LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes Hosts ‘Platica: Who is Documenting Queer History in L.A.?’

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Join the “Platica” (discussion) on queer history. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes will host the roundtable panel discussion “Platica: Who is Documenting Queer History in L.A.?” The event is scheduled for Thursday, November 30 at 7pm – 9pm at the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N Main St, in Downtown Los Angeles.

Panelist will address and question: Who are the keepers of the contributions of the Latino LGBTQ community? Who is documenting this history in Los Angeles and nationwide?

Roundtable participants include: James Rojas (urban planner, community activist and author); Ana Bernal (Gender Non-Conforming, multidisciplinary artist and founder of Q-Youth Foundation);Gregorio Davila (filmmaker, “L.A.: A Queer History” and “Jeanne Cordova: Butches, Lies and Feminism”); and Alicia Gaspar de Alba (scholar, cultural critic, novelist, and poet whose works include historical novels and scholarly studies on Chicana/o art, culture and sexuality).

The panel moderator is Xavier Mejia–founder of QTalk Radio, whose mission is to collect, curate and digitally disperse the LGBTQ community’s life experience and passions.

This program is in conjunction with LA Plaza’s “¡Mirame! Expressions of Queer Latinx Art.” The exhibit presents various art forms from 11 artists from the Latinx LGBTQ community. The are exhibit reflects and questions the limitations of behaving respectably. It explores the terms of social acceptance and the ways Latinx LGBTQ artists continue to push boundaries. The exhibition provides some necessary historical context about queer Latinxs in Los Angeles and shows that there are more ways than one way to find empowerment as a member of the Latinx LGBTQ community.

¡Mírame! launched on June 3, to coincide with the beginning of LGBT Pride Month. It will run through December 9.

For more information, visit lapca.org

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