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Meet Keegan Smeza of Globethotters in Silverlake

Today we’d like to introduce you to Keegan Smeza.

Keegan, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am a local performance artist and a huge fan of the NBA and the Los Angeles Lakers, but when I came out as trans, the way I interacted with the game of basketball changed.

What I used to do was go to a bar or a local spot to see if the Laker game or a NBA game was on TV and watch it. Now, that kind of act that seems so simple—to walk into a bar and watch a Laker game—is so much more complicated because of the way I navigate the world as a trans person. It’s that much more difficult. I found myself losing all touch with passion for athletics.

Alongside my creative partner and fiancée Smeza, we launched Globethotters, a periodic NBA/Lakers-centric event that combines basketball, art, and comedy, while also building a safe space for LGBTQ sports fans. The next event takes place at the Friend in Silver Lake during the NBA Finals on June 4th.

Has it been a smooth road?
The challenge has definitely been getting the word out to community members.

Please tell us about Globethotters.
Globethotters! is a LGBTQ NBA/Lakers viewing party that intersects the NBA, Performance Art & Comedy by creating a safe, unique space at rising art hub, The Friend in Silverlake. This event offers an original take on the salon-style performance revue in which queer creatives use the social atmosphere of a viewing party as a platform to present their work and connect with each other. Featuring the stylings of some of LA’s finest comedians as the night’s halftime performers, attendees can enjoy a stream of the Lakers’ game that is stripped of the commentary and supplemented with a DJ spinning music as well as video art that is provided by LA’s thriving digital art scene in lieu of commercials.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Los Angeles is the best place for a queer NBA viewing party because not only are we a city the LGBTQ community flock to for our inclusivity but in our heart of heart, LA is a basketball city! We will always be a Lakers town and if you live here, you know that the purple and gold runs deep in SoCal. From Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar to Kobe and Shaq to now LeBron, the Lakers are constantly at the epicenter of pop culture and for that reason, I believe the NBA taking a stand for inclusivity and allyship is extremely valuable.

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1 Comment

  1. Maura Condon

    May 16, 2019 at 18:54

    So proud of Keegan!! “That’s my girl!!”
    Love you Always!!

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