L.A. Scene is a monthly column that chronicles lesbian nightlife and events of interest in Los Angeles. Sarah Witness, an East Coast transplant and obvious femme, has been navigating the snark infested waters of Hollywood since 2001. Although she’s an NYU trained actress, she prefers sipping vodka and making idle chit-chat at really gay nightclubs.
In November of 2008, Shepard Fairey was commissioned by the grassroots organization FAIR to create an image exemplifying the Prop 8 struggle. Fairey is the artist behind the iconic Obama “Hope” image and the ubiquitous “Obey” street art campaign. The result is now known as “Love Unites.”
Shepard Fairey’s original
Fairey recently donated a number of original prints to benefit FAIR and the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center. A plethora of celebrities were asked to personalize each print, including — deep breath — Lance Bass, New Kids on the Block, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Margaret Cho, Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Renee Zellweger, the cast of 30 Rock (yes, including Tracy Morgan, as this was before all hell broke loose with him and the gays), Matt Groenig, Cindy Crawford, Kirsten Dunst, Wanda Sykes and others. You get the idea. Most of the celebs just signed the print, but some really went to town. Who knew Renee Zellweger was so crafty? The Mayor adorned his print with “GAY STRAIGHT BLACK WHITE MARRIAGE IS A CIVIL RIGHT!” as well as “BORN TO RAISE HELL.” I don’t know why the latter.
Renee Zellweger’s artsy take
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s print
All of the prints were on display for a week at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center. There was also an exhibit called “Count Me Out,” which featured a number of Facebook and Twitter photos from 2010 when people “rainbowfied” their profile pictures in solidarity with the gay rights struggle. Visitors to the gallery could make similar photos holding signs that read either “OUT” or “ALLY,” which were then incorporated into the installation.
Feel free to steal the idea for your own Facebook/Twitter profile.