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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Blog Post #2

Hello hello !

In this weeks reading in Gay L.A., there were multiple facets that struck me as interesting. In general, just reference to major streets such as Sunset Boulevard, or Pershing Square where young LGBTQ individuals would flock to gather with people similar to themselves, was awesome to hear. I always knew that Los Angeles had a rich history, but to hear it from the perspective of the people that I identify with, is fascinating! This was a time filled with much conservativeness, as we read on to find out that the owner of a bookstore was arrested for selling a lesbian pulp novel called Sweeter Than Life. This was a time where people did not want to open their eyes to difference, or even think about  it for that matter. The motion picture industry was pivotal in keeping the faith alive in these "different" individuals as it noted to keep with the times and that homosexuality was to be treated with "care, discretion and restraint".

At such an early time, it is comforting to see that Los Angeles was a place of comfort and belonging to people of the LGBTQ community. Progressive companies such as Universal Studios that outright support ending gay discrimination was incredible. This part of the reading also introduced the lesbian community more heavily and their residence in the North Hollywood area. Lesbians, however, remained under the media's radar for some time. Newspapers continued to release false stories regarding homosexuals and viewed their behavior as a "threat". Instances such as the Barbara Streisand Sweep just show the incredible discrimination against this community. Around sixty people were arrested for practically no reason at all--just for sitting in a bar.

I really enjoyed part two of Gay L.A., although it brought forth so many feelings of anger and sadness within me. It is absolutely crazy that discrimination is an actual integration of society. To be ridiculed for the color of your skin or to be arrested without reason because you are gay --is crazy to me. It's difficult to process because I know there are still people out there in this world who continue to feel this way. Thankfully, we live in Los Angeles--one of the most progressive communities in the world and here we can freely express ourselves at any time.

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