The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division/One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival, Witness Change/Robin Hammond, OutRight Action International, and NZ Consulate General LA present:
Where Love is Illegal
72 countries around the world have criminal laws against sexual activity by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people. That’s 72 countries where people who love each other must do so in secret. While the laws of each country vary - from the intent to commit an obscene act, or the right to freedom of expression of sexuality and gender identity – the brutality of punishments are shocking in all of these countries, and include fines, imprisonment, torture and, in some instances, death.
Sadly, discrimination and hatred is not limited to countries that outlaw love. Worldwide, violence and prejudice against the LGBTQI+ community is rampant, targeting those who simply wish to live openly as themselves.
Media outlets often tell us about laws, crimes and atrocities - but too often we don’t hear from the people themselves, the people who dare to love in places where their love is illegal.
Witness Change aims to change that. Led by photographer Robin Hammond, Witness Change documented and captured the personal testimonies of the LGBTQI+ community around the world. Those who participated in this global storytelling campaign chose how they wanted to pose, what to wear and how to present themselves. They hand wrote their stories and letters to be shared with the world. www.whereloveisillegal.com
This exhibit at the West Hollywood Library is funded through a One City One Pride grant from the City of West Hollywood's Arts Division. One City One Pride is the City's LGBTQ Arts Festival, which runs from May 22 - June 30, and in 2019 celebrates the theme "Love is Love." More information, events and exhibitions at www.weho.org/pride
The exhibit will be on view at the West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd, during regular library hours:
Closed Holidays and June 7-9.
There will be a reception and panel discussion on June 30 at 5pm in the City Council Chambers. Come see powerful images from award-winning photographer Robin Hammond’s project documenting images and stories from people in those countries; hear trans leader Rikki Nathanson’s stories of courage and activism in Zimbabwe; and learn about OutRight Action International’s work for human rights and LGBTQ freedom, safety, equality and dignity everywhere. for info and to RSVP: https://pride.weho.org/wehoarts/2019/6/30/one-city-one-pride-day-of-art
For more information about this exhibit contact Mike Che, Arts Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.