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    One Institute to Host ‘History Within Us’ Exhibition by Queer Students at One Gallery in West Hollywood

    One Institute is hosting History Within Us, a one-day exhibition presenting creative research projects by six LGBTQ+ student leaders from the Institute’s 2023-24 Youth Ambassadors for Queer History program. Students will be honored by from Los Angeles County and the City of West Hollywood — including Chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Lindsey Horvath, City of West Hollywood Mayor John Erickson, City of West Hollywood Vice Mayor Chelsea Byers, and members of the City of West Hollywood Transgender Advisory Board.

    Their work will be on display at One Gallery in West Hollywood, at 626 N Robertson Boulevard, on Saturday, January 27 from 3:00-5:00 PM. History Within Us is free and open to the public.

    One Institute’s Youth Ambassadors for Queer History program ignites LGBTQ+ high school students’ passion for queer and trans history through in-depth archival research, field trips, workshops, and conversations with LGBTQ+ scholars, activists, artists, and community leaders. Utilizing materials from the digital collections at ONE Archives at the USC Libraries, as well as the insights and skills they gain throughout the semester-long program, students are encouraged to create a final project that showcases both their creativity and historical knowledge.

    “I am inspired by the dedication our Youth Ambassadors for Queer History have shown to critically examine and creatively showcase our community’s histories,” said Education Programs Manager, Trevor Ladner. “These students, destined to become future leaders and scholars, embody profound respect for queer elders and showcase boundless creativity. They are already leading the charge for LGBTQ+ inclusion and storytelling.”

    History Within Us will include a digital zine on lesbian publications in the 1960s and 1970s, an investigation into the impact of corporate funding on grassroots LGBTQ+ activism, and a deep dive into LGBTQ+ student organizations in colleges and high schools, and more. The installation will also include a “Letters to ONE” display, featuring students’ responses to archival letters sent by ONE Magazine readers in the 1950s and 1960s. Visitors are invited to view the exhibition while enjoying light refreshments, including rainbow and transgender flag-colored conchas from the LGBTQ-allied Los Angelitos Bakery.

    RSVP for the free event at oneinstitute.org/history-within-us/ 

    History Within Us is organized by One Institute as part of the 2023-2024 Youth Ambassadors for Queer History program, led by Education Programs Manager Trevor Ladner. This programming is made possible through the support of the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund. Special thanks to ONE Archives at the USC Libraries for their research support, as well as the City of West Hollywood and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Learn more about Youth Ambassadors for Queer History at oneinstitute.org/youth-ambassadors-for-queer-history.

    About the Projects 

    Queerly Important: Exploring the Impact of Queer Student Unions by Cora, 15, is an interactive photo gallery that examines how LGBTQ+ student groups— such as the Gay and Lesbian Student Union at Los Angeles City College or Project 10 in LAUSD — have served as vital resources for inclusivity, expression, education, and support of LGBTQ+ youth from the 1960s to today.

    Follow the Money Trail by Luca, 15, is a visual presentation that explores funding of LGBTQ+ movement from the 1980s to the present, questioning how sources of LGBTQ+ funding today, such as large corporate grants, have impacted movement goals compared to the grassroots fundraising of activists such as ACT UP Los Angeles in the 1980s and 1990s.

    Dear Robert by Jojo, 16, is a poetry series that probes various perspectives and ethical questions in the case of Robert Rosenkrantz, who— as a Calabasas High School student during the anti-gay hysteria of the 1980s AIDS crisis— was incarcerated for murder in 1986 after fatally shooting a homophobic bully, his case garnering national LGBTQ+ attention through an article in The Advocate.

    Forever Queer: The Hidden Rainbow Inside of Neverland by Star, 17, is a visual art series that celebrates the trailblazing performance of Maude Adams— actress, production designer, and lesbian— who originated the role of Peter Pan on Broadway in 1905, a story which itself continues to inspire young, queer imagining.

    Here Before Us by Joshua, 18, is an ofrenda, or altar, honoring the storied lives of queer Latinx individuals and institutions in California, including candidate and drag queen José Sarria, activist and journalist Jeanne Córdova, the popular nightclub Circus Disco, and Gay and Lesbian Latinos Unidos.

    Those Lesbians are Everywhere by Sophie, 18, is a digital zine that celebrates lesbian activism and identity in the 1970s through 1990s through an exploration of queer women’s publications, including The Lesbian Tide and Kitchen Table Press, as well as the role of lesbian organizers in political groups, such as the National Organization for Women and ACT UP Los Angeles.

    Learn more at oneinstitute.org, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @oneinstitutela.

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