LGBT, secularista e humanista: "O ressentimento contra a felicidade alheia é o maior atestado de infelicidade própria que alguém pode dar a si mesmo. Todo fundamentalista, por adiar a felicidade para o além-mundo, se ressente da felicidade dos outros. Por isso, ele abana as chamas de seu próprio inferno para cima daqueles que, ignorando seu esforço para estragar tudo, constroem sua felicidade aqui e agora da melhor maneira possível." Sergio Viula
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The Lavender Effect: Building the future of LGBTQ history!
LGBTQ pioneers bequeathed their legacies in our "Queer Time Capsule Workshop" at the Models of Pride Conference in October (photo above). Teams of students were coached to interview local LGBTQ legends and reenacted their her/histories for posterity. The workshop was a milestone event and fulfilled our mission to pass the baton of LGBTQ history. As a result of its success, we are planning to roll-out a similar educational program before we have a permanent home. And we have more new initiatives next year including the launch of our LGBTQ Oral History and Timeline Dance Projects (more info coming soon).
We have made huge strides in the last quarter of 2012 thanks to the commitment of our talented advisors and volunteers. YOU can also make a difference by contributing to The Lavender Effect's educational programs, traveling exhibits, and visioning process. Please CLICK HERE to make your tax-deductible donation before December 31st and help us preserve our past, celebrate our present, and create our future.
Thanks again for your support and Happy 2013! Andy Sacher, Founding Executive Director
(Models of Pride photo above - from left to right: Andy Sacher, Mia Yamamoto, Jason Jenn, Robert Patrick, Cary Harrison, Michael Annetta, Miki Jackson, Troy Perry, Ian MacKinnon, and Angela Brinskele)
Why do we need The Lavender Effect?
For me and many other Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) folk who migrated to Southern California, it’s important to tell our story of struggle, innovation, and ultimately triumph. We have a story of positive social change, including many LGBTQ movement innovations, such as the LA Gay & Lesbian Center (the first in the world); the Mattachine Society and Daughters of Annubis, the first homophile organizations; the founding of the Metropolitan Community Church and Project 10; the unique ONE magazine with its archives; and so many more.
In addition, The Lavender Effect story has its roots in every community of the SoCal mosaic: Black, Latin, Asian, and White. This also includes the
entertainment industry icons whose chaste Hollywood images hid an exciting LGBTQ lifestyle. Our most poignant stories tell about our community’s Herculean response to the AIDS epidemic, both institutionally and spiritually. We turned a crisis into a community effort of compassion and success.
There are so many great reasons for The Lavender Effect, but perhaps the most important is to help eradicate homophobia by telling about our lives and good works. Hopefully this will serve as instruction and inspiration for future generations of LGBTQ youth, like my grandson, as they work to end bullying, teen suicide, and discrimination everywhere.