L.A.: A Queer History

L.A.: A Queer History Accolades

* 54th Public Media Award - NETA/PBS

* MIPCOM Diversify - Cannes, France

*Los Angeles Press Club - 65th Southern California Journalism Awards -

Gender & Society & Feature Documentary 2nd Place 

*Bronze Winner — Television Producer, Mario J. Novoa, KCET/Film Bliss Studios

L.A.: A Queer History A Two-Part Documentary 

Pt. 1 Culture & Criminalization 

Pt. 2 Protests & Parades 

Logline: A two-part documentary film that chronicles the history of LGBTQ+ people in Los Angeles.


L.A.: A Queer History is a two-part documentary film that chronicles the history of LGBTQ+ people in Los Angeles. The film tells the stories of LGBTQ+ pioneers, activists, and artists who have shaped the city's culture and history. The film also explores the challenges and triumphs of the LGBTQ+ community in Los Angeles, from the early days of the AIDS crisis to the fight for marriage equality.

The film features interviews with LGBTQ+ people from all walks of life and archival footage from LGBTQ+ history in Los Angeles. The film also includes interviews with historians, activists, and artists who can provide context and analysis of the LGBTQ+ experience in Los Angeles.

WWII Sailors in intimate pose

Rev. Troy Perry

LAPD Training Still

Barney's Beanery - Protest - Source: Pat Roccco's Film

2022 Q&A Premiere at the Renberg Theater. From Left Craig Loftin, Roland Palencia, Joey Terrill 

2022 Q&A Premiere at the Renberg Theater. From Left: Producer Mario J. Novoa, Director Gregorio Davila, Craig Loftin, Roland Palencia, Joey Terrill. Moderated by Marie Cartier 

2022 Q&A Premiere at the Renberg Theater. From Left: Joel, Xavier Mejia, Executive Producer Richard Corral, Andy Carrasco

2022 Q&A Premiere at the Renberg Theater. From Left: Producer Mario J. Novoa, Director Gregorio Davila, Craig Loftin, Roland Palencia, Joey Terrill. Moderated by Marie Cartier 

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More about the L.A.: A Queer History 

In the documentary “L.A. A Queer History”, director and author Gregorio Davila traces in detail the history of the LGBTQ movement in Los Angeles in the 20th and 21st century. Most consider the NY Stonewall Riots of 1969 to be the birth of the Gay civil rights movement. But its beginnings go back even further and took place in Los Angeles. It was there, from the first half of the 20th century, that many people came, longing for a place where they had the freedom to be themselves. From the beloved male and female impersonators who graced the vaudeville stages of the early 1900’s, to the Queer designers and artists behind the scenes who made Hollywood the glamour capital of the world, to the wide spread mid-century criminalization of Gays and Lesbians and the brave ones who began to fight back resulting in groundbreaking L.A. based organizations which sparked the Gay civil rights movement across the country and the world. “L.A. A Queer History” tells this important part of American history through interviews with contemporary witnesses and experts, as well as partly rare film and photo material. 

Among the numerous experts and contemporary witnesses who speak out in the documentary are the authors William J. Mann, Mark Thompson, Martin Turnbull, David Ehrenstein, Craig Loftin, Lillian Faderman, Marie Cartier, Chris Freeman, the former mayor of West Hollywood, John Duran, the founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, Troy Perry, the founder of the magazine “The Lesbian Tide”, Jeanne Córdova, activists Alexei Romanoff and Andre Ting, Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri Jean, teacher Jim James Tyler and teacher Andrea Segal, Bob Mizer Founding President Dennis Bell, actor and author Steve Hayes, Steve Buscemi (“The Sopranos”, “Boardwalk Empire”) as narrator; he reads from letters that readers of the LGBT magazine “One”, which was first published in 1953, wrote to the editors.

Source: https://www.aenetworks.tv/news/germany/la-queer-history-new-documentary-about-history-lgbtq-movement-us-tv-premiere-history

Directed & Edited by Gregorio Davila

Produced by Mario J. Novoa in Association with Film Bliss Studios

Co-produced by Robert Bilus, Brenna Yentz, and Gustavo Vasquez

Exceutive Produced by Richard Xavier Corral & Greogio Davila

PBS So Cal/KCET/PMG Socal Michelle Merker 

Music by 

Carla Patullo

Cinematography by 

Christian Lagadec & Mario J. Novoa

Sound Department 

Mario J. Novoa - sound mixer (studio segments) and Everett Young

Consultants and Advisors 

Lillian Faderman, consultant

Chris Freeman, consultant

Jim Key, marketing lead

Marcello Lanfranchi, production staff (as Marcello Aurelio Lanfranchi) / researcher (as Marcello Aurelio Lanfranchi)

Christian Sweeters, production staff / researcher

Ash Yap, production staff (as Rich Yap) / researcher (as Rich Yap)


Rosario Dawson Narrator (voice)

Steve Buscemi Narrator

Drea de Matteo Narrator (voice)

Tracie Thoms Narrator (voice)

Mark Boone Junior Narrator (voice)

Daniel Franzese Narrator (voice)

Michael Ornstein Narrator (voice)

Catherine Black Narrator (voice)

Gloria Allred Self

Pat Rocco Self

Michael Kearns Narrator (voice)

Don Bachardy Self 

Esther Canata Narrator (voice) 

Martin Turnbull Self

Lillian Faderman Self 

Ivy Bottini Self

Ben Phen Narrator (voice)

Jeanne Cordova Self

Mia Yamamoto Self

William J. Mann Self

Roland Palencia Self

Chris Freeman Self

Tom Jacobson Self

Craig Loftin Self

Troy Perry Self

Mark Thompson Self

Don Kilhefner Self

Jewel Thais-Williams Self

Alexei Romanoff Self

Dennis Bell Self

John Platania Self

Marie Cartier Self

Joey Terrill