Remove Michael Alig from Hosting the "Sex Cells" party on October 27, 2017
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We, concerned members of the LGBTQA nightlife community, are coming together to protest that Mr. Michael Alig, known offender of horrific violence, has been advertised as a special guest and host of the Halloween edition of Los Angeles-based party Sex Cells. The event is scheduled to take place on October 27, 2017.
While Michael Alig is well-known for his contributions to 1990s nightlife culture, he is even more famous for the biopic entitled Party Monster, which details the story of his rise to fame, and descent into darkness, including flagrant and irresponsible drug abuse, eventually culminating in the murder of an innocent young man. (If you are not informed of the specifics, there are more details of these horrific acts in the space below)
We feel that having Michael Alig on the bill for this event sends a message to young and impressionable LGBTQA individuals that sensationalizes this act of violence and the drug abuse that led up to it as if these things are acceptable, or even glamorous. As concerned members of the nightlife community, we respectfully ask for the promoter and/or venue to consider our request for Mr. Alig to be removed from the advertising of this event as well as to be excluded from performing, speaking, or otherwise being associated with the event in an official capacity.
For us, and for many LGBTQA individuals, nightlife spaces are and always should be safe spaces, and nothing else. They are not places where violence is encouraged or romanticized. We cherish and celebrate the sacred and fleeting nature of life. We believe these safe spaces must be maintained, and that any challenge to the nature of positivity and safety must be kept at bay from our nightclubs in order to protect the posterity of our culture, and the lives of our friends and loved ones.
Story behind the violence:
Michael Alig was convicted of manslaughter for brutally killing an individual whom he once called his friend. He and another individual resorted to horrific violence and murder when faced with a petty dispute with Angel Melendez in March of 1996. After killing Angel, the two kept his body on ice in a bathtub for several days before eventually deciding to dismember his corpse in order to dispose of the evidence of their crimes. Michael cut off his legs and head, and put them into garbage bags. The rest of Angel's body was placed into a box, which the two disposed of in New York's Hudson River.
Michael Alig cited his drug use at the time for the reason of his violence, which earned him a reduced sentence from murder to manslaughter. Though he was released from prison in 2014, his lack of remorse for his actions is well documented in several video interviews that have been recorded in the time since. Furthermore, it has been reported that Michael Alig has continued to use many of the same substances that he blamed for his lack of clarity, and act of murder, in the time since his release.
If, in fact, it was the drugs that caused Mr. Alig to commit this horrible, pre-meditated act of violence and inhumane care for a lifeless body, what is to say that he would not do it again under the influence of the same substances today?
Please remove Michael Alig from the event, or cancel the party altogether.
PLEASE KEEP OUR NIGHTLIFE SPACES SAFE FOR EVERYONE.
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