IT’S FINALLY PRIDE MONTH! In celebration of LGBTQIA+ pride and progress, we are thrilled to honor Gregg Araki, a true icon of queer cinema. Araki’s groundbreaking films fearlessly explored queer narratives, challenging societal norms and amplifying marginalized voices. Join us as we delve into his inspiring body of work and discover the lasting impact he has made on the world of cinema. We’VE also curated a list of local Pride events happening in and around Los Angeles, so you can fully embrace the joy and spirit of Pride Month. Let’s come together to celebrate love, diversity, and the journey towards acceptance!

"Thirty years ago, queer filmmaker Gregg Araki unveiled his fourth feature, Totally F***ed Up, at the Sundance Film Festival.

Rebellious, independent, and fearlessly queer, Araki’s radical spin on the coming-of-age genre would later be recognized as the first of his “Teenage Apocalypse” trilogy, which also included the dark road-trip romance The Doom Generation (’95) and sci-fi-twinged black comedy Nowhere (’97).

Nearly three decades on, one might expect these films to feel tame in retrospect, that maybe they—like many thirty-somethings—have lost some of their edge.

But that’s the thing about Araki: No matter how much the world changes (or does’t), his oeuvre is always on the bleeding edge—sexy, funny, shocking, punk, and unabashedly queer.

Timelessly transgressive, Araki is, without a doubt, one of the most important directors to come out of the ’90s, whose influential work will surely continue to inspire the independent filmmaking landscape for another 30 years, at least!"

- Queer Punk Cinema for Queerty, May 31 2023
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Totally F***ed Up (1993)

Six queer teenagers struggle to get along with each other and with life in the face of varying obstacles.
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The Doom Generation (1995)

Jordan White and Amy Blue, two troubled teens, pick up an adolescent drifter, Xavier Red. Together, the threesome embark on a sex-and-violence-filled journey through an America of psychos and quickie marts.
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Nowhere (1997)

Follows a day in the lives of a group of Los Angeles high school students and the strange lives they lead.
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"Gregg Araki’s 1997 Cult Film ‘Nowhere’ Gets 4K Restoration (EXCLUSIVE)"
- Sophia Scorziello for Variety
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The LAFS Library proudly stands as an ally with the LGBTQ+ community, embracing diversity and acknowledging the ongoing journey towards acceptance and positive change. In light of the current political and societal climate surrounding queer identities, we want to affirm our unwavering support and will commit to providing a safe and inclusive space for all individuals. We will always strive to amplify queer voices, stories, and resources. May this month be a reminder that every individual deserves to be respected and celebrated for who they are. Together, let’s foster understanding, acceptance, and love!

June 11th, 2023
330 South Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90013
June 11th, 2023
4522 West Jefferson Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90016
June 15th, 2023
4522 West Jefferson Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90016
June 17th, 2023
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Gates – 7:15pm / Movie – 9pm
June 17th, 2023
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles 90027
June 24th, 2023
Los Angeles State Historic Park
Gates at 7:30pm / Show at 9pm

305 E 4th St #100, Santa Ana, CA 92701
All Month Long!

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