The City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series, in conjunction with ONE Archives Foundation, will host a screening of the film AIDS Diva: The Legend of Connie Norman followed by an interactive discussion exploring youth-led human rights activism.
The event will take place on Saturday, May 20, 2022, at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and opening remarks will take place at 2 p.m., the film screening will begin at 2:15 p.m., followed by an interactive discussion on youth-led activism. The event is free, but seating is limited. RSVP is requested at https://HRSS-2023May20.eventbrite.com
The award-winning documentary film AIDS DIVA: The Legend of Connie Norman, features the fierce, witty, and compassionate AIDS/Trans activist in ’80s and ’90s Los Angeles. The film uniquely and intimately explores the overall story of AIDS activism through the life of Connie Norman and “ordinary kids achieving the extraordinary” by confronting a plague when others wouldn’t, essentially defending their right to exist.
AIDS Diva is directed by Dante Alencastre and award-winning documentary filmmaker and LGBT community activist based in West Hollywood. His filmmaking and work on the boards of Los Angeles LGBT arts organizations, and political and community groups is focused particularly on the overlapping Latin transgender and gender non-forming sub-tribes with the community. He is currently director of the California LGBT Arts Alliance.
The event will also include an interactive intergenerational discussion exploring youth-led human rights activism in the past and today. Come learn about the activism of the past to help inform the activism of the future.
The City of West Hollywood’s Human Rights Speakers Series brings together diverse communities to learn about and discuss global, national, and local human rights issues in a supportive environment. The series reflects the City’s commitment to human rights and core value of Respect and Support for People.
For additional information about the Human Rights Speakers Series, please visit www.weho.org/hrss.