Past Events

Summer Garden Party

Sponsored by Michaeljohn Horne & Thomas E. Jones

Saturday, August 11, 2018
5:00 – 7:00pm

ONE Archives at the USC Libraries
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Come celebrate the recently restored succulent garden. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, refreshing beverages, and tours of the largest LGBTQ archive in the world. Take home a part of the garden with a plant sale of fresh clippings and guided flower pressing demonstrations.

Live performance by Queertet, a Los Angeles-based string quartet playing contemporary and classical music.

RSVP’s are now closed.

$20 suggested donation. All proceeds support ONE Archives Foundation’s education, exhibition, and community outreach programs. Limited street parking, ride-share and public transportation is encouraged.


Screening and Opening Reception for “I Almost Ran Over Liza Minnelli Today”

Sunday, July 8, 2018

West Hollywood City Council Chambers
625 North San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Screening: West Hollywood Council Chambers, 3-4:30pm
Reception: ONE Gallery, 4:30-6:00pm

Join ONE Archives for a screening and opening reception for the exhibition, “I Almost Ran Over Liza Minnelli Today: Colin Campbell and Lisa Steele in L.A, 1976-66.” The event will begin with a screening of videos by Colin Campbell and Lisa Steele at the West Hollywood Council Chambers, and continue with a reception at the ONE Gallery, West Hollywood. This program is presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Arts program. For more information, please visit, or follow @WeHoArts.

Read more about the upcoming exhibition here.

 Image: (left) Colin Campbell, Shango Botanica, 1977. Video, 42 minutes (production still). Courtesy of Vtape, Toronto. (right) Colin Campbell, The Woman from Malibu, 1976. Video, 12 minutes (production still). Courtesy of Vtape, Toronto.


Opening Reception for “Lost & Found: Safer Sex Activism”

Saturday, March 17, 2018
5:00pm – 9:00pm

ONE Gallery, West Hollywood
626 North Robertson Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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Parking located on Robertson Boulevard: metered street parking and public parking lots

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Join ONE Archives at the opening reception for Lost & Found: Safer Sex Activism at the ONE Gallery, West Hollywood. Organized by the ONE Archives Foundation, Inc., Lost & Found examines thirty years of inspiring and defiant safer sex and harm-reduction activism.

Image: (top) Gran Fury, Kissing Doesn't Kill, 1989-90. Poster, 11 1/2 x 37 inches. ONE Poster 
Collection. ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries

J. Keith Vincent: AIDS and Queer Theory in 1990’s Japan

Date: February 1, 2018, 5-7pm
Location: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007

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Admission is free.

If Queer Theory now “has a history,” as many have begun to argue in recent years, that history is not limited to the US context. It was also big in 1990s Japan, when key works by Eve Sedgwick, Judith Butler, Leo Bersani, Gayle Rubin, David Halperin, and others were translated into Japanese more quickly than into any other language, sparking collaborations and joint actions between scholars and AIDS activists in both countries. J. Keith Vincent played a part in this process, working as an interpreter and translator with the Japanese AIDS activist group “OCCUR,” and co-authoring, with Kawaguchi Kazuya and Kazama Takashi, the first book of “Gay Studies” in Japanese (Gei Sutadiizu, 1997).  In this talk, Vincent reflects on these experiences, and on the 1990s as a terrifying time for gay men and others at risk of HIV infection, but also a time when “theorizing” and “translation” felt like life-saving actions.  How do the memories of those years continue to reverberate in the field today? And what might a better reckoning with the history of queer theorizing and translation in 1990s Japan have to offer us in the US now, when the political efficacy of scholarship is under unprecedented threat?

This event is organized by the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture and co-presented with ONE Archives at the USC Libraries.


J. Keith Vincent (Boston University) is Chair of World Languages & Literatures at Boston University. He is the author of Two-Timing Modernity: Homosocial Narrative in Modern Japanese Fiction (Harvard Asia Center, 2012). Recent essays include “Takemura Kazuko: On Friendship and The Queering of American and Japanese Studies” in Rethinking Japanese Feminism (Hawaii UP, 2017) and “Queer Reading in Japanese Literature,” in the Routledge Handbook of Modern Japanese Literature (2016). Together with Alan Tansman and Reiko Abe Auestad, he is currently co-editing two collections of essays on the novelist Natsume Sōseki. He is writing a book on the queer literary friendship between Sōseki and the haiku poet Masaoka Shiki.

