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Finding aid to the Alliance for Gay and Lesbian Artists records, circa 1980-1992 Coll2013.005
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Description
Meeting minutes, event records, promotional material, clippings, photographs, correspondence, membership records, newsletters and other material, 1980-1992, from the Alliance for Gay and Lesbian Artists in the Entertainment Industry (AGLA), formed to encourage the responsible portrayal of gays and lesbians in entertainment media. Materials in the collection document the organization's most active period, particularly when it produced an annual awards show for gay and lesbian representation in the entertainment industry.
Background
The Alliance for Gay and Lesbian Artists in the Entertainment Industry (AGLA) was founded in 1982. Initially named the Alliance for Gay Artists, AGLA began as an actors' support group, and as other artists joined, the group expanded its focus to greater interaction with the entertainment industry at large. During the AGLA's most active period in the 1980s, the organization presented its annual AGLA Media Awards to "responsible" representations of lesbian and gay characters and issues. The annual award show honored or featured celebrities such as Ed Asner, Steven Bochco, Sammy Davis, Jr., Rita Moreno, Bernadette Peters, Lynn Redgrave and others. AGLA's other activities included monitoring gay and lesbian portrayals in film, plays and television; consulting on scripts in progress; supporting local stage productions; and holding regular meetings with speakers working in the entertainment industry.
Extent
4.2 linear feet. 3 archive boxes + 1 archive flat box + 1 poster.
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
Availability
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.