Press material, flyers, clippings, correspondence, notes, protest signs, audiocassettes, and a VHS videocassette from Tom
Mertz documenting the activities of the Los Angeles chapter of Queer Nation, 1990-2000. The collection documents the actions
Queer Nation/LA organized and the media attention it received, including a zap on the
Arsenio Hall Show in 1991.
Queer Nation was an action-oriented movement formed in New York City in April 1990 in response to a sharp increase in violence
against LGBT people. The group sought to increase LGBT visibility and fight "oppression, homophobia, racism, misogyny, the
bigotry of religious hypocrites and our own self-hatred" through direct actions. By the next year, 60 chapters of Queer Nation
sprung up in cities throughout North America. Queer Nation/Los Angeles formed in 1990 and engaged in actions such as protesting
Governor Pete Wilson's veto of AB 101 anti-discrimination bill; picketting during the Academy Awards and encouraging Hollywood
actors to come out; and organizing a zap on the
Arsenio Hall Show to confront the host on his lack of LGBT guests.
0.4 linear foot.
1 archive carton + 1 mapcase drawer.
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