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L.A. PRIDE 2017 June 10-11
Sunday, June 11, 2017 – 7:30 AM
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – 7:30 pm
Public Service In and Out of the Closet
— Retired Senator Roy Ashburn's 26-year career in government
At the age when some children are planning to be scientists or super heroes, Roy Ashburn was fascinated by politics. A precocious eight-year old, he talked his mother into taking him to see Richard Nixon at the San Louis Obispo train station during Nixon's whistle stop tour of the state in his quest to be governor. That experience started Ashburn on the path to becoming a state senator and a Republican.
Three years later he remembers a firestorm in the press, when a group of gay men–including his teacher–were arrested for indecent activity. The public humiliation and shame heaped on the accused was a searing experience for a boy just coming to awareness about his own sexual orientation. He knew he could never live openly.
As many LGBTQ people have done, he set out to live his life as a heterosexual, marrying his wife, raising four children, and forging a career in California state politics. Ashburn was a California State Senator and State Assemblyman from 1996 to 2010. He also was elected to the Kern County Board of Supervisors from 1985 to 1996. During his twenty-six years as an elected official, Ashburn was a leading advocate for tax reform and fiscal responsibility. He was deeply involved in human services issues and often joined in bipartisan efforts to change welfare laws, expand health services, reform the tax system and provide more public access to governmental services. He was the deciding “Aye” vote on the controversial 2009 budget deal and worked to establish a bipartisan, independent citizens redistricting commission.
Throughout his career, Ashburn balanced political success with the personal terror of having his secret discovered. The charade became increasingly difficult to maintain. In 2010 Ashburn came out during an interview on a Bakersfield radio station, making him the only openly gay Republican to serve in the California State Legislature.
Although term limits ended his tenure in the legislature, he has continued his career in public service. He now serves with the Office of Los Angeles County Assessor Jeff Prang, and works with LGBTQ supportive groups.
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017 – 7:30 pm
— Jonathan Skurnik screens his latest film on trans youth
There are a lot of challenges for a transgender teen in the best of circumstances. Johanna has had more than her share. When she began her transition, she was forced to leave both her home and her school. The story of her journey—and ultimate success—is told in this moving documentary by Johathan Skurnik.
Jonathan, an award winning documentarian, tells the stories of people and communities struggling to overcome oppression to reach their highest potentials. He deeply believes in the power of films to break down barriers and create understanding.
To facilitate this bridge building, Jonathan founded the Workfare Media Initiative, The Youth and Gender Media Project and The Cante Sica Foundation. These outreach and engagement projects provide transformational educational experiences through facilitated screenings and discussions and immersive digital resources on the web.
Becoming Johanna is one of four films in the Youth & Gender Media Project, which together can reach every member of a school community—students, teachers, parents and administrators—to help them create educational settings that welcome all young people, regardless of the where they fall on the spectrum of gender identity and expression.
Come and be inspired by Johanna's courage and Jonathan's commitment.
Visit his website at: www.youthandgendermediaproject.org
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 – 7:30 pm
Real life inspires The Real O'Neals
— Creators David Windsor and Casey Johnson talk about their LGBTQ affirming sitcom
Families are messy–even the perfect ones. That's the premise underlying The Real O'Neals, a popular ABC comedy series created by David Windsor and Casey Johnson.
When sixteen-year-old Kenny comes out as gay to his faultless family, he blows the doors off of everyone's closet. The series explores the comic complications when each family members reveals their hidden secrets.
The series creators David Windsor and Casey Johnson draw on their own life experiences for the plots and quips of their episodes. David, whose father is gay, is keenly aware of the awkward realignments that take place when family members expose their deepest selves. He and Casey explore the emotional territory between comedy and sadness as family members struggle to stay connected while living their own truth.
David and Casey have been writing partners for over fifteen years. Casey, a native Hoosier, came to California to attend USC's film school. Her first job after graduation was on the series Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place where she met another young writer, David. The collaboration has been remarkably productive.
Writing credits for the duo include Galavant, Don't Trust the B--- in Apartment 23, and Mr. Sunshine. Together they have created a number of pilots for ABC, including Golden State, It Takes a Village, and their first series The Real O'Neals, now finishing its second season.
Both Windsor and Johnson have executive producer and showrunner credits on their series, and co-producers credits for 26 episodes of Don't Trust the B--- in Apartment 23.
Come and hear David and Casey talk about how art imitates life, what makes partnerships work in Hollywood, and why they are committed to LGBTQ equality.
Wednesday, April 24, 2017 – 7:00 pm
Special FREE Screening!
April 24, 2017 - 7pm
6360 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
RSVP confirmation is required for attendance. Please respond promptly. This invitation is non-transferable. Seats are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
RSVP to 3GenerationsLA@gmail.com
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 – 7:30 pm
Raised by Gays and Turned Out OK!
— Elizabeth Collins celebrates family in her heartfelt and humorous way.
Elizabeth Collins will present a condensed version of her one person show, "Raised By Gays and Turned Out OK!". It is the story of how she went from having a traditional family, a mom, a dad, a big brother and a mutt dog named Bandit to living with her dad and his partner in Texas during the 90s. How she went from accepting her dad to questioning him when she joins a strict Christian church during college. And how she and her family today are an absolute miracle.
Elizabeth is a standup comedian and writer living in Los Angeles. She has performed in LA, New York, Chicago and Paris. She has published articles at Marie Claire, Salon, HelloGiggles and Narratively. Her show, "Raised By Gays and Turned Out OK!" premiered in Los Angeles and has since run in Houston and San Francisco. She also leads the LA Chapter of COLAGE (an organization for children of LGBTQ parents) and contributes to The Gay Dad Project blog.
Through telling her story and making jokes she and her family have found truth and healing.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 – 7:30 pm
Legal Protections for LGBTQ persons
— Attorney Joseph Goldstein talks about our rights now and under the Trump administration
Joseph Goldstein is an attorney practicing in California, who drafted legislation that assists in protecting LGBT persons. The Bill AB 830 was signed into law by Governor Brown in 2015. It changed the definition of the word "gender" to include LGBT individuals in the Gender Violence Statute.
What does that mean for LGBTQ people and their family members? Goldstein, who conceived and help to draft the measure, will explain the legal intricacies.
In addition, he'll gives us an overview of potential changes to LGBTQ rights under a Trump administration. Changes in laws affecting marriage, immigration, and anti-discrimination in workplace and house may have a big effect on our community. He'll talk about how these changes might occur and what protection California law provides.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – 7:30 pm
"The Real Me"
— World-class jazz musician Jennifer Leitham talks about
transitioning while touring with Doc Severinsen
Jennifer Leitham, acclaimed jazz bassist, has worked with the most famous names in music, including Woody Herman, Bill Watrous, Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé, and Doc Severisen. While she was a standout on stage and in the recording studio, she was hiding her real identity. Jennifer, a transgender woman, was forced to perform as John.
Struggling with her gender identity, she found the courage to transition while still performing her music at the highest level. Her public transition led to a ground breaking CD, "The Real Me," in which she reveals her true identity as a person and an artist.¬
Now performing with her own trio, she has won extravagant praise form top music critics: "left handed virtuoso of the upright bass," Leonard Feather, Los Angeles Times; ". . . astonishing virtuosity with some exquisite soul," Brick Wahl, LA Weekly, ". . . prodigious technique and improvisatory prowess," Robert Bragonier, 52nd St. Jazz
She is equally acclaimed as an advocate for the trans community. A documentary about Leitham, I Stand Corrected, blazed its way through the film festival circuit winning 11 Best Film Audience and Jury Awards and drew attention to the lives of transgender persons. In 2015, she was featured on U.S. newsstands as one of the top 20 pioneers in Vanity Fair’s “Trans America” Special Collector’s Edition.
Continuously involved with work on behalf of transgender youth, Jennifer's story demonstrates that the struggles of transgender persons can be crowned by success in their chosen professions and their lives.
Don't miss the chance to meet the outstanding Jennifer Leitham.
Visit her website at: www.jenniferleitham.com