Anthony Friedkin, Jim and Mundo, Montebello, East Los Angeles, 1972. From The Gay Essay, 1969–73. Gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm). Gift of Anthony Friedkin. ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries. Courtesy of Anthony Friedkin


Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. is a part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a farreaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Axis Mundo maps the intersections and collaborations among a network of queer Chicano artists and their artistic collaborators from the late 1960s to the early 1990s. This period was bookended by the Chicano Moratorium, gay liberation, and feminist movements on one end, and the AIDS crisis on the other. For many artists in the exhibition, Axis Mundo marks the first historical examination of their work to date. Over two decades of artwork encompassing painting, performance ephemera, print material, video, fashion, and photography will be presented.

Supported by grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA takes place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

Axis Mundo is presented simultaneously at the MOCA Pacific Design Center and
ONE Gallery, West Hollywood.

MOCA Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Find information on visiting MOCA PDC here.

ONE Gallery, West Hollywood
626 N Robertson Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Find information on visiting ONE Gallery here.

The ONE Gallery portion of Axis Mundo has reopened at ONE’s newly renovated, permanent gallery at 626 North Robertson Boulevard. The exhibition will remain on view simultaneously at the MOCA Pacific Design Center and the ONE Gallery through December 31

For more information on ONE’s future exhibitions, click here. You can also find an archive of past exhibitions here.

A Day With(Out) Art Screening Co-Presented with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles 

Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 7-9PM

Location: MOCA Grand Avenue
Ahmanson Auditorium
250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Admission is free.

ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS is the 28th iteration of Day With(out) Art, an international day of action and mourning organized by Visual AIDS in response to the AIDS crisis. This video program prioritizes Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic, commissioning seven new and innovative short videos from artists Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye & Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia Labeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, and Brontez Purnell. Followed the screening will be a performance by Kia Labeija and a discussion featuring Reina Gossett and Labeija in conversation with program curators Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett.

In spite of the impact of HIV/AIDS within Black communities, larger artistic and historical narratives constantly exclude Black stories and experiences. In 2016, African Americans represented 44% of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States. Given this context, it is increasingly urgent to feature a myriad of stories that consider and represent the lives of those housed within this statistic. ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS seeks to highlight the voices of those that are marginalized within broader Black communities nationwide, including queer and trans people.

The commissioned projects include intimate meditations of young HIV positive protagonists; a consideration of community-based HIV/AIDS activism in the South; explorations of the legacies and contemporary resonances within AIDS archives; a poetic journey through New York exploring historical traces of queer and trans life, and more. Together, the videos provide a platform centering voices deeply impacted by the ongoing epidemic.

ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS is curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett for Visual AIDS.


Erin Christovale is the Assistant Curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. She is the curator of Black Radical Imagination with Amir George, which has screened both nationally and internationally in spaces such as MoMA PS1, MOCA Los Angeles, and the Museo Taller José Clemente Orozco. Exhibitions include a/wake in the water: Meditations on Disaster (2014) at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Memoirs of A Watermelon Woman (2016) and A Subtle Likeness (2016) at the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, and S/Election: Democracy, Citizenship, Freedom (2016) at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. She is currently organizing Made in L.A. 2018 with Anne Ellegood at the Hammer Museum.

Vivian Crockett is a NY-based independent researcher, scholar, and curator focusing largely on art of African diasporas, (Afro)Latinx diasporas, and Latin America at the varied intersections of race, gender, and queer theory. She is a Ph.D. candidate in art history at Columbia University whose dissertation examines artistic practices and discourses in Brazil in the sixties and seventies. Her scholarly and cultural work seeks to assert a radically political analysis of modern and contemporary art and to foster the remembrance and visioning of cultural spaces that merge a commitment to artistic and cultural production with sociopolitical justice and collective liberation. She is the 2017-18 Mellon Museum Research Consortium Fellow in Media and Performance Art at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Reina Gossett is an artist and the 2017 Activist In Residence at Barnard College Center for Research on Women (BCRW). While at BCRW, she recently directed The Personal Things, an animated short starring iconic trans activist Miss Major and the everyday ways people fight back. Gossett often makes her art through collaboration. Along with Sasha Wortzel, Gossett directed Happy Birthday, Marsha! about legendary performer and activist Marsha P. Johnson. Gossett is an editor of the anthology TRAP DOOR about trans art and cultural production, to be published by the New Museum and MIT Press in October 2017. A longtime community organizer, Gossett worked as the membership director at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Critical Resistance, Queers for Economic Justice, where she directed the Welfare Organizing Project and produced A Fabulous Attitude, documenting low income LBGT New Yorkers. Gossett moderated Visual AIDS’ 2015 event AGING FIERCELY WHILE TRANS and was a featured artist in Visual AIDS’ Playsmart safer sex kit project, exhibited and distributed in The Brooklyn Museum exhibition Agitprop. Gossett lives and works in New York City, NY.

