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Absolute Liar

ID Number: 26555
Maker: Artist Unknown
Technique: offset
Date Made: 1991
Place Made: United States: California
Measurements: 43.2 cm x 28 cm; 17 in x 11 in
Main Subject: Politicians & Campaigns; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ); HIV/AIDS
Materials: Cardstock / paperboard (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
Absolute Liar Wilson lies to gays and lesbians about civil rights. Wilson refuses to recognize California's AIDS epidemic. Wilson encourages gay bashing bigots. Homophobia=Wilson=Aidsphobia

Acquisition Number: 1997-105

In 1991, Governor Pete Wilson broke a campaign promise to the gay and lesbian community when he vetoed AB101, a bill passed by the California legislature that would have outlawed workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians. Wilson had solicited financial support and endorsements from the gay and lesbian community on this basis during his campaign, but on being elected he deferred to the extreme right wing of the Republican party and vetoed the bill. As a result of Wilson's betrayal, weeks of angry street protests occurred in California's major cities. Wilson's veto of AB101 was an early indicator of the slide of the Republican Party toward accommodation of right-wing religious groups. [Source: Wikipedia]

Copyright Status:
Under copyright; used by CSPG for educational and research purposes only. Distribution or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.

Exhibition Annotation:
AB 101 PROTESTS California Assembly Bill 101 would have added sexual orientation to the list of protected categories against discrimination in employment and housing. Governor Pete Wilson’s veto on September 29, 1991 instigated the largest series of LGBTQ protests in the history of Los Angeles, and possibly the state. Hundreds and thousands of protesters took to the streets for a series of both spontaneous and planned demonstrations that continued for nearly two months, with protesters doggedly trailing Wilson and his GOP cohorts from official event to event. The AB 101 protests, sometimes referred to as AB 101 riots, came to a head on the night of October 23, 1991, during a demonstration outside a Wilson-attended GOP fundraiser at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City. Police rioted and assaulted protestors on foot and also charged the crowd with their horses. The last of the major AB 101 protests occurred on Nov. 15 at another GOP-sponsored event at the Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills. 38 activists among 500 were arrested protesting both the AB 101 veto and Senate Bill 982, which sought to criminalize sexual activity for HIV+ individuals. The AB 101 posters included in this exhibition are just a sample reflecting the emotions of the energized community.

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