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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Gay LA p. 3

The last four chapters of the book, grouped under the title "Smash Hits, Devastating Bombs, Stunning Comebacks," continue a kind of recuperative adventure similar to the one undertaken in the previous chapters. We find here accounts of the nation's first gay church, the Metropolitan Community Church, and gay synagogue, the Beth Chayim Chadashim. In terms of advocacy and protest, the first organized AIDS walk which sparked support from hollywood elite and those in the grit of the epidemic. as well as the first organized AIDS walk. Voices were becoming louder and meaningful. Meanwhile, gay media making and distributing were reinvented in Los Angeles: upon returning from the Bay Area, the production of the Advocate had "gone mainstream" in Hollywood, and Outfest, L.A.'s gay and lesbian film festival, was established in 1982 by the Lesbian and Gay Media Coalition. What I think is really interesting is something that Aida pointed out in her analysis about spaces for expression. The temple and church are all fortresses of expression and identity that serve a larger purpose not only for those that the congregations were intended for, but also for those who choose to frequent. What makes these spots valuable? Is it the fact that people in the community can re-establish their faith, or is it that Madonna used to go to the same club and that is historically significant. I’m interested in what becomes important or significant in gay history. Is it the experience that the LGBT+ community underwent in that space, or is i just an icon, because it was famous at one point.

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