Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will host the opening ceremony of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender American Heritage Month on Friday, June 1 in City Council Chambers, 200 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA at 10:00 a.m. Openly gay LA City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl will also make presentations – including to the publishers of Frontiers magazine, where I work as news editor. Frontiers is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
This is from the LA City press release:
This year’s celebration themed, “Celebrating our Past, Shaping the Future,” is sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales and Toyota Financial Services and will mark the second annual LGBT Heritage Month in the City of Los Angeles.
The kickoff will begin with a ceremony inside City Council Chambers where Mayor Villaraigosa and other city leaders will recognize and honor George Takei, longtime actor and LGBT activist; Jewel Thais-Willliams, community activist and owner of one of the first Black-owned LGBT nightclubs, Jewel’s Catch One Disco; and Karina Samala, an activist who has worked with local law enforcement to support transgender rights. The Mayor will also announce the winners of the LGBT Heritage Month Youth Creative Writing/Video Contest.
The ceremony will be followed by food and live entertainment at City Hall South Plaza at 11:00 a.m.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Los Angeles City Council
City Controller Wendy Greuel
City Attorney Carmen Trutanich
Chief of Police Charlie Beck
Representatives from Toyota, Christopher Street West/LA Pride, and LGBT Heritage Month Host Committee
Mayor Villaraigosa will honor George Takei, Jewel Thais-Williams, and Karina Samala during the Opening Ceremony of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender American Heritage Month and announce the winners of the LGBT Heritage Month Youth Creative Writing/Video contest on Friday, June 1, 2012.
Los Angeles City Hall
City Council Chambers
200 N. Main Street
Los Angeles, 90012
Friday, June 1, 2012
The theme this year is Celebrating Our Past – Shaping the Future and it has become tradition for me to recognize people and organizations who have a significant impact on our community. This year, I plan to turn the council spotlight on the following groups:
Frontiers Magazine is the largest, regional go-to resource for LGBT news and information. The publication covers a variety of topics, ranging from the struggle for LGBT equality to local news and entertainment. Frontiers recently celebrated 30 years of public service and promoting community pride.
Pride and Promote – Los Angeles Black Pride
Los Angeles Black Pride is dedicated to uniting the black LGBT community and its allies. The group strives to celebrate achievements and advocate for the causes and concerns that impact the community. Pride and Promote organizes the official LGBT Beach & Unity Celebration AT THE BEACH (ATB), which is the first black pride celebration in the country.
Jeff Griffith Youth Center at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center
Many LGBT kids are living on the streets — often kicked out of their own families. The Jeff Griffith Youth Center at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center provides homeless youth with hope and shelter while serving the most vulnerable members of our next generation. The facility on Santa Monica Blvd also offers employment training, job placement, and a hot meal.
After the council presentation, everyone is invited to join us at the plaza outside City Hall South (directly across the street from City Hall) where we have a great celebration planned. The host committee has lined up some pretty spectacular food and entertainment, including Hirbois, DJ Yaya, Ryan Adames, Willam and Vicci Martinez, the third place winner from last Season’s popular TV Show “The Voice.”
Please share this Facebook invite with friends and join me for this special event at City Hall on June 1st. I feel strongly about showing the next generation of LGBT youth that you can triumph over adversity and be great at anything you do in life.
See you on June 1st!