THE LAVENDER EFFECT® is a 501(c)3 nonprofit project of Community Partners that is Advancing the Future of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Heritage and Culture. YOU are invited to join the movement to help document LGBTQ people’s history and contributions to society, demystify the spectrum of human sexuality, and celebrate the essential benefits of diversity.
There is an urgent need to educate both our young people and the population-at-large of the positive impact LGBTQ people have on civilization. Our visibility has never been greater and yet many people are living in fear and hopelessness. Though we have made enormous strides over the past half-century, homophobia still exists, and the global epidemic of disenfranchised gay teens continues.
Phase-I: The Lavender Effect’s Oral History Project (OHP) captures video testimonies from members of the LGBTQ community and supportive allies who were integral participants or witnesses to a historic event or movement. These video recordings are being produced at the highest standards possible (i.e., USC Shoah Foundation‘s guidelines) and are being used for educational programs and projects. For more information click here.
Phase-II: The Lavender Effect – LA Studio will house our global headquarters and fulfill three primary functions including:
- A Permanent Soundstage for Oral History Project Interviews, Cultural Programming, and Global History-Making News.
- A Collaborative Workspace and Community Hub for Team Lavender and Partnering Organizations.
- A State-Of-The-Art Exhibit Workshop & Gallery for Rotating and Traveling Installations.
Phase-III: The LGBTQ Heritage Museum and Cultural Center will be among the foremost educational and entertainment institutions in Southern California. It will showcase the Southern California regional history of the LGBTQ movement and its place in world history, as well as the reciprocal influence on our region of LGBTQ contributions to civilization. Using the latest in evolving technology, we plan to celebrate diversity, as well as educate and inspire future generations. Coupled with a dynamic Cultural Center which will become a hub for our community, the complex will focus awareness on our contributions to society and our place in history, host lively programs to help define our place in the 21st Century, and provide positive role models for LGBTQ youth.
It takes time, planning, and money to create a cutting-edge, elegant cultural complex which will properly reflect the diversity, creativity, and sophistication of our community. Current plans call for Phase-II to open in 2017 and Phase-III by 2020.
Currently Hollywood hosts 35,000,000 visitors per year. We hope to situate the complex in a prominent location within the core tourist district, with a goal of reaching a percentage of that international visitor stream, as well as attracting regional residents and school groups. This facility will showcase dynamic connections with individuals, communities, and organizations around the world.