It was an unprecedented moment in the West San Gabriel Valley. On July 19, 2015, LGBTQ supporters and an anti-gay group held simultaneous protests near a church in San Gabriel.
The anti-gay group, calling itself the True Marriage Union, had announced earlier that it would be protesting the recent rulings in which the Supreme Court had decided in favor of marriage equality. LGBTQ proponents, upon hearing of this upcoming protest, gathered more than 100 supporters to hold a separate demonstration that would take place at the same time and place of the True Marriage Union’s protest. What transpired was a relatively peaceful standoff in which one side questioned the beliefs and principals of the other.
“LGBTQ Asian American San Gabriel Valley Stories,” a short 20-minute film, was inspired by that day. This Sunday it will be screening in Alhambra at the Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church.
“This documentary was created in partial response to a homophobic incident in July 2015 where a Chinese church tried to protest the passing of marriage equality,” promoters wrote on the event’s Facebook page.
The film “shares the unique stories of [Asian and Pacific Islander] LGBTQ from the San Gabriel Valley,” say promoters. “People from all backgrounds are welcome to attend.”
A Q&A session with the director and film participants will be held after the screening.
The event is hosted by API SGV PFLAG, a “support group for Asian-Pacific Islander (API) gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals.” The film was filmed and produced by Divercity Productions.
LGBTQ Asian American San Gabriel Valley Stories
Mar 27, 3pm-5pm
Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church
1850 W. Hellman Avenue
Alhambra, CA 91803