Thursday, January 19, 2017
Week 1 Blog: Gay L.A
My name is Michael Vielma and I am a senior here at UCLA studying communications. I was born and raised in Orange County near Laguna Beach and moved to LA around two years ago as a transfer student. I currently intern at Paramount Pictures in international marketing, and hope to pursue a future career in the same field! As a gay male, I joined this class to learn more about the LGBTQ community and gain a deeper understanding as to its presence in art throughout the city I call home.
I found this week’s reading in ‘Gay LA: A history of sexual outlaws, power politics, and lipstick lesbians’ by Lillian Faderman to be extremely interesting. In the beginning, the author speaks about the Gabrielino Indians and their residency in what later became the city of Los Angeles. The institutionalized gender and sexual practices of these Native Americans were appalling to the missionaries who took over the land. The natives engaged in same-sex relations and the missionaries aimed to rid the land of this ‘abnormal’ behavior that “shocked” them.
Even though the history within the first part of the reading seems so far away, it’s eerie to think that there are still people in this world with the same attitude and views towards the LGBTQ community. While we may look back on these missionaries in disgust at the way they treated the natives, there are people among us in the year 2017 with the same attitude.