Kia LaBeija is a contemporary artist who provokes awareness, acceptance and activism for HIV/AIDS through her portraiture and performance art. Her work explores the intersections of community, politics, fine art and activism. As a visual artist she stages digital portraits as theatrical and cinematic re-imaginings of non fictional events to spark conversation, complicating the way we view her subjects and the spaces they occupy. Labeija’s portraiture utilizes the medium of story telling, to preserve histories and make sociopolitical commentaries on current events. Labeija was a featured artist in Art, AIDS, America, alongside Keith Haring, Annie Leibovitz, Nan Goldin and Robert Mapplethorpe and more; she was the only woman of color; the only woman living with HIV; and the only artist born with HIV included in the exhibition. A performer by nature, LaBeija is a member of the Iconic House of LaBeija and uses Voguing as performance practice and community based work. Labeija lives and works in New York City, NY.

Image: (top) ​​Reina Gossett, Atlantic is a Sea of Bones, 2017. Video still courtesy of the artist

Feminisms in Motion: Celebrating 10 Years of Make/Shift Magazine 

Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017, 5-7pm

Location: ONE 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.

After 10 years and 20 issues, make/shift published its final magazine in summer 2017. Join us to celebrate the donation of make/shift‘s archives to ONE Archives at the USC Libraries as well as an anthology forthcoming from AK Press in 2018. The program will include readings by Irina Contreras, Erin Aubry Kaplan, Jessica Lawless, Maegan Ortiz, Christine Petit, and others; DJ set by Tripetta Cartel.

About make/shift

Make/shift magazine was founded in 2007 to create and document contemporary feminist culture and action by publishing journalism, critical analysis, and visual and text art. Made by an editorial collective committed to antiracist, transnational, and queer perspectives, make/shift embraces the multiple and shifting identities of feminist communities. The magazine ceased publication in summer 2017, after mailing out its 20th issue. A make/shift book is forthcoming from AK Press in fall 2018. More information at

Join the ONE Queer Garden Club! An ongoing, enthusiastic group committed to improving the physical garden terrain around ONE Archives.

Over time, the garden and OQGC will evolve to build a Legacy Garden, a creative place to commemorate the many queer ancestors who have contributed to our lives and LGBTQ history.

The OQGC will gather at various intervals throughout the year at ONE Archives. Our time will be spent with our hands in the earth and in discussion with each other.

Next Meeting: TBD

Location: ONE Archives
909 W. Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Future dates & times TBD by the members of OQGC.
You do not need to be present for every meeting to be a member or to share your interest.

All levels of gardening skills, knowledge, and abilities are welcome.
You are encouraged to bring: gardening attire, gloves, small garden tools, ideas and creativity.
Refreshments provided.

For more information, please click here.

Simon Doonan on Mundo Meza: Sunday, November 19, 2017, 3pm 

West Hollywood Council Chambers
625 North San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Admission is free.
Priority seating for MOCA member.

Simon Doonan is a celebrated window dresser, cultural critic, author, and creative ambassador-at-large for Barneys New York. In the early 1980s, Doonan collaborated with artist Mundo Meza(1955–1985) on window displays at West Hollywood boutiques including Maxfield Bleu. Juxtaposing glamorous and shocking elements, the playful and surreal displays were provocative and titillating. In conjunction with Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., Doonan will discuss his collaborations with Meza and the intersection of artistic, fashion, and club cultures during that prolific time in Los Angeles.

This program is presented in collaboration with The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, with the support of the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Arts program. For more information, please visit or follow @WeHoArts.

The ONE Archives Foundation held a dessert reception to thank all of the wonderful volunteers of ONE Archives at the USC Libraries and the ONE Archives Foundation. The event also welcomed all those interested in volunteering, to join us and learn more.

Date: Sunday November 12, 2017
Time: 2pm-4pm

Location: ONE Archives at the USC LIbraries
909 W. Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007
RSVP by clicking here:

Tours of the Archives were provided, with the program beginning at 3:15pm. If you have any questions, please call (323) 419-2159 or email

Joey Terrill Walkthrough of Axis Mundo: Sunday, November 12, 2017, 3pm

MOCA Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Find location information on visiting MOCA PDC here.

Free admission.

