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Outfest Los Angeles, LA’s LGBTQ Film Festival is happening now through July 22nd!

If you plan on catching one or more films bringing LA’s LGBTQ Community together then don’t miss AIDS Diva: The Legend of Connie Norman by award-winning documentary filmmaker and LGBTQ community activist Dante Alencastre, director of El Fuego Dentro (The Fire Inside) (2012), Transvisible: Bamby Salcedo’s Story (2013), and Raising Zoey (2016). In 2017, Dante became the Executive Director of the California LGBT Arts Alliance.

“Seizing her power as she confronts her mortality, trailblazing trans activist Connie Norman evolves as an irrepressible, challenging and soulful voice for the AIDS and queer communities of early 90’s Los Angeles,” writes Alencastre in a press release.

Connie Norman, activist, AIDS diva. Photo by Chuck Stallard

The film is about the brash, self-appointed “AIDS DIVA” and ACT UP/LA spokesperson whose contributions in early ninties’ Los Angeles bridged both gender and politics in an early era of AIDS crisis. Standing proudly in her multiple, fluid and evolving LGBTQ identities her piercing and compassionate voice urges us again into action, to fully engage with our lives and our world.

Both beloved and confrontational, Connie’s soulful and salty rantings and intersectional politics were heard widely through her newspaper column, and pioneering radio and cable TV talk shows.

WHAT: AIDS Diva: The Legend of Connie Norman (2018)

WHERE: Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles, California

WHEN: Tuesday, July 17th at 7:00 pm

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—Reporting by Sean Black

Senior Editor Sean Black photographed Naomi deLuce Wilding and Laela Wilding for July 2018’s cover story. Follow him on Twitter @seanblackphoto.