WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA ─ ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, the oldest LGBT organization in the United States, announced today they will celebrate the grand opening of the ONE Archives Gallery and Museum on Saturday, October 11th (National Coming Out Day), from 5pm-7pm.  Located at 626 N. Robertson Blvd. in West Hollywood, CA, the celebration will include speeches by West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang, West Hollywood Councilman John Duran, Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board Co-Chair Ivy Bottini, and President of Christopher Street West, Rodney Scott.
 
"The City of West Hollywood and the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives have cultivated the unique legacy of leadership within our LGBT community and I am extremely proud to welcome this new addition to our city," said West Hollywood Mayor Jeffrey Prang at this morning’s announcement in Los Angeles.  "The ONE Archives Gallery and Museum will continue to illuminate the voices of LGBT trailblazers for posterity and give witness to one of our community’s greatest strengths: our diversity."
 
“LGBT history remains inaccessible by its absence in high school and college curriculums,” explained Joseph R. Hawkins Ph.D., President, Board of Directors at ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.  “Where peoples of other races and ethnicities have seen the entrance of their collective history into the high school curriculum with such events as Martin Luther King Day and the popularity of Cesar Chavez, the queer community still has no day or event to celebrate.”
 

Through the ONE Archives Gallery and Museum, the ONE organization aims to preserve the past and secure the future of LGBT peoples by providing greater access to queer history. ONE also hopes to instill greater interest in pre-Stonewall queer history.
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“The homophile movement in Los Angeles can be traced as far back as 1947,” notes Dr. Hawkins.1950sDemandCivilRights2
 
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives originated from the earliest national gay publication, ONE Magazine, and now functions as a world-class research center for the study of all things relating to queer history and culture.  It is located in Southern California on the USC campus.
 
The scope of LGBT historical documents housed at ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives and available for display at ONE Archives Gallery and Museum is, indeed, vast. Exhibits will explore a range of important topics in LGBT history including gay marriage (ONE Magazine championed marriage in its 1953 issues), groundbreaking court cases, lesbians who passed as men, and romance through the ages. 
 
The first exhibit at ONE Archives Gallery and Museum will feature the illustrious history of the Christopher Street West organization with a special focus on the continuing evolution of the Los Angeles Pride Parades.   Future exhibitions will focus on “Lesbian Pulp Fiction”, “Male Nudes and the Bodybuilder in Los Angeles”, and the diverse LGBT organizations that have emerged in and around Los Angeles in the last fifty years.
 
ONE Archives Gallery and Museum is entirely staffed by volunteers.  Hours are Friday 4pm-8pm, Saturday 1pm-5pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm.  Admission is free but donations are welcome.
 
For more information on ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, please visit onearchives.org
Note: To see pictures from the opening see http://www.gayinla.com/photos/onewehoopening2008/.

 

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