As you know, I take great pride each year in recognizing members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community in the City of Los Angeles. Every group, cause, and culture takes a moment to celebrate its achievements and I realized after my first election that it was time for us to stand up, be proud, and celebrate us.
This year, we have so much to celebrate as a community, especially with President Obama announcing his support for marriage equality. There is still work to do with full equality, but we should use this opportunity to celebrate our pride.
This year, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, myself and my council colleagues will celebrate LA’s gay community and recognize LGBT Heritage Month during a special ceremony in council chambers on June 1st.
Festivities will start at 10:00 a.m. in Council Chambers where the Mayor and the City Council will pay tribute to our Heritage Month honorees and unveil the first LGBT Heritage Month Cultural Calendar.
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!
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Councilmember Bill Rosendahl
Los Angeles City Council
LGBT Heritage Month Opening Ceremonies
Friday, June 1
Los Angeles City Hall
3rd Floor Council Chambers
200 N Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012