Thursday, February 2, 2017
Week 4: Gay LA III
Before reading this book, I had never thought that immigration was caused by something more than a financial reason. Although the phrase, "For a better life" always came up when talking about immigration. In part three of Gay LA, multiple types of immigration (coming from Mexico, Guatemala, or other states in the US) are mentioned. Having to move from a place you call home to a place you belong could have positive and negative effects. On the one hand, a person is leaving their home, family, town/neighborhood where they might have grown up, on the other their family might not approve of their sexuality and moving to a place like LA was liberating. An interesting aspect to this is that not all of LA was open minded. Such as East LA where people worked in the Chicano movement but there was "little to no tolerance about homosexuality there" (285). People of color still struggled with racism and discrimination in parts of LA but thankfully that didn't stop them from going there. Places such as Circus Disco where the style was distinctly latino shows just how strong the desire for freedom was.