Artist Joey Terrill provided a walkthrough of the exhibition Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. at MOCA Pacific Design Center. A central figure in the artist networks profiled in Axis Mundo, beginning in the 1970s Terrill worked across a wide-range of mediums, including screen printing, mail art, comic books, T-shirts, and painting, to visualize queer Chicano aesthetics and politics. Terrill discussed his work as well as the work of close peers and collaborators in the exhibition.

It is such an honor for the ONE Archives Foundation to unveil the Transgender History Panels series for the first time at Los Angeles City Hall!

In celebration of Transgender Awareness Month, the event included a resource fair and council presentation, which took place on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Beethoven was a Lesbian: A Tribute to Pauline Oliveros 

Sunday, October 29, 2017, 4-7pm

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.

One of the foremost avant-garde composers of her generation, Pauline Oliveros (1932–2016) expanded our understanding and perception of sound. In her groundbreaking career, Oliveros consistently experimented with new musical forms, emphasizing the potential of non-hierarchal musical practices and collaboration. An influential figure in Southern California’s artistic communities during the 1970s, Oliveros’s work was inspired by and deeply committed to the women’s movement. “Beethoven Was a Lesbian: A Tribute to Pauline Oliveros” is presented in conjunction with Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.

Constellations and Connections: A Panel Discussion on Axis Mundo

Sunday, October 22, 2017, 3pm

West Hollywood Council Chambers
625 North San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Free admission.

Held on occasion of the exhibition Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., this roundtable discussion will consider recovering queer Chicana/o histories and artist’s archives. Participants will discuss how the exhibition seeks to map news directions for research and scholarship while sharing some surprising finds and unexpected connections uncovered during the process of organizing Axis Mundo. Panel participants include C. Ondine Chavoya and David Evans Frantz, the co-curators on Axis Mundo; Julia Bryan-Wilson, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at UC Berkeley; and Richard T. Rodríguez, Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at UC Riverside.

This program is presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Arts program. For more information, please visit or follow @WeHoArts.

In honor of LGBT History MonthSuper Deluxe is hosting a special screening of Bayard & Me along with a shorts program curated by award-winning director Matt Wolf on Thursday, October 19 at the Vista Theatre in Silver Lake. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Matt Wolf and Bayard Rustin’s partner Walter Naegle. The event is a collaboration with the ONE Archives Foundation, The It Gets Better Project, and The International Documentary Association.

Location: Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Free with RSVP by 10/16:

About Bayard & Me: Bayard & Me is a short doc about how the openly gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, best known for organizing the March on Washington and advising Martin Luther King Jr., adopted his partner Walter Naegle in the 1980s for legal protections. In this story, Walter remembers Bayard and how they had to work around the system decades before gay marriage was legalized. He also reflects on intergenerational gay adoption and its connection to the civil rights movement.

Bayard & Me premiered at Sundance and won in the Documentary Short category at Outfest. IndieWire has called it one of the year’s most exciting queer films.

Watch the trailer:

A Conversation with Alice Bag
Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7PM 

In this public conversation at the Red Bull Music Academy Festival Los Angeles, presented in partnership with the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries and the exhibition Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A., Bag will share some of her hard-earned wisdom and explain just how she keeps her punk spirit alive. Read more here.

Location: MOCA Grand Avenue
Ahmanson Auditorium
250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Origin Stories: A Workshop by Nicole Rademacher and Jerri Allyn
Sunday, October 8, 2017, from 1-3PM

In this workshop led by artists Nicole Rademacher and Jerri Allyn, participants will together record their unique histories and shared experiences through the production of a communal deck of divination cards. Read more here.

Free Admission

Locations: MOCA Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Avenue
West Hollywood, CA 90069

West Hollywood Library Community Room
625 North San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


ONE Archives Foundation’s History Panels were displayed around the West Hollywood Park during One City One Pride

The ONE Archives Foundation and the City of West Hollywood partnered to display ONE Archives Foundation’s The History of the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement History Panels around the West Hollywood Park fence-screen during the City of West Hollywood’s annual One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival. The display continued through August.

The History of the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement History Panel series consists of 41 panels, including two new panels about the City of West Hollywood and its critical role in LGBTQ history and community organizing. To find out more about ONE Archives Foundation’s history panels, please click here.

The Long Road to Civil Rights: LGBTQ History in 11th Grade U.S. History

The Long Road to Civil Rights: LGBTQ History in 11th Grade U.S. History was a two-day, fee-based teacher-training workshop in collaboration with the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the ONE Archives Foundation and the History-Geography Project from the Center X at UCLA. The pedagogical sessions explored several key periods of LGBTQ history in the U.S., provided an overview of the new California History-Social Science Framework, and presented approaches to creating safe and inclusive classrooms.

