Queer Pride, Queer Diversity: It’s the Real Thing

Queer Biennial I wall

Coagula Curatorial’s “Queer Biennial I, LA+NY and Parts in Between” exhibit opening in Chinatown was the scene of a pretty fabulous mini-pride fest last Saturday night.  While many in LA’s LGBT community were on their annual trek to San Francisco’s pride fest, a few dozen queers and friends who stayed local took in this collection of artworks, curated by Ruben Esparza, that portray the beauty, challenges, diversity and hotness of queer identity…and refreshingly not a corporate sponsor in sight!  Future shows may take place in New York, Paris and Mexico in 2016.

Artists exhibiting work: Lili Lakich, Ben Cuevas, Connie Flemming, Dave Naz, Ruben Ezparza, Daniella Woolf, Rick Castro, Angela Gleason, Austin Young, Mel Odom, Gio Black Peter, Miguel Angel Reyes, Robert W. Richards, Alonso Tapia, Scooter LaForge, Chasen Igleheart, Brian Kenny, Bruce LaBruce, Nina Arsenault and Slava Mogutin.

Ezparza balanced the opening night presentation of art with music, dance and performance art; special opening night performers that post-opening gallery goers miss out on: Rick Yap, Odious Ari, DJ Asha, Crystal Powers with Themegoman, Ben Cuevas, Devan M, Ian McKinnon and Trey Breazell and Jas Wade of Beloved Spirits..however that should not discourage anyone from going to view the centerpiece artworks hanging on the curatorial walls.  go, Go, GO!!

Queer Biennial I, LA+NY and Parts in Between“, Coaguala Curatorial, 974 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA  90012, from June 28 thru July 26. 

Judy Ornelas Sisneros

About Judy Ornelas Sisneros

I am a native Californian, born and raised in Bakersfield and eventually escaping to San Jose then San Francisco where I spent every free moment in punk and post-punk culture spaces before heading to LA permanently in 1989. I have also spent major time as an AIDS and queer street activist, which today along with my passion for punk/alternative music still informs my personal and social life. I love photography, film and playing punk/post-punk stuff on the bass. My LA Beat contributions are usually photos that give a glimpse into the vibrant art and music scene that makes Los Angeles such an amazing city to live in today.
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