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Gay Greatness: Celebration LGBTQ Contributions in Art & History

May 4, 2013 @ 4:00 am - 6:00 am UTC-8


Will celebrate the accomplishments of  LGBTQ individuals in art, history and culture.

“This is an incredible range of talent; from Socrates and Sappho, to Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman; from Tchaikovsky to Elton John.” said Luke.
“The challenge is enormous, because we are talking of a community that incorporates every era and nation on earth. I was familiar with great gay artists like Robert Mapplethorpe and Andy Warhol, but I was surprised to learn about figures like Alexander the Great and Isaac Newton…the list is staggering.” Luke added. The presentation will also address contemporary issues such as the LGBTQ civil rights movement, which has gained unprecedented victories over the last decade.



While Gregorio Luke is widely known as an expert on Mexican and Latin American art and culture, this is a subject that he feels connected to in a personal manner. “My mother is the famous choreographer Gloria Contreras, director of the Taller Coreográfico de la UNAM. I grew up surrounded by designers and dancers, many of them gay, they were surrogate father figures for me. Particularly painful was the devastating loss of life during the AIDS epidemic in the eighties and nineties. I saw people l loved, in the flower of their youth, age prematurely and die. This presentation is a tribute to those who did not make it and an inspiration for the LGBTQ youth of the future.”



Mr. Luke has presented over 1,000 lectures in museums and universities throughout Mexico, Europe and the United States in institutions such as the Library of Congress, The Smithsonian Institution, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Art, and Universities such as Harvard, Columbia, UNAM and Georgetown, among others.
“We are honored that Gregorio bought this opportunity to us” said Ron Sylvester, President and Chairman of The Center. “Gregorio brings such a knowledge and passion to all of his lecture subjects and I’m sure this will be no different.”



This event is free to the public and underwritten by Lukes’ good friend and Center volunteer Gary Keener. “I got the idea after one of Mr. Luke’s MURALS UNDER THE STARS shows at MoLAA, and challenged Gregorio to do something like that for our community” said Keener. Keener’s idea was simple: celebrate LGBTQ pride in a similar way that Latinos and African-Americans celebrate their heritage while focusing on the accomplishments of distinguished members of the LGBTQ community as a way to stimulate education, respect and appreciation.


May 4, 2013
4:00 am - 6:00 am UTC-8


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2025 E. 4th Street
Long Beach, CA 90814 United States
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