December 10, 2022 – Together On the Air: LIVE on Radio
626 N. Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Sat. Dec 10, 2022
4:30 – 7 pm PT
Join us for a live radio recording session and a temporary installation at the Together On the Air exhibition pre-launch party.
One Institute presents Together On the Air: LIVE on Radio, a pre-launch event celebrating Together On the Air, a hybrid exhibit that chronicles the history of Radio GLLU, the first bilingual LGBTQ+ radio program in the country. From the mid-1980s through the 1990s, Radio GLLU was hosted and run by the Los Angeles-based Gay and Lesbian Latinos Unidos (GLLU), one of the first LGBTQ+ Latinx organizations in the country.
The pre-launch event will take place on Saturday, December 10, 2022, 4:30-7pm, at ONE Gallery, West Hollywood, 626 M Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069.
Original Radio GLLU co-hosts Rita Gonzales and Eduardo Archuleta will reunite for a live recording of an exclusive radio session featuring special guests, including playwright & MacArthur Fellow Luis Alfaro, activist Irene Martínez, and historian & author Lydia Otero. Audience will experience the radio session in its original “Gay Day” format from the 1980s. The live recording session will start at 5:30pm.
In partnership with Los Angeles nonprofit radio station dublab, a recording of the session will be broadcast online at dublab.com in mid-January 2023.
Visitors will be able to view the temporary installation, available for one evening only, at ONE Gallery during the pre-launch event.
Please RSVP below. Masking indoors is strongly encouraged.
This event is free with a suggested donation of $10-20. Your donation supports programming organized by One Institute such as this event. Your donation will be doubled through matching gift from Calamus Foundation. Thank you for your support!
Rita Gonzales is an activist and radio professional with decades of experience as an editor, producer, engineer, and board operator. Since her time at GLLU, she has served on Boards and committees at numerous Los Angeles-based nonprofits and received many awards for her activism. She currently chairs the Board of Directors for Bienestar and is co-producer of a new LGBT KPFK radio webcast program called “The Out Agenda.”
Eduardo Archuleta is an activist and community organizer who was involved in Radio GLLU from its inception. During the late 1990s, Archuleta was also part of a group of Latino Gay men who created HIV prevention programs for Spanish-speaking gay men in Long Beach, CA with support from The Center Behavioral Research and Services from California State University, Long Beach.
Luis Alfaro is a Chicano playwright, born and raised in the Pico-Union district of downtown Los Angeles, known for his work in theater, performance, poetry, and journalism. A former recipient of the MacArthur “genius grant,” his works have been recognized by PEN American, Ford Foundation, Mellon Foundation and others and have toured across the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Canada. He currently works as an Associate Professor at the University of Southern California.
Irene Martínez joined Gay and Lesbian Latinos Unidos in 1983. She held a number of different offices in the organization and is a founding member of Lesbianas Unidas. Martínez lives in Los Angeles. She enjoys ocean walks, Hawaiian music, and dancing.
Lydia R. Otero is a historian & author based in Tucson, Arizona. Their most recent publication, In the Shadows of the Freeway: Growing Up Brown & Queer, was released in 2019 and they are currently working on an upcoming memoir of their life in Los Angeles in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Together On the Air is an exhibition that explores the legacy of radio as a vehicle for LGBTQIA+ Latinx community building, belonging, and advocacy. It is an intimate look into the lives of the gay and lesbian Latino revolutionaries who helped shape movements for LGBTQ+, women’s, labor, and immigrant rights in Los Angeles. This exhibit features archival audio recordings and ephemera from ONE Archives at the USC Libraries and personal collections of GLLU members, along with newly recorded oral histories with its founders and members. Learn more about the exhibition.
The web exhibit is scheduled to launch online at https://togetherontheair.onearchives.org on Wednesday December 14.
Together On the Air is organized by One Institute and curated by Ángel Labarthe del Solar.
This event and the exhibition are made possible by support from the City of West Hollywood and Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, and our media partner, dublab. Special thanks to ONE Archives at the USC Libraries for their research support.
Images: Promotional image by One Institute. Archival images from ONE Archives at the USC Libraries and Louis Jacinto’s and Rita Gonzales’ personal collections.