Queer in the San Fernando Valley

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

"Love, West Hollywood" Reading

Tonight CSUN's LGBTA cosponsored a book reading with the Center for Sex and Gender Research. We had 5 wonderful speakers share their texts or excerpts of them. I see such a disconnect between the young generation of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and the generations that came before us and actually had to deal with hate and persecution. Even though this event was advertised to classes of friendly professors and the LGBTA only 4 students showed up (including me), and another writes for the Sundial.

I'm trying to form some sense of community between the two generations, but the ageism is horrible. I'm reminded of the Models of Pride lecture I went to two weeks ago where the 14, 15, 16 year olds were being very disrespectful to the 70+ year old presenter. His friend had to interrupt and tell them to shut up.

At this reading I felt overwhelmed trying to take in the experiences of the five authors. As one of the few students there I was asked my opinion of things. I'm great one on one, but have 5 people talk to me and ask me my opinion and I feel I've hardly had time to comprehend it all.

I'm very greatful to James, one of the editors of "Love, West Hollywood", who bought a copy of the book for each of the students present. I can't wait for the semester to end so I can get to these great books I've been collecting since September. (http://www.librarything.com/profile/erickoller)

I'm also looking forward to classes next semester. The next Queer Studies class is available: L.A. in Transit: Communities, Organizations and Politics. The Sociology department is offering Sociology of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Communities and the Religious Studies department is offering 'Queering Religion'. They'll also have another section of the QS301 class: Perspectivies in Queer Studies! Hopefully the political climate will not be the deciding factor on the content of the class next time around.

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I have a Bachelor's degree in Language & Cultures/Japanese with Queer Studies minor from CSUN.