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‘Love Conquers All: Art for Equality’ group show
‘Well There You Are ’
Opening Reception: Sat\, Au gust 7th 7-10PM
*The Crepe N' Around Food Truck will be out for th e opening\, so please be sure to bring your appetite.
20% of the procee ds will be donated to Equality California (http://www.eqca.org/)\n
Los Ang eles\, CA (July 13th\, 2010) - Thinkspace is pleased to present Love Conque rs All: Art For Equality\, a special exhibition supporting the fight for e quality which aims to raise awareness for the LGBT (Lesbian\, Gay\, Bisexu al &\; Transgender) struggle in the process. This special exhibition fe atures the work of over 50 international artists and promises to open eyes and encourage dialogue. Also showing concurrently in our project room will be Well There You Are\, an exhibition of new works from Oakland based arti st Seth Armstrong\, in what ill be his debut solo exhibition with < span style="font-size: small\;">our gallery following numerous group show appearances including taking part in last December’s Aqua Art Miami during< /span> Art Basel.\n
So\, why are we fight
ing for civil rights? As of July 2010 multiple states have laws on the boo
ks that ban gay marriage by explici
tly saying that marriage is a union between “a man and woman.” In additio
n\, at the Federal level\, LGBT ind
ividuals have over 1\,000 rights that aren’t afforded to them because of t
heir sexual orientation or gender identity. They cannot serve our country in the military\, cannot jointly fi
le taxes\, cannot have a foreign partner made into a legalized
We have to sta rt somewhere in our fight for civil rights and historically the LGBT commun ity has always had the world turne d on its ear. Prop 8 served a purpose for those to define a government san ctioned marriage using a definition based on religion\, they used gay marriage as a symbol of the undermining of family values and corruption of children and it served as a defining moment that they believed that Jim C rowe's “separate but not equal” did not apply to LGBT individuals. For LGBT individuals\, it served as a bast ion of hope\, a light at the end of the unnel that would usher in a new era of civil rights…an era that would bring a more tolerant\, more accepting society.\n
The fight for equality is not just an LGBT fight\; it is a fight for all society. There are many straight allies\, like those of us here at Thinkspace and the numerous artists that are involved in Love Con quers All: Art For Equality\, that want to see LGBT individuals have the same rights as them. That is why Thi nkspace and its co-curators have decided that a portion of the proceeds will go to EQCA (Equality California) \, because in the past decade\, EQCA has successfully passed more < span style="font-size: small\;">than 60 pieces of civil rights legislation for the LGBT community – more than any other statewide LGBT organization i n the nation. Working in partnershi p with California’s LGBT Legislative Caucus\, EQCA is committed to buildin g a better future for all Californ ians by protecting youth\, strengthening families and empowering communitie s.\n
ABOUT EQUALITY CALIFORNIA:
Since it was founded in 1998\, Equality California has strategically mo ved California from a state with extremely limited legal protections for lesbian\, gay\, bisexual and transge nder (LGBT) ndividuals to a state with some of the most comprehensive civil rights protections in the natio n.
EQCA works to achieve equality and secure legal protections for LGBT people. To improve the lives of LGBT Californians\, EQCA sponsors legislation and coordinates efforts t o ensure its assage\, lobbies legislators and other policy makers\, builds coalitions\, develops community strength and empowers individuals and other organizations to engage in the political process. In the past dec ade\, EQCA has successfully passed more than 60 pieces of civil rights leg islation for the LGBT community – m ore than any other statewide LGBT organization in the nation. Each year at the Capitol\, EQCA monitors thousa nds of bills and leads the state’s efforts to defeat legislation that coul d have a negative impact on LGBT Ca lifornians and their families.
EQCA\, on behalf of its members\, is an o rganizational plaintiff in the historic lawsuit asking he California Supre me Court to strike down state law t hat bars same-gender couples from marriage. In court\, EQCA has also succe ssfully defended California’s domes tic partnership laws and related state policies that have been implemented in response to EQCA sponsored legi slation.\n
Website:< br />www.eqca.org