December 05, 2006
Authors to Discuss New Book Gay L.A. Saturday, December 16
San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee Announces Free Event with the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center of the San Francisco Public Library
San Francisco, CA 5 December 2006 The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFLGBTPCC) in conjunction with the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center at the San Francisco Public Library announced today that they will be launching a new speaker series with nationally renowned LGBT writers, speakers, and artists. The first of these free, public events takes place Saturday, December 16 at 3:00 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium of the Main Library in Civic Center. Authors and historians Lillian Faderman and Stuart Timmons will be present to talk about their groundbreaking work in their new book, Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians, and to respond to audience questions about this important part of California's LGBT history.
The authors will be discussing among other topics the book's startling claim that "historically, more lesbian and gay institutions started in Los Angeles than anywhere else on the planet," which may come as a surprise to Bay Area residents accustomed to thinking of San Francisco as the first in all things queer. In the book, Faderman and Timmons, both seasoned researchers, look deep into the history of sexual and gender diversity in Los Angeles and bring back some of the most illuminating moments.
Their survey spans from the suppression of Native American's gender and sexual expression by empire-hungry Spaniards; to the "lesbian cavortings of silent film stars" in 1920s Hollywood; to the LAPD's repression of queer spaces in the 1950s; and into the present. Courageous examples of LGBT resistance dot Faderman and Timmon's work and include the important contributions of people of color and women to the making of the Los Angeles queer community.
Lindsey Jones, Executive Director:
The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee and the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center at the San Francisco Public Library invite community members and stakeholders to enjoy this free event, Saturday, December 16, 2006, in the Koret Auditorium of the San Francisco Main Library located at 100 Larkin Street at Grove Street.
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