The queer Los Angeles art scene is gearing up for the opening of the month (there are a lot of art openings in L.A.) — “Fist Pump,” from polemic West Coast street-artist Homo Riot. The angry sexual images of “Fist Pump” will debut on Saturday in Downtown Los Angeles. We originally thought to share more of the racy pieces with you, but to avoid offending sensitive sensibilities, we asked Homo Riot to help explain and elaborate on his latest work.
One of the best aspects of the Occupy Wall Street movement is how many different kinds of people are joining together to protest the greed, avarice and corruption that has come to be politically accepted as the new norm, despite Enron, Bernie Medoff and the devastating and ongoing mortgage crisis. Just as the military draft impacted most young people during the Vietnam War (though the rich still finagled deferments or non-war duty) and started the anti-War and Student movements, so now sky-high and stubborn unemployment has galvanized people across the spectrum of “identity politics” to join in solidarity to protest the erosion of the American Dream.
While the protest started in New York City, it has spread to cities across the nation – including Los Angeles. Perhaps UNLIKE other cities, the LA City Council signed onto a Resolution introduced by openly gay City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl supporting the protesters. (UPDATE: Hear Rosendahl talk with some of the Occupy LA demonstrators outside LA City Hall here.)
And during the worst of the rain, LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office handed out rain gear to the Occupy Los Angeles demonstrators. As KABC News reported Friday morning, the anti-Wall Street Occupy L.A. movement planned a prayer vigil then a march to the downtown federal building.
KNBC New reported Thursday night about the arrests of 11 protesters who pretended to try to cash a giant check made out to the “People of California” for $673 billion at a Bank of America. The bank demonstration followed a ReFund California organized march of about 500 people – that included people waving the Rainbow Flag.
Los Angeles City Hall
The Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest district in the nation, has strengthened their LGBT-positive policies.
On Tuesday, the LAUSD board passed a resolution that states school staff need to intervene when they see acts of antigay bias or harassment. The action also reiterates that Los Angeles schools teach the contributions of gays and lesbians by, “promoting positive images of LGBT people and making age-appropriate LGBT curriculum available in elementary and secondary schools.” Read more here.
Los Angeles schools already teach some aspects of LGBT history; the entire state of California passed an act that mandates all the state’s public schools teach of the positive contributions of LGBT people. Conservative groups hope to repeal the FAIR (Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful) Education Act at the ballot box next year.
A seven-year-old has donated $140 to the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) because he doesn’t think it’s right for gay people not to be treated equally.
The child, called Malcolm, was given $140 by his parents to donate to the charity of his choice.
Samurai swords, angel wings and stethoscopes were among the props No H8 Campaign supporters brought to a photo shoot fundraiser for AIDS Walk L.A. Sunday afternoon.
No H8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest against Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage. Jeff Parshley and celebrity photographer Adam Bouska created the No H8 campaign. The two joined forces again on Sunday in an effort to raise funds for No H8’s AIDS Walk Los Angeles team expected to participate in the Oct. 17 event.
About 300 supporters including adults, children and pets lined up inside Hollywood’s United Methodist Church to have their photograph taken.
AIDS Walk Los Angeles, in its 26th year, will kick-off in West Hollywood Park. Registration to participate in the event is still open. For more information on AIDS Walk L.A. please visit http://aidswalk.net.
For the first time, ABC Daytime and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center are teaming up to produce a benefit engagement of Kander & Ebb’s award-winning musical revue, “The World Goes ‘Round.” The performances will feature “All My Children’s” Bobbie Eakes and Natalie Hall and “General Hospital’s” Bradford Anderson and Brandon Barash. Each performance will be hosted by another star from one of the shows. “The World Goes ‘Round” will be performed on October 7, 9 and 10 at the Gay & Lesbian Center’s Renberg Theatre, and net proceeds will raise much needed funds for its Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic.