It's been a demoralizing week for LGBTQ Americans and their allies. Donald Trump made the hasty and unprovoked decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military, despite their profound bravery and dedication even before they could serve openly. It's a bone thrown to his rabid, hateful base and a slap in the face to the innumerable trans soldiers who've put their lives on the line for a country that has consistently demonstrating its unwillingness to accept them for who they are.
Suffice it to say, the fight for true LGBTQ equality is far from over and, as always, artists are on the frontline. The exhibit “Over the Rainbow,” open now at Praz-Delavallade gallery in Carthay, celebrates the long tradition of powerful, confrontational queer art. As the exhibit's press materials put it: “Artists are the frontrunners and watchmen with an ability and determination to confront society. The struggle continues and energy must be given to those regions and nations where marginalized self-identification is criminalized and repression still rules. LGBTQ rights are human rights and the inequality will not go away unless we continue to stand up. 'Over the Rainbow' pays tribute to all the brave artists who defend the human rights of all people.”
The show features photographs, drawings, paintings and installations by artists including Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe, Tom of Finland, Jean Genet and Catherine Opie.
“Over the Rainbow” is on display through Aug. 26 at Praz-Delavallade, 6150 Wilshire Blvd., Carthay. praz-delavallade.com.