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Happy Pride Month! (Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Artists)

Dear San Fernando Valley,

Happy Pride Month! This month is dedicated to celebrating and uplifting the voices and identities of the LGBTQIA+ community, along with advocating for LGBTQIA+ rights. In this month, we take a moment to remember the history of the LGBTQ+ community and the progress these individuals have made towards greater inclusivity, and the contributions of LGBTQIA+ activists today.

For a brief background, the month of June was chosen to be Pride Month as the Stonewall Uprising took place during this month in 1969 as a result of repetitive police harassment of gay bars in New York City. At this time, publicly engaging in gay behavior was illegal in almost all the states in the US. The Stonewall Uprising is considered to have been a spark to the modern LGBTQIA+ rights movement and was led by activists such as Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Stormé DeLarverie.

Here is a video by The New York Times on Stonewall.

For more information on Stonewall, check out this article and here is a link to the event’s timeline. Here is also a link to some photos of early Pride parades.


Here are some LGBTQIA+ artists that we’ve decided to highlight this month!

Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley is a Los Angeles-born African American visual artist, but is now based in New York where he has a studio. Wiley is a contemporary portrait painter known for powerfully and heroically representing urban Black and Brown men in his art. As a part of his The World Stage project, he has depicted Black and Brown men and women in many different countries mainly in poses similar to those seen in typical historical European portraits or statues. Read more about him and check out his work down below through his website!

You can find more information on him here on TheArtStory.

Check out Kehinde Wiley's Black Rock Senegal.


Rhys Ernst

Rhys Ernst is an accomplished filmmaker and artist currently based in Los Angeles. He has worked on films such as Adam, which was his debut feature film, Amazon’s Transparent, and the online series We’ve Been Around along with Focus Features. Read more about him and his accomplishments down below on his website!

Check out the Official U.S. Trailer for ADAM directed by Ernst:


Frida Kahlo

Link to the TED Ed video here.

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican-German painter who has become a "Role Model for Artists, People with Disabilities and Bisexual Women". Kahlo was active during the 1930s-1950s and lived in Mexico City. She has gained more recognition for her artworks in the last couple of decades and has become a figure in popular artistic culture. Kahlo is especially noted for her iconic motifs and depictions of femininity, trauma, and cultural identity.

Check out Frida Kahlo's biography on TheArtStory.

Check out this Google Arts & Culture article about "Frida Kahlo's Lasting Impact on LGBTQ Artists"!


Lastly, check out this cool story done also by Google Arts & Culture!

(Unfortunately, we weren't able to embed this article but it's definitely worth reading!)


Thank you for reading San Fernando Valley! Please check out the links down below for additional resources and petitions!


DSFV Team 🏳️‍🌈

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