These LGBTQ Angelenos Are Architecting L.A.’s Cultural Scene from Behind the Scenes

From the stage to the public library, these movers and shakers are making L.A. cooler

From Klaus Biesenbach at the Museum of Contemporary Art downtown to Kristy Edmunds at the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, gays and lesbians run some of the city’s top cultural institutions. John Szabo presides over the L.A. Public Library and its 72 branches, serving the largest library population in the country.

Now artistic director of America’s first Asian-American theater, East West Players, Snehal Desai developed more than 200 plays before taking over the nation’s longest-running theater of color in 2016.

And as the city’s general manager of the Department of Cultural Affairs, Danielle Brazell is the gatekeeper for millions in civic arts funding for public works, performances, and exhibits, like 2018’s LGBT Olympian portraits at L.A. City Hall.

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