HOLLYWOOD -- Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and City Controller Ron Galperin helped kick off an annual exhibit that shines the spotlight on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community in television and film through the decades.


Reel to Real: Portrayals and Perceptions of Gays in Hollywood features photos, costumes, props and iconic imagery from the past and present. The collection provides a unique perspective on how LGBT individuals have been portrayed in Hollywood from early stereotypes to modern representations, as well as celebrate LGBT actors for their contributions.

“The gay rights movement started in the great 13th District, and the first Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade rolled down the street not far from where the Hollywood Museum is located,” said Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell. “It’s only fitting that there’s a tribute to our LGBT brothers and sisters in my district that showcases their body of work and the pool of incredible talent in such a meaningful way.”

The Hollywood Museum’s presentation places the exhibit in the historical context of Hollywood, which is home to a large LGBT entertainment industry population. The exhibit runs through July and coincides with the City’s annual LGBT Heritage Month and LA Pride events.

“The museum welcomes the opportunity to create and showcase this important exhibition, sharing with the public the artistic expression of the LGBT culture and its transformative impact on the world through the entertainment industry,” said Donelle Dadigan, Founder and President of The Hollywood Museum.

The museum is located in the Historic Max Factor Building at 1660 N. Highland Ave, at Hollywood Blvd., in Hollywood, California. Reel to Real was curated by Dadigan, Bob Pranga, and Steve Nycklemoe.

More information on the exhibit can be found here.

PHOTO: Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, Donelle Dadigan/The Hollywood Museum, City Controller Ron Galperin

Photo credit: Betsy Annas, City of Los Angeles

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