African American Art and Culture Complex, showcases the work of queer artists from the Caribbean and its diaspora: the filmmakers hail from Colombia, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, and the United Kingdom. In comedy and drama, and with animation and lyrical and experimental styles, they tell stories of love, desire, and self-discovery. The subjects are Caribbean carnival, the coming-of-age journey, bad romances, slavery’s legacies, and simmering seduction. This program is supported by an Humanities for All Quick Grant.

Thursday, June 21, 2018, 7:30 – 9:00 pm @ African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA. To purchase tickets, go to Eventbrite Tickets 

In | Dignity Exhibition Open Now in San Bernardino 

“In|Dignity,” an exhibit aimed at exploring and dismantling intolerance through the experiences of Inland Empire residents, is open at CSUSB’s Anthropology Museum through Dec. 11. Photos: Robert A. Whitehead/CSUSB


Republished from Inside CSUSB Online publication:

“These two meanings [“indignity” and “in dignity”] capture precisely what the exhibition explores: experiences with oppression, discrimination, and prejudice, and simultaneously the pride and self-respect that we must have for ourselves and for others facing such injustices,” said director of the Anthropology Museum and exhibition co-curator Arianna Huhn.

The exhibition centers on the stories of community participants who volunteered to share intimate details of their lives “in the hope that doing so would help promote conversation, introspection and change in the way we interact with each other,” said Annika Anderson, co-curator and assistant professor of sociology, at the exhibit’s opening reception on Jan. 18.

In|Dignity shares life experiences of Inland Empire community members in their own words on giant displays that also feature portraits of them by Thomas McGovern, CSUSB professor of art. The exhibit becomes even more personal through the audio interviews where museum visitors can hear the voices of the participants telling their stories.

“They are powerful stories to read,” Huhn said. “They are more powerful to listen to.”

The indignities considered in the exhibition and story collection process are wide-ranging and include personal experiences with ableism, androcentrism, cisgenderism, Islamophobia, racism, heterosexism, educationalism, ageism, colorism, size-ism, pro-natalism and other axes of life outside of the societal “norm.”

Out on the Left Coast Archive

OUT on the Left Coast is a new website and a digital collection documenting the history of the San Diego Pride Parade through the many moving and provocative graphics the phenomenon has generated over the years. Watch history unfold on the website timeline. Explore t-shirts, posters, buttons and banners – as well as striking photographs of early community activists. People of all backgrounds now have unprecedented access to this important historical collection!

The original materials for the project date from the late 1960s to the present and are housed at the Lambda Archives of San Diego. In partnership with Lambda Archives, the SDSU Library envisions OUT on the LEFT COAST as a growing and evolving resource that fosters greater community understanding and engagement with an important part of Southern California history. 

The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot 

In February 2018, The Tenderloin Museum premiered an original play: The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot with the support from a Humanities for all Quick Grant. This original, interactive theater piece directly inspired by the historic riots that launched transgender activism in San Francisco. The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot is an integral piece of the Tenderloin’s identity, and this play offered a singular opportunity for audiences to celebrate the individuals whose tenacious spirit spawned a movement against the long history of discrimination and violence. Attendees convened for a late night breakfast at the New Village Cafe (a surrogate for the long-gone Compton’s on Turk and Taylor), where a 12 person cast  recreated the neighborhood’s seminal act of resistance and immersed the audience in the tribulations of a marginalized community striving for survival and recognition.

Redding LGBTQ+ Film Festival

The first annual “Redding LGBTQ+ Film Festival” (in summer 2017) included a variety of films and conversations covering a range of sexual and gender identities, races/ethnicities, and ages. The film festival, an integral part of local Pride celebrations, brought a rich educational experience about LGBTQ+ issues to rural Far Northern California through the screening of films and post-screening discussion with subjects of the film.

Barriers & Breakthroughs in Identity & Culture: Has the Needle Shifted for Filmmakers of Color? 

This series in summer 2017 by Frameline was supported by an Humanities for All Quick Grant to present a series of 3-5 film screenings and 1-2 free participatory discussion/forum panels to examine the intersectionality of ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexuality, and cultural authenticity primarily among queer and trans filmmakers of color. This project promoted engagement with the work of queer filmmakers of color who seek to explore and grapple with these important and oftentimes underrepresented topics among the LGBTQ+ community.

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