This is the Winter 2017 course discussion blog for and by UCLA students enrolled in LGBTQ Studies 183: Queer Arts in LA.
This course includes a creative component. When this course was first offered during the Fall 2012 quarter, the students researched queer artists who have a significant connection to Los Angeles. Then created a collaborative website.
I will be researching Film Maker Aurora Guerrero for our project. I feel that Aurora's film Mosquita Y Mari is the true first film that realistically portrays womyn sexuality in terms of coming of age. Media now portrays womyn's sexuality in such a hypersexualized way that this portrayal of how queer womyn may fall into their felt like I actually saw myself for the first time in popular media. Aurora is a fierce Queer Chicana Artist and I feel it is necessary that her work and her career takes off on a massive scale because she taps into something that hasn't been presented yet. As a Queer Chicana I can relate to some of Aurora's experiences, and while I may have not been raised in LA, I can still appreciate her experiences of growing up like she did.