According to Skylight Books, Gay LA is its bestselling GLBT title since 1996. And, really, LA was pretty gay at some point. To remind us about gay LA, Roots of Equality organized LAvender Los Angeles, a two-week long celebration and analysis of LGBT history and culture in our city. The exhibit currently is open at The Exchange which, conveniently, also will be open during tonight’s monthly (and free!) Downtown Artwalk. Just off of 5th and Main, right next to the Must Bar, the exhibit highlights LA gay, bisexual, and transgender culture from the 1880s to the present. And by “LA,” I don’t mean “West Hollywood” – I’m talking about Pershing Square, bars along Main, and Le Barcita, endpoint of last week’s protest and rally. After you’re done taking in a little local pride color, join the other hipsters, yuppies, artists, “artists,” loft dwellers, and their lovely dogs as they roam the streets in search of other open galleries in the gentrified sections of the Historic Core.
If you miss the walk, the exhibit is open until November 20 and has fairly generous hours. There are other LAvender Los Angeles events at the space, including a walking tour of prominent gay locales on Saturday. The full schedule can be found here.
The LAvender Los Angeles exhibit is located at The Exchange, 114 W. 5th Street (between Spring and Main), and will be open today from 12pm-9:30pm. Other galleries on the Artwalk have their own operating hours, and, judging from past experience, the streets really crawl after 7ish.
Pretty nifty A R T photo taken by Sean_Yoda_Rouse via the Metblogs Flickr pool.