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Celebrate the life of Los Angeles LGBTQ history expert Stuart Timmons on Sunday

ONE Archives will host a celebration of life for Stuart Timmons, an award-winning writer, activist and expert on the history of Los Angeles’ LGBTQ community. For decades, Timmons asserted that the City of Angels — which had been overshadowed by San Francisco and New York as flashpoints of early LGBTQ activism — deserved more credit for its pioneering role that helped lead to the dawning of the LGBTQ civil rights movement. Photo: ThePrideLA.

LOS ANGELES — ONE Archives — the world’s largest depository of LGBTQ historical materials — will host a celebration of life for award-winning writer and activist Stuart Timmons, who died in January.

It’s fitting that ONE Archives will host the event — Timmons is a former executive director and board member. Timmons spent many hours at the archives when he and Lillian Faderman researched their 2006 book “Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians.”

The celebration of life will take place on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the archives on the USC campus.

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For decades, Timmons asserted that the City of Angels — which had been overshadowed by San Francisco and New York as flashpoints of early LGBTQ activism — deserved more credit for its pioneering role that helped lead to the dawning of the LGBTQ civil rights movement. Faderman and Timmons spotlighted those historical events in their book.

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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