Seven years ago, I started a tradition to honor courageous trailblazers in our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community in the City of Los Angeles.
The special recognition was — and still is — an important moment for me to honor great achievements, take pride in who we are, and love our LGBT brothers and sisters.
This year, the LGBT community has so much to celebrate. We have seen our President stand with us on equality during his historic Inaugural address, and we now have a fifth of all 50 states that recognize same sex marriage. We still have some work to do, and will only receive our basic civil and human rights if we continue to press on.
Once again, I will join Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and my council colleagues to celebrate LA’s gay community during a special ceremony for LGBT Heritage Month on Friday, May 31, at 10 a.m., in the John Ferraro Council Chamber at City Hall.
This year, our theme is Claiming the Dream, Building the Legacy. My three honorees are having a profound impact on the lives of all Angelenos while building a strong foundation of pride for the next generation of LGBT youth in Los Angeles.
This year, I plan to turn the council spotlight on the following groups:
ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives
ONE Archives is the oldest existing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) organization in the United States and the largest repository of LGBT materials in the world. Since 2010 ONE Archives has been a part of the University of Southern California Libraries. ONE Archives collections contain over two million items, and also operates a small gallery and museum space devoted to LGBT art and history in West Hollywood. Curator Joseph Hawkin will receive the honor on behalf of the organization.
AIDSWatch first appeared on (what was then) Century Cable in the Los Angeles area on December 1st, 1996 and continues as an art project, primarily in the Los Angeles area. The art project moved to the West Hollywood Citychannel television facilities where the city has dedicated a channel each year for the entire 24-hour program. When a viewer logs on, they see a name for that brief three and a half seconds they will be reminded of someone’s lost love. Another lost life to HIV/AIDS. AIDSWatch was created as a memorial to remember and remind.
Founder, A Window Between Worlds
A Window Between Worlds is a nonprofit organization dedicated to using art to help end domestic violence. Through creative expression, battered women and children gain a sense of renewal and power. Their images of hope, survival and strength educate the public and become “a window between worlds” for survivors taking steps to change their lives. Since 1991, AWBW has provided creative expression as a healing tool for over 112,000 battered women and their children in crisis shelters, transitional homes, and outreach centers throughout the United States.
The Mayor also has three honorees: Adam Lambert, openly gay recording artist; Mia Yamamoto, community activist; and Karina Samala, Rodney Scott, President of Christopher Street West/PRIDE parade in West Hollywood.
Please share this flyer with friends and join me for this special event on Friday, May 31, at City Hall. It’s important to show the next generation of LGBT youth that you can triumph over adversity and be great at anything you do in life.
See you in a couple of weeks.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Councilmember Bill Rosendahl
Los Angeles City Council
LGBT Heritage Month Opening Ceremonies
Friday, May 31
Los Angeles City Hall
3rd Floor Council Chamber
200 N Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012