A diverse panel of new media influencers will tackle the topic of inclusion and visibility of LGBT people in today’s entertainment media during the first installment of the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s “50 years of Queer” Big Queer Convo series on October 2.
Social media influencer Andy Lalwani will moderate Panelists include Love, Simon actor Clark Moore, musician and content creator Sam Tsui, producer and writer Ashly Perez, model and actress Arisce Wanzer, and Universal Music Group Executive Vice president of Creative Dave Rocco.
“Today’s ‘new’ media extends the importance—and impact—of visibility for LGBT people,” says event co-organizer Melantha Hodge, the Center’s Strategic Partnership Manager. “Our panelists are proud of who they are—their visibility and fearlessness to be voices for the LGBT community parallel the Center’s mission of helping LGBT people thrive.”
Moore has seen his media profile quickly grow after playing an unapologetically feminine gay high school student named Ethan in Love, Simon.
“When I was doing the movie, I was just thinking about doing the job and the fun of that,” Moore says. “I didn’t expect to have these kids messaging me on Twitter to talk about how impactful the movie was and how it helped them come out in their own schools and family.”
Moore, who is openly gay, adds, “I am who I am. My character was able to just exist. That’s how I live my life as well. The fact that this movie can open doors for me to tell my story to people is what is exciting to me.”
Event co-organizer Chase Torrence says attendees of the OUTfluence panel will be treated to several different perspectives, thoughts, and experiences.
“There’s a difference between being an influencer and being an out and proud influencer using your voice to create change within the community,” says Torrence, the Center’s Content Manager. “We are opening up a dialogue about why this is important. It’s a chance for people to learn from influencers who are paving the way and have first-hand experience.”
“We will be able to learn and grow as a community by listening to these important but different stories,” he added. “That alone can inspire the next generation of leaders in the entertainment and media space, and that is exciting!”
Admission to the event is free, but reservations are required. To RSVP, visit lalgbtcenter.org/outfluence.