Dates: June 29-30, 2017

Location: ONE Archives at USC Libraries
909 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007

Grades: 11th grade U.S. History teachers

Into the Hollywood Closet: A book signing and discussion with author Boze Hadleigh

When: June 18, 2:00-4:00pm
Where: ONE Archives at USC Libraries
909 W. Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Boze Hadleigh is the foremost writer on lesbian, bisexual, and gay Hollywood. His 22 books have been translated into 14 languages and yielded 11 TV documentaries and three plays. He holds a master’s degree in journalism, speaks five languages, has visited over 60 countries, and has been a winner on Jeopardy! (donating his winnings to a fire-damaged library). His titles include Hollywood Gays, The Lavender Screen, Sing Out!, Broadway Babylon,Celebrity Lies!, Marilyn Forever, and An Actor Succeeds. The Los Angeles Times called him “a pop culture dynamo.” Boze also writes extensively for magazines, and his work has appeared in more than 100 publications including TV Guide, Playboy, and Us. The author splits his time, when not traveling the world, between Beverly Hills and Sydney, Australia.

The Princess & the Cockette: A book signing, discussion, and entertainment by HRH Lee Mentley and Dolores De Luce

When: Sunday, June 4, 2:00-4:00pm
Where: ONE Archives at USC Libraries
909 W. Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Street parking is available. Light refreshments will be served.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email or call the ONE Archives Foundation.
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The Princess of Castro Street by HRH Lee Mentley

“Princess Lee Lee’s recount of the roaring 70’s in San Francisco flies off the page
and into the outer spaces of your mind, expanding the meaning of what it’s like
to live life on the razor edge of insanity, daring us all to realize our Greatest
Expectations!…The Princess tells it like it was at the Hula Palace and City Hall.
Starting at the epicenter, Castro and 19th Street, Le Roy holds her finger on the
pulse beat of the party. Don’t miss your chance to read all about it.”
– IORY Allison, author of the Glamour Galore Trilogy

“Thank you for sharing these wonderful stories with me. Do continue on with
the project; ten or 12 stories could very well make a book, not to mention a
necessary adjustment of gay history.” -Mark Thompson, Author and Editor

My Life, A Four Letter Word by Dolores De Luce

“My Life, a Four Letter Word: Confessions of a Counter Culture Diva is a sociological
study as well as a study of sexuality: Ann-Margret meets Margaret Mead. A must
read for anyone who wants a peek into the underground from the vantage point
of Ms. De Luce’s Teetering Pumps.”  -Michael Kearns, Author, Actor, Activist

“It’s as if the gods of comedy and pathos, wisdom and chaos were zooming these
pages all at once. The writer is an original force of nature, abundant with talent
and stories that amaze, delight, and instill wonder.”   -Mark Thompson, Author and Editor

“Glitter and rhinestones rain on the gritty road of this single mom who claims to
be the illegitimate daughter of Divine. And I believe her.”
 -Jeffrey Schwarz, Director of “I Am Divine, “Vito” and “Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon”

ONE Archives Foundation hosted the kick-off celebration for LGBT Heritage Month with the Los Angeles City Hall

Reception: Wednesday, May 31, 8:30am
Third floor rotunda – Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring St, Los Angeles, 90012

Please join the ONE Archives Foundation for a special reception to kick-off LGBT Heritage Month in the City of Los Angeles. The event is in collaboration with Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Controller Ron Galperin, Councilmembers Mike Bonin and Mitch O’Farrell. The event will precede a special ceremony honoring trailblazers in LA’s LGBT movement.

The event will take place on Wednesday, May 31, starting with a special breakfast reception hosted by the ONE Archives Foundation at 8:30 a.m., in the third floor rotunda at Los Angeles City Hall, located at 200 N. Spring St, Los Angeles, 90012. The official Council presentation will follow at 10 a.m. in the John Ferraro Council Chamber.

Find more information on the event here.

A special exhibition of ONE Archives Foundation’s The History of the LGBTQ Civil Rights Movement  history panels will be displayed in the Bridge Gallery after June 5th.

Image of City Hall courtesy of (City of Los Angles)













Hida 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.

Screening: Everything Will Be Fine (Alles Wird Gut)

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.

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.



Lambda Litfest Los Angeles: Celebrating Our Heroes

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.


Lambda LitFest Los Angeles: The Catchment Workshop

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.