50 Years of Queer: Los Angeles LGBT Center Hosts 'Big Queer Convo' Focused on LGBT Representation in Television Past and Present, Jan. 30 - Los Angeles LGBT Center

50 Years of Queer: Los Angeles LGBT Center Hosts 'Big Queer Convo' Focused on LGBT Representation in Television Past and Present, Jan. 30

January 14, 2019
Contact: Gil Diaz

As part of its 50th anniversary, the Los Angeles LGBT Center kicks off a year of events celebrating 50 Years of Queer with the first installment of Big Queer Convo’s special panel series documenting the impact of LGBT people on the entertainment and news media over the last half-century. Entitled The New Normal: Television and the Emergence of LGBT Identities, the panel will explore the attitudes, changes, and landmarks in the portrayal of the LGBT community on television from the late 1960s through present day on Wednesday, January 30, at The Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza.

The panelists include: actor, director, and screenwriter Peter Paige, best known for his role as “Emmett Honeycutt” on Showtime's groundbreaking series Queer as Folk and as co-creator and executive producer of the critically-acclaimed drama The Fosters and its new series spinoff Good Trouble; actor Wilson Cruz, known for playing “Rickie Vasquez” on the ABC series My So-Called Life, “Angel” in the Broadway tour production of Rent, “Junito” on Logo’s Noah’s Arc, and "Dr. Hugh Culber" on Star Trek: Discovery; transgender Sri Lankan-American performer, writer, and community activist D'Lo, who has appeared in feature films, short films, and several television series (HBO’s Looking, Amazon Original Series Transparent, Netflix’s Sense 8) and whose performance pieces often address queer and transgender issues and investigate gender norms, sexuality, and the stereotypes of marginalized populations; and television writer Jennifer Hoppe-House, whose show credits include Nurse Jackie, Damages, Grace and Frankie, Get Shorty, and Dietland. Currently, she is adapting Laura Lippman’s novel Sunburn for HBO as a limited series starring Halle Berry. 

“The political and cultural divides of the late 1960s ignited a creative explosion in the arts and media,” said Center Director of Cultural Arts Jon Imparato. “In television, Ozzie and Harriet’s time was up. A new generation of heroes and villains began to emerge into this heterosexual cultural soup, paving the way for the cornucopia of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters that now populate the airwaves. The number of LGBT characters on television has vastly multiplied over the last 50 years, but are the portrayals accurate? Do they represent the breadth of diversity that actually exists in the LGBT community? Our panelists—who have been fearless in delivering LGBT visibility on the air, online, and beyond—will weigh in on the discussion.”

50 Years of Queer is a campaign that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Center’s founding in 1969. A host of events throughout 2019 will commemorate and celebrate the anniversary, culminating in a gala concert and celebration at the Greek Theatre in September.

A reception will be held at The Village courtyard following the panel discussion.

The New Normal: Television and the Emergence of LGBT Identities
A conversation with seasoned LGBT influencers in the entertainment industry on the portrayal of the LGBT community on television since the late 1960s. This is the first installment of the Center’s Big Queer Convo special series in celebration of 50 Years of Queer. The series explores the history and impact of LGBT people on the arts and media over the last half-century in celebration of the Center’s 50th anniversary.

A reception will be held at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza courtyard following the panel discussion.

Wilson Cruz, Actor and Activist
D’Lo, Performer, Writer, and Community Activist
Jennifer Hoppe-House, Television Writer *NEW PANELIST*
Peter Paige, Actor, Director, and Screenwriter

Wednesday, January 30
Media Check-In: 5:45 p.m.
Red Carpet: 6–7 p.m.
Panel Discussion: 7 p.m.
Reception: 8:30–9:30 p.m.

Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Renberg Theatre
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N. McCadden Place
Los Angeles, CA 90038

NOTE: During construction of the Center’s new facility directly across the street from The Village, parking is limited. Please allow extra time to find street parking or choose public transportation or a rideshare service.

FREE admission, but reservations are required.

To RSVP, visit lalgbtcenter.org/thenewnormal.

About the Los Angeles LGBT Center

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond since 1969. Today the Center's nearly 700 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.

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