Past Events












Hilda Viloria presents Born Both: An Intersex Life

When: Monday, April 24, 6-7:30pm
Where: Pico Branch Library
2201 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Hida Viloria, a queer Latinx intersex author, writer, and activist presents her new book, Born Both: An Intersex Life: a candid, provocative and eye-opening memoir of gender identity, self-acceptance and love. A book sale and signing will follow. The program is hosted by Santa Monica Public Library and is co-sponsored by the ONE Archives Foundation. Find more information on Viloria here.


LGBTQ Historic Places in L.A.Screening and Panel Conversation

When: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Where: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Please join us for this special screening and panel conversation at ONE Archives, organized by the Los Angeles Conservancy. The event will showcase Los Angeles Conservancy’s first three short films spotlighting significant LGBTQ spaces (The Black Cat, The Woman’s Building, and Plummer Park, Great Hall/Long Hall) and civil rights stories, and a special panel conversation will follow. Panelists to be announced. Find more information about the event here.




Join ONE Archives at the Level Ground Film Festival for “Ask & Answer” with Vivek Shraya and Chase Joint

When: Friday, April 7, 2017 at 7pm
Where: 600 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91101

Three-time Lambda Literary Finalist Vivek Shraya, recently returned from tour with Teagan and Sara, joins award-winning filmmaker and Lambda Literary Finalist Chase Joynt to bring what is often a private conversation about gender, race, and transition and share it with the broader public in a thoughtful and provocative exchange. As a festival partner, ONE Archives will have a table and display its history panels at both the “Beer and Art Happy Hour” and “Ask & Answer” events on April 7.

When: Thursday, March 30, 2017 – 7:00-9:00pm
Where: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Find location, hours, and parking information for ONE Archives here.

Admission is free.

Please join ONE Archives and At land’s edge for a special screening of Everything Will Be Fine(Alles Wird Gut) written by Fatima El-Tayeb and Angelina Maccarone, directed by Angelina Maccarone, 1998, Germany. The screening will be followed by a conversation between Fatima El-Tayeb and Tisa Bryant.

Fatima El-Tayeb is professor of Literature and Ethnic Studies and director of Critical Gender Studies at the University of California, San Diego. She is the author of three books, UnDeutsch: Die Konstruktion des Anderen in der postmigrantischen Gesellschaft (UnGerman: The Construction of Otherness in the Postmigrant Society), Transcript 2016; European Others: Queering Ethnicity in Postnational Europe (University of Minnesota Press 2011, German transl. 2015); and Schwarze Deutsche: Rasse und nationale Identität, 1890-1933 (Black Germans: Race and National Identity, 1890-1933, Campus 2001), as well as of numerous articles on the interactions of race, gender, sexuality, and nation. Before coming to the U.S., she lived in Germany and the Netherlands, where she was active in black feminist, migrant, and queer of color organizations. She was one of the co-founders of the Black European Studies project in 2004 and is co-author of the movie Alles wird gut/Everything will be fine (Germany 1997).

Tisa Bryant is the author of Unexplained Presence, a collection of fiction-essays on black presences in film, literature and visual arts; co-editor of the cross-referenced literary journal, The Encyclopedia Project, and co-editor, with Ernest Hardy, of War Diaries, an anthology of Black male desire and survival in the age of AIDS. In 2016, Tisa was a commissioned writer/researcher for Radio Imagination, Clockshop’s year-long Los Angeles celebration of science fiction writer Octavia Butler, in collaboration with the Huntington Library in Pasadena. She is working on The Curator, a novel of Black female subjectivity and imagined cinema, and on Residual, writings on grief, longing, desire and archival research, forthcoming from Nightboat Boos. She is incoming Program Director of the MFA in Creative Writing at CalArts, where she teaches. She lives in Los Angeles.

at land’s edge is an autonomous pedagogical platform based in East and South Los Angeles that nurtures the voices of cultural producers who are committed to social transformation. We understand pedagogy as not only a method of education, but as a critical space where the processes of teaching and learning, knowledge and action, and self and community are reflexive, interwoven, and oriented toward the liberatory possibilities of a just and democratic world.

Darkness in the Archives: Queer Opacity as Resistance

When: Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 7:30pm
Where: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Find location, hours, and parking information for ONE Archives here.

Admission is free. Reservations required.

USC Students, Staff and Faculty: To RSVP, click here.
USC Alumni: To RSVP, click here.
General Public: To RSVP, click here.

Since the emergence LGBTQ rights movements in the United States, visibility and legibility within the public sphere have remained ideals of political efficacy. However, in our current moment, how does the corporatization of political dissent and the growing sophistication of policing and surveillance—particularly of racialized and gender-nonconforming bodies—affect our understanding of queerness and political resistance? In response to these pressing issues, artists Zach Blas and Cassils will examine forms of refusal, negativity, and the antisocial as uniquely relevant to our contemporary moment, proposing that opacity is a crucial activist, aesthetic, and theoretical tactic of queer subjectivity in the 21st century.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries


Zach Blas is an artist and writer whose practice confronts technologies of capture, security, and control with minoritarian politics. Currently, he is a Lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London. Blas has exhibited and lectured internationally, recently at Whitechapel Gallery, London; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; e-flux, New York; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; New Museum, New York; Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; and transmediale, Berlin. Residencies include Eyebeam in New York, The Moving Museum Istanbul, The Banff Centre, and the Delfina Foundation in London. Blas’s recent works respond to technological control, biometric governmentality, and network hegemony. Facial Weaponization Suite (2011-14) consists of “collective masks” that cannot be detected as human faces by biometric facial recognition software. Contra-Internet (2014-present) explores subversions of and alternatives to the internet and is supported by a 2016 Creative Capital award in Emerging Fields. Blas is producing two books, Escaping the Face, an artist monograph to be published by Sternberg Press, and Informatic Opacity: The Art of Defacement in Biometric Times, a theoretical study that considers biometric facial recognition as an emerging form of global governance alongside aesthetico-political refusals of recognition, such as masked protest. Blas has published writings in Documentary Across Disciplines (The MIT Press and Haus der Kulturen der Welt); Queer: Documents of Contemporary Art (The MIT Press and Whitechapel Gallery); Little JoeJournal of Aesthetics and ProtestYou are Here: Art after the Internet (Cornerhouse Books); DIS MagazineWomen Studies Quarterly (The Feminist Press); and co-edited micha cárdenas’ The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities (Atropos Press). His work has been written about and featured in ArtforumArt ReviewFriezeArt PapersHyperallergicMousse MagazineThe AtlanticAl Jazeera America, and Wired. Blas holds a PhD from the Program in Literature at Duke University and a MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Listed by the Huffington Post as “one of ten transgender artists who are changing the landscape of contemporary art,” Cassils has achieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture. Featuring a series of bodies transformed by strict physical training regimes, Cassils’ artworks offer shared experiences for contemplating histories of violence, representation, struggle, and survival, often juxtaposing the immediacy, urgency and ephemerality of live performance against constructed acts for camera in order to challenge the “documentarian truth factor” of images.  Bashing through gendered binaries, Cassils performs transgender not as a crossing from one sex to another but rather as a continual process of becoming, a form of embodiment that works in a space of indeterminacy, spasm and slipperiness. Drawing on conceptualism, feminism, body art, gay male aesthetics, Cassils forges a series of powerfully trained bodies for different performantive purposes. It is with sweat, blood and sinew that Cassils constructs a visual critique around ideologies and histories.

Recent solo exhibitions include MU Eindhoven, the Netherlands; Trinty Square Video, Toronto; and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York. Cassils’ work has also been featured at Institute for Contemporary Art and The National Theatre, London; MUCA Roma, Mexico City; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City; ANTI Contemporary Performance Festival, Kuopio, Finland; Museo da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo, Brazil; Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San José, Costa Rica; and Deutsches Historishes Museum, Berlin, Germany. Cassils is the recipient of a 2015 Creative Capital Award. They have also received the inaugural ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art, Rema Hort Mann Visual Arts Fellowship, California Community Foundation Grant, MOTHA (Museum of Transgender Hirstory) award, and Visual Artist Fellowship from the Canada Council of the Arts. Cassils’ work has been featured in New York TimesWiredThe GuardianTDRPerformance ResearchArt Journal, and Vogue Brazil and was the subject of the monograph Cassils published by MU Eindhoven in 2015.



When: March 12, 2017 @ 2:00 pm
Where: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007

The lives and writings of these four pioneering activists championed LGBTQIA rights and leave a legacy that continues to influence our communities. They will be remembered by those close to them.







When: March 12, 2017 at 10:30am
Where: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Celebrating ourselves, the workshop will root in Queer resistance. With ritualistic and oral traditions guided by Black-American and West African ceremony, we will engage writing prompts that encourage written expression, reflection on healing, and sharing work. The knowing that we cannot heal others until we heal ourselves first is the workshop’s foundation.

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