The Stars Come Out in Support of LGBTQ Community and to Honor Stephanie Beatriz and Julie Newmar

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The Stars Come Out in Support of Q Community and to Honor Stephanie Beatriz and
by BWW News Desk Jun. 9, 2018

President/Founder of The Museum, Donelle Dadigan, along with Council Member Mitch O’Farrell and Board President Esteban Montemayor of Christopher Street West, kicked off Pride weekend with the annual “Real to Reel” exhibit that shines the spotlight on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (Q) community in television and film through the decades. This year’s event also feature a special recognition with The Future of Award presented to actress Stephanie Beatriz and the Legacy Award to TONY Award winning actress, .

“I was thrilled to attend The Museum for the opening of the REAL TO REEL exhibit the other evening, to kick off here in L.A,” said Geri Jewell of Deadwood fame. “It was wonderful coming together with friends and colleagues in support of another part of the spectrum of diversity.”

Reminiscent of Mae West, Ms was carried on stage in the arms of two bodybuilders, stating “This what happens when you’re a legacy. You don’t have to walk anywhere. You are carried.”

“Thank you all for this lovely tribute,” she added. “It’s so wonderful to receive it in this building, the old Max Factor salon, where for so many years so many of the greats found their external beauty and also discovered their internal beauty. Donelle Dadigan (Founder/President of the Museum, formerly The Max Factor Studios) has given the world a priceless time capsule for generations to enjoy for years to come. Im particularly thrilled to get this recognition right now in the midst of the Me Too and Times Up moment of our history,” remarked Ms Newmar.

“I always had my own way of dealing with those situations. First of all, I was taller than most of the men. So right away, I had an advantage. And one of my early roles, on and on film, was a gal called Stupefyin Jones in LI’l ABNER. Men saw her and they turned to stone. And this was before Viagra. I think some of them thought I actually had that power. And perhaps I did. Im also delighted to receive this acknowledgment in conjunction with all the pride activities here at the Museum and around the country this month. Of course, there has always been a strong presence in my life … even BEFORE . But to be reminded of it at this critical time, and to know that it is indeed part of my legacy, and that my legacy is not only an artistic one, but one of feminine strength, power and, lets never forget, fun thats a very, very good thing and it fills me with overwhelming gratitude.”

Honoree, Ms Stephanie Beatriz, commented on similarities of her Brooklyn Nine-Nine character, Rosa Diaz’s sexual identity struggles and her own experiences since she came out to family and friends about her own life. “Just like Rosa, I found support from my friends and colleagues, but less so from my family and the Latin community.”

The Museum’s REAL to REEL: Portrayals and Perceptions of Qs in exhibition opened to the public on Friday, June 8th, to coincide with the annual Christopher Street West Pride activities. Spanning 100 years, the 2018 exhibit is a salute to the Q community’s contributions to the industry. Now, in its fifth successful year, the REAL to REEL: Portrayals and Perceptions of Q in exhibit, is offered in partnership with City Council member Mitch O’Farrell (CD-13) and LA Pride, as an educational, entertaining and informative retrospective of Q images in film, TV, new digital platforms featuring costumes, props, photos, and iconic imagery all telling the story of the milestones and influence that Q characters and plot lines have had in from early stereotypes in silent films to modern-day representations. Additionally, REAL to REEL celebrates Q Icons by paying homage to those individuals who support the Q community.

“We are both honored and humbled by the response to last nights program for the 5th annual REAL to REEL exhibit opening. The outpouring of love and positiveness was shared by both the and Q communities. The words of inspiration from actress Stephanie Beatriz, the Future of Award recipient, blessed all that were in attendance and the overwhelming applause and response to comments from our Legacy Award honoree, TONY Award winning actress , was worthy of her iconic stature. We are grateful to Council member Mitch O’Farrell and LAPD Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala, LA City Controller Ron Galperin and Board President Esteban Montemayor of Christopher Street West for their trust in us. Without their integrity and support, all this effort would mean nothing.”- Donelle Dadigan (President/Founder of The Museum)

Recording artist Roslyn Kind exclaimed, “What a GREAT Evening at The Museum and the perfect way to kick off PRIDE month 2018, by celebrating all the wonderful contributions of the Q community to ’s rich history in the Arts and Culture with the “Real To Reel” Exhibit. Donelle Dadigan does a fantastic job.”

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