THE LAVENDER EFFECT® is a nonprofit "Advancing the Future of LGBTQ Heritage and Culture!" Our video testimonies, educational workshops and exhibits teach the contributions of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allied pioneers and celebrate our diverse culture. We believe this will help demystify our existence, combat global homophobia, discourage adolescent suicides, and empower future generations.
THE LAVENDER EFFECT® and West Hollywood 30+ presents “Young City at War: Stories from West Hollywood during the AIDS Epidemic." During the outbreak of AIDS in the 1980s, diagnosis was a likely death sentence with the average life expectancy nine months. As a result, the turmoil of loss and survival became integral to the identity of a city created to be an oasis for the gay community. Those who survived this catastrophic epidemic hold a fragile cultural memory that must be documented.
We are seeking $10,000 in funding from the West Hollywood business community to match a grant bestowed by the city of West Hollywood to research and produce 6-8 high quality interviews with individuals who played a key role in West Hollywood’s battle against HIV/AIDS from 1984 to the present day. This project will be showcased at West Hollywood’s Public Library in a new video archival collection as part of the West Hollywood 30+ year long celebration in 2015.
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