Members of the DTLA queer community are mourning the loss of nightlife visionary Nacho Nava, who some consider the Father of Queer Underground in Downtown Los Angeles. Nava passed on Saturday, January 19. Sources say he lost his battle to pneumonia.

Nava was the cofounder and programer of the Mustache Mondays Party, which debuted in Downtown Los Angeles in late 2007. The event is credited as one of the first queer spaces that sparked a queer art movement in DTLA back when there were only a few small gay bars like the New Jalisco bar and the Silver Platter, which mostly catered to an all Latin gay crowd. Score, DTLA’s oldest gay bar had already closed in 2